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Princess Tutu vol. 1: Marchen (2005)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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A girl named Duck - or rather, a duck who wants to become a girl - falls in love with a prince. One day, a bizarre old man emerges and gives her a magical pendant that transforms her into the waltzing Princess Tutu. Now she must choose - for those who accept their fate find happiness, those who defy it, glory.

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Beautiful Bittersweet by AviusViator September 13, 2007 - 7:38 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
When I first saw the name of this series I laughed and rolled my eyes. I read the synopsis and gave another chuckle. ...then I read some reviews, and decided it was worth a shot. At worst it could be a catalyst for heckling, at best it could be an wonderful sleeper hit. I am happy to say, it is the latter.

The thing that struck me most about Princess Tutu is that for all its bright colors and cute art work, it has a surprisingly morbid streak. The narration at the beginning of each episode tells a foreboding story, the endings aren't always happy, and each of the characters harbor sadness. But the story isn't about sadness and pain, its about overcoming it. The character development over the course of the series is striking... enemies become friends, friends become enemies and back again. This isn't the simple love story it initially appears to be.

Duck, the main character, is upbeat and silly, which brings an air of frivolity to the series. But the humor is fun and well executed. Yes, this is a magical girl series, so you can expect the transformation sequences and some cheesy, sappy moments. But that doesn't diminish story. With engaging characters and a plot of increasing depth, its easy to be drawn in.
Considering the ballet theme, the musical score is, appropriately, all classical. Combine that with some nice animation and adorable artwork, what remains is a beautiful series.
...Beautiful visuals, beautiful music, and a beautiful, bittersweet story.

Wonderful! by Adina January 2, 2006 - 1:10 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A wonderful combination of fairy tales, ballet, classical music, and comedy. I was hooked after the first scene, in which a duck wistfully watches a young man dance. It only gets better after that. There are stories within stories, and a main narrative that's added to in little bits by all of the smaller stories, and very imaginative uses of themes from classical ballet. There's also a lot of random anime silliness. I can't think of anything else to compare this with, but if you like ballet and fairy tales, you have to watch this.

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(Average 8.12)
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