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English: Prétear: The New Legend of Snow White
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2001 to Jun 21, 2001
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.391 (scored by 14445 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy fantasy romance shoujo
Mar 14, 2013
When most people look at the mahou shoujo genre nowadays, there are probably two things that immediately pop into their heads. The first is a traditional, happy-go-lucky mahou shoujo series with young girls fighting evil with the power of love and friendship, a la Sailor Moon or Pretty Cure.
The second is Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the dark and gritty reconstruction of the genre that became the darling of the anime fandom almost overnight.
However, Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Pretear, or simply known as Pretear, seems to straddle those two preconceptions. While the series starts out as light-hearted as a traditional magical girl series, the latter half exposes many of the darker elements that made Madoka Magica so popular, even though Pretear was created nearly a decade before. And while I'm not here to compare Pretear to every other mahou shoujo anime out there, I do find it important to place the show in the context of something in a genre that is meant for younger girls. With that said, let's begin the review.
Pretear definitely had a slow start, and the first quarter or so is extremely episodic with a monster-of-the-week formula. The tone was very light with numerous comedic moments that you would expect to see in a typical shoujo series. However, around the half way mark, Pretear begins to unveil some of the darker undertones and by the last few episodes, it becomes quite emotional and dramatic. There is a sense of despair in those final episodes, as characters are put through many difficult situations. Although I wouldn't necessarily call the story philosophical in any way, the depth is there if you look for it. Throughout the latter half of the series, themes like unrequited love, abandonment, and loneliness play a huge role in how the story pans out. And while this type of drama may not appeal to everyone, I certainly found the story to be quite gripping and emotionally charged where it needed to be. Pretear also borrowed some ideas from famous fairy tales, so it was also interesting to see those elements come into play at various points in the series.
For those who have read the manga and enjoyed it, keep in mind that the anime story line is quite different from the midpoint onward. However, I personally felt that the anime version was much more enjoyable with the changes added, since it contributed to the drama and overall feel of the series. Although the manga explored similar themes, the anime changed the plot in a way that made much more sense, in my opinion.
When watching Pretear, I tried my best not to gripe about the art and animation too much, given that the show was produced in 2001. Still, I can't say the animation was top-notch, and even the character designs weren't all that great. Himeno in particular had this problem of looking too thin and lanky from afar, and the faces of all the characters were often distorted slightly during some scenes. But since Himeno transforms into a different form with each guy, the costume changes were very pretty to watch. Overall, don't expect too much from the art and animation. It wasn't terrible to the point of making my eyes bleed, but it definitely wasn't outstanding.
Unfortunately, the sound department for Pretear was also not top-notch, but this probably had less to do with the production year and more with the type of budget usually given to a title like this. There wasn't much music throughout most of the show, and even during the emotional scenes in the finale, they just reused the opening theme over and over again. Although the opening theme wasn't bad, it eventually became annoying because they played it often more than once in several episodes. At other points during the show, the music was either not noticeable or wholly nonexistent. As for voice acting, the roles were played out quite well but none of them stood out. A few were even slightly grating, such as Mayune and Yayoi, but this might have been due to the characters themselves being rather irritating at times. Overall, the sound was just mediocre. Not horrible, but not great either.
This is definitely where Pretear shined. Although the characters each follow archetypes, each of them develop enough that towards the end of the series they become quite likable. Save for a few, even the comedic relief characters end up being important towards the end. The main lead, Himeno, is your typical ditzy shoujo protagonist. What makes her unique at first is her physical strength due to years of martial arts training, but this aspect of her character is not brought up as often as you would think. Himeno is quite admirable as she attempts to understand and help others while blocking out her own vulnerabilities, and this makes for much of the drama in the series. The seven "Leafe Knights" are her comrades and protectors, and while two of them, Hayate and Sasame are fleshed out more than the others, all of them become endearing to the viewer by the end of the series. The antagonist, whom I won't name because of spoilers, is actually a very tragic figure and easy to sympathize with. Although I wished her character back story was elaborated upon a little more, I still felt like her plight was understandable.
