I'm doing recs all the time here, but there are some fandoms that I never talked about because I was into them before I had a LJ. And I'm still in them. So, today, my favourite magical girl anime of all times, Princess Tutu
Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The man’s work was the writing and telling of stories, but he could not defy death. The last story he was working on was about a brave and handsome prince who vanquishes a crafty raven. But now it seems their battle will go on for eternity. “I’m sick and tired of this!” cried the raven. “I’m sick and tired of this!” cried the prince as well. The raven escaped from the pages of the story and the prince pursued the foul creature. In the end, the prince took out his own heart and sealed the raven away by using a forbidden power. Just then, a murmur came from somewhere. “This is great!” said the old man who was supposed to have died.
The main character lives in a fairy tale town where some animals can talk. She falls in love with the heartless prince - still sweet, but who no longer feels any deep emotions. Here the ghost of the dead writer, Drosselmeyer, appears to her, and tells her she can become the Princess Tutu who gives his heart back to the prince. The price to pay is that she can never tell him she loves him, otherwise she will turn into light.
She accepts, and starts her triple life in the town, as a clumsy ballet student (names Ahiru, which means Duck), as a duck, and as the princess who looks for the prince's lost feelings.
It starts as a classic magical girl show, with episodes of the day, but quite fast, the relationships between Ahiru, the prince Mytho, his "girlfriend" Rue who is the best dancer in school and his best friend Fakir become far more complicated, as the patterns in the original book tend to repeat, and it was not a happy story.
I really love the meta part, how it's a story about stories, about books and fairy tales. There are a lot of references to classic tales (Ahiru herself has some inspirations of The Ugly Duckling, Swan Lake and The Little Mermaid), but it's always an inspiration, never a copy. The music is, for the most part, classical music, often from ballet, or adaptations of fairy tales.
The characters are lovable, the universe mixes very well some funny madness and dark themes, there are plot twists, but they are good, always seem deserved, and fascinating imagery. It's a gem that's not popular enough (I blame the title). Cette entrée a été crosspostée au https://flo-nelja.dreamwidth.org/679707.html. Commentez où vous voulez.