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A typical episode of Princess Tutu

Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a narrator who ruined the plot for the proceeding episode by telling you roughly what happens even before the strangely catchy opening song has played. But that’s OK because these are all fairy tales you should know anyway. Of course a cleverer way of doing this would be to leave it up to the audience to figure out what fairy tale is being told in this episode for themselves, but this anime is clearly aimed at 8 year old girls who wouldn’t be able to piece it together for themselves, right? Now here’s the that strangely catchy opening song I mentioned earlier.

doodledoodledoodledoodle deeeee doo deeeee doo deeeee do diddledundundun deeeee doo deeeee doo deeeee do diddledundundun deeeee doo deeeee doo deeeee do diddledundundun deeeee doo deeeee doo deeh doodledooodledoodle duh!

Duck: Man, what happened in the last episode sure was interesting. I better spend the first few minutes mulling over what happened. I’ll probably come to the conclusion that I’m just a duck so it doesn’t matter, or that I better continue trying to find the heart shards for Mewtwo. He’s so dreamy! I just love effeminate male versions of a damsel in distress with no discernible personality. But enough of that, I better go to school.

Friends: Hi Duck!

Duck: Oh look, it’s my extremely unsupportive friends! I wonder if they’re going to say anything new, or shall they continue down the path of non-playable characters who say the exact same thing no matter what period of the game you talk to them in.

Friends: Duck you really suck at everything but we still like you anyway. Now go confess your love for Mewtwo

Duck: Ah well, I wonder if any of these other NPC’s will change what they sa-

Mr.Cat: If you girls don’t do what you’re told then I’ll have you marry me!

Duck: I guess not

Friends: By the way, did you hear of that fairy tale in this town?

Duck: Yes, it was mentioned already in the episode preview before the opening. What about it?

Friends: ….oh Duck, you really suck at everything but we still like you anyway

Duck: Oh look at that pretty girl. Don’t remember seeing her before…oh wait, that’s Mewtwo. And he’s talking to one of the only other two characters in this show with some semblance of personality. I’m going to go try eavesdrop on what they’re saying.

Fakir/Rue and Mewtwo: blah blah blah plot from the last episode blah blah blah don’t you go doing this thing blah blah blah

Duck: Well that revealed nothing new. In fact, this entire episode has come to a bit of a standstill, doing the exact same things that every other episode has done thus far. Surely the audience must be getting bored by this stage. Oh wait never mind, here comes Miss Walking Deus Ex Machina!

Miss Walking Deus Ex Machina: Hi there. I’m now going to talk in some sort of thinly disguised riddle that is actually telling you to go to the point that your friends mentioned earlier in the episode. Really, you should try take the hint by now

Duck: Thank you Miss Walking Deus Ex Machina, but instead I think I’ll go mull over stuff like I usually do. Besides I’m just a duck and stuf- oh wait a second! Through some sequence of events I just found out that the damsel is in distress yet again. I better go save her…I mean him. But what am I supposed to do? You would have though Miss Walking Deus Ex Machina would have given me a tool that I could use to take out the badguy and restore the heartshard but I guess not. Whatever shall I do?

Drosselmeyer: Oooh dearie me, the plot has come to a standstill yet again. Whatever shall I do to solve this? I know! I’ll make her transform into Princess Tutu and save the day~!

Viewer: But isn’t that what happens every single time?

Drosselmeyer: Well yes, but I can’t change it. It would alienate my audience. Children like repetition.If she didn’t transform into Princess Tutu at exactly the 16 minute mark of every single episode I would get complaints from the parents.

Viewer: I read on an internet forum that this show is extremely popular amongst young adults

Drosselmeyer: What, really? That’s nonsense! I haven’t put in a single giant robot or booby jiggle. I bet they’re all young girls pretending to be older than they are. Kids these days are whizzes on the internet you know. Anyway, she’s still changing into Princess Tutu. Look, I’ve started the transformation sequence and everything.

Princess Tutu: Halt, evil person. I am Princess Tutu and I am here to solve whatever problem we have going on here by offering you to dance.

Villain-of-the-week: But no, I am being afflicted by whatever piece of emotion belongs to Mewtwo this week. How will dancing help anyway?

Princess Tutu: Just dance anyway. It always manages to solve the problem somehow. I dunno, I don’t write the story.

Princess Kraehe: Aha~! I am Princess Kraehe and I’m here to challenge you to a dancing battle in my barely legal outfit.

Viewer: Aw man, I love ballet! I wonder what types of moves they will showcase? I’m very much a newbie when it comes to ballet. I couldn’t tell the difference between a demi plie and a pirouette to save my life. But that’s ok, this show should explain some of the things going on. They never explain what’s going on in the actual classes themselves but maybe they were saving if for the battles. I am very excite

Tutu twiddles her hands above her head for a bit

Kraehe spins on the spot a few times

Tutu does some sort of flying leap

Kraehe arches back and then stumbles

Princess Kraehe: You have defeated me Princess Tutu, but next time you won’t be so lucky

Viewer: ….WTF?

Princess Tutu: Oh Mewtwo, I shall now return this heart shard to you. Hopefully this is the emotion of common sense so you won’t go stumbling off and getting yourself into trouble yet again.

