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It is an Japanese/Italian anime TV series based on the ballet of the same name by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The adaptation uses Tchaikovsky's score. It stays fairly close to the original story, but does contain many differences. For example has a happy ending, changed Odette's and Siegfried name to Fauna and Henry and the main female character is not born a princess.

Swan Lake Monogatari
ハクチョウ ノ ミズウミ モノガタリ/白鳥の湖物語/はくちょう の みずうみ ものがたり
(Hakuchō no mizuumi monogatari)
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Information
Original Run20 April - 10 December 1996
Episodes26
PredecessorNone


Plot

Swan Lake Monogatari Episodes

Curse to be a swan by day and to transform back into a woman by night, an orphan girl name Fauna and other orphan 8 girls.

They consider each other (and themselves) (as) sisters.

They are trapped in a Lake called Swan Lake with no one but each other and occasional visits from the evil wizard who cursed them. But they soon meet a fairy godmother who gives each of them a potion that will secretly allow them to turn into human for 5 hours during the day per day until the curse is broken. But what Fauna never expected have an encounter with a commoner who accidental reveal that he's actually the prince of Sapphire Kingdom later on.

The girls were orphans who lived at an orphanage but ran away from it but they came into a encounter with Rothbart who cursed them. When girls transform back, they wear a plain white dress made with white swan feathers on it.

With the curse growing stronger every day and trying to hide a secret from a Prince who disguise himself as a commoner when sneaking out of the palace to go into kingdom, it might be more difficult for Fauna who begin to fall in love with the prince.

They learn about society is like through the books in a cave that Rothbart left them. Rothbart had cast a enchantment on them to keep them warm at all times.

Characters

Fauna

She's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. As one of the oldest girls the younger girls think of her as a sister and second mother to them. The most beautiful girls in the group, light red lipstick, silvery-gray eyes, a slender body, snow-white skin and long golden blonde hair with curls at the end. She's kind, gentle, compassionate, understanding, generous, elegant, motherly, smart and sweet to everyone she loves and cares about. She can be very brave and courageous under dangerous situations and is not afraid to speak her mind.

Prince Henry

He's the prince of Sapphire kingdom. He occasionally disguise himself as a commoner when sneaking out of the palace to go into kingdom. He has a love of sword fighting and hunting. Siegfried is known to be brave, heroic, easygoing, outgoing, kind, determined, active, loyal, slightly humorous, charming, athletic, funny, adventurous, fun, good-hearted, generous, loving, clever, resourceful, gifted, trustworthy, wary at times, cheery, compassionate and caring. He diguise himself as a commoner when sneaking out of the palace to go into kingdom. He has fair skin, a Slender body, handsome, short black hair and green eyes. He uses the name Dante when disguised as a commoner.

