Princess Tutu

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Princess Tutu
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May those who accept their fate be granted happiness. May those who defy their fate be granted glory.
Genre: Magical girl
Running Time: 16 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: August 16, 2002 - May 23, 2003
Network(s): NHK
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26

Princess Tutu (Japanese: プリンセスチュチュ Hepburn: Purinsesu Chuchu) is a Japanese magical girl anime series created by illustrator and animator Ikuko Itoh. Inspired by ballet and fairy tales, particularly The Ugly Duckling and Swan Lake, the story follows a duck who is transformed into the mythical ballerina Princess Tutu in order to save the shattered heart of a storybook prince come to life.


Once there was a writer named Drosselmeyer, who had the power to make his stories come to life. But he died before he could finish his final tale, The Prince and the Raven, leaving the two title characters locked in an eternal battle. After many years, the Raven managed to break free into the real world, and the Prince pursued him. To seal away the Raven's evil, Prince Siegfried shattered his own heart with his sword, causing him to lose all his memories and emotions.

Why It Rocks

  1. Sweet and relaxing theme song.
  2. The concept of two girls being ballet dancers is creative and clever.
  3. Cute character designs.
  4. The soundtrack has a beautiful feel that sounds like classical music.
  5. Duck, Rue, Pike, and Lilie are lovable characters.
  6. Wonderfully animated transformations.
  7. The humor is cute and entertaining.
  8. The idea of a magical girl anime featuring ballet dancers is creative.
  9. Despite being a magical girl show, it takes a darker approach to the concept than most shows at the time.

Bad Qualities

  1. May be much too girly and cheesy for other people.