graphics: princess tutu

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i have always wanted to draw fakir and ahiru doing different styles of dance!!!! 

i didnt think i was going to be able to keep serious about drawing fakir is 70s clothing but i d id it. 

kinda. 

(also apologies for wonky anatomy over messiness of these i didnt feel like doing the thing with effort) 

anorable  asked:

omgggg so you watched princess tutu too???? legitimately it was such a masterpiece i can't even ;3; like i go back and look at the anime cover and think... this is what i watched??? just what was the sorcery how could it possibly be THAT amazing? it all just snuck up on me everything about it lol sorry needed to have a feels-rant lol

I know exactly how you feel. It’s such a strange thing because you wouldn’t expect much from it, based on the appearance and description. But Princess Tutu is such a gorgeous fairy tale analogy, a story about stories themselves and the most fantastically meta anime I’ve ever seen.  I love how it uses classical music and the ballets/stories associated with those musical pieces to tell the story. I first watched it with a mythology/lit student who ended up writing PT into her thesis paper, she was so admiring of it.

Then there’s the gender dynamics.  OMG.  I maintain that PT is one of the most feminist anime I’ve ever seen.  The main character never loses her agency in the narrative—in fact, the whole narrative is created to give her agency.  She never gives up on believing that her female friend is worth rescuing, that Rue didn’t stop being worth it just because she became the story’s antagonist. Ahiru’s power is very feminine power and it grows with the story in such an organic way.  She tames one of her enemies and he becomes her knight. Later, he literally becomes the vessel of her power in the narrative, which is amazing because women are always the vessel in fiction, hardly ever the other way around.  Also, the knight character—-the paragon of male violence in fiction—-was completely deconstructed. The show said “Nope, that’s not the way. Check yourself, dude, and let’s help the ladies resolve this.”

I love that the supposed “lead” guy of the show is an automaton damsel in distress, who literally becomes alive only when given emotions by Ahiru…it’s like the complete opposite of Twilight.  I love that the show violates the First Girl rule and the Prince’s love story is not the love story I initially expected it to be.

THE SHIPS.  The love stories in this show kind of knocked me over with how adult they were in their resolution.  Not sexual, but very adult.  The emotional reasoning, the balance of needs vs emotions, the maturity involved in how those stories wrapped up…it broke my heart, but in a very literary manner of heartbreak. I cheered for Rue. I cried for Ahiru.

I love how every character was completely different by the end of the show. In some cases because they had changed, and in some cases because what we knew about them had changed, and that resulted in one of the most comprehensive and perfect Role Reversal storylines that I’ve seen in anime. The Prince with Two Princesses is replaced by the Princess with Two Princes. The victim is the villain, the villain is the victim.  The Knight served the Prince but changes his devotion to a Princess instead, one of his choosing.  Instead of being a benevolent force, the author is the enemy and the Raven is the manifestation of his aggression against his own creations.

The moral of Princess Tutu can be summarized as, “If you don’t write a decent ending for your novel, your characters will come alive and attack against you.”

How can anyone watch this anime and not fall deeply in love with it?  IT IS PERFECT.

2 Things I Appreciate about Princess TuTu

1. It’s Respect towards Ballet

Barring that first episode,  the main focus of the ballet is not as a gimmick.

Dance is an art form and a style of communication. As my theatre teacher once said, “When words aren’t enough, you sing. When singing isn’t enough, you dance. And when dancing isn’t enough, you sing and dance together.”   

Throughout the show, the “fight scenes” are a “war” of ideas, and ballet is used as a conduit and punctuation for said ideas. 

The ballet is used for expression, and while magical elements do occur (for example, Tutu dancing on top of water, or practically flying, or growing plants instantaneously. (which isn’t totally uncalled for given that it’s taking place inside a story)) the ballet puts the characters thoughts, feelings, and beliefs center stage.

2. The Character Development

Okay, confession time.

When I was first watching Princess Tutu, THIS guy made me really upset. I stuck around for a few episodes because I wanted to see Duck and Mytho end up together, but THIS GUY. EUUUGH……

I didn’t hate him (To quote Swoozie, “My gang would never let me be a hater”), but I did dislike him to an extreme degree. Like, I loathed him. So I just quit watching the show and decided that I would look at some fanart to satisfy my desire for Mytho/Duck cuteness, except…….

All y'alls just had Fakir/Duck drawings everywhere,  and to be honest, I thought you guys were crazy. 

So I just swore off Princess Tutu, until one day I decided to give it another go.

And let me tell you….

I was not disappointed.

All four of the main characters grow in some way or another. THAT guy pictured above, went from being my most disliked fictional character to my most favorite fictional character. 

The Heroine grows

The Villain-ess grows

The Jerk grows

The Prince grows

And all in ways that, to me, felt very satisfying and natural. I may be remembering this show through rose tinted glasses, but these characters were very human.

Even if one of them was technically a duck.