RELEASED BY:

 

MEDIA BLASTERS

 

ASPECT RATIO:

 

1.85:1 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN

 

AUDIO:

 

JAPANESE DD 2.0 / ENGLISH SUBTITLE

 

RUNNING TIME:

 

100 MIN

 

RATING:

 

13UP

 

RELEASE DATE:

 

05/01/2007

 

REVIEW DATE:

 

05/01/2007

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

 

 

 

Tohru is a new transfer student at an all-boys’ academy that is the elite of the elite. Trying to escape a sorrowful past, he hopes to start fresh here away from his family. What he could never have expected was that he would be hand picked by the school to be one of the very special “Princesses”, those boys beautiful enough to be chosen to cross dress all for the purpose of helping the student body strive, achieve and be happy!

Based on the wildly popular manga by the same name from Mikiyo Tsuda, Princess Princess is a comedic romp of high school life for these boys. The majority of the comedy and cosplay fan service revolves around the dross-dressing. The quirky friendship that is struck by the three “princesses”, Tohru, the more suave Yujiro Shihoudani, and the overly stressed Mikoto, is something that deepens as later on in this first volume, Yujiro confesses his past and troubles with his family to Tohru. Yet we still don’t know what sadness Tohru himself is feeling. Perhaps as their friendship deepens, he will be able to confide in his newest friend.

Another part of the comedy involves the conniving members of the Student Council. They’re always trying to come up with schemes to have the school achieve more (and fill their pockets at the same time). In this volume, this is seen best in their efforts to recruit Tohru as a princess, and later when they work over all three princesses to become cheerleaders to help the sport teams strive harder. Cross-dressing at school is one thing, but for the hapless Mikoto, doing it in public is a whole other problem. He’s always stressing over being a princess, often to hilarious outbursts from him and sarcastic quips from his fellow princesses Tohru and Yujiro.

The show isn’t all laughs though. There’s the pending drama with Tohru’s past that has yet to be revealed and the serious problem Yujiro has with his family. Neither is done with an overly dramatic sense of soap opera. It is touched on only as needed and the anime so far steers heavily towards the comedy.

The animation is finely done. It tries hard to capture the character designs of Mikiyo Tsuda’s art style and the backgrounds in the anime are done with a water color feeling to enhance a more shojo-like atmosphere to the show. Although this is at an all boys’ school and with the cross dressing there certainly are yaoi overtones, this is not a yaoi series. The ending theme song and the very yaoi-esque artwork may fool you to thinking it will be but despite the jokes around the role of princess and their ardent male fans, the three boys who are princesses are all straight. Rather the series focuses on day-to-day life, all sorts of wacky school antics, and the lives of these three boys, Tohru especially.

EXTRAS:
Bonus features include trailers for other Anime Works Titles from Media Blasters.

IN SUMMARY:
Princes Princess is a fun cross-dressing romp at an all-boys school. Even though it is not a yaoi series, there’s enough subtext that yaoi fans will enjoy it as well as shojo fans too.

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