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?
Tazusa Sakurano is a 16-year-old girl whose beauty is worth $10 billion -- or at least, that's how she describes herself. She is a skilled figure skater who represents Japan, and is working hard to earn a spot in the Olympics; but unfortunately, at the same time that she fumbled on her triple lux, a ghost possessed her body! His name is Pete Pumps, and he now sees all that Tazusa sees, and feels all that she feels -- especially hard falls. The two have no idea why Tazusa's body was chosen, and how to undo it. If things weren’t complicated enough, the media also hounds Tazusa for being a poor representative for Japanese women in the figure skating arena, and worst of all she has absolutely no privacy! Realizing that there's no way fight against the situation, Tazusa and Pete work together to give their best performance in figure skating.
both series are based on an artistical sport: ballet and skating. In both series we have a clumbsy girl who is trying her best to shine, and at the end shows that the most important things is for their beloved ones to be happy and have fun. In both series the girls rivals are "queen of the ice"/ princeess of ballet, who seem to have hearts of stone, but in the end show that Tazura/ Ahiru realy could get to them and make them smile and recognize them as being preatty good at what they do.Both series have a sad ending for the main female characters.
In a fairytale and storybook country, Firiel Dee has lived all her life in the peaceful Cerafield countryside. Her mother died when she was young, and her father – known by everybody as "The Scholar" – is alive but has a tendency to lock himself in his observatory and not give Firiel the time of day. On her 15th birthday, Firiel's life changes forever when she goes to a ball in Cape Amber wearing her mother's necklace that her friend and father’s pupil, Roux, delivered to her. Lord Roland and Lady Adale, members of the royal family, recognize her necklace as belonging to the runaway Blue Princess – leading Firiel to the discovery that she is the long lost princess' daughter! Now, she must compete with all of the other candidates to become Queen of the land.
In a way, both Good Witch and Tutu have two main characters and one love interest, and you can never decide who fits better with the love interest. Also, both use references from fairy tales. So if you liked one, try out the other; I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.
This may seem to be a strange pairing at first, but there are actually a lot of similarities between these shows. In each show, fairy tales and stories are more than they appear to be and come to life in very real ways. Both shows take a while to become spectacular, but they get there, and the early stuff ends up being very important later on. And finally, in each show the characters grow, change, and become better peoplen (and much more interesting to watch) as their relationship develops. These are both very special shows and are incredibly deep, and I feel that both are masterpieces.
In present day New York a group of talented people are rehearsing the latest Broadway show -- but behind the scenes, a young girl named Tsukushi does the dirty work, cleaning the floors in the building. Though poor in monetary terms, she is rich in spirit, with her only dream being to one day become a star and dance in the spotlight. In her spare time, and on her way home, she practices diligently to make her body perform according to her wishes, hoping to someday get her big break. But does she have have what it takes, let alone the guts and confidence, to be a performer?
The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...
Both Princess Tutu and Howl's Moving Castle create worlds of magic and fantasy that allow for a similar feel. Though the prior anime grants greater attention to magic girls and epic ballet and the latter anime warrants more time to political and social commentary with a magical twist both still retain enough similar elements to be enjoyed by those with a taste for either. The somewhat plain and insecure female leads are both complemented similarly by tragic male leads; the characters' growth also feels close from an over arcing perspective. The course of each narrative feels familiar psychologically and emotionally, but different thematically, and aesthetically. Overall, I would suggest these two anime together to anyone who singularly enjoyed either Howl's Moving Castle or Princess Tutu.