And then, there's Himeno's family. One thing that really separates Pretear from the hoard of mahou shoujo anime is that a lot of attention is given to the main female lead's family. If you've ever watched Sailor Moon or even Madoka Magica (to a lesser extent) you'll find that the family is introduced, then effectively disappears for the climax of the series. But Pretear is not just about romance and magic; the theme of love in the family sense is also explored quite well. Throughout the series, Himeno's family serves as a source of happiness as well as conflict, and this was very interesting to watch. Although I do wish more insight was given on her relationship with them after the final battle, the growth of that relationship through the rest of the series was still quite good.
Overall, I have to say I was quite impressed with Pretear. Since I read the manga before watching this version, I was a little nervous as to how it would be adapted. I expected a normal magical girl series, but what I got was something that was actually a few shades darker than the source material. Of course this is no Madoka Magica, but it's definitely not Sailor Moon either. If you're a fan of mahou shoujo series, then Pretear is definitely a show you should watch if you haven't already. If you don't necessarily like traditional mahou shoujo but you would like a fantasy romance with a few darker psychological twists (but not enough to make it truly grim and gritty like Madoka Magica) then Pretear may be something you would like to check out. All in all, while Pretear wasn't perfect, I did enjoy it a lot. The first few episodes dragged a bit, but once I bit into the meat of the story it really captured me. The finale especially was quite enjoyable with all of the emotional drama.
I've pretty much said everything that needs to be said, and this is already a really long review so I'll just leave it at that. Watch this series if it looks like something you'll enjoy, and keep in mind that it isn't actually all it seems to be at first glance.
Dec 11, 2008
Basically it follows our main heroine "Himeno" as she tries to stop the evil demons made from the "Princess of disaster." (main villain) But how she does this is pretty interesting, she basically has to merge with these beings called "The Leafe Knights" in order to temporally take control of their powers, and this is quite important as she will need different elements against the right foe. It basically sticks to this the whole way through, all along giving the viewer some pretty nifty plot twists and surprises after the half way point. There is also a nice love story that takes place between Himeno and the main Leafe Knight, (even if it is pretty standard in anime. You know? The whole love--hate relationship) along with other mini plots to help prevent the story from keeping a sort of straight forwardness to the audience. In fact there are a handful of episodes that deal more with personal problems, and take a break from the overall story. The ending itself is by no means anything spectacular, but it does resolve all plot threads and questions, and should make you feel satisfied at the end. The action scenes I must say are a bit more on the shallow side and lack a certain flare and appeal, as some enemies were defeated in a matter of minutes once Himeno transforms, which might disappoint some viewers. This happens on most parts where they usually are involved with side plots, and make you feel like some of the actions scenes play second fiddle in some episodes. Though this is a magical girl style anime, it also has some pretty funny comedy scenes as well, but it’s never over the top and is mostly there to keep the audience into the anime. When they do gear up for battle and/or show more problematic scenes between the characters, the title quickly shifts into the appropriate mood, so you don’t have to worry about the characters acting comical at the wrong time, as it’s balanced with the seriousness.
Pretear does have some content that should be mentioned, for one there are some scenes that show Himeno and the Leafe Knights in a more nude look. It basically happens when they are about to merge with one another. Though they don’t draw any actual detail in the body, and are more just implied (ie Sailor Moon transformations).
Well being that this is a 2001 title, it will come as no surprise that it shows age. The character design that went into each is quite nice though, each article of clothing and facial expression is pretty decent to look at with a good scenes of detail and personality, however the backgrounds leave much to be desired, as most come off as a sort of bland watercolor style painting, this is especially true with the more natural environments, (such as the parks and forests) which aren’t the nicest to look at. Though some of the interior (such as Himeko’s house) is pretty detailed and well made with style.
The opening and closing themes are very pleasing to the ears, the first with a more mature magical girl style up beat theme, and the ending with a much more relaxed yet enthusiastic style. The background music is pretty forgettable though, it does play the right tunes at the right time depending on the situation. But you will most likely forget about it once you finished the series. The character voices are very well done (even in the dub version), and mix well with the character’s persona. An endearing soundtrack overall!
Well to be quite frank they are very appealing and give off good vibes to the audience, but they lack real depth found on other magical girl series. As this is due to one problem, there are simply too many characters in the overall story that you really never get a chance to learn about any of them. In fact if I was to give number count of how many of them you get actual back story and/or knowledge of, I would say its around 5 or so. Which isn’t much considering there are around 14 characters in this. Still, they do spotlight the appropriate cast members whom of which are indeed important to the storyline.
