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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
  • ISBN: 978-1-56970-850-7
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Princess Princess

Princess Princess Vol. #05

By Danielle Van Gorder     December 11, 2007
Release Date: November 30, 2007

Princess Princess Vol.#05
© Digital Manga Publishing

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

What They Say
Our princesses are torn apart over the candidates for the next student council president. Think tough Akira would have no competition in the election? Think again! A new face has come to town and he's dead-set on winning the presidency. Transfer student Mitaka has declared war and is steadily rallying the support of more and more students. Even the support of Mikoto...? But Akira's die-hard supporters Tohru and Shihoudani have a secret plan to ensure Akira's success.

The Review
The student council election is heating up, and Mitaka is starting to feel the heat...and resorting to questionable tactics. While Sakamoto has the firm support of both Tohru and Shihodani, Mikoto finds himself wanting to support his classmate Mitaka - but will Mitaka's new tactics change his mind?

Faced with this unexpected competition from the third princess, Shihodani and Tohru feel compelled to pull out all the stops to make sure that Sakamoto wins the election. Not only do they give their support speech dressed in Princess gear (something Mikoto doesn't have the nerve to do), but they use an ultimate trump card as well to ensure Sakamoto's election as president.

The results of the election are both exactly as expected and rather unexpected, as Mitaka develops quite the attachment to Sakamoto. It's a little out of the blue, and not particularly well developed, but realistic character development isn't really one of the primary goals of this series. The conflict between Mitaka and the princesses, however, is an amusing touch. As Sakamoto settles into his new role, the three princesses make the discovery that they have a huge farewell performance to produce, all on their own. But before they can close out their princess year, Shihodani still needs to make peace with his family, since his last attempt was less successful than he had led Tohru to believe.

As the final volume in the series, there's not quite as much humor as in some of the other volumes as Tsuda works to bring everything to a close, but what there is works pretty well, and the conclusion of several storylines is a nice touch as well. While this certainly isn't the sort of series that's going to change anyone's life, it remains entertaining to the end, despite the rather odd addition of the Mitaka/Sakamoto relationship. Highly recommended to fans of cross-dressing comedies and fans of Tsuda's other titles.


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