In Episode 21 of Princess Tutu, titled 「紡ぐ者たち」or “The Spinners,” we meet Aotoa (or “Author”) from the school’s music division.
Obvs a villain because crazy eyes and defensive Ahiru.
What is interesting is how different the “Author” is from Fakia, who becomes the one chosen to continue with the power to create. Aotoa is much more obsessed with the power of writing. Everything is ritualized and researched, from the perfectly recreated office of Drosselmeyer (down to the aged paper and feather quill), to the incantation in the forest. He forces Fakia to purify himself with holy water and forgo food and sleep for three days time.
Why? Because writing has serious power – enough to kill – and one must be seriously prepared to take on this responsibility. After all, people were so afraid of Drosselmeyer that the ending of all of his books were torn out.
Yet even though Aotoa the “Author” understands this so well, it is Fakia who is the chosen one. It might be interesting to note that Fakia is associated with the Knight but also with the “Fakir” magician. What does a Knight or Magician have in common with a tale spinner? What is the difference between a writer and an “author”? I have my own theories but for now, here are some lovely screen shots that I couldn’t help including. Below that is my update for the 30 day writing challenge!
Started Writing: 1pm
Where: Library (later at home)
How much: 800 words!