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?
All Morioka Kohei wants to be a regular photographer, but all he ever seems to capture on film is ghosts! With 70 percent of his photos inhabited by the undead, Kohei has managed to gain not only a reputation, but also a job at an occult magazine. Things couldn't be more "normal" until he is sent to a obscure castle where he photographs a mysterious girl with a knack at disappearing, thus piquing his interest to return. And thus, Kohei sets out on a journey that takes him into the heart of the occult, on a mission to help the cutest vampire in existence find her long lost mother!
On the day before summer vacation, Ichika discovered an old mirror in an old school building. From within it, the mysterious Manatsu looked out and offered to trade favors: if Ichika will do her "homework" (experience the power of the spiritual life forces and write about her feelings) then she will return the charm that Ichika has lost. As Ichika struggles to absorb the raw power of nature, those who watch from the other side of the mirror eagerly await her decision at the end of trials. Can a 14 year old take on the sins of the world and mend the rifts between nature and humanity?
Princess Tutu and Uta Kata are both mahou shoujo titles but are very light on the "magical girl" elements. The battles have more meaning, and the fights are not heavy. Both anime seem to want to give a message or philosophical view. I found both anime to be thought provoking. Also, it's safe to say that both anime are much deeper and ominous than what you see on the surface.
In a land filled with magic and mystery, two rival kingdoms are readying for war: Isa, the beautiful water-laden city, and Paro, the industrialized wasteland. Windaria follows the tale of two sets of lovers: Marin and Izu, a young pair of farmers who are devoted to one another, and Ahanas and Jill, princess and prince of the rival kingdoms. With war approaching, these star-crossed lovers will experience the true depth of tragedy as they struggle to survive.
Michael is a young oboist at a conservatory and a talented gardener, but as he prefers the greenhouse to the obo his skills as a musician are lacking. He saves a potted plant and is thanked by Florence, the flower's fairy. She gives him the Semper Wand, which allows him to follow her into Flowerland – a world populated by a whole host of creatures, including a mischievous goblin who wants to conduct with the Wand. It is a world of wonder, ethereal beauty and music - but is threatened by the changing of the seasons. Can Michael save this world? Does his music career have a future?
Each would serve as an excellent introduction to classical music for children; both meld music and fantasy with tragic romance, somewhat malevolent threats, and the power of music overcoming them - or in Tutu's case specifically, the power of ballet.