August 12, 2007

Shows I'm ambivalent about 1: Princess Tutu

While we're on the subject, there are also shows I have very mixed feelings about. They might be good, and they might be utter trash.

Princess Tutu -- a duck falls in love with a prince. She is given a magical mcguffin which permits her to transform into a girl, and also into a magical ballerina. When in ballerina form, her dance can perform magic, and she has to overcome enemies by dancing for them.

It's original. I'll give them that. So as I sometimes do when I want to get an idea about a show without seeing any spoilers, I went to Chris Beveridge and looked at his letter scores without reading the rest of his reviews. And his scores? A-, A, A+, A, A, A for the six DVDs respectively.

Ouch. The last time I saw him so enthusiastic about a series when doing this, it was Shingu. Ouch again.

Why am I afraid of it? Because I'm getting Fancy Lala vibes. Pixy loved Fancy Lala, and I guess I can see why. But I watched 4.5 episodes of it and simply could not force myself to watch any more.

He described the series as "little girl wish-fulfilment" and he was exactly right about that. Lala is 8 years old, plus or minus, and she lives in an innocent world where no one ever tries to take advantage of her. God (I assume it was) gives her a magic mcguffin and two living plushies and with their help she can transform herself into a 16-year-old girl who rapidly becomes a successful model and idol.

I kept expecting someone to start groping her, and it never happened. That's the problem. I don't live in an innocent world, and I couldn't stop cringing. Fancy Lala is probably a very good show for the right audience, but I'm not that audience. I fear that Princess Tutu might be the same.

Princess Tutu is clearly a kid's show, but that alone doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. It might be another Sugar or Petite Princess Yucie, which isn't dumbed down and is worth watching even for adults. But I'm terribly afraid that it's going to be more like Fancy Lala.

It may be moot. ADV discontinued it. But if it comes back out as a thinpak (which is likely) then I face an all-or-nothing decision about the series.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Never Watch at 06:23 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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It's quite surreal, but how can you NOT like the show when the main character is a duck?

Seriously, though, I've seen a handful of episodes, and while it may be a children's show, it's a children's show the same way CardCaptor Sakura was.

I'd give what I've watched (maybe six episodes) a solid B... a C- if you can't stand ballet.


Posted by: Wonderduck at August 12, 2007 09:11 PM (CJ5+Y)

2 Unfortunately, I don't really care for ballet. So that's a problem.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 12, 2007 10:05 PM (+rSRq)

3 Then Princess Tutu is REALLY not for you.  It's as important to the show as snow is to Kanon.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 12, 2007 11:10 PM (fEnUg)

4 The wikipedia article makes it sound like a magical girl show, with dancing replacing fighting to deal with her enemies. Chiaki J. Konaka (Serial Experiments Lain, Magic Users Club) is the writer, if that helps.

Posted by: Jim Burdo at August 16, 2007 04:57 AM (hLKad)

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