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Princess Tutu

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Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?

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Princess Tutu 2003 TBD
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Ikuko ITO Character Design
Junichi SATO Director
Kaoru WADA Music
Mizuo SHINONOME Original Manga Creator
Atsushi MORIYAMA Producer
Yoshiaki MATSUMOTO Producer
Tomoko KAWASAKI Producer
Masafumi FUKUI Producer
Taiji SUINOU Producer
Shiroharu KAWASAKI Producer

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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'Magical Girl' is usually aimed at kids. But these two shows can also be enjoyed by an older audience. Drosselmeyer and Kyubey both seem to take sadistic pleasure in manipulating young girls.


Shoujo turned serious, that is the trait Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica have in common. They take a cute, fluffy magical girl concept and add plenty of shadow and tragedy and weird artistic motifs to create an eerie atmosphere. But while Madoka Magica is focused on duelling and action, Princess Tutu is metafiction trying to rework the tropes of fables and fairytales.


Princess Tutu and Madoka take young girls, give them magical transformation powers of varying levels, and put them into increasingly horrific situations. If you liked the dark tone of one, check out the other.


When Madoka Magica was first coming out, someone referred to it as the "next Princess Tutu." I scoffed a bit at the time--Tutu is my favorite anime and while I knew Madoka was good, I didn't think it'd be able to match up.

I was wrong! Both of these series take the typical Magical Girl formula that's been in place since Sailor Moon and create unique, often dark tales of fighting fate, and holding on to hope in the greatest depths of despair. They feature creative visuals and top-notch soundtracks to boot. While there's definitely some differences between the two--Madoka is a bit darker and violent than Tutu, and doesn't share Tutu's focus on classic fairytales, music and ballet--the overall feel of these series are very similar.

If you're a fan of either of these shows and haven't seen the other, go watch them right away. You'll love the other one. If you're a magical girl fan and haven't seen either, go see BOTH of these. I can't recommend these series enough.


Both shows focus on how the world of Magical girls can not only be pretty and nice but also dark and gritty. Both shows are a great watch and I highly recommend them even if you are not a fan of the Magical Girl genre. And hey it has cute girls :3


Both Princess Tutu and Madoka are series which at first glance may seem just like any typical magical girl show. However, it doesn't take long in either series for it to become apparent that they both are very dark.Both shows also have some great character development.


Both Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica take the typical "magical girl" themes and storylines and dismantle them one by one.  While different in how they play out and the relationships of the characters, both wrestle with the concept of fate and how much control a person has over their own story.


Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is the closest magical girl anime I've seen to Princess Tutu. Both relay consequences of actions, as well as a darker atmosphere that the typical magical girl anime does not. On a minor comparison note, music also plays a role in both animes during battles. Both of these series are thought provoking, and really accomplish something different with the genre.


Both of these anime start as a standard magical girl formula, and turn into something different and more complex. While Madoka is darker, both are a refreshing twist on the genre.

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Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They reveal to her that she's a Pretear, someone who can lend powers to them when their powers aren’t enough to defeat the evil creatures called mayouchuu. Now, she has to fight the ambitious Fenrir, whose only purpose is to leech the life force from all living beings. Can Himeno save the world and find a way to deal with her growing feelings for one of the Liefe Knights?

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Because there are noumerous similarities. First of all being phisical resemblance between pretear and Tutu, the fact that they are the same type of magical girls, the evil female charachter that isnt really evil, butloves/loved the main male character, transformations that are really alike and a bunch of other similarities. For me, the two series have the same feel

Who doesn't like girls who transform to save the day?  Both Pretear and Princess Tutu are about a girl who shows us that, if you believe in yourself and have faith, you can do anything.


Both Princess Tutu and Pretear are based on our heroine walking into a modern fairytale. The artwork in both is beautiful and the heroines of both are very pure and selfless characters. Plus you'll love each heroine's respective "prince" and want to cheer them on to end up with their love.


Pretear and Princess Tutu both integrate a number of Western fairy tales into their plots. Pretear typically takes the lighter and more fun elements of fairy tales, while Princess Tutu takes the darker aspects. As such, Pretear is more upbeat and just plain fun to watch (and more typical of the magical girl genre); Princess Tutu has a more serious and unusual plotline and has more complicated thematics.


