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The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes [Odori nui te boroboro ni naru kutsu (Japanese: 踊りぬいてボロボロになる靴)] is the 22th episode of Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics.
The soldier Peter was injured in the last war and decides to spend his recovery days solving a mystery that plagues the royal family: how come near all of Princess Genevieve's shoes have suddenly become worn-out from overuse, but the Princess can't remember how and why did it happen?
Tropes used in this episode include:
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Looks-wise, nothing is said of the Old Soldier (save for the age) in the original. Here, Peter aka the protagonist is a young and cute-looking man.
- Adaptation Expansion: It gives the Soldier a name (Peter), a more defined personality (polite, kind-hearted, quick-thinking), and younger looks. The Princesses also get names (Genevieve, Louise and Julia). Plus it makes the men who dance with the princesses into monsters rather than humans.
- Adaptational Villainy: The dance partners are monsters who disguise themselves as human men and brainwash the princesses into dancing with them.
- Bowdlerize: The ones who fail the challenge are jailed rather than executed, and when Peter solves the enigma they're released.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Genevieve (blonde), Louise (redhead) and Julia (brunette).
- Brainwashed: The Princesses, who are mindcontrolled by demons aka their dancing partners.
- Brainy Brunet: Peter is a brown-haired man with quite the wits. It offers a nice contrast with his blonde Love Interest Genevieve.
- Costume Porn: The Princesses' dresses are really cute!
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose In Life: Peter had survived a very recent war, but was wounded in the process and took up the challenge of the King so he wouldn't just hang around while healing.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Subverted, Genevieve' wedding gown is pretty simple compared with the other dresses she's been seen wearing. It's still a very nice one, however.
- Guile Hero: Peter, with traces of Action Survivor.
- Hair of Gold: Subverted: Genevieve isn't evil, but convincing Louise and Julia to follow her into her escapades and drugging men so they won't interfere (while knowing that they'll be imprisoned if they fail) are not wholesome actions. She's actually Brainwashed, though. When she's not, she fits in here reasonably well.
- Happily Married: Genevieve an dPeter are in their way there at the end.
- Named by the Adaptation: The Soldier (Peter) and the princesses (the eldest is Genevieve, the middle one is Louise and the youngest is Julia)
- Pimped-Out Dress: The Princesses, of course. They already look cute in their "daily" clothes, but their dancing gowns are even prettier and downright cross into Costume Porn!
- Pragmatic Adaptation: This version has only three Princesses, to save up on animation and plot.
- Rescue Romance: Here, Peter stands up for the Princesses against those that brought them to their realm; then, the four have to run for their lives to reach for the castle and keep them at bay. By the end of the tale, Genevieve actually does like him and is sincerely thrilled to marry him.
- In a way, Genevieve managed to return the favor to Peter. As the group is about to reach safety, the enemies almost pull Peter back through their escape trapdoor so Genevieve has to grab him by his hands to pull him out. With some help from Julia and Louise, she succeeds.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Peter is a bit of an Unkempt Beauty and has Perma Stubble. The princesses note that he's not halfway ugly almost at the start, and later his royal makeover is so effective that his future wife Genevieve is squealing in joy.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Genevieve, Louise and Julia look a lot like one another, their clothes and hairstyles / colors being the biggest differences.
- True-Blue Femininity: Princess Genevieve wears a blue gown, when not going out to dance.