YMMV / Grimms Fairy Tale Classics

Tropes from the Anime

  • Complete Monster: Bluebeard from season 1's "Bluebeard" is a seemingly charming rich gentleman, but in truth is a vicious Serial Killer who keeps the corpses of his murdered wives locked in a dark room. When his previous wife discovered his dark secret, he murdered her in a blind rage. Seeking a wife who would not disappoint him, Bluebeard woos a young maiden, Josephine, and coerces her into marriage, offering her riches and all his treasures, but warns her not to enter his cellar, for fear of her discovering his dark secret. When Josephine disobeys him—he had given her the keys to all the rooms—and discovers all of his previous victims, Bluebeard flies into a rage and chases her throughout the mansion, sword in hand, intent on killing her for her disobedience. Vengeful and unforgiving, masked by a polite exterior, Bluebeard was just as vile as his literary counterpart.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Japanese opening and ending themes.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme. Hey, come along and join the fun / It's the time~ for~ fairy tales~
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Moral Event Horizon: The witch from "The Six Swans" crossed into "truly irredeemable" either when she killed her husband the king, or when she kidnapped the princess's infant son, leaving him for dead, and made it look like she ate him.
  • Narm: Jorinde's song in Jorinde and Joringel, big time. The lyrics use certain phrases like Flower Power which sound incredibly awkward and out of place.
    I am but a little bird and you can see me fly
    I'm just a little bird, my love for you can fill the sky
    At the appointed hour, remember love has power
    So never fear should you shed a tear
    Remember the red flower
    Your love's magic lies in Flower Powernote 
  • Nightmare Fuel: There are really many examples:
    • Especially in the adaption of The Worn Out Dancing Shoes when it is revealed that everything within the strange world the princesses secretly go to and dance in are actually monsters and demons in disguise.
    • "The Crystal Ball" start in a very horror-style with the ugly witch performed an unholy ritual where she take, through a glass, a young princess trapped in her castle, bites into her neck and drains her of her lifeforce and leaves her a rotting corpse.
    • "Bluebeard" when Josephine discover the corpses of the Bluebird's ex-wives and the white roses turn to red blood.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show is clearly aimed for kids. However, it contains many scenes of intense cruelty (such as a princess being falsely accused of killing her baby in the episode "The Six Swans", characters being beaten by abusive guardians in "Brother and Sister" and "Rapunzel", and the main character being framed by his brother's cruel trick in "The Water of Life"), as well as semi-frequent use of violence and Nightmare Fuel. One episode is based on the Grimms' story "Allerleirauh", which features a princess fleeing from her father who wants to marry her. The darkest episode was perhaps "Bluebeard", which features the title character killing his wives and nearly kills the most recent one until her brothers save her. Much of the dark imagery was toned down for the English dub, but the show was still quite dark considering its target audience. The catch? This show was aired on Nick Jr., which is known today for very sugary shows such as Dora the Explorer.