Utilizing German fairy tales, operas and plays of old, Princess Tutu weaves the story of a Prince who uses his own heart to seal away an evil Raven. At least, that’s what he did after chasing the Raven out of a storybook. With his heart now scattered all over the town he protected, one courageous duck is entrusted to bring the shards together and restore the Prince to what he once was. But this might not be easy for her. The town is no longer firmly set in reality, but is now a place where fantasy lingers. One can never be too sure if their actions are truly theirs or simply fulfilling the commands of some other power.
The violence in this show is quite low. There are only three or so scenes to be noted. A blade being “reawaken” by one character cutting his hand on it intentionally, a villain dropping a heart shard into a bowl of what is said to be Raven’s blood, and another character stabbing his own hand to stop it from writing.
A few damns, and one b-word are heard, but they are very rare and, when watching the show for the first time, they’re often missed entirely.
Note: Be warned that the DVD extras, such as the blooper reels, have far more language and some inappropriate jokes.
Some characters are shown without clothing in a few scenes. However, there is never any detail given in the artwork (usually just outlines or shadows of the body are shown), it is often from the back only and the scenes go by rather quickly. These scenes are never for sexual reasons, but either the main character between human and animal form or seeing something through a character’s mind.
There are no references made to traditional religious aspects, although there is quite a bit of symbolism, namely in the fact that the villain is a raven and crows are seen as evil or treacherous.
Although the show is clean enough for younger viewers, it is by no means boring for older audiences. In fact, the large amount of symbolism and the layering of so many tales makes for quite a few surprising twists and turns. The classical music and watercolor backgrounds also give a very unique feel to this show. So if you have a thing for fairy tales, classic music and a surprising storyline, Princess Tutu might just tickle your fancy!
Personal Rating: Ages 10 and up
Episode count: 26
Languages: Subtiled and Dubbed
Official rating: TV-14
Genre(s): Magical girl, Romance
Official streaming: Dubbed only via Anime Network’s website.