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?
The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...
Air follows up on an old legend of a girl whose life is destined to end up in tragedy. Princess Tutu follows up on an old tale of a princess whose fate was a tragedy. The settings of both anime are in an unknown town where reality and magic are both alive. Although the stories are very different, there are many similarities in the structure and style of the storyline and plot. If you like Princess Tutu, you'll surely enjoy watching Air.
Princess Tutu and Air are both tragic romances, with an air of magic about them. Misuzu and Ahiru are incredibly similar, in the fact that they remain bright and cheery in the worst circumstances. If you enjoyed the contrasting light and dark natures of one, you'll find the same in the other.
One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?
While The Cat Returns has a much lighter feel to it than Princess Tutu, both have a fairytale feel and feature anthropomorphic animals and European settings. In addition, both anime deal partially with identity crises, particularly in the case of both heroines having to find the strength to be who they really are -- not what someone wants them to be.
For Niwa Daisuke, turning 14 should be accompanied by romance and the promise of new adventures into adulthood, but instead comes with a surprising revelation: all male children of the Niwa's bloodline inherit the powers (alter ego) of Dark, a phantom thief, upon their 14th birthday! Now, in addition to his ever-present quest to win the heart of his childhood friend Risa, Daisuke must commit acts of thievery (with his doppelganger Dark controlling his body), to steal mysterious pieces of art for unknown purposes. For Daisuke, his growing pains are just beginning!
Both anime are shoujo fantasies that feature an art form in the plot - visual art in D.N.Angel, and ballet, classical music and storytelling in Princess Tutu. The "Ice and Snow" arc in D.N.Angel that features a fairytale as part of the plot also feels similar to how Tutu uses fairytales in the story.
Both anime also feature a main cast of two guys and two girls (if you don't count Dark or Krad in D.N.Angel) that can be paired up in a myrriad of different ways, if shipping's your thing. ;)
Two fantastical shoujo anime that both involve classical art forms (dance & visual art), DN Angel and Princess Tutu also feature casts of characters who have alter egos with a shared history. DN Angel and Princess Tutu would definitely appeal to a similar audience.
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
If your favorite part of Princess Tutu was the conflict of who was controlling the story, the Midsummer Night-like switcharoo of love traingles, along with the overall twisted-ness... but especially Drosselmeyer's role in Princess Tutu than you're sure to like Escaflowne. Whereas Princess Tutu is more like a little vignette of such philosophical questions, Escaflowne is like a grand epic tale based on the same philosophy.
Also only 26 episodes long, the first part of Escaflowne is a little different, more shounen-y with plenty of mecha and dragons and a more fantasy vs. fairytale bent to it all. Hitomi doesn't dance or transform into a magical fighter, but uses her pendant for psychic purposes and guides the characters with her heart's desires.
Both series feature constantly-changing love triangles and themes about defying your fate. Also: animal people.
So if you liked the shoujo-y side of Escaflowne, then Princess Tutu would be right up your alley, and if you liked Princess Tutu but wish it had mecha battles instead of ballet dancing, give Escaflowne a try.
Sora is a sixteen year old girl who has travelled to the US to join the Kaleido Stage, one of the greatest circuses in existence. However, as luck would have it, she arrives to the audition late, which almost costs her the chance of a lifetime. Fortunately, she manages to join the Kaleido Stage anyways due to the compassion of Kalos, the owner of the troupe. With the help of her friends and Fool, the perverted spirit of the stage who has the ability to predict the future, Sora will overcome trials and tribulations and she struggles to become the Kaleido Star.
Both anime have a form of performing art woven into them. One dances for the happiness of her prince, and the other to find out who she is and to inspire young girls like herself. The animation is light and cheery and can really make you smile.