❝Happiness in stories at most is a couple lines at the end. It’s boring.❞
I actually love this quote because it represents a cynical philosophy on storytelling (and life) that his own characters prove wrong.
Princess Tutu’s many layers of meta, and the story’s commentary on stories themselves, is my favourite thing about it. Drosselmeyer’s characters, and by extension, the narrative itself, show that a happy ending is not simple and uninteresting. It’s a common belief today, that in storytelling, darkness and tragedy equals depth and maturity.
However, all the main characters in Princess Tutu faced harsh realities, struggled with their identities, and made sacrifices. They ultimately defined their own identities, and found hope in a bleak situation. They worked hard for their happiness. And that is profound storytelling.
Princess Tutu says that hope is something that should be celebrated in storytelling, and life.