Narrator quotes from Princess Tutu (newest)
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The man tried to keep spinning a story even after his death, but the story just wouldn't move along. The man lost patience and called a duck into the story. The little duck tried her best for the prince, and eventually she transcended her standing in the world and came to love the prince. However, she was only a duck. She was fated to someday turn into a speck of light and vanish. Yes, that was the tear-jerking ending the story had decided on.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The man had the power to make stories come true, so his hands were cut off by the people, who were afraid of tragedies becoming reality. When the man died, the people heaved a great sigh of relief. However, when his hands were cut off, the man had been writing a story in his own blood. That was a story of the man himself, who would continue to spin stories even after his death.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The story the man wrote was about a happy prince who loved everyone and was loved by everyone. The people fought, each wanting him to love them and them alone, and an evil raven pecked at their loving hearts one after another. The more the prince loved them and tried to save them, the more the people's love just fed the raven. In the end, the raven thought "I'd like to try eating the prince's heart, the most delicious one of all."
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a princess who was held captive. She was imprisoned in the demon king's castle. And with her freedom taken from her, she had no choice but to dance like a puppet to the tune set by the whims of the demon king. One day, a hero came to fight the demon king, seeking to save the princess. However, there was no way the hero could win against the demon king. The hero did not know, you see, that he himself was a puppet created by the demon king.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a princess raised by loving parents. One day, the princess snuck past the guard at the gate and slipped out of the castle for the very first time. However, no matter how far she went, outside the castle, there was only an endless forest as black as pitch. Before she knew it, the princess ended up unable to either escape the forest or return to the castle. In that kingdom, the inside of the castle was the entire world.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. All the stories the man spun came true, so the king, the nobility, and the kingdom's rich all went to him to get him to write them stories. But when their wishes were granted they feared his power, and began to abhor him. So when the man died, the people rejoiced that a source of misfortune had gone. No one heard the sound of the dead man's scornful laughter.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a young woman. The young woman was to marry a groom chosen by her parents, and not her sweetheart, whom she loved. She knew that her groom loved her very much, but did her sweetheart care for her even more than that? The young woman wasn't certain. In the end, after wavering between the two of them, the young woman even became unsure which one of them she really loved.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a maiden in love. "I want to tell my beloved how I feel, but my love might be over the moment I say it." Every day she suffered, agonizing in this way. She took no meals, and she was even unable to sleep. And finally, she died without ever having been able to communicate her feelings. But the man she loved married another woman and lived happily ever after, without ever even knowing the maiden had existed.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a knight. The knight never faltered in his duty, no matter what it was. He did not even falter in taking the life of his lover. That was what he took pride in. But the knight could not do anything but carry out his duty, and even after his death, he still seeks a duty to carry out. They say the knight, who became a ghost and now haunts this world, holds in his hand the blood-stained sword that pierced his lover's breast.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a young man with a beautiful face. The people loved the handsome young man, but he never showed interest in loving anyone. This was because all he loved was himself. When the young man, who neglected to love and sought only to be loved, found someone he truly cared for, he realized that he had lost even the words to express those feelings.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved flowers more than anyone. She prayed every day for the whole town to be filled with beautiful flowers. To make that happen, she pulled up all the ugly weeds in town. Eventually the girl's prayers were answered and the town was blanketed in flowers. But they say the town that was filled with blossoms of all colors looked gray somehow.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who fell in love with a doll. Perhaps the man's love made itself felt, for one day, the doll came to life and began to dance. The man was delighted. He thought a doll would never betray his love, and that now he could have the world's most pure and innocent love all to himself. But the doll, who had been given life, rejected the man's love and fell in love with a different man.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The prince and the raven from the man's story escaped from the story and fought. Their battle ended with the prince taking out his own heart and sealing the raven away by using its forbidden power. The prince, who had lost his heart, met a duck in a certain town. Because of her love for the prince, the duck turned into a princess and gathered together the lost shards of his heart. The prince gradually regained his feelings, and at long last, he was able to regain even the feeling of love. And they lived happily ever after. But did they really? After all, the princess is fated to turn into a speck of light and vanish the moment she tells the prince of her love for him.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a prince who fell in love with a beautiful white swan. However, the prince fell into a foul trap set by the black swan and ended up betraying his beloved white swan. The prince swore his love unintentionally to the black swan. But even so, the white swan abandons herself and tries to protect her beloved prince. Now is the time when the depth of their love will be tried...
