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Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu

Alternative Titles

English: Princess Tutu
Japanese: プリンセスチュチュ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 38
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 16, 2002 to May 23, 2003
Duration: 16 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Statistics

Score: 8.251 (scored by 23627 users)
Ranked: #2602
Popularity: #687
Members: 54,867
Favorites: 1,870
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Synopsis

In a fairy tale come to life, the clumsy, sweet, and gentle Ahiru (Japanese for "duck") seems like an unlikely protagonist. In reality, Ahiru is just as magical as the talking cats and crocodiles that inhabit her town—for Ahiru really is a duck! Transformed by the mysterious Drosselmeyer into a human girl, Ahiru soon learns the reason for her existence. Using her magical egg-shaped pendant, Ahiru can transform into Princess Tutu—a beautiful and talented ballet dancer whose dances relieve people of the turmoil in their hearts. With her newfound ability, Ahiru accepts the challenge of collecting the lost shards of her prince's heart, for long ago he had shattered it in order to seal an evil raven away for all eternity.

Princess Tutu is a tale of heroes and their struggle against fate. Their beliefs, their feelings, and ultimately their actions will determine whether this fairy tale can reach its "happily ever after."

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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Characters & Voice Actors

Arima, Ahiru
Arima, Ahiru
Main
Katou, Nanae
Japanese
Katou, Nanae
Fakir
Fakir
Main
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese
Sakurai, Takahiro
Ootsuda, Hiromi
Japanese
Ootsuda, Hiromi
...
Kuroha, Rue
Kuroha, Rue
Main
Mizuki, Nana
Japanese
Mizuki, Nana
Mytho
Mytho
Main
Yanagi, Naoki
Japanese
Yanagi, Naoki

Staff

Chung, Jin Ho
Chung, Jin Ho
Producer, ADR Director
Sato, Junichi
Sato, Junichi
Director
Sayama, Kiyoko
Sayama, Kiyoko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Motoyama, Satoshi
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes

Episodes  1 / 38
Aired  Aug 16, 2002 to May 23, 2003
Status  Finished Airing


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Valle
Aug 12, 2008 5:02 PM
I remember when I first heard the name "Princess Tutu". First impression: Girly. However, I was intrigued by the praise it received so I looked for a description. Second impression: Cheesy. Still, I was curious about how the show took advantage of ballet suites, so I watched the opening. Third impression: Too pink.

There were few reasons for me to watch Princess Tutu, but I still had a strange feeling about it. Today I regret not having watched it sooner for what I saw was one of the most engaging, clever and downright beautiful shows I had ever seen, overflowing with soul and passion.

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FallnKnightFakir
May 9, 2009 10:30 PM
Ok, here's a scenario that doesn't appeal to me in the least, a magical girl series that sound incredibly girly with copious amounts of pink and it's actually called "Princess Tutu". The only positive note I saw going into this was that I really like classical music, it was this and other reviews that convinced me to even give it a shot in the first place and am I ever glad I did, I've seen it through 4 times in less than 18 months and I'm always tempted to watch it again. The first point here is that even if it doesn't sound like your read more
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Franzor
Jan 31, 1:07 PM
A lot of people have said that Princess Tutu is not what it looks like. It’s not as girly as it sounds. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Well… I actually disagree with this. In many respects, Princess Tutu is exactly what you might expect. It’s a magical girl fairy tale with romance, ballet, a female lead, and a big bad villain who wants to ruin everything for the protagonist and keep her from her true love and there are several points that might make you feel like you’re watching a classic Disney Princess movie. BUT! I do not think that should stop you read more
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Gonzo-lewd
Dec 3, 2013 7:05 PM
When you look at the picture cover of a show, that’s usually the deciding factor on whether or not it is worth your time to experience watching it for most who don’t bother to look into depth on what the show is mainly about. There is the common notion of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” by many forms of fiction, but that saying shouldn’t just be limited to books. If there are things to be said about Princess Tutu in relation to this quote, it definitely fits that description on every account.

It can be conceived that Princess Tutu isn’t your average Magical Girl read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Both are surprisingly dark and mature magical girl series, in which a lot of thought has been given to the story.
Madoka seems to be even darker, but Tutu is definitely worth watching as well. Both have very good soundtracks, too. 
reportRecommended by lumi
Anime: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
It's no surprise that Princess Tutu has been called Utena-lite. Both series look like they're made for young girls and have, to some degree, fairly typical shoujo plots in the beginning. Soon, though, they become much more complex, twisting the definitions of friend and foe; of what it means to be yourself or to grow up. In addition, they're both heavily influenced by traditional fairy tales yet eventually change the norms of those tales to be something completely different. 
reportRecommended by Anomalous
Anime: Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Pretear
Same director, same studio, similar story elements, similar character relationships: it's very easy to draw parallels between these two series. Each series is inspired by fairy tales in a different way, and although they start out as comedies, you'll be left crying by the end. 
reportRecommended by Neko-Hoshishima
Anime: Full Moon wo Sagashite
these series have a girl who changes magically for the sake of the boy she is in love with. but in contrast to other similar anime revolving around this theme Tutu & Fullmoon have really wonderful stories & unforgetable characters. at the beginning there is comedy and romance, later drama. plus the music is a focus point (Fullmoon=singing; Tutu=dancing to classic). in short: watch 'em both. 
reportRecommended by DarkLaila
Anime: Cardcaptor Sakura
Both of these are magical girl animes which follow the lives of lovable girls who transform into magical girls to save the day. They also feature male characters with some special abilities. 
reportRecommended by mysngoeshere56
Anime: Shugo Chara!
Both are Magic-Girl animes. 
reportRecommended by Taylorgg12

Opening Theme

"Morning Grace" by Ritsuko Okazaki

Ending Theme

"Watashi No Ai Wa Chiisaikeredo" by Ritsuko Okazaki

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