There’s no point in running these ‘no anime is dropped forever’ posts if I never actually watch the anime featured. Next up is that anime that everyone else seemed to love apart from me. Hence I knew when I started these posts that I would eventually have to pick this up. Here we go, Princess Tutu.
Picked up on: Episode 3
Why I picked it up again: Because you lot and the entire world of anime fandom claimed that it got better. Not only did it get better, but it became something that far outreached any anime of its genre. It would truly get better. You guys promised me!
I did like: The development of Fakir. The only character who had realistic character development
I didn’t like: That crow as a final boss. He’s a crow and evil and stuff. Stupid villain
I did like: That they didn’t pussy out with the ending. Props for an ending that actually fit the series
I didn’t like: Dancing solving all the problems. There was never an explanation as to why they danced to solve problems. They just did.
I did like: A plot twist around episode 22 on how the world worked. Haibane Remnei type world, except nowhere near as masterfully and meticulously created
I didn’t like: Repetitiveness. I made this post after the first half of the series. The second half did change but it changed to repeating a different formula, which was largely the same as the first half’s formula.
I did like: The music. I often feel like it’s cheap to use already famous music, but Princess Tutu used the music well. Often when people praise the music it’s because of a good soundtrack and not how it’s used. Not so with Princess Tutu
I didn’t like: The attempts at humour. 26 episodes of Mr.Cat asking the girls to marry him is not funny
There. That’s the best you’re going to get in terms of a measured approach to this review. My real feelings for this show are much less coherent. Maybe if I said that this is my least favourite anime I’ve completed then maybe you’d understand better. I hated this more than Futakoi and Onegai Teacher. It was painful to get through and made even more painful by the fact I was waiting for it to get better, like everyone said. Waiting for that change in tone that would cause me to, if not re-evaluate the show overall, then at least enjoy the latter half of the show. It didn’t change and I have no idea what people meant by the show getting better in the second half. Kobato got better due to a change in tone. Princess Tutu certainly did not.
For the most part, Princess Tutu achieved what it set out to do. It told a story in a format that was very similar to ballet or opera type of storytelling. Mix this together with an episodic styled repetitiveness of kids shows and you get Princess Tutu. There were a few slip ups, most notably being the miserable attempts at humour, but most of the rest was done in order to suit the style of storytelling. Characters did unbelievable actions and acted in a set form because that’s what the story required of them. Not just in Drosslemeyers world, but in the way the creators meant for the story to be told. In a way it’s quite clever. Characters act unbelievable and perform unbelievable acts because that’s how the story requires them to act. They are incapable of acting any other way. By that same logic though, Endless Eight achieved exactly what it set out to do. Doesn’t mean it’s enjoyable to watch.
(Endless Eight has become the Godwins Law of anime reviewing. This anime did that you say? You know what else did that? Endless Eight!)
Was it worth picking up again: Watching this brought me one massive step further towards the dreaded burnout