rue x ahiru

Favourite Magical Girl pairings

Well, since I’m bored I figured I’d do this.

10. Ichigo X Masaya (Tokyo Mew Mew)

Originally posted by dappio

9. Lucia X Kaito (Mermaid Melody)

Originally posted by ichigo-sundae

8. Doremi X Kotake (Ojamajo Doremi) (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a gif of them so here a still picture instead)

7. Chibiusa X Helios (Sailor Moon)

Originally posted by galaxiagorgeous

6. Fakir X Ahiru and Rue X Mytho (Princess Tutu)

Originally posted by dashberlins

Originally posted by the-moonlight-witch

5. Utena X Anthy (Revolutionary Girl Utena)

Originally posted by loveandjustice

4. Pudding X Taruto (Tokyo Mew Mew)

3. Haruka X Kanata (Go! Princess Pretty Cure)

Originally posted by gifmourningu

2. Kyoko X Sayaka (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

1.Haruka/Sailor Uranus X Michiru/Sailor Neptune (Sailor Moon)

I love that there’s no love triangle that pits two women against each other in Princess Tutu. The show even subverts, and I think, criticises this trope. Ahiru never thought of Rue as a rival for Mytho’s affections. Rue acted hostile to Ahiru out of deep insecurity from years of emotional abuse, and being cast into the role of “the vamp” by Drosselmeyer’s story. Ahiru and Rue eventually overcame expectations of what they’re told they should be to become close friends. 

Ahiru began to dance with people as Princess Tutu after dancing a pas de deux with Rue. Even though she’s awkward, clumsy and feels like a failure as a ballerina, dancing a pas de deux with Rue gives Ahiru a sense of joy. So from then she dances with others to help express who they are and work through their problems. It becomes a way for her to give people hope. And Ahiru eventually realises that she can give people hope through dance, even as “just a duck.” Without knowing it, Rue taught Ahiru a way to give herself and others hope. 

Ahiru adores and admires Rue so much. After years of emotional abuse from the Raven, Rue spent her life feeling like was undeserving of love. And her insecurities eventually cause her repressed memories to come to the surface, and she becomes Kraehe again. So Rue is perplexed by Ahiru’s earnest adoration and declarations of friendship. Even during Rue’s time as Kraehe, when she hurt Mytho and others, Ahiru never stopped thinking of her as a friend. Ahiru always insisted that “Rue was Rue,” and not the role forced on her by the Raven and Drosselmeyer. Ahiru always gave Rue love, even when Rue didn’t feel she deserved it. 

Princess Tutu is a subversion of stories where women undermine one another out of jealousy. Instead, two girls who were supposed to be rivals ended up helping each other to be more than they were told they could be, and thought they could be. 


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 fell creature.
In the end, the Prince took out his own heart and sealed the Raven away by using a forbidden power.
Just then a murmer came from somewhere,
"This is great!"  Said the old man who was supposed to have died.
-Princess Tutu English Opening for Episode 1


Kinda OOC, very silly Post-It comic doodled while my phone was charging. I’d imagine it takes place early on when Ahiru is (very, very insecure), Fakir’s a butt, Rue’s just Rue, and Mytho’s apathetic but likes small critters and dancing. Superbly Poorly Drawn Rue is the one asking Ahiru what’s wrong. That “thwack” is a joke, boke/tsukkomi routine-like, not actual hitting. I would’ve given him a rolled up newspaper or something, but what teenager in an art school strolls around campus with a newspaper. (… then again, horses and swords…)

These ships need more artwork love:

White Rose



Lara x Sam

Rue x Ahiru

Petraba / Petra x Nanaba

Isabela x Bethany

Rikku x Paine / Warrior Thief

Yomi x Kagura

and tons more my brain went blank on.