Ranked #265

Princess Tutu

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 38
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 16, 2002 to May 23, 2003
Premiered: Summer 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Hal Film Maker
Source: Original
Duration: 16 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.241 (scored by 25,941 users)
Ranked: #2652
Popularity: #738
Members: 61,232
Favorites: 2,183
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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."

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Characters & Voice Actors

Arima, Ahiru
Arima, Ahiru
Katou, Nanae
Katou, Nanae
Sakurai, Takahiro
Sakurai, Takahiro
Ootsuda, Hiromi
Ootsuda, Hiromi
Kuroha, Rue
Kuroha, Rue
Mizuki, Nana
Mizuki, Nana
Yanagi, Naoki
Yanagi, Naoki


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

More episodes Episodes(3/38)

Episode Title Aired
1 Ahiru and the Prince - Der Nußknacker: Blumenwalzer
Ahiru to Ouji-sama - Der Nußknacker: Blumenwalzer (あひると王子さま - Der Nußknacker: Blumenwalzer)
Aug 16, 2002
2 Pieces of the Heart - Schwanensee: Scène finale
Kokoro no Kakera - Schwanensee: Scène finale (心のかけら - Schwanensee: Scène finale)
Aug 23, 2002
3 A Princess's Oath - Dornröschen: Panorama
Princess no Chikai - Dornröschen: Panorama (プリンセスの誓い - Dornröschen: Panorama)
Aug 30, 2002

Opening Theme

"Morning Grace" by Ritsuko Okazaki

Ending Theme

"Watashi No Ai Wa Chiisaikeredo" by Ritsuko Okazaki

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Aug 12, 2008
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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Dec 3, 2013
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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May 9, 2009
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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Nov 5, 2008
I think the only thing I didn't like about Princess Tutu was the name of the show. With a story that, while original, hails to the great storytellers such as Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, set at a pace that presents itself willingly to ballet, and refusing to pull punches, Junichi Sato's dark fantasy about a duck who wanted to be a girl, and the prince whose heart she wished to piece back together is a fairy tale that children can enjoy and adults can adore.

Like all good fairy tales, the story is most crucial. It must be whimsical yet cautionary, quickly paced, read more
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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: 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: Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Prétear
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: Shugo Chara!
Both are Magic-Girl animes. 
reportRecommended by Taylorgg12
Anime: Ashita no Nadja
Nadja and Ahiru have similar personalities, they have a very kind heart and are very energetic, and also, the two are ballet dancers. In both animes there´s a love triangle: In Princess Tutu is between a prince and a knight, in Ashita no nadja is a nobleman and a thief. There´s also special objects to the girls:Nadja has a ring and Ahiru has a necklace.  
reportRecommended by Akarioru

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