Bottom Line: 7/10
All in all Pretear is an endearing tale that should satisfy its audience. Even though it lacks deep character depth found in other titles of this style, it makes up for it nicely with its mix baggage of genres (ie love, action, suspense, comedy). While I am not the biggest fan of magical girl titles, I certainly did have fun with this. And I think you will too! read more
Jun 23, 2010
Its worth continuing with and has some very suprising shockers in the plot, I enjoyed this anime and wish it had been longer so the plot could perhaps develope more. read more
Oct 15, 2008
Apr 3, 2011
It's a whooping 10. It's about two Pretears; one who was once a Pretear and the other that wants to be a Pretear and in between a whole lot of things happen. The key point is I-don't-want-to-be-alone and I-want-to-be-loved kind of story. You can start picturing Friends and Family kind of relationship.
It's very good, the preting (which i think it's more like mating, it's just that there are no kids or creatures borne here... i know i sound pervy), the clothes she has on during the preting, the demons and the clearly seen super powers.
It's clear and the music just suits it.
The characters are well-developed, let me let you know, they are not predictable. Each character has it's own unique and distinct character and that's what makes Pretear Unique.
Overall it's awesome, you can't be bored.....bored is far from the whole setting, it has almost everything from Shoujo, fantasy, action, magic, super power, comedy to romance. It's 13 episodes of solid, unique, captivating and little-tear or much-tear shedding anime.
Just sit back and have a great time. I wished Hayate could just be honest with himself, the guy is such a baka.
Mar 11, 2009
Feb 7, 2012
The whole magic girl setting is a well treaded premises, but usually there would be at least something that gives the show a sense of identity, something that helps distinguish it in some small way. That something is absent in "Pretear".
And as I watched, the cliches piled on one after another: the generic character designs; the overused magical girl transformation sequences; the annoyingly loud heorine; the emotionless bishounen architype; the stereotypical villain with the signiture evil manic laughter. In fact the villain overused the evil laughter to the point of obsession. What's more, she had a textbook backstory that I predicted waaay before they tried to sell it off as a big twist. That's also far from being the only predictable part of the story, but I'll refrain from giving out specifics in order to avoid spoilers (given the predictable nature of most of the twists though, I use the term "spoilers" loosely).
On occasion, "Pretear" did manage to surprise me, but only because those
plot developments are feels so sudden and random that it was like they were made up half way through - there's no sense of things clicking together, no sense of "ahhh that explains why in that earlier episode this person did that" kind of thing.
But despite the dubious plot execution, the stale, over the top comedy tropes, the terrible lack of originality in general, etc, "Pretear" isn't that bad a show to watch. The last few episodes are particularly good and appropriately climatic, even through the deja vu inducing "I'M NOT GIVING UP!!!" battle of wills scenes. The reason "Pretear" isn't a bad show is simple: even though nearly everything it does have been done more than a few times before, it still does it pretty well, and it succeeds to be a lot more than the sum of its unimpressive parts. Overall, "Pretear" is a decent watch, no more no less. read more
Mar 3, 2009
This plot is very generic and boring. I cannot believe that I sat at watched this. A girl named Himeno Awayuki moves into her new home, and stumbles into a guy named Hayate. Then she discovers she has powers, yada yada yada. There's obviously romance involved, duh, it's a shojo anime. The rest of the plot writes itself, pretty much. I haven't read the manga (I never plan to) so I have no clue how much has been changed.
The art was probably one of the only half-way decent things about this show. It's not mediocre, but not amazing. So it's actually pretty standard. Though, it has some horrible art at times. That's one thing I can say about the art. The major battle scenes were animated the best, I think. But they usually are, arent they?
The only songs I can really remember are the opening and ending songs, which weren't that great. So I can't really grade this aspect.
Besides the main heroine, I could stand all the characters. Though, like the plot, the characters were somewhat typical. There weren't many stand-out characters as most anime have, but if I had to choose one, it'd be Kei. He was the really gay one. He had a fucking doll of himself and used a picture of himself as his wallpaper. Come on!
This show didn't make me feel they way I usualy feel at the end of a series, satisfied. Though I hated the show, something seemed weird about the ending and I have no clue what. Anyway, the characters defenetly had something to do with the lack of enjoyment.
