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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 190
  • ISBN: 1-56970-852-5
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Princess Princess Vol. #03

By Danielle Van Gorder     May 16, 2007
Release Date: May 30, 2007

Princess Princess Vol.#03
© Digital Manga Publishing

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

What They Say
Tohru's younger sister Sayaka, who discovered that she and Tohru are not actually siblings, arrives once again only to leave her brother in Shihoudani's "loving" care. Tohru's uncle calls shortly thereafter to insist that Tohru move back home. Does this mean the end for the princess trio?!

The Review
Vacation is finally over, and it's on to the next major event for the princesses - the school festival! Not only do they have to put on a play, they have to sing and dance for the special festival preparation opening ceremony as well. Mikoto doesn't take this well - not only is he completely tone deaf, but his girlfriend will be attending the festival, and he doesn't want her to see him in his princess costumes. Resolutely, Shihodani and Tohru attempt to train Mikoto to sing, which doesn't exactly go the way they hope. But then, nothing ever does. But that doesn't stop the pair from having fun at Mikoto's expense.

This is all well and good, but trouble is brewing in the shape of Tohru's cousin Sayaka. She's back, but things are different this time. She and Tohru patch things up, but not without a few more comedic misunderstandings. Since she was the reason he went away to a different school in the first place, Tohru's uncle has decided that it's time for him to leave his new school and come home. Torn between obedience to the family that took him in and his own desires, Tohru is left with a tough choice. Does he stand up for what he truly wants, or does he stay true to himself? The other two princesses have their own thoughts on the matter of course, even if Shihodani has to be forced into sharing them.

At the festival, the three princesses and a certain special guest are made to participate in a stamp rally, where students race to get stamps from student council members, the special guest, and all three princesses to win a cash prize. They have the option of battling the student council members, or paying a small fee for information on the whereabouts of the princesses. Per usual, things play out in a manner that defies expectations, except those of the twisted student council president.

The same things that made the first two volumes work so well continue to be the real strength of this story - namely, the character interactions and goofy comedic moments. Even when the story shades towards the serious, there's a sense that everything's going to work out for the best - or, at least, the most entertaining. It's simply a fun story with great characters and comedy that works more often than not.


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