Princess Princess Vol. #02 -

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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: 184
  • ISBN: 1-56970-855-X
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Princess Princess Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     February 28, 2007
Release Date: February 01, 2007

Princess Princess Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

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

What They Say
With the support of the school's princesses, Kouno, Shihoudani, and Mikoto, the school's athletic teams will move on in their district competitions. If they keep winning like this, the princesses will have to cheer in front of the entire country. That means going outside in their gothic Lolita outfits! But before Kouno even has a chance to worry, a girl shows up at school to see him unexpectedly. Could she be the reason why Kouno sometimes has that dark look in his eyes...?!

The Review
Picking up from where the first volume left off, a strange girl burst into the all-boys school looking for Tohru. She's slightly put off by the fact that he's wearing women's clothing, but won't let that stop her from what she came for. Taking control of a situation spiraling quickly out of control, Sakamoto steps in to give the two some privacy, and Shihoudani decides to act as mediator. It turns out that the girl is Sakaya, Tohru's cousin and adopted sister, who is more than slightly in love with Tohru - to the point of attacking his past girlfriends. She's been forbidden to see him by their parents, but managed to find out where he was regardless - and is now demanding that he take her as his lover!

Shihoudani steps in to take care of the situation, by declaring that Tohru is gay and that Shihoudani is his lover. When Sakaya doesn't believe this, he decides to prove it by planting a long kiss on Tohru - who is more than slightly shocked at this whole turn of events. This sends her on her way, but it's clear that the crazy stalker sister will be back later.

As the story progresses, we get more of a peek into Tohru's past, and find out why he's so determined to live on his own as much as possible. Then summer break starts, and Tohru and Shihoudani are the only ones left in the dorms. They try to go out several times to take advantage of the air conditioning at the library or to have a good time, but they keep getting mistaken for girls, despite the fact that they aren't cross-dressing. Since their attempt to pick up girls failed miserably, they decide to return to the dorm, where Shihoudani reveals his past. Closing out the book is a really funny side story where the pair visits Sakamoto's house and meets his rather unusual family, along with an extensive bonus section.

The majority of the story focuses on Tohru and Shihoudani, with the rest of the characters pushed into the background, so fans of some of the other characters might find themselves slightly disappointed. While there's a bit more angst in this volume and a bit less of the cross-dressing, there's still a lot of humor and the simple fun that makes this series so appealing.


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