I've stated that many times. ;) read more
Aug 9, 2011
This is what finally made me check it out and I have to admit UNFORTUNATELY it was a decent shojo-ish anime despite a huge waste of episodes at the beginning
Lets take into account this series was made back in 2001, animation is quite decent even up to today’s standards, yes the transformations are korny as well as Pretears special attacks and enemy designs but its kinda in line with the style this anime is going for.
A pretty strong point with this anmie imo. The opening and closing credits where very nicely sung. Character voices where decent I liked the wisecracks/jokes between the Pretear and her “handsome rude knight”. Overall very decent.
The story is a basic anime style fairytale. A girl has powers to save the world from darkness and has many “knights” or shall I say guys with individual powers that help/guard/guide her on her quest. Now this story seems very basic until the villain shows up and complicates things. Its after this point somewhere after episode 6 that the story really picks up and if you haven’t been bored by the previous hokey introduction episodes you surely get sucked into a very emotional/romantic storyline that will attempt to pull on your heartstrings.
Well the characters where all kinda what you see is what you get except for the obvious few main characters who had a little depth to them because of their past storylines. Generally all the characters are likable some are even hilarious (the short servant). My only quarm is I felt there where too many “knights” (children knights??) that seemed to serve little point in this anime.
Well although it was seeming like a rush watch anime for me I did quite enjoy a lot of the jokes in the beginning and the emotional parts at the end I did not really enjoy how it was implemented and I feel it could have been done better but overall i will have to go with
“I don’t want to admit it but I enjoyed it” if that’s a valid answer.
I would say if you like emotional type stories consider this a quick watch and maybe even a quick recommendation to others. For a fairytale type anime it was a good watch (you can’t really expect greatness can you) so I have to say its got decent value but it might not be for everyone.
Planet Tyro Rating: Watchable
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Jul 22, 2010
One girl - Himeno destined to be the pretear and fight against the evil princess who is draining leafe (a kind of life source) from the world... surrounded by 7 guys....
Kind of reminded me of sailormoon how she changes into costumes... but the wierd thing was- by combining with each individual guy. So if you think about it 13 episodes for the series... 7 changes with 7 diff guys and thats half the series gone just introducing the individual changes very briefly...
With all that taken into account, i felt the anime lacked a strong storyline and never really gave any depth to any of the characters...... Normally in a good anime I always feel a strong attraction to at least one of the characters but I didnt get that with this.
Despite there being seven pretty boys, theres only really one love interest and the others are just background roles with three of them being little kids... but thats just me being bias i guess as i love a plot when the main female lead has more than one love interest.
Overall it was fine to watch if you enjoy a girl changing costumes, trying to save the world with her love and lots of male eye candy.
With it only being 13 episodes I wouldnt call it a waste of my time and it is easy to watch with little brain power needed! read more
Dec 6, 2012
The whole thought of ‘pretear’ing seems to stem around the thought that she and one of the leafe knights becoming one and sharing the power that leafe knight controls. You can consider it sexual except when you have three of the leafe knights as preteens and toddlers, it gives you a unsettling feeling. Each episode feels rather like a slice of life rather then a magical girl show because the only fighting that really happens is at the end of the shows and the rest is placed for talks of the heart.
When we get down to the characters, again, they are pretty standard. Himeno is a normal girl who has problems with family. She’s clumsy, whiny, and yet overly cheerful most of the time. Something that really annoys me about her is that it only takes her a couple minutes to get right back to being the out of control energetic girls.
Hayate is an asshole that blames himself for what happen to the first pretear. Sasame is the more gentle and playboyish who understands peoples feelings. Kei is kind of a narcissist. Go is… there isn’t much to say on him or Mannen, Hajime, and Shin. They just, well, are. We get barely any story about them and besides Hayate and Saseme, they only stand there to have more then two characters for the main character to pre with. When looking up the characters on the Wiki to get a little more of the backstory, besides Shin, Hayate, and Sasame, the others had only 4 lines or less explaining the characters and two were mostly filled up with who played the voices for them. Even Himeno’s narration was a bit short, there was pretty much nothing for any of them to go on.
The Animation is actually alright, mostly perfect with only a few hiccups once in a while. The transformations though should not be as long as they are every single time although they are shorter then most. The boys of course look rather pretty, and all the girls are rather cute to beautiful. This is basic for magical girl shows and have a bishonen look about them. Perfect for women who love that style, though men might find it annoying to see long lashed men.
