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.” – My Anime List
Based on 29 review scores:
Princess Tutu will scare away the average magical girl anime fan or not, but if there is any love in your heart for old tales or classical music — or, well… ballet dance — this show is not one to miss out on.
The Fullmetal Narcissist
There’s a good reason I have Princess Tutu ranked as my fourth favorite anime series of all time. It’s one of those rare shows that’s not only perfectly made, but also perfectly enjoyable to any anime fan… Of any age, gender or sexual preference… Who’s willing to try it out. It lends itself to a very high degree of rewatchability, as with every viewing, you’ll notice something new… A trend, a theme, some foreshadowing, or just something funny going on in the background. In short, it’s a masterpiece.
princess tutu is an awesome anime dont get me wrong, just because the title has “princess” in it or it looks childish doesnt mean that its not a good anime, you gotta love the music animation, emotion put into this story, their is no such thing as a sloppy episode in this anime and some episodes are hilarious, especially the episodes 10, 11, 12, 13. im hooked on this anime just go watch it NOW. if you like shugo chara than you would like princess tutu.
Full Metal Cowboy – Deviant Art
Princess Tutu has some charms like a great cast of characters, classical music, solid effort animation, and a bizarre, yet unique presentation of a story that has the spirit of a fairy tale. This truly is a unique series that shouldn’t be missed if you are into the magical girl genre. This is also a series that I think some guys should consider checking out too.
Tuxedo Guy – Deviant Art
Anyway, here’s a show that, not only tugged my heart strings, but It… it pulled it, which came with my heart, and an angel touched it… this not making a coherent sentence. So, this is a master piece; classical music, dancing, a very good story with very good characters, it’s awesome. How is it possible for me to feel for a character; that could either mean that your show either sucks miserably or is amazing, and we can all say it goes to amazing. The only few things I should say is bad is that I wished that there were more original scores, as the scores are existing pieces of classical music, and I gotten a bit confused by how the series’ episodes were formatted, but it’s just minor gripes. I also don’t hate the writer character as in he’s terribly made; he’s a great character, I just hate him in the same sense a protagonist would have bad feelings for an antagonist… hm… that doesn’t sound right.
The series is not episodic but takes a little while to develop. But once it does, there’s a number of nice twists and good strong character development. Although Ahiru is too cute and a bit annoying, the other characters, including her alter ego Princess Tutu, are depicted more seriously. Rue/ Kraehe, Ahiru’s rival and main antagonist is a complicated villain and becomes quite likeable and sympathetic by the end. Fakir, who at first seems to be a controlling jerk, has his own reasons to protect the prince and discourage Princess Tutu. There’s a lot more going on than it first seems and by the end the viewer should feel satisfied that he/she has just seen something quite different, original, and complete.
The Nihon Review
Princess Tutu never fails to ring true. Watching Ahiru and her companions continue to dance a pas de deux true to them is infinitely more beautiful and wonderfully more grim than any wave of a wand or pumpkin carriage. Raw in its emotions and complex in its character’s portrayals, Princess Tutu is truly as wonderful as the swan she becomes: elegant, mystifying, and inspired.
Despite its slow beginning and somewhat emasculating aesthetic, Princess Tutu’s beautiful visuals, memorable score, and unpredictable story twists make it one of the best shoujo anime of the past 20 years.
Lily Ginny Black
Princess Tutu bring us innovative elements to the mahout shoujo genre and most people who take the journey of watching the show will be able to find a great enjoyment with odd and interesting characters, great soundtrack, amusing and pleasant scenarios and colours, and original until the very end. This show is a precious gem that truly surprises you because it’s the very notion of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’.
Those who didn’t love it are sentenced to death by watching repetitive mahou shojo transformations.
Anime News Network
Every so often a title will come along which turns one of anime’s most staid genres on its head. Such a title is Princess Tutu. Even if you are not normally a fan of magical girl anime, you owe it to yourself to check out this one. It may not be the prettiest-looking of anime series, but it is one of the most beautiful.
The Otaku’s Study
I enjoyed it and it didn’t come across as a childrens series similar to the one I mentioned in the first paragraph. Overall, it is a series for all ages to enjoy!
This show combines innocence with dark and deep characters really well and with the ballet, it turns turns into a wonderful emotional ride. Oh, and the soundtrack cannot go unmentioned here. The use of classical music in this show is just a perfect match.
This is a show you will not be able to put down until and unless you have finished watching both the seasons. It will leave you with a major feels and an “OMG WHAT” moment when you realize in the end how the plot was much bigger and diverse than you thought.
Unlike most shoujo anime, Princess Tutu actually does leave you feeling magical.
I still highly recommend that they should put some great thought into renaming this series. Its hard to proclaim your love for this show without getting some weird looks. But I’ll say it anyways…
I like Princess Tutu.
Princess Tutu is the anime that defines ”don’t judge a book by its cover”. Altough it may seem super girly and bad at first (considering its genre and themes), it is in fact one of the best (if not the best) magical girl anime you can watch if you give it some time and a chance. The first half of the show may bore some of you and the “girly” themes may turn down a lot of people (especially guys), however I can asure you that both boys and girls can enjoy this show, especially when the second half starts. I would actually recommend this show just for its ending, which is epic.
There are a lot of relatively stand-alone episodes, and these tend to drag. I won’t deny that the middle section of Princess Tutu bored me most of the time. But the end pulled it all back together, and it might have one of the best conclusions of any anime series I’ve watched. Don’t be fooled by the silly title — this show deserves to be taken seriously.
Princeses Tutu has easily made a place for itself among the greatest Mahou Shoujo series of all time. While it may be easier to appreciate than enjoy for some, its storytelling ability can seldom be matched, its characters are superb, and the plot is simple yet captivating. Don’t be turned off by the cover, title, or even some descriptions you may read. I believe this anime has something for everyone, and I would strongly advise anyone to give it a chance to prove that dancing little girls can be totally badass.
My Anime List
Overall, Princess Tutu is a living, breathing anime that, unlike most magical-shoujo shows, truly feels magical. Yes, I may sound cheesy, lame and corny, but don’t miss out on this unique gem. A true masterpiece.
The anime’s cons….mmmmm…..well, it requires patience. It is not recommended for action fans and impulsive people. The series progresses very slowly and all actions, movements and plot and character development is slow. It requires patience but I can’t really say that the wait is worth the ending. The ending though happy is not very satisfying.
Beta Is Dead
Bottom line is that Princess Tutu, despite appearances, has everything you’d want out of an anime: it’s funny, it has great characters, it has a strong story, and awesome music. Though it’s supposed to be something of a kids cartoon it doesn’t really feel like it’s talking down to anyone. So if you’re looking for an anime you can enjoy with the whole family I don’t think I’ve seen a better example than Princess Tutu. If you have no kids I’d still probably recommend it but you might want to be prepared to have to explain yourself to confused friends who see it on the DVD shelf and don’t know that it’s actually awesome (though to be fair if your friends don’t like anime they’ll say that no matter what).
Most people will probably observe Princess Tutu’s fairytale premise and cute animation style and pass it by without a second glance, but doing so would constitute one of the biggest mistakes any serious anime fan could make. Princess Tutu is uniquely imaginative and crafted with the kind of elegance rarely seen since the great fables of the past. To enter this eccentric and compelling world, leave all preconceptions about shoujo at the door.
Neichu’s Anime Reviews
In closing, Princess Tutu is a series that I feel doesn’t get nearly enough recognition. It might not sound or look like much at first, but it dances circles around many flashier series.
Princess Tutu surprised me. I previously hadn’t much opportunity to watch the show and I only had a very small impression to work from. Viewing the series from start to finish was very refreshing and something I wish I had done sooner. Despite the kiddy look and girly design that blankets the show this is truly a series that anyone could sink their teeth into. It’s a sweet little treat with a ton of layers that only gets better as you get closer to the last bite. Tutu is a high recommendation!