It starts with poisonous herbs under the cradle. Then under the sheets. And inside the clothes. Even mixed in the milk that they feed the newborn. This way the child gradually gets used to poisons and becomes the perfect assassination tool - the “Poison Princess” whose every kiss, tear, and even touch bring death. Her only chance of survival is to fulfill her duty as an assassin and find a way to live on in the enