Watched the rest of disc 1 last night (and the extras, except for the episode commentaries). Spoilers through episode 5 behind the cut. Spoil me and die.
Well, I'm still willing to watch and am more intrigued. Also, either there was less slapstick or I'm becoming desensitized. Still unsure about the whole Magical Girl Concept—a small part of that is, Drosselmeyer's appearances before the Princess Tutu transformation: I can't tell if he's causing the transformation, explicitly reminding Duck that she can transform, or is just a way of reminding the viewer that he's still there and isn't actually communicating with or affecting Duck at all. (If this gets answered, don't tell me what the answer is.) I'd prefer the last, as you can probably guess, because that makes it something Duck actually does.
I'd had some sympathy for Rue in the Anteaterina episode, so was briefly disoriented to see her taking advantage of Mytho. What do she and Fakir want (if they want the same thing)? The obvious first guess, given his coloring, is that Fakir is the raven, but he's supposed to be sealed away, and anyway it's not clear to me whether the shattering of Mytho's heart was necessary to the raven's sealing or a side effect.
Other random things:
- I see that it's not just animals that are anthropomorphized, if a lamp can hold a heart-shard. (I thought it was another ghost at first.)
- I am already getting tired of the identical structure of the episodes. Surely every episode after the first can't have Princess Tutu appear to collect a heart-shard 3/4 of the way through? (Don't answer that either.)
- The restaurant owner had really freakily effective character design.
- Speck of light and vanish, huh? Very fairy-tale; I can't put my finger on any specific thing that it refers to, but it resonates in just the right way.
And I have failed in my resolve not to type out all the opening prologues for easy reference, because I am just that anal. From the dub, with notes if the sub makes a material difference.
Episode 1: "The Duck and the Prince (Der Nußknacker: Blumenwalzer)" (copied from prior post)
Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The man's work was the writing and telling of stories. But he could not defy death.
The last story he was working on was about a brave and handsome prince who vanquishes a crafty raven. But now, it seems their battle will go on for eternity.
"I'm sick and tired of this," cried the raven.
"I'm sick and tired of this," cried the prince as well.
The raven escaped from the pages of the story, and the prince pursued the fell creature.
In the end, the prince took out his own heart and sealed the raven away by using a forbidden power.
Just then, a murmur came from somewhere. "This is great!" said the old man who was supposed to have died.
Episode 2: "Heart Shard (Schwanensee: Scène finale)"
(Schwanensee = Swan Lake.)
Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The last story the man was writing was about a brave and handsome prince who vanquishes a crafty raven.
When the man died, the raven and the prince escaped from within the story. The prince took out his own heart to seal away the raven. But this power, which had been granted solely to him, was nevertheless forbidden.
Thus sealed, the raven troubled them no more. But the prince's heart was shattered and the shards scattered all over town.
Ever since then, stories and reality have intermingled in the town, making it a world where the fantastical was no longer fantasical.
(So, cause and effect, interesting.)
Episode 3: "The Princess's Vow (Dornröschen: Panorama)"
(Dornröschen = Sleeping Beauty.)
Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The story was interrupted. Along with his heart, the prince lost his kindness towards other people, and even his memories of having fought bravely.
Meanwhile, scattered throughout the town, the shards of the prince's heart sought places to settle and found their way into people's hearts which had a void in them. Among those possessed by the shards were some who ended up making their own tales go awry.
Episode 4: "Giselle"
Once upon a time, there was a sad love that would never be requited. But that alone does not give birth to a story. The man charged with spinning this task of love was no longer of this world. The story lives on with a love ever immersed in sorrow. Having lost its storyteller, the story is now wandering in search of its conclusion.
Episode 5: "On the Night of the Fire Festival (Bilder einer Ausstellung: Die Katakomben)"
(Bilder einer Ausstellung = Pictures at an Exhibition.)
Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a happy prince. He recalled no painful past and knew no painful future.
One day, the prince obtained a comforting warmth. The source of this warmth, however, emanated not only tranquility, but also unhappiness, pain, and loneliness.
I note they're getting much terser and less revealing.