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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0193-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Princess Tutu Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     October 06, 2004
Release Date: November 23, 2004

Princess Tutu Vol.#01
© ADV Manga

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Mizuo Shinonome
Translated by:Kay Bertrand
Adapted by:

What They Say
Ahiru is a gawky young girl whose passions are ballet adn a certain young boy who studies it with her. When her clumsiness hinders her performance, she dreams of the miracle that will transform her into a prima ballerina. A spellbound pendant son answers her prayers, opening an enchanting world of magic and wishes, where Ahiru is the beautiufl and graceful Princess Tutu, and she can capture the attention of her beloved Mytho. The two appear destiined to be together, but cruel fate has other plans...

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As this is an uncorrected galley proof, I can only comment on the story and the artstyle, not the art reproduction or presentation. Ahiru is a young girl attending Kinkan Academy, where she's studying ballet. She loves to dance, but she's rather clumsy. Mytho is the boy she likes, but he's vacant and emotionless and is always protected from others by Fakir, another classmate. One day, Ahiru meets Edel, the beautiufl proprietess of a shop in town. Edel gives Ahiru a pendant. Later, when Mytho is in trouble, Ahiru's desire to save him resonates with the pendant, and she transforms into Princess Tutu, a graceful ballerina. As Princess Tutu, she is able to save Mytho, and return a "piece" to him. She later learns that Mytho has lost his heart, and the pieces have been scattered. With Edel's guidance, Ahiru begins to find the pieces of Mytho's heart and return them to him. She's opposed by Fakir, who believes Mytho is better off without his heart, and another magical princess, Kraehe, who tries to take all the heart pieces from Ahiru.

The Princess Tutu manga is the companion to ADV's release of the anime of the same name. In the English dub of the anime, Ahiru's name, which means "duck" in Japanese, is changed to Duck. Character names should never be changed, even if the name means something. It shows the manga division's independence that they did not change the name, which is the right choice. This is a fun little magical girl story, with ballet as the main motif. The character designs are all very cute, and in the cases of Edel and Kraehe (which means "crow" in German), surprisingly sexy. It's interesting to watch Mytho's personality change as the pieces of his heart are slowly returned to him. It's handled quite well, and give the story an extra measure of pacing. There is enough going on behind the scene to make the mystery involving, and Ahiru's two friends, Yuma and Mai, get a chapter each to help flesh out their characters. The extras in this volume are a page of somments from the director of the anime, Jin-ichi Satoh, and a page from Nanae Kato, the voice of Ahiru in Japanese. There's a couple of pages of comments from the artist Mizuo Shinonome, and two pages of 4 panel comics about a cat who is the girl's ballet teacher. I enjoyed this humorous and heartfelt magical girl story, and think it will appeal to fans of the genre.


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