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I know that the Princess Tutu anime uses a lot of music and performances from the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. However, does the anime's main plotline -- of a princess who helps return the prince's heart to him, only to die upon confessing her love -- closely follow either story? If so, what are the major deviations?

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  • What you described doesn't really seem to be the plotline of Princess Tutu. She is not a a princess, exactly, and she doesn't die in the end. I watched it a long time ago, but I just reread the plot description on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Tutu, and that isn't what you described.
    – kuwaly
    Dec 18, 2012 at 20:59

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The story is loosely based on this, but it actually revolves more around bending the inevitable fate thrown to Ahiru (Tutu) by third side of the story. The storyteller, if you prefer.

The ending of the anime is not same either, even though it uses the same kind of theme. IMHO the ending is most closely following the original story, if you look the big picture.

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