Waifine's Author Note:
I would first like to thank a few people who made this recreation of The Prince and the Raven possible. I would like to thank LunaSphere and Mankaga-chan for creating the incredible story of This Pendent Heart. It was an amazing achievement which conveyed all the subtleties of the original Princess Tutu series, and I can still never watch the two seasons without binge reading through my copy of This Pendent Heart directly afterwards. It is an incredible story. After the Chapter of the Egg, and the Chapter of the Chick, I will always consider This Pendent Heart to be the one and only Chapter of the Duck.
I would like to thank LunaSphere further for allowing me to lean so heavily on the content of This Pendent Heart. Had she not granted me permission to use her work, this reconstruction would never have happened. While Princess Tutu has much to say about how the story of The Prince and the Raven ended, there is very little on how it began. Here LunaSphere filled in the void with her beautiful writing. I hope I have done it justice in my work.
To all those who read my story, critiqued it, and aided me in the development – thank you. I wanted this to be a perfect a reconstruction as it could be. I wanted this to be The Prince and the Raven. Because of you I think I have been able to make it so. Specifically, I would like to thank Ranoko and SoSaysL, who have given me such insightful criticisms, and have challenged me to expand the universe of the story without compromising the plot. Thank you for that, and so much more.
Before I breach onto the plot I would like to address the fact that Prince Siegfried did not shatter his own heart by the time this story ended. That is because, in Episode 1 of Princess Tutu, the Narrator states that it was only after he'd escaped the pages of the story that he broke his own heart. It did not take place in The Prince and the Raven. The Bookmen cut off Drosselmeyer's hands before the story was finished, and he died shortly after. This is why the heart-shards were scattered in the town and not in the magical kingdom. It was also the arrival of the Prince and the Raven into Gold Crown Town that brought all the crows which killed Fakir's parents, and abducted Rue as a child.
Also, someone drew my attention to the fact that, though Fakir read The Prince and the Raven, he still renamed Siegfried as Mytho. That and the fact that in the excerpt of the text that is seen in Episode 3, Siegfried is only referred to as "Prince," leads to the question of whether or not Siegfried's name ever actually appeared in The Prince and the Raven. Personally, I do not think there would be any rhyme or reason to not name him in his own story, and I feel that the only reason that we as an audience did not know his name until the last episode was for it to be a great revelation. The reason Fakir did not call him Siegfried was that he did not want to draw attention to anything that might jolt Mytho's memories. He even berates Rue for calling him "my Prince."
Now, onto the choices I made in the writing of this story. As often as I could, and as much as I could, I relied on the original source material of the Princess Tutu anime, This Pendent Heart, and yes, even the manga. (I do hope that all of the footnotes did not become too distracting.) I tried to introduce characters that had only been either in Siegfried and Lohengrin's original Arthurian Lore, or in their respective Richard Wagner operas. By doing so, I hoped to avoid "original characters" or, OCs. The one exception that I feel might be in the grey area on this front is Lady Eule. As I stated in my footnotes, the reason for her presence was that I based her off the character of Edel from the manga.
I really did not like the manga. At all. I thought it was pretty awful, actually. However, the idea of a femme fatale with owls as her minions seemed like too good an idea to pass up. I felt that, while all Princess Tutu fans should do their utmost to shun the manga, ignoring this character would be like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. So, I re-cast her in a more suitable place. In the manga she was a shallow, undeveloped villain (unlike both the villains of the anime and the Edel of the anime). However, her shallowness would be perfect in a fairytale. The placement of Lady Eule in The Prince and the Raven was the only nod I made to the manga, and I hope an acceptable addition to the story. "A little added flourish," if you will.
I tried to keep the points of views well balanced, telling the Prologue from the perspective of Siegfried's parents, and two and a half chapters apiece from the perspectives of Siegfried and Lohengrin respectively.
The plot itself was, surprisingly, very easy to construct. This was because Rue actually hands the audience the summery of the story in Episode 13. "The knight will eventually be torn in two. Princess Tutu will become a speck of light, and vanish. Days of endless fighting will once again descend upon the Prince. That is the outline that has been set out."
I remember blinking at the screen for a few moments after that scene thinking, "Well, thank you for that. And here I was worried that I would have to choose whether Lohengrin or Tutu died first. This makes everything so much easier."
And this leads to my next point. There is so much more about The Prince and the Raven in Princess Tutu than I could ever have imagined. When I started re-watching the series for the purpose of noting every reference to the original story that I could find, I was shocked to realize just how often I was writing something down. And the references came in the oddest places, and often just breezed past. When Autor mentions in Episode 25 that all the townspeople being turned into crows makes "it looks exactly like the Crow Festival scene that took place in the Prince and the Raven," I almost completely missed it. Crow Festival? We never talk about that in the fandom. Who was turned? How did it happen? I had never noticed it before. And yet, there it was, a remarked upon and canon part of The Prince and the Raven.
This is why I refer to my writing of The Prince and the Raven as a reconstruction. I wasn't interested in creating my own Princess Tutu fan-fiction. I wanted to collect all of the scattered pieces of information on the original story and bring them into one whole. In a sense, I felt as though I was on my own Tutu quest, searching for heart-shards.
And so, I hope you have enjoyed this reconstruction of The Prince and the Raven by Herr Drosselmeyer.
All the best,