Mewtwo: I would probably be much less of a damsel in distress if I was voiced by Dan Green like the real Mewtwo

::Note:: While I have picked up Princess Tutu for the ‘no anime is dropped forever‘ posts, this is not the final review. That will go up once I’ve completed the series. Also, as much as I might make fun of it here, it has started to grow on me in its own strange way

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  1. Posted July 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink


    I hate you the image scares me.

    Also have you watched this yet?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Ah bloopers~

      The only one I’ve seen is a blooper reel for is Noein and that’s because I own the series

  2. blissfullynaive
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh lol, Mewtwo..

    This series, this series.. hmm.. /contemplates

    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Pokemon makes everything better

  3. kaei
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Wait, so

    > Once upon a time, there was a nar­rator who ruined the plot for the pro­ceed­ing epis­ode by telling you roughly what hap­pens … Of course a cleverer way of doing this would be to leave it up to the audi­ence to fig­ure out what fairy tale is being told in this epis­ode for them­selves

    But then you say

    > I’m very much a new­bie when it comes to bal­let…. But that’s ok, this show should explain some of the things going on.

    So which is it? Are you a really observant educated viewer who understands everything without it being spelled out, or are you an idiot who needs hand holding every step of the way? Make up your mind, please?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      They’re different things. One is relying on viewers intelligence. The other is simply mentioning what they’re actually doing. They dance without ever once making a reference to the fact that they’re dancing.

      However I suppose it’s meant to be a ballet in anime form so it makes sense for that to be the case. Meh, this isn’t meant to be a review anyway

  4. Posted July 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Hey, this is that show that sounds terrible but everyone insists isn’t actually terrible. All I needed was one remotely unflattering review to justify my decision not to watch it. Thank you.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Because taking what one review says and ignoring every single other review says is what all the cool people do

      • vucubcaquix
        Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

        We all know that baka-raptor is the coolest though.

        I mean, just look at that hat! GodDAMN that is a nice hat.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

        I feel pretty cool right now because I’m wearing a hat IRL while typing this

      • vucubcaquix
        Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

        I wear very jaunty hats IRL too, but only to cover my very bald 24 year old head.

  5. Posted July 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Lulz – I had the exact same reaction for the first handful of episodes and was starting to doubt my friends sanity for singing the shows praises to me.

    At some stage it does kick into gear and completely suck you in, I can’t remember exactly when, it was a pretty gradual change. By the end I turned into one of the people who have nothing but praise for the show!

    • Posted July 17, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

      Haha, yes, this nails the start of this series on the head and exactly what I thought when I watched it. Well played.

      I’m curious what you think of it after you’ve finished the whole thing. Keep plugging away at it.

      • Posted July 17, 2010 at 4:00 am | Permalink

        Goddammit. I swear I put this one as it’s own comment.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink


    • Posted October 18, 2010 at 1:25 am | Permalink

      se will sex with him???/ fuck

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink



    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      It’s easy to make catchy music when you take all your songs from popular ballets

  7. Elysium
    Posted July 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Oh hey, I remember this show~

    It does get better near the end, though. PROMISE.

  8. Posted July 18, 2010 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    i was about to say “i knew it” until you said you’d keep watching. heh.

    but yeah, this was definitely the first couple episodes. i thought ahiru was cute so i kept watching.

    i think the series begins to take its dive into darkness when princess tutu returns fear to mytho/mewtwo/whateverthehellhisnameis. if i remember correctly.

    in other news, i just watched romeo x juliet by the same creators as princess tutu, apparently, and i adore it to pieces ;x *gets killed*

    • Scamp
      Posted July 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Princess Tutu was written by Shakespeare?


  9. Posted July 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Permalink


  10. Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    princcess tutu es genial no la comparen

  11. Posted October 18, 2010 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    icant wach it because we dont have t.v.!!!!!!

  12. saltyavocado
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Haha, I stumbled on this little blog while I was looking up the definition for deus ex machina, and look what I found. A funny little blurb on that anime I just dropped because I was too embarrassed to watch it when my sister might walk in on me. Maybe I’ll pick it back up again and try to get beyond the second episode…

  13. hikarutsukino
    Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m 27 years old and this show make fall in love with shoujo(again) and ballet.

    The introduction before every act (every episode is called this way) used to be a tradition of ballet and opera. And some are brilliant insight at the level of Utena’s shadow theatre.

    About Mytho’s personality, with every piece that gain back, he show a hint of what he used to be , wich is way better than your typical shoujo manga’s love interest. In fact Prince Siegfried is THE LEGENDARY PRINCE CHARMING able to make quake and squee to prince’s hater like me.
    And having an evolving prince to save is always better than a cardboard damsel in distress

    Duck is not oblivious to Edell’s help, she even said loud that must be a hint in the “casual conversation” they just had.

    Is this seen repetitive you have no idea what is a sentai series….Princess Tutu doesn’t even have power to use every single episode…..Please focus in the character’s feeling. Talking about your feelings to get over the distress is one of shoujo’s pilars, if you ignore that part you will never understand shoujo.

    Princess Tutu is one of the best series I had seen, and I’m watching anime since 1987.

  14. Posted February 2, 2013 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    hey guess what I watched all the episodes but it should have ended with fakir having Cherey known as Ru and and tutu known as Duky with Myouto.

  15. Posted February 2, 2013 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    oh and I saw it all on netflix

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