Kanata Sorami, a young Private in the army, arrives in Seize to serve in the Clocktower Fortress and learn the trumpet under the tutelage of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya. Though peace hangs uneasily over the world, Kanata finds a relaxing routine of laundry, shopping, and trumpet practice greets her at her new post instead of brutal drilling and discipline. With help from the other members of the all-female 1121st Platoon, Kanata finds her place in the bustling city, bringing joy and humor to the war-weary residents while learning a great deal about the world.
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?
Princess Tutu and So-Ra-No-Wo-To seem like they're going to be cute fluffy shows about cute girl(s). And they are- at first. And then the plot kicks in and hot damn things get unexpectedly dark/twisted, which all culminates in a finale that pits each show's cast (who all end up more complex and nothing like what you would expect from the first episode) against an overwhelming antagonist and seemingly impossible odds, and all of this takes place in some sort of psuedo-European setting.
If you like a show about young girls where the action takes the backseat and the story is really about developing friendships and helping each other, both Vividred and Soranowoto will appeal to you.