Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu is a gentle and graceful anime series with some absolutely lovely sequences, wonderful use of music, and a deliciously twisty meta-plot spinning around authorial intent, acts of creation, and fate versus free will. If you liked Sailor Moon Super you’ll want to catch this series. Tutu was created, directed and character designed by Ikuko Itoh, and Junichi Sato (Kunihiko Ikuhara‘s mentor and series director of first season Sailor Moon) is the executive director.

In some ways it could be also considered a predecessor of Madoka Magica, since the matter of choice is such a crucial underpinning of the series. Tutu, “the character that was never meant to exist”, resolves conflicts by inviting the grieving and conflicted to dance ballet with her. However, the prince without a heart, and the knight without a cause both complicate things, the raven’s daughter lurks in the dark, and a man who should have died stands laughing behind the gears of fate…

There is happiness for those who accept their fate. There is glory for those who defy their fate.  Now tell me the best story that was ever told! Tell it to me with no regard for your lives!