I am sure that the title alone of this series probably convinced more than half of the potential viewers not to watch this. Though, I have to say this isn’t as girly as it would seem. Ya, I’m not going to say it isn’t girly at all (or even at a small extent), but it’s not excessive. So there is a princess (two in fact), a prince without a heart (aww), a duck that turns into a girl, and much more, but most importantly lots and lots of ballet! Wow, I didn’t prove my point at all!
The story is pretty simple, it has 26 episodes in total. It is about a duck that turned into a girl. There is a prince named Mytho who has lost his heart. The girl named Duck (or ahiru in Japanese), is told by a really creepy guy who’s called Drosselmeyer that she could save the prince. Easy enough she is able to turn into Princess Tutu and find shards to the prince’s heart that symbolizes each emotion. Soon enough though, she finds this storybook called the crow and the prince (or something like that?). Most people don’t know much about this story or the secrets behind it, but those who do know of the story and what part Princess Tutu plays are not particular happy. Soon enough the story advances, but nobody wants to have a pre-destined fate and change comes in order.
The last episode in the whole series was really good, but at the same time I felt the ending was a bit rushed. Maybe I only thought that though because it wasen’t really the ending that I expected (or wanted?). The show still has potential for a second season, but it probably wouldn’t work and I don’t think it’s that popular. Something I didn’t mention about the plot was that almost every episode was based on a ballet or play, which they incorporate into the storyline of the series and individual episode. It’s interesting how they decided to have it done because many moments in the show it actually seems like there’s a spotlight under the characters, which an anime of course wouldn’t need, but they decided to make it like that anyway. I loved the ballet and play interpretations because it was really interesting and original, even if I was only able to identify half of them. It’s also a really good anime because even if it has a lot of dancing in it, it works; it looks really realistic without looking strange. Also they obviously used the music from the ballets and plays, which for most were really pretty and I really liked.
I am really curious to know if there is any Mytho supporters out there. Being a Fakir fan-girl myself, I just don’t see how someone could be a Mytho fan. For more than half the series he’s just indifferent in everything he says and does and is really naïve (kind of heartless you know? Haha, I made a horrible joke). So if there are any Mytho fans out there please show your selves! Anyway, on the subject of characters, one of my favourites (besides Fakir) was Mr. Cat (or Neko in Japanese). Yes, he is a cat and is obsessed in wanting to get married, so he threatens his students by saying if they don’t do well they will have to marry him, but he is so funny. The joke did seem to get repetitive, but he is still a great character. Besides Mr. Cat, all the other animals (like anteaters and hippos) that also did ballet really freaked me out because they just looked weird. That got me wondering, the animals doing ballet, why did ahiry have to turn into a human? Couldn’t she just be a duck who also did ballet at a school and when needed turned into like a super hero duck! Well, I guess they didn’t do that because it would be stupid and awkward for the other main characters in the show and the viewers. Another thing about Ahiru was that her friends were so mean! They wanted her to always fail because they found it cute or something. They would also tease her. Well I guess they were nice sometimes, they were more of the comic relief I guess.
I really do love this series. I even own the complete series on DVD (which has great special features by the way). It has a great story, characters, music and good dancing. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone unless they seemed interested, but I originally was one of those people who thought it wasn’t going to be good, so I would suggest you at least give it a try because even if at first you are reluctant to see you might end up loving it! Duck Power!