Princess Princess Volume 1

by Mikiyo Tsuda | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1569708568 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/31/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, January 31, 2013
I picked up this fair-condition ex-library softcover from Better World Books during a recent sale. I enjoyed the anime adaptation of this series very much. [There's a live-action adaptation too, but I haven't seen that yet.]

The premise is rather silly-sounding: at an elite all-male high school, three boys are designated as "princesses", to spend much of their non-class time in dresses and makeup, serving as cheerleaders and objects of fan-worship by the students (who know perfectly well that they're really guys but seem to get into it anyway). I was expecting more angst from the main character about being forced into this role, and more slapstick from everybody else, but the story went a different way, and turned out to have more heart and characterization than I'd expected. (I also have Family Complex, a spinoff one-shot about one of the characters in this book and his family. And both that book and this one have bonus strips on the inner book-covers, a nice surprise. The secret inner-cover strips on this book are from an alternate-reality world where a girls' school has Princes...)

The manga's quite similar to the anime, so the adaptation appears to be a close one. The story goes into the new guy's introduction to the "princess" system, and to the different personalities of the three princesses: Kouno's the easy-going newcomer, startled and disbelieving at first but willing to try; Mikoto is the reluctant one, acting all grouchy and put-upon, though he exerts himself to be a proper Princess when on duty; and Shihoudani, who, if anything, seems a bit TOO comfortable in his Princess role.

Those are the main characters, but there are plenty of others, from the senior students (including some former princesses) to young Sakamoto, a (supposedly) nondescript student whose presence seems to cheer people up. (Turns out he's the least stunning in an overwhelmingly-beautiful family, and feels rather self-conscious because of it, but he's probably the nicest guy in the series.)

There's gag humor here, tentative-friendship bits, lots of fun dialogue, and the scenes of the princesses in costume (the costume designer is another great secondary character). And the reactions of the rest of the students to their princesses are fun too. But it's the bickering and banter among the three main characters that make the series.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series that's entertaining and informative, but do beware of spoilers.]

The series:

Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three
Volume Four
Volume Five

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, YMCA in Methuen, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Released 9 mos ago (5/15/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, YMCA in Methuen, Massachusetts USA

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*** Released for the 2018 Royalty release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2018 TV Series release challenge. ***

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