patchawful: (hex)

Well, that's the end of the series. Turns out Lilie was the final boss all along.

After Christmas, anime has continued with Princess Tutu episode 20! The plot's continuing nicely, as we find Fakir might have some hidden talents, as stories he write have a strange habit of worming their way into reality. We actually find out quite a bit more about his backstory, and how he got to where he is today. I... don't actually think I have much to say about this episode. Well, that's not actually true. I could say a lot about the metafictional elements, but I think my mind is still stuck after this last week, so... Probably best to do a bit more to unstick it and then get back to writing these. Still, anime waits for no one!
patchawful: (witch)

The hero this school deserves

Princess Tutu is back, and with a slight break from usual as we have a Shakesperian episode! My knowledge of A Midsummer Night's Dream isn't all that good, but it still made an interesting shakeup with a different form of theatre. And, interesting, with another ballet student this time, just to make things even more confusing!

I could probably talk in great detail about the connections to the play, but my lack of knowledge is gonna show through in record time, so instead, well, let's talk about the episode itself. Bottom herself, or Hermia as she would probably prefer to be called, was a pretty cool character. Her ability at reading others emotions because she always found herself in the background was a nice touch, and helped flesh her out in quite a realistic way, and the way she chose to apply this skill, despite her own percieved limitations, really set her apart. Probably one of my favourite one episode characters, for all the right reasons (as opposed to some other favourites, like Femio), and that's saying a lot. She really deserved the, perhaps unexpected, end her story got.

As for the rest of the episode, there was quite a lot going on. We learn, from Drosselmeyer himself no less, that all of Mytho's heart shards that were hidden in other hearts have been returned to him, but there are still other pieces left. Mytho himself is more conflicted than ever as a result of this (or, specifically, his pride returning to him), and is taking it out on Rue. It's actually quite interesting. Between this, Kraehe, and Fakir's actions towards Mytho at the start of the series, we've seen some genuinely nasty sides to all of the main cast (barring, of course, Ahiru). It's a brave choice, particularly in the genre, but I should probably hold off talking about how it pays off until we see more, of course (it might be a rewatch, but it's always worth refreshing the memory). On top of that, there was a nice romance thread throughout, and also some comedy. It thankfully averts some of the expected results of a misunderstanding in a romcom you (or more accuratly, I) was bracing for, and the confusion over ballet poses between Hermia and Cat-Sensei was very comical.

That guy yelling at people to be quiet in the library is back again. The most important role in the series, that.
patchawful: (sword)
So I've been trying my hand at fanart recently, and turns out I'm still pretty bad at drawing! Still, I'm actually pretty pleased with how some of them have been going, even though I'm still mostly at the sketching stage. Anyway, I thought I'd post something here, as I might as well have something to show for it, so I present this! A combination of two of my favourite magical girls, Sayaka wearing a cross between her outfit and Princess Tutu's!

Yeah, it's bad. But hey, without practice, none of us are going to improve! Or something like that!
patchawful: (hex)


Yes, we are still watching Princess Tutu! It's been a while, wow. In today's episode, a mysterious, and unfinished play appears, but soon the ghost knight it centres on appears in the town!

That's right, not only is the border between fiction and reality breaking again, but we've also started recovering shards of the Prince's heart again, relegating the villains we've expected to see to bit parts today.

I'm not sure if this is one of the more memorable episodes of the show, but it does make an interesting break from the past few episodes, with Rue and Mytho's quest for sacrifices taking second place to regaining a heart shard (remember those things?). We also trade the traditional ballet class scene for one involving the theatre club.

There's... probably more I can write about it, but I'm a bit exhausted just now - I should stop leaving these posts so late. I'm sure there'll be plenty more to write about next time!
patchawful: (sayaka)

Need to find a guy like that for me. Specifically, the one constantly blowing rose petals.