Supporting Characters

  • Eufemia - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She wears purple lipstick. One of the other beautiful girls of them within her group, she has brown eyes, light brown skin and medium-length brown hair pigtail with bangs. As one of the oldest girls the younger girls think of her as a sister and second mother to them. She's intelligent, determined, motivated, experienced, humble, respectful, hardworking and funny.
  • Lara - wears dark red lipstick. One of the other beautiful girls of them within her group, she has green eyes, fair skin, and short red hair. As one of the oldest girls the younger girls think of her as a sister and second mother to them. She's kind, good, clever, enduring, hopeful, strong-willed, dependent, calm, positive, patient, determined, resourceful, shy, beautiful and hard-working.
  • Alice - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She wears pink lipstick. One of the other beautiful girls of them within her group, she has light green eyes, tan skin and light brown hair in a bun. As one of the oldest girls the younger girls think of her as a sister and second mother to them. Has a Heart of Gold, she's also naive, joyful, sweet, resilient, gentle, optimistic, cheerful, innocent, shy and loveable.
  • Bernice - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She wears orange lipstick. One of the other beautiful girls of them within her group, she has strawberry-blonde hair in a very loose ponytail, daisy-white skin and her eyes are green. As one of the oldest girls the younger girls think of her as a sister and second mother to them. She's kind, elegant, shy, charismatic, independent, confidant and sophisticated.
  • Clarrissa - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She wears red lipstick. One of the other beautiful girls of them within her group, she has light blue eyes, pale skin, and shoulder-length straight black hair. As one of the oldest girls the younger girls think of her as a sister and second mother to them. She's free-spirited, intelligent, beautiful, sweet, caring, intuitive, outgoing, kind-hearted, stubborn, and short-tempered.
  • Zinerva - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She wears light pink lipstick. She has red curly hair, porcelain skin and green eyes. She's outspoken, clever, resourceful, witty, creative, self-reliant, tenacious, unique, spirited, astute, sneaky, self-conscious, alert, awkward, procrastinating, selfless, opinionated, impulsive, absent-minded, ambitious and modest.
  • Doriane - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She's 12 years old. She has straight red hair, most often tied back with a blue hair tie in a low ponytail, fair skin and brown eyes. She's quiet, shy, obedient, very sweet and gentle.
  • Rosa - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She's 11 years old. She has long and wavy light brown hair with shorter bangs framing the sides of her face, pale skin and blue eyes. She's an protective and sweet-tempered.
  • Stella - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She's 10 years old. She has black curly hair, olive skin and blue eyes. She is shy, naive and understanding. She can tell when people are lying.
  • Gabriella - she's one of the girl Rothbart cursed. She's 9 years old. She has blonde wavy hair, creamy skin and blue eyes. She spends a lot of time reading and not paying attention to her surroundings but can be brave. She's also can be calm and collected.
  • Tiziana - a fairy godmother the girls met in episode 1. Rothbart dark magic was too strong for her to lift the curse as she regret but she manage to give the girl each a potion that will secretly allow them to turn into human for 5 hours during the day per day until the curse is broken. She visit the girls everyday to see how they are doing and hide herself when Rothbart comes to visits. She has light blonde hair in a side ponytail, teal blue eyes and fair skin. She has purple hooded cloak over simple mauve dress tied.
  • Aberto - Siegfried Page and best friend. He's also knows about Rothbart plans and wrongdoings. He has dark brown messy hair, fair skin and green eyes.
  • Rothbart - he always come to visit the cursed girls on a full moon. Rothbart is the central antagonist in the anime. Rothbart is a evil powerful sorcerer who casts a spell on the girls. The reason for Rothbart's curse upon them is that each of them accidentally come across him talking about his plot of he wants to overthrow the royal family, take the kingdom for himself and rebuild it into what he wants which he cursed them in fear that they have heard. He has a big sharp sloped nose, very pale skin and sharp eyes and wears black clothing. He is the king advisor and secretly a sorcerer. He is also a wealthy nuobleman and aristocrat. He knows about Prince Siegfried' adventures outside the palace, but keeps them secret.
  • Odile - Rothbart daughter. In this version she is a sorceress. She dearly love her father and is unaware of her father wrongdoings until the last few episodes. Odile childhood friend came back to live at Sapphire Kingdom.

Locations

  • Sapphire Kingdom - it's where Prince Henry lives.
  • Swan Lake - The lake has grass and a few trees around it and their a cave near it as well. When Rothbart cursed a girl, he had her put her in the lake had them hidden and seal the passage by his magic. To get to town, the girls enter a cave tunnel entrance. Where you press a hand to a stone and chanted a few words in a whisper. The stone turns into a grey curtain where step through into a forest where they pass through and get onto a path that lead to the kingdom. Their are books in one of the caves for them to read that Rothbart left them.

Items

  • Fountain of Eternal Food - Rothbart made it for the girls for unlimited amount of food so they'll never be hungry to produce food for them by one of the girls must hum to the fountain, which produces whatever kind of food is requested from the fountain. Its at near Swan Lake.
  • Spindle Wheel of Clothes - Tiziana create it for the girls for any clothes they want so they look normal when they go into Sapphire Kingdom of what they wear. It's hidden in one of the caves of Swan Lake to stop Rothbart finding it. It produces whatever kind of clothes is requested from the fountain.
  • Chest of Coins - Tiziana create it for the girls for any coins they want of what they need to buy when they go into town. It's hidden in one of the caves of Swan Lake to stop Rothbart finding it. It produces whatever kind of coins is requested from the chest.

Trivia

  • This anime and its episodes is based (and or) inspired from Cinderella Monogatari but with a few differences and has a swan lake theme.

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