Princess Resurrection Vol. #01 (Mania.com)
By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Translated by:Satsuki Yamashita
Adapted by:Joshua Hale Fialkov
What They Say
Werewolves, demons, monsters, vampires - all of these ferocious creatures are afraid of the same thing: the beautiful Princess Hime, an awesome warrior who fights off the forces off evil with a chainsaw and a smile. Not only does she look great in a tiara, but she has magical powers that allow her to raise the dead. She's a girl on a mission, and with the help of her undead servant and a super-cute robot, there's no creature of darkness she can't take down!
Chainsaws are a definite plus. Hooba.
Featuring a dramatic picture in a bold and limited color palatte of Princess Hime weilding a bloody chainsaw, this is definitely a book that's going to grab a casual browser's attention. The print quality overall is very good, and blacks are acceptably dark. After the story, there is an extensive section with translation notes, a preview for volume 2, and several one-page ads for other Del Rey titles.
While the facial expressions might be simplistic and limited, the rest of the art is anything but. Mitsunaga is an artist who knows how to use panel layouts to their best advantage, especially during the many action scenes, where dramatic angles are also used to good effect. There's quite a bit of detail to be found, especially on weapons, gore, or backgrounds where required.
The adaptation flows smoothly overall, although there are some parts that seem a bit clunky. Sound effects are all subtitled, and while that means some busy panels are a little cluttered, it helps make the story and action scenes much more understandable.
Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Hiro is new to the town and just trying to find the house where his sister is a live-in maid so he can live with her again, but nothing seems to be going his way. First he gets hit by a truck and wakes up in a strange place that appears to be a morgue. Then, when he finally finds the house, there's a strange woman in a tiara facing off against a werewolf. Before he knows what he's doing, he gets between the werewolf and the woman, managing to die for the second time that day. Luckily the strange woman is Princess Hime, daughter of the man who stands above all monsters, and she has the power to resurrect the dead with her blood.
Not only that, but she has enemies, and with only two warriors to protect her - Hiro and the extremely strong childlike android Flandre (hooba) - there's never a dull moment around this house. Werewolves are the least of it - when it isn't werewolves (or the younger sisters of werewolves), there are invisible men, deranged doctors, vampires, swamp creatures, and more to contend with.
Even with her warriors with her, Hime isn't the sort of girl to sit back idly when challenged, so she's right up on the front lines with them, fighting back against the various monsters with whatever happens to be handy - a chainsaw, electricity, fire, a truck - she's not picky. But who is Hime's true enemy - is it really one of her siblings? And what is it that they want?
Princess Resurrection is the kind of story where you turn off your brain and enjoy the ride - and what a ride it is. Over the top campy violence, monsters right out of an old B horror movie, and Dawn of the Dead style humor. The characters that don't get much in the way of development, remaining little more than simple archetypes, but this isn't the sort of story you read for character growth anyway. Hime herself is quite the individual - ruthless and willing to go to any length (including burning down her own house) to reach her goals. Not for the thinking crowd, Princess Resurrection is nonetheless a lot of fun.
Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Princess Resurrection