also re: the idea of Ahiru being “heartbroken” about Rue and Mytho being together: someone wasn’t paying full attention to the scene beneath the lake or Ahiru’s entire frigging arc. when she’s upset about giving the pendant up, it may sound at first like it’s because Mytho…
Kinda a headcanon or theory? But what if Ahiru is like Marie Stahlbaum from The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann. I’m not the greatest analysis, so it’s difficult for me to explain, but I stumbled upon Telling Tales by David Blamires while trying to compare different versions of the story (and gunna use for a lot of my headcanons about Drosselmeyer’s past life). And from there it mentioned many things, but also that the Nutcracker was made/told for a real Marie and Fritz that Hoffman knew in real life, kinda like Lewis Carrol and Alice.
So basically, The Nutcracker and the Mouseking was tripled layered. First was the real life Marie, then it was the Marie Stahlbaum in the story, then it was the Princess Marie in the Realm of the Dolls. Like wise, Ahiru, who is actually a duck (real life), is a girl in Goldcrown (Goldcrown is its own story by this point), is Princess Tutu (The Prince and the Raven). (Marie also kept on referencing a lake of swans with golden necklaces, creating a different headcanon, ack!) And just like Princess Tutu, the whole story is connected by the other story, The Tale of the Hardnut, the backstory of the titular Nutcracker and Mouseking.
Funny thing is that out of all of the people mentioned in the Nutcracker, the only one who believes and helps Marie(for the most part anyways) is her brother Fritz. Yes that’s right, I’m saying Fakir is like Fritz in his role. (But his story is more like Bastian, which I’ll explain someday). Marie also has a sister, Lousie, but is only mentioned twice, and her parents are just there to scold or dismiss Marie’s “delusions”. Drosselmeier doesn’t help because…reasons, of course, even though he’s the one telling the story. Fritz, who is slightly older than Marie, is very down-to-earth and militant, playing battles with his many toy soldiers and wanting a chestnut toy-horse for Christmas (parallel from the series, Fakir only rode that horse when he was a knight, he never rode it again after the Ghost Knight episode). Like Marie, he also believes in Drosselmeier’s tale. Fritz helps Marie by giving her a toy sword, which she gave to help the Nutcracker win against the Mouseking. (Trying to tie in that Fakir helps Ahiru aide Prince Siegfried defeat the Raven)
There’s the bit about Fakir’s character growth, Drosselmeyer being the antagonist, and how it doesn’t really fit, but that’s because Goldcrown “layer” is actually Fantastica not The Nutcracker/The Prince and the Raven. Next time, I’ll try to explain about the parallels between PTT and Neverending Story.
This is long, but it’s awesome.
This is very late, but I gave it my all~! :D Please excuse the line and color inconsistencies and lack of word bubbles. I don’t have photoshop, so I was spending most of my time working around the stuff in the free softwares.
At first, I couldn’t think of anything for the theme. But then I remembered I had this silly little joke about the Princess Aurora’s suitors and decided they should have a dress rehearsal and draw them in costumes. XD Little background: in the ballet, Princess Aurora had three suitors she was meeting with before she pricked herself. In a sense, it’s like a test within the ballet too. This takes place…um, post series if the fairytale aspect never left the town, so enjoy some certain animal people. Enjoy! ^_^ (More under the break, this is super long)
Fun tidbit, but was thinking about the Siegfried opera. His foster father, Mime, is a dwarf and he was trying to forge a sword a.k.a. he is a blacksmith. I find it a parallel with Charon who is also a blacksmith. Just wanted to share.