Princess Tutu continues as a new prince gallops into town, winning admirers at every turn... or so he thinks. I liked this episode. It remains true to the general theme of the last two episodes, but with a couple minor changes (Rue being the one to try to steal a heart instead of Mytho, and Femio being, well, Femio) it manages to not only provide comic relief from the darkness of the route the story now finds itself on, but also gives some development to Rue's character, and further highlights the situation she's in. While most shows that have a 'Monster of the week' theme (or in Princess Tutu's case, a victim of the week really) manage to keep it fresh, Princess Tutu has managed to use it while maintaining a good sense of the story really progressing - as it really needs to, as we're now well into the show's second half - and not just in the sense of 'another token has been found, now we're X away from victory' as it had in the first half. Not that that in itself is bad storytelling, but the fact that Princess Tutu has jumped from one to the other without it being too jarring is kinda neat. It'll be interesting to see where they take it from here (I remember the general storyline, but not always the episode beats, so this rewatch has been kinda fun in that sense).

Wow, listen to me, talking like I know anything about these things. I'll now absolutely shatter the illusion by talking how much I like Femio. Princess Tutu has had quite a few memorable one-episode character (like Freya in the last episode, and before that Pique... wait), but Femio's general audaciousness seemed to be just what the story needed at the moment, and... Well, it probably's best he's used sparingly, so let's leave it like that.

In other news, I'm going to start getting back watching new anime soon... Well, newer than 2002, at least, so I'll keep you posted when that happens!
patchawful: (ahiru)

The showdown we've all been waiting for

Princess Tutu rewatch is continuing, and I'm bringing the good news to Livejournal!


The Pique-Ahiru rivalry from last episode has calmed down, and we have a new crisis to face, as Rue has been injured, and can't take her place in the grand performance to mark the end of the school Fine Arts Week. There's gonna be a competition, and the lucky winner gets to dance with Mytho in Rue's place! Everyone's absolutely thrilled by this, except for Pique, who's back on Team Fakir, Lillie, who's in it for the drama, and Ahiru, who's utterly confused.

Except, as always, all is not as it seems, as it's revealed Rue was only faking her injury, and the winner of the competition is going to be sacrificed for the crow-father! Will Princess Tutu be able to save the flower-loving Freya from Mytho? Tune in next time, same tutu-time, same tutu-channel!

This show cutting it's second season into half episodes is kinda confusing as well.

As part of our anime viewing, we've also watched some of Gochuumon, the rabbit coffee anime,'s second season, which has been out for a couple years now but we never claimed to be with the times. Interestingly, the episode we saw today also involved ballet and a school Fine Art festival, which was a weird coincidence. Today coffee-based slice of life, tomorrow all anime shall be ballet based!
patchawful: (princess)

So we've basically decided Lillie is the most evil character in this show.

My rewatch (how many rewatches is this now? The first for a while, anyway) of Princess Tutu has resumed after a long hiatus. I'm watching this with a friend who's never seen the show before, I feel I have to introduce it to all my friends. This is the sort of stuff you need to put up with when you're friends with me. Anyway, we took a break from watching anime for a while, and now we're at it again!

Some thoughts on the show so far - I'm still enjoying it, it's stood up to time surprisingly well. Amazing to think that this was made in 2002. Also, I always forget how downright creepy Fakir is at the start of the show, like wow. I mean, he gets character development, but without any context his actions are... wow. Sure, he was in a bad situation, but he didn't handle it at all well.

As for the episode itself, I enjoyed it. Mytho's gradual fall (not literally this time!) continues, and this time there's a lot of screentime for Ahiru's two friends, who are all too often falling into the, uh, main character's two friends cliche. Where they don't have much to do aside from showing the main character in her 'ordinary' life, which isn't the focus of the show. So that's a very welcome change! Pique gets some good focus, admittedly as the victim of the week, but at least she gets more screentime. Why do I always like the characters who appear the least? Plus, she dances Giselle, which a lot of the episode's plot revolves around, so it's always nice to see a ballet I'm familiar with (Giselle is referenced throughout the episode). I'm not really here to review stuff, but it's good to see side characters with potential given their time in the spotlight.

Lillie's still evil. But that's why we like her.


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