Two for one! It had better be, considering how long I've slacked on it.
Akira/Takumi has many things going for it, as a pairing, and while it does have substance, most of them lead back to how cute it is. For one, Takumi is probably the single most adorable character in the series. It's cheap, but he's designed to push moe buttons. He's sweet and polite as well as sickly and submissive. Also, just look at that face. Come on. There's actually quite a bit more to his character, too: beneath his smiles he's lost the will to live after years of being a burden, and his submissive attitude is born as much out of that guilt as it is out of his nature. He needs someone to teach him how to live on his own terms.
Enter Akira, who is a tough, prickly secret crossdresser and ninja. It's tsundere meets moe: when done well, this is a recipe for cute. She forces into Takumi a desire to live again, and the two of them proceed to be awkward and full of blushes and adorableness. And even at the end, she still tops him hard.
The pairing of Fakir/Ahiru is a ballerina princess and a knight, except that really it's a writer and a duck. In that space between the story and the reality lies much cuteness. For one thing, it's tsundere meets moe again, except with more subtlety this time, and subtlety makes it even better. For another, Ahiru is a duck. This leads to scenes where the sullen, stoic Fakir cuddles a duck who is secretly Ahiru. Better yet, it leads to scenes where he reassures her that even when she's a duck, he'll never leave her side. And you know what? In the end, that's what happens. As far as I am concerned, Princess Tutu has a happy ending. It's a fairy tale. Who's to say that these two can't be together as a man and a duck? They're happy that way. And this is adorable.
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - The best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - Why aren't these two married in real life?
Day 11 - What is your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The "can't stand the sexual tension anymore" pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever?