I've been wanting to do for a while and I'm avoiding my EE work. Pretty much
1. Princess Tutu Wiki writeup
The Wiki article covers everything I really cannot describe. So, umm, just read the article.
2. Let's mess up your OTP!
DO YOU SUPPORT -
a) Ahiru x Mytho
b) Rue x Mytho
c) Fakir x Mytho (MaleDom, BDSM, the list goes on)
d) Fakir x Ahiru
e) IF YOU'RE REALLY SPECIAL(LY MAD) here's some Rue x Ahiru
f) Or if you're just love CRACK, you can have Rue x Fakir
g) Or if you are the "a big, happy family" kind of person, then have an OT4 icon
MY FANDOM IS AN ORGY. AND YOU LOVE IT.
3. The Fairytale and Tragedy Theme -
There is happiness for those who accept their fate. There is glory for those who fight it
While X by CLAMP overdoes the whole "I'm doomed to die" and destiny theme, Princess Tutu does not. You have a prince, a knight and two princesses. As fairytale logic dictates, the princess gets the prince and everyone lives happily ever after.
But Drosselmeyer isn't a fan of happy endings. And only one princess will get the prince.
The ending and the princess chosen by Mytho really, really got me. It was the ending that clinched the deal and shows how flawed fairytales are.
And beautiful they can be.
*this isn't my main point but yeah*
If we're to argue who received the most/best character development, it would take forever. There is no right answer for that question. Buuuuuuut, Fakir comes pretty close I would say.
A knight who broke his prince's heart
A knight who was torn into two by ravens
A knight who couldn't protect his prince
A knight destined to be 'useless'
A knight who picked up a sword and died without using it.
A knight with a mysterious power
A knight who loved the prince
A knight who coveted and possessed the prince
A knight who locked his prince alone in the dark (*coughcough*)
A knight who would never let his prince get hurt
The knight who loved the prince, but...
5. Herr Drosselmeyer
See? Everyone is suffering now. That's the way it should be.
OH GOD DROSSELMEYER. Where do I begin?
Drosselmeyer is portrayed as being rather cruel, as storytellers often are. They put their creations - the children of their imagination - through the worst situations imaginable for the sake of telling a story. Sometimes they save them, sometimes they don't. No story worth listening to is guaranteed to have a happy ending, and readers who are familiar with classic myths and fables know that of all tales, fairy tales have a high probability of ending tragically.
After all, tragedy is a part of life, just as valid a component as elation - though certainly not as welcome.
Drosselmeyey symbolizes our inner sadist. We like seeing characters in pain, sorrow because we love them. No really. He was the man who died and lived because...
he had nothing better to do than seeing other people suffer.
...he makes nice tea.
If you get it wrong, you'll have to mar-mar-mar-marry me!
7. Uzura - THE LITTLE PUPPER DRUMMER GIRL
Look, she has a butt-zura!
8. Aotoa - the second season MaleDom guy
Will you all just keep quiet!!!
...And maybe more later