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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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Princess Tutu VivisQueen 9.5/10 Feb 5, 2009

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Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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sothis
While based on different kind of plots, both of these series have a fair amount of shoujo, coupled with seriously funny parts. You could say that both have a mythical feel, as well... Fruits Basket involving people who change to animals, and Princess Tutu being a fairy-tale fable. I definitely get the same feel on certain aspects, watching these.
orangexxbumblebee

This might seem like a strech, since the plots really are extremely different, but there's something about the tone of the shows that connects these two in my mind. While Princess Tutu gets you hooked with the idea of a fairytale curse, by the end of the series what you really care about is the characters, and what happens to them. Fruits Basket does the same thing. While the Zodiac curse is amusing, it's the characters, the relationships that keep you watching. And the two heroines really are similar in their optimistic attitudes. So go check it out- I promise you won't be dissapointed.

AnimeObsessed

Princess Tutu and Fruits Basket are similar in several ways. One of these is that they each have two lead male characters that somewhat parallel each other. Yuki (Fruits Basket) and Mytho (Princess Tutu) are both sweet and kind, and Kyo (Fruits Basket) and Fakir (Princess Tutu) are tough and stubborn. These shows are also alike in that there is a well-balanced amount of comedy and drama, and they both have the same fairytale feel to them.

Nievesrockzmysockoff

Well what they both have in commen is that both theme songs are sanged by the same person and the songs truely touch your heart.They are both truely amazing stories with a mysterious ending and both totally worth watching! If you love Fruit Basket then you'll love Princess Tutu and vice versa. You truely cant afford not to watch both this anime they have a wonderful plot that will make you want to keep watching.

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Full Moon wo Sagashite

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Twelve year old Mitsuki's desire is to become a singer. She has the talent and a beautiful voice, but she also has a throat tumor which threatens to rob her of her gift of song. As if things weren't bad enough, two shinigami inform Mitsuki that she only has one year left to live. However, all is not lost, for they make a deal that if she goes with them, they will help realize her dream by changing her into a healthy 16-year-old, who is able to sing and apply for auditions.

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faerieponey

Both Full Moon wo Sagashite and Princess Tutu are cute stories about music that get you into the mood of wanting to watch another one. Both anime are based on the power of will and the power of wanting to help someone in need. 

theninja

Both are fantasy series which become deeper and more serious as they progress. The first episodes reveal the characters and the plot but as the plot unravels, unexpected instances occur. You never know what could happen next. Both involve transformations (as Mitsuki becomes her 16-yr old self and Ahiru becomes Princess Tutu.) Both female protagonists begin having an ideal version of their loved one and end with a different idea. What I enjoyed the most about both of these series was seeing how love was portrayed as unexpected -- strong but never in the place you expect it to be. In both cases, the characters are fighting against forces that cannot be won, yet the courage and the willingness of these characters to do whatever it takes for their loved one is unbelievable and breathtaking.

Aburi

These two shows are both feel good types with a heavy emphasis on music (Full Moons singing and Princess Tutus dance) They both look childish on the surface but are really very meaningfull. And finally they both have a very well written bittersweet story. I got teary eyed watching both of these.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.

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JAhU

There isn't much that connects Haibane Renmei with Princess Tutu, but they do have something in common. Its mostly the town and how it makes you feel. Same elements appear in both shows, such as ravens and the wall (though they have a different role). There is also the Realismo Magico feel that those two anime have. I mean, the fantasy elements that appear are unquestionably accepted by the characters. So, if you liked one of those shows, you could try watching the other.

Uriel1988

Both these series feature a unique art-style that take a fairly clichéd subject-matter (religious symbols in Haibane, fairytales in Tutu) and put an original spin to it. And both anime are stories of how kindness, courage and perseverance can triumph over impending tragedy.

AirCommodore

Haibane Renmei and Princess Tutu feel like they are set in the same village (a village infested with CROWS!). It's not just the animation (although the buildings look eerily similar), but the general mood. They're idyllic but slightly ominous. Princess Tutu feels like a shoujo rom-com-ified Haibane Renmei. The general story in both is slightly bare-boned, but a bit of digging and thought reveal all sorts of ideas bobbing around under the surface that are fun to analyze. Both are among my favorites in terms of rewatch value.

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Romeo x Juliet

Romeo x Juliet

On a tragic night in Neo Verona, the Capulet family is murdered by Montague and the country is seized. The only Capulet survivor is the child Juliet, who is rescued by loyal knights. Fourteen years later, people in Neo Verona live in poverty and fear. Juliet has spent her life in hiding, and in disguise as the male Red Whirlwind, secretly fighting Neo Verona’s oppression. On one of her secret adventures, she is helped by Romeo and falls in love. Finally, on one fateful day, Juliet’s family reveals her heritage and their desire for her to reclaim her title and rescue Neo Verona from tyranny. Meanwhile, Juliet also discovers that Romeo is the son of her worst enemy. Can Juliet rescue Neo Verona and kill the father of the man she loves?

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PeachSplash

Princess Tutu and Romeo x Juliet both have incredible romantic sotories that have an english style to it. Their unwavering love will have you longing for the couples to be together. Plus the characters are cute. These are both anime that i would totally recomend if you're into romance with english/french style backgrounds.

MaraRuizu

Princess Tutu and Romeo X Juliet are based on classical works, but with added magic.

More than that, both of them mix light-hearted themes with depressingly dark ones. Relationships are torn apart due to circumstance, or even fate. All while the nicely developed characters are trying to create a world where they can live as themselves.

If you liked one, you'll certainly like the other.

skitxophrenic

While I prefer Princess Tutu to Romeo x Juliet, I think both are exceptional tales of fantasy which draw from classical tales of literature as their inspiration.

Romeo x Juliet draws from Shakespeare's original tragedy, with many alterations made to weave a more grand scale fantasy action show. Princess Tutu, on the other hand, has many traditional theatrical plays utilized in it's storytelling, such as Cinderella, Swan Lake, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Princess Tutu furthers it's emphasis on these stories with it's use of classical music.

If you're looking for another fantasy show which is based on classical literature but turns it into something new, I'd highly recommend Princess Tutu and Romeo x Juliet.

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Violinist of Hamelin

Violinist of Hamelin

Hamelin is a musical young man with no recollection of his past, who lives in the village of Staccato. After a tragic disaster, he and Flute, his childhood friend, and Oboe, a talking bird, must embark on a dangerous quest to embrace their destinies. Guilt, betrayal, and loss all play a part in this musical tale of the violinist with magical abilities, and those who he desires to protect.

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sothis
Violinist of Hamelin and Princess Tutu both have something in common: they are both tragedies, which are very, very based on the musical world. Although VoH is definitely much darker, and less shoujo like Tutu is, I still think you would enjoy both.
TheBurningCrow
Both Violinist of Hamelin and Princess Tutu have the same sort of mood. However, Tutu is a bit more mysterious where VoH is a bit more adventurous. Overall I think you'd really like Violinist of Hamelin if you enjoyed Princess Tutu. Another thing that made me think they were similar was the music. Both use classical pieces and ballets instead of your typical techy-jpop.
NoSanninWa
Violinist of Hamelin and Princess Tutu have two important things in common. The first is that they both are both tragedies whose tragic elements derive from an exploration of the darker side of human nature. The second is that classical music helps shape their moods. Much classical music is used in these shows and this music is equally important to the characters in these shows.