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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1569708568
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Princess Princess Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     February 27, 2007
Release Date: November 01, 2006


Princess Princess Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Mikiyo Tsuda
Translated by:Earl Gertwagen
Adapted by:

What They Say
Why is Kouno receiving such an overly warm welcome at his new all boys' school? Sure, he's pretty handsome for his age, but such a response is usually reserved for cute girls... Little does Kouno know about the secret Hime, or Princess, system in effect at the school. Cute boys are chosen to dress up as girls at school events to provide a touch of femininity in the sea of testosterone!

By the time Kouno finally catches on to the oddities of his school, he discovers that he has been elected as a candidate! Kouno, lured by the "benefits" of being a princess, takes on the job with the other two princesses, Mikoto and Shihoudani, and the chaos begins.

The Review
Another series about cross-dressing?

Packaging:

Like all DMP books, Princess Princess has a larger trim size, dust cover, and even some bonus comics printed on the covers under the dust jacket - certainly nothing to complain about on this front. The cover is fairly simple, with a profile shot of the main character, Tohru Kouno, in his school uniform, with an almost Celtic background and borders. I'm not crazy about the font used for the title, but it does the job. The back cover reveals a bit more about the content of the series, with an image of the three "princesses" decked out in matching Gothic Lolita outfits. The art reproduction looks good overall - the blacks are acceptable and line work is, for the most part, crisp.

Art:

Pretty boys all over, and not a single girl in sight. The art is clean and detailed, although backgrounds tend to be sparse - simple screen tone or nothing at all in most cases, although full backgrounds are used in some panels for comedic effect. I find myself really enjoying Mikiyo Tsuda's art it's very clean, but dynamic as well. Even though the layouts are fairly simple, there's a good general sense of flow to each page. Readers might find her familiar from her previously published work, Day of Revolution.

Text/SFX:

Sound effects are translated next to the original effect, in fonts that closely match the original. This is my favorite method of SFX translation, and it's used here to good effect. The script reads well, with no obvious typos.

Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

Tohru Kohno is a new transfer student in an all-boy's school. It's not long after the start of the new school year, and the circumstances under which he left his previous school are intentionally vague. He's expecting a quiet, somewhat boring year with no girls around - until he meets Shihoudani, his girly classmate, and Sakamoto-sama, the first year student who commands a strange respect from the entire student body.

It turns out that this school has the Princess system, where several first-year students are selected based on looks to dress up as girls and add some cheer to the school. Oh - and there are benefits, too. And guess who's been selected?

The work of a princess isn't easy - there are fittings, debuts, seemingly endless clubs to cheer for, and fans to provide service for. Plus the dreaded prospect of having to go out in public in drag...And who's this strange girl who broke in looking for Kouno?

The thing I like best about this series thus far is that, despite the cross-dressing gimmick, there's none of the angst or secrecy found in other similar stories. It's all about the fun here, and that really helps it to stand out from the crowd. The story is fairly minimal, more a showpiece for the characters and character interaction than anything else, but where it might come off as lazy with another writer, it works perfectly here.

Comments
Yet another story about cross-dressing - but the real strength of Princess Princess is the characters. The entire cast is memorable, from Natashou the flamboyant member of the sewing club to Mikoto, the more than slightly reluctant princess who just wants to be manly for his girlfriend. If you're looking for boy on boy action, this isn't your series at its heart, this is a story about friendship, and having fun regardless of your situation.

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