The music is pretty much standard lovely sweet music that feels a bit like Sailor Moon music. Some feel wonderful, but other times, it just throws me out of the show a little. The English voices… leave much to be desired, at least for the women. They are rather high pitched and feel forced. The men sound better and I can only wish to hear Illich Guardiola do more stuff. For your information, he played Hayate. Chris Patton does the perfect voice for Sasame in that his voice is rather sexy! read more
Mar 21, 2013
It was predictible, annoying, and overuses the title of drama. I could barely get through the season. I would not reccommend it unless you want the most dramatic characters in history. :P
Mar 11, 2013
Even as a 16 year old, when my tastes were far less developed, I was disappointed with this show. The characters are shallow, the plot is pointless and the stakes are very low. It tries to pull at your heart strings without investing you emotionally in the characters.
The protagonist and main love interest are both fairly unlikable. In fact all the characters are very one dimensional. It was very difficult to finish watching Pretear and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. read more
Jan 13, 2010
And i've got to say it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
I thought "oh this is going to be another salior moon knock off,"
but to my surprise, it was slighty different. Yes, there are magical beings, and such, but this was such a tear jerker.
I mean at first the series is very corny! (I did watch it dubbed, since I was to lazy to read subs)
But once you get into the 2nd-3rd episode, you think, "it's not so bad" and you kind of get hooked.
Once you get deep into it you can't help crying since the characters affection have for each other is so sweet!
But if your looking for an amazing series...
I wouldn't say this would be good for you. I liked it, but wasn't totally in love with it.
Jun 22, 2011
I absolutely loved the characters. I loved their personalities, the way they interacted with one another, and how each one of them never felt like an unimportant part of the story. I can't remember if I watched the original with subtitles, but I can honestly say that I was satisfied with the dubs of this anime. As it was one of my very first anime to watch, I did not know better but now that I am a bit more experienced and have heard some horrible, HORRIBLE dubs, I can say that the VAs for this show were very well chosen.
I LOVE the music in this show. The theme song can get old, but the rest of the music is superb and matches the moods perfectly.
All in all, I would recommend this anime to anyone. It's short yet sweet and definitely an anime you won't forget! read more
Oct 4, 2013
This is the typical fairy magical powers anime. It follows a girl, who is the chosen Pretear. She can use each and every one of her new guy friends powers.
Struggling at the start, she eventually becomes a master at the magic and is a true hero.
There are many sacrifices, love, and a budding relationship between the girl and the man she secretly loves.
Jan 5, 2013
Although the target audience was probably teenage girls....there was enough of a kind of Shounen feel to this to keep this 25 Year Old Male interested...kinda like a reverse Bleach/Buso Renkin.....and that was good enough for me. The nice...albeit cheesy....sentiments in the last couple of episodse raised a slight smile. Slapstick 'Looney Tunes-like' subplot with the stepsister laying out traps is also quite amusing.
Art - 3
This was one of the biggest problems for me....and would probably given this an 8 or at least a 7 Overall score if it wasn't for the art. Why? Two factors........A) The artist doesn't seem to know how to keep things within it's outlines or adds outlines that don't make any sense. It's unrealistic.......tell me...how many people do you see walking by in this world where you can see their eyes IN FRONT OF their long hair. No excuses for this at all........and looks even worse when combined with B) The water-coloured background cheapens an already suffering drawing.....maybe the artist(s) should just work with black and white. This would get a 2 at the most if it wasn't for the impressive detail on every character's eyes.
Sound - 4
Not a fan of the theme.....especially when it's used mid episode for no reason whatsoever.
Character - 8
This contributed a lot towards the overall score . All character's backstories....personal feelings....and traumas are portrayed well. You feel their pain. Their loneliness. You are drawn in sympathetically to most of the characters more and more with every personal revelation. The one downside to this aspect is that the protagonist's constant complaining in the early episodes will give you the stong urge to give her a nice....hard.....high five.....in the face......with a chair, but by the end you'll forget that you ever once felt that way about her.
Enjoyment - 7
Despite the genre and the possible target audience. I enjoyed this a lot more than I probably should have. A lot of it due to the funny humour and serious lessons learned. Two totally different sides of one pretty enjoyable coin.
All of those points mentioned above bring me to my Overall score of a fair 6. read more