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?
One day, on one of his hunting trips, Prince Siegfried sees a band of swans resting peacefully in the lake. One particular swan captures his attention, because it’s wearing a crown and stares at him just like a human. Siegfried is mesmerized and follows the swan all the way to some ruins, where the pretty swan suddenly transforms into a beautiful lady. The beautiful lady turns out to be Princess Odette, who was put under a cruel spell by the evil wizard Rothbart; and it is this spell that makes her turn into a swan every day, regaining her true human form only when the moon shines upon the lake. The only thing that can break the spell is the unconditional love of a man for her, which Siegfried is eager to give, but things aren’t as easy as they seem.
Princess Tutu's setting and overall style is inspired by western fairy tales and ballet. Swan Lake, which is based off of the ballet that inspired it, features a similar setting as Tutu and features two characters that share the same type of love for each other as Ahiru and Myuto. If you enjoyed Princess Tutu, then you'll enjoy Swan Lake.
Princess Tutu's plot has an underlying "Swan lake" feel, with the usual Odette (Ahiru/Princess Tutu), Odile (Rue) and Siegfreid (Mythos) characters, music from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" score and more. The plot of Tutu is, in part, derived from Swan Lake, and has the same feel. While ballet is more prominent in Princess Tutu, Princess Tutu borrows a lot of symbolism, imagery, music and themes from "Swan Lake". If you liked one, you're sure to like the other.
The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country. As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane. But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...
What these series have in common is a quest for lost memories to save true love. Both are packed with action and adventure, but leave you with that warm feeling inside.
The soundtracks to these series are also one of my favourite things about these shows. Tutu has music fitting to a series about ballet. Tsubasa is very reminiscent of the .hack series with sweeping melodies from Kajiura Yuki.
Do not let the themes of these shows put you off, as they almost did with me (ballet and cardcaptors..?). The characters are lovable, the story engrossing, and you will leave with a warm fuzzy feeling ^^
Like Princess Tutu, Tsubasa Chronicles is about somebody restoring something to someone who is precious to them.
Legend tells of a winged beauty who was so feared that she was confined to a palace, never to leave its gates alive. She lived a life of solitude until one day love entered her life; but as cruel fate would have it, the more the young woman loved, the closer she came to her death. For young Misuzu, researching the tragic tale of the winged one was only the beginning of her summer’s journey; a journey that would be filled with the discovery of love, the pain of loss, and the exploration of the human heart.
What's great about Princess Tutu and Air Movie is that they are disguised as very shoujo and magical with the sweet female leads and mystical and legendary romances; but if you look deeper, there is an underlying theme of tragedy and unfairness that, although subtle, is very effective.
They also present a lot of life's ironies, like how acceptance of a tragic fate is more apparent in the person themselves than their loved ones, or how grim fates fall to the undeserving.
Both anime are dreamy, sad, and bittersweet; I think that you'd like one if you liked the other.
Red Riding Hood Chacha is an aspiring young mage who can't seem to get her spells right, commonly performing blunders like summoning a bouquet of noses instead of roses. But when her famous master and magician Seravi decides to send her to Magic School, things couldn't be better. Along with were-puppy Riiya, love-struck Shiine, Black Riding Hood Yakko-chan and other new friends, Chacha must survive both the evil forces which threaten the land and sadistic (yet still somehow caring) teachers alike!
Princess Tutu and Akazukin (Red Riding Hood) Chacha are both shows about a cute clutzy girl with a magical necklace that triggers a transformation sequence. The main characters both reference a well known fairy tale (red riding hood vs. the ugly duckling/swan lake). Though the characters of Chacha are a bit younger, both shows have innocent young love which seems to go straight from kisses to marriage in the characters' minds. Both series have comical (and sometimes a bit scary) friends attending school with a zany teacher in a magical world.
Initially both series have a "villain of the week" structure, though Tutu gets around to a larger plot arc against a big villain and an actual ending much faster than Chacha does. Tutu is a bit darker and more engaging of the intillect than Chacha, and intended for a slightly older audience, but both would be suitable for children about 12 and up, as well as heart-warming and occasionally hilarious for adults.
Saga is an ordinary girl who lives her life by planning everything ahead of time. Unfortunately, having a waffle-loving Snow fairy called Sugar follow her home was not a part of these plans! Together with apprentice fairies Salt and Pepper, Sugar must find the 'twinkles' that will make their magical flowers blossom, thus turning them into fully fledged season fairies. The trouble is, none of them actually knows what a 'twinkle' is! And so, with help from Saga and other friends, the trio begin their search, whilst having fun and perfecting their magic along the way.