Why couldn’t Fakir and Ahiru be together. That shit about a story full of hope is the biggest load of bull I ever heard! And the fact that the 2 brats who were more of a hinderance got to be together when the 2 who fought the hardest and were the real reason ANYTHING turned out alright, get…
Okay, I know I shouldn’t, but…
Rue and Mytho were not brats. Duck and Fakir were the focus of the story, perhaps, but the love Rue and Mytho ended up sharing is something they both absolutely deserved. It isn’t fair to suggest that Rue, at least, had nothing to do with it turning out alright. I’ll admit that Mytho was, for the most part, fairly passive (not that that stops me from loving him for the potential he has as a character). However, Rue had suffered for years and years, loving the prince. When Princess Tutu started returning his heart shards, she was genuinely terrified that the only person who had showed her kindness, if only through instinct, would vanish.
Does that desire to be loved completely excuse her actions? Far from it. But that is something acknowledged in the show, and something that she herself is acutely aware of. She truly regrets how she hurt the prince and other people through her actions. She had been raised to believe herself absolutely ugly and worthless, and she deserves Siegfried’s true love to show her otherwise. She grows, learns, and changes. She isn’t a brat; she went through a great deal of pain and struggle to earn her happy ending. She may not have fought the same battle as Duck, or fought it the same way, but she fought hard.
As for why I think Siegfried deserves and needs Rue, think about what he went through. He was literally meant to be a storybook character, a cut-out type of person. And he had only just begun learning who that person was when the Raven’s blood all but ripped his very nature apart. (See above for my take on Rue’s involvement with this- She regrets her actions, and I would also argue that while she isn’t innocent, the Raven shares the blame for what happened to the prince. The Raven was manipulating a young girl’s pain.) Also, I said he was passive earlier, but that’s not entirely true. Once he started getting his heart back, he fought in his own way, showed defiance. Trying to meet with Duck when Fakir said no, for example. And after the Raven’s blood took effect, he did not just sit back and let it claim him. He fought, too, no matter how much pain he was in. After the particular way he suffered, it is important for him to have someone who will love him, for who he is, including his new flaws. That would be Rue. The prince isn’t an brat, either; his battle was one in which he didn’t truly know who he was, or who he was supposed to be, or what side was the right one.
Rue and Mytho deserve each other. They both had to fight their own battles for each other, and they deeply understand each others’ suffering. In fact, they will both show each other the love they never received; he will help Rue, over time, learn that she is beautiful in more ways than one, while she will help him learn to accept his imperfections, as well as showing him true, personal love, rather than just the distant, almost blind adoration that fairy tale royalty would be likely to receive.
They both had other major contributions, too: Rue finally confessing her love also helped restore the prince, and Mytho fought to get her back and give her a chance at happiness. Large parts of the story may have focused on Fakir and Duck, but Mytho and Rue were also significant characters with their own character arcs and roles to play.
They earned their happy endings.
(I’m sorry, I really am getting to into this. orz)