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a handsome slave. What bound him were not heavy chains, but the princess's love. Every day, every night, the princess whispers her love to the slave and the slave responds in kind. Bound body. Bound emotions. The slave or the princess? Which of them is really the one who cannot move?
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a maiden with wings of freedom. The man who loved this maiden thought, "If I could just bind those wings, we would never have to be apart, even for a moment." But when the man wrapped the maiden's wings in a magical shawl, the wings fell off almost immediately and the maiden died. The man did not know that the maiden's wings were her source of life.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a maiden. The maiden wore tattered clothes and was called Cinderella, but she became a beautiful princess by magic and danced with the prince. Then at the stroke of midnight, the maiden left a glass slipper behind and returned to being Cinderella once again. The prince took the trouble to find this maiden and took her as his wife, but... Did the prince really love that maiden?
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved to dance very much. The girl made the mistake of putting on a pair of red shoes that would force her to dance for eternity once they were on. The girl continued to dance day and night... Oh my. This is a different story. But... Perhaps it is not entirely different after all.
Narrator: Long ago, there was a warrior. In order to protect his friend, the warrior took his friend's life. Long ago, there was a sword. This sword had continued to fight for the sake of peace. It realized that in order to protect the peace, it had no choice but to kill the one who wielded it. Thus it took its master's life. The warrior and the sword had no choice but to do as they did, but was that really what they ought to have done? Uncertain of the answer even now, they wander aimlessly.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a child. For the child, the world was filled with wonder. How? Why? How come? When one mystery was solved, two new mysteries would arise. When two mysteries were solved, four new mysteries would arise. When four mysteries were solved, there would be countless mysteries. In time, the child became consumed by these mysteries.
Narrator: Once upon a time, a witch's curse put a princess into an eternal sleep, and one young man appeared, intending to awake her. But a voice whispered, "Awaken the princess from her sleep? What a cruel thing to do." Is the princess not wishing for the kiss of awakening, but rather to continue to sleep forever?
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a happy prince. The happy prince knew no painful past and he knew no painful future. One day, the prince obtained a comforting warmth. However, this warmth emanated not only tranquility, but also unhappiness, pain, and loneliness.
Narrator: 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 with the task of spinning this tale of love was no longer of this world. The story lives on with the love forever sorrowful. Having lost its storyteller, the story is now wandering in search of its conclusion.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The story was interrupted and along with his heart, the prince lost his kindness towards people and even his memories of having fought bravely. And scattered throughout the town, the shards of the prince's heart sought places to settle and found their way into the people's hearts who had voids in them. Among those who were possessed by the shards were some who ended up making their own tales go awry.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The man was writing a story 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 it was a forbidden power that had been granted solely to the prince. The raven was completely sealed away, but the prince's heart was shattered and the shards scattered all across town. Ever since then, in this town, stories and reality have intermingled, and it became a world where the fantastical was no longer fantastical.
Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a man who died. The man's work was to write and tell stories, but he could not defy death. The man's last story was about a brave and handsome prince, who vanquishes a crafty raven. But now, their battle will go on for eternity with no end. "I'm sick and tired of this!" cried the raven. "I'm sick and tired of this!" cried the brave prince as well. The raven escaped from within the story and the prince, in pursuit of the raven, did as well. Then, the prince took out his own heart and sealed the raven away by using a forbidden power. Just then, from somewhere, "This is great," murmured the man, who was supposed to have died.