May. 18th, 2011

boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (sleeping beauty: fairy tale)
Princess Tutu a short original animated series about a duck who is a girl who is a ballet student who is a magical princess who is a swan who is the savior of a kingdom that is at the heart of a world of fairy tales. I swear, that is a completely accurate summation of the plot, and it makes total sense when one watches the series.

In addition to being all of the above, it is also one of the most complex, dense, intertextual, feminist, trope-inverting, didn't-see-it-coming, watching-at-the-edge-of-my-seat, gorgeous, lyrical media pieces I've ever experienced. Princess Tutu takes your expectations and flips them inside out all to a lovely soundtrack and choreography from classical ballet.

I seriously recommend this series to anyone interested in the following: feminism, fairy tales, ballet, and breath-taking complicated emotional story telling.

Princess Tutu is available on Hulu and Netflix.

You'll never take my subversive, deeply feminist Magical Girl anime away from me.

13 Princess Tutu fic recommendations to go with your video. )
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