Monday, August 6, 2007

Princess Resurrection Manga Volume 1

Overall Rating: B+
Synopsis: Werewolves, demons, monsters, vampires. All these ferocious creatures are afraid of the same thing: Princess Hime, a gothic lolita warrior who fights off the forces off evil with a chainsaw, a wicked smile, and cutting remarks. Did I mention she also looks great in a tiara, and has magical powers that allow her to raise the dead? The story so far actually revolves around her undead servant, Hiro, who she resurrects after he is killed in a car crash. However, it's obvious the real star is Hime, and with Hiro and a supercute robot, named Flan, she kills the supernatural creatures her siblings send after her.

I didn't know what to expect from Princess Resurrection when I first picked it up, but I'm a sucker for gothic lolitas that kick ass (see Venus Versus Virus for another example). I'm interested in seeing how volume 2 plays out, but volume 1 was a lot of fun. Full of action and interesting characters, the plot unwinds a little slowly, but it feels like it's building out the world Hime lives in to give us a larger background. I already love Flan, Hime's robot sidekick, and Liza Wildman, the half-werewolf who attacks Hime because she mistakenly believes that Hime murdered her brother.

The series is shaping up to be a lot of fun, and I recommend it for when you're looking for something good that isn't too heavy of a read. Volume 2 comes out August 28th.

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