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.
Innocent, naive, and locked in the castle tower since birth, Princess Arete wants nothing more than to escape the royal life and live as the commoners live, and to see things that she has only dreamed about in her books. One day, her wish is granted -- though under less than ideal circumstances -- by the sorcerer Boax, who charms her into becoming his wife. On his flying machine from the days of magic, Arete embarks on a mystical journey full of discovery, enlightenment, and wonder beyond belief...
Both Swan Lake and Princess Arete are about girls who get whisked away by a man who wants to make them theirs and theirs alone. Princess Arete is more slow paced than swan lake but if you liked one you'll probably like the other
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'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.
Both shows are about SWANS. Now that that is out of the way they are both quite old and tell a tale of people needing to break a spell that turn them into birds. Both have that fairy tail thing going on while Swan Lake is about a girl swan The Wild Swans are about boy swans. You'll enjoy one if you liked the other for sure. SWAN!