Princess Tutu and Pretear are both excellent series that follow two young girls who are attempting to save the things they care about. Both young ladies were chosen for this task, and face trials and many obstacles to overcome and succeed. Both contain a little bit of a reverse harem, and always lots of energy and can do attitude. If you love one, you'll for sure love the other. =]


First of all, both of these series were worked on by Junichi Sato--and it shows. The similarities are remarkable enough that it almost seems like Princess Tutu is a spiritual sucessor to Pretear. The main heroines are very similar, as well as the Dark Magical Girl and their relationships with the two main guys in each series. Both have fairytale motifs throughout. I think that Tutu has a better plot, since it has more time to develop the characters and really gets into the fairytale theme, but if you enjoyed one, there's a huge chance you'll like the other.


Pretear and Princess Tutu are literally one of the same. Both animes use a female as its main heroine and uses knights for its heros. In Princess Tutu she starts off a duck then a human and then finally becomes Princess Tutu; meanwhile in Pretear the leadin character is just an average girl who is trying to adjust to life since her dad remarried on of the wealthest people around.


Main characters are undergoing transformations in order to save the world from the evil female character. They're always happy, and they will risk anything for the ones they care about. Both evil female characters had some type of relationship with the main male character. Both are shoujo and magical girl anime. Both have a very emotional plot with love triangles.


both shows have a very happy feel to them and center around a very girl oriented auience. i highly suggest either show if you are sad or if you have young girls looking for a tv show since either one is approiate for young children and are easily relatable and likeable charecters

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Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?

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I've seen Revolutionary Girl Utena described as a ‘postmodern fairy tale', Princess Tutu as a 'meta-fairy tale', and after watching both series, I'd say those descriptions are about as close as you're going to get in trying to describe either series. Both have a certain surreal/fantastic quality to their stories, and continuously take and invert fairy tale archetypes. Even aspects of the presentation of the story are similar- the ‘once upon a time' segments present at the beginning of several Utena episodes and every Princess Tutu episode, or the role of the shadow play girls (in Utena), which is comparable to the role of Edel or Drosselmeyer (in Tutu). While Utena is the single weirdest show I've managed to watch all the way through, it certainly doesn't have the monopoly- a fan of one series would likely enjoy the other.


Princess Tutu and Revolutionary Girl Utena are fairytales that subvert archetypes even when they seem to reinforce them. In both there is much more than meets the eye and illusions abound. They are self-conscious narratives about finding one's own role and being true to it through thick and thin. Often surreal and increasingly dark, these two titles are a perfect match that push the limits of shoujo with great musical tracks and gripping visuals.


The plots in Utena and Tutu are both thought-provoking and mysteriously unraveled. There are duels in both that further the plot in a symbolically charged way. They both take a sort of symbolic look at valiant young women. Utena plays more with Hegel and Jung, and Tutu more with mythology and ballet/music, but both make you think and feel for the characters--and occasionally confuse you, but in a good way.


Both are series that start out a bit on the lighter more child friendly side but slowly transform to a darker and more sinister series than when they began. Both contain fairytale like elements and a general theme of wanting to protect/save someone. Both have strange and often sisnister narrirators, in RGU we have the Shadow Player Girls who's random before battle skits often offer deeper insight into the duel or duelist while Drosselmier plays the twisted writer commenting on his work as it plays out. A fan of one would and should watch and enjoy the other.


Both series explore gender stereotypes that are present in classic fairytales and turn them on their head by having a female as the hero.


The main characters in both of the series are both female, trying to be something they are not (a girl who aims to be a prince or a duck who wants to be a balerina) and they both have their own prince(s).

The stories takes place in a private academy, combining everyday school life with a deeper, fairytale-like story running next to it. The fun, everyday part is more dominant in the beginning, but it get's darker and more twisted by the end.

There is a lot of symbolic elements in both, some of whitch are hard to understand, but they spice up the story and give it even more depth.

Both series tend to repeat scenes, which can get annoying, but this actually gives a lot to the feel of a modern fairy tale and in most cases those scenes are meant to symbolise something.

Both animes also share an unexpected ending.


Princes, Princesses, and Fairytales... Princess Tutu and Shoujo Kakumei Utena cover them both beautifully. If you're looking for a story where things are never how they seemed and where everything is more complex than you thought, topped with gorgeous character designs, epic music, and dreamy settings, you will adore these two series.


Both Revolutionary Girl Utena and Princess Tutu take the mahou shoujo format and weave something sophisticated and refreshing out of it. Utena is bizarre ad heavy on symbolism while Tutu has more coherence and is more approachable, but both reveal a revelatory side to mahou shoujo we never thought was possible.


Revolutionary Girl Utena and Princess Tutu both take classical fairy tale elements and use them to make something unique, but recognizable.

Both begin with an almost monster-of-the-week type plot mixed with fun, school-life and move on to be quite a bit darker than one might expect.

Princess Tutu is definitely more approachable, since Utena is the type of show you need to pay proper attention to to enjoy. (Otherwise you might just end up mind-f***ed.)

Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura

Sakura Kinomoto never imagined that by opening a book in her father's library, she'd be responsible for releasing wild magic into the world, yet that's exactly what she did. Too powerful to be let loose on the world, the magical Clow cards were sealed away long ago by their creator, Clow Reed. But all is not lost, for the guardian beast, Keroberos, was sealed along with the cards! Can Sakura, with the help of Keroberos, retrieve the cards before they wreak havoc on the town?

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Very cute, cuddly, and altogether cunning. Both Princess Tutu and Card Captor Sakura pull of incredible story lines, despite their childish/fantasy-based themes. Consider either title should you like mahou-shoujo (magic-girl) anime.

Cardcaptor Sakura and Princess Tutu are two of the best magic girl stories out there. While both of collection elements, the larger similarity is both shows have strong second halves. Also characters in both shows have changing roles. In Cardcaptor Sakura, Syaoran is at first a rival, then an unwitting ally, finally a friend, and then a lover. In Princess Tutu, the Prince goes from the hero to a villain, while the Knight goes from a villain to the hero--and Rue changes from the black hearted foil to Ahiru, to the victim. Needless to say more, I found both to the best of the respective shared genre


Both of these series gave me the initial feeling of "ick". I find it very hard to watch "magical girl" kind of shows, as I was put off by Magical Girl Sammy...

But I was pleasantly surprised by both of these, so much so that Princess Tutu is probably very close to my top 10. Don't let the genre put you off, as both of these may be childish on the surface, but explore adult relationships and feelings.

The animation is beautifully choreographed, especially in Tutu, and is matched beautifully to the sweeping crescendo of music.

I think if deep down inside you enjoy a good romance, you will like both of these. Just don't tell anyone ;)


So. You just watched what you think is probably the best magical girl series in the world. Think again! If you've just finished either Princess Tutu or Card Captor Sakura and haven't watched the other one, then you absolutely must! Both utilise the episodic magical girl with transformation format to spin a highly funny, highly emotional, and gripping yarn with fascinating characters you immediately come to love. Most importantly, both of them will remind you why you fell in love with the shoujo genre in the first place.


Both of these are magical girl anime that involve collecting different elements in the fight to restore goodness and order.  They are not only funny and cute but also dramatic, weaving in issues of friendship, romance, belief, and sacrifice.  But what really makes both of these series outstanding is the dynamic, loveable characters.  It may take a half a dozen or more episodes, but you will eventaully become hooked, drawn in by the characters' personalities, mysteries, adventures, and changing perspectives.  These are my two favorite anime of this genre and if you love one you will definitely love the other.


Mahou Shoujo is a pretty restricting genre, but Card Captor Sakura and Princess Tutu manage to avoid it's main trapping: superficiality. Both plunge into emotional depths that most in the genre won't go near. Unfortunately, this doesn't stop them from being a tad slower than desirable, Card Captor Sakura in particular could stand to shed a few episodes, but those patient enough to overcome that are in for a treat.


Its a crazy world and there are some things we can't see.....book characters coming to life? Now thats crazy.


  • OVA (1 ep x 10 min)
  • 2002

Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...

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Considering both of these tell a story as though it were a book, that makes them similar, but the really dark feel in Comedy is similar to the mysterious 'dark' feel in Princess Tutu.
Although Princess Tutu is considerably longer, with a more in depth plot, both it and Comedy both have a very interesting fairy-tale like feel, with unusual animation and a beautiful orchestral soundtrack. An odd pairing, perhaps... but still with meaning behind it.

At first glance, this recommendation may seem a tad off but Princess Tutu and Comedy are some of the few titles that incorporate classical music with the animation proper in a way that is both relevant and artistically done. In both there is a great importance given to story telling and to narration techniques. While Princess Tutu is not as forlorn as the very dark Comedy both have an aura of dreamy surrealism that is highly captivating.


Both of these anime have beautiful classical music, with a very fairytale-like feel. The story is simple on the surface, with a bit of mysterious darkness underneath.


Both of these animes incorporate the use of classical music to bring a fairy tale to life. While Comedy is more of the "Grimm Brother's" version of a fairy tale, it generally has the same feel as Princess Tutu.


They have the same tone of poetic dark fantasy. Fans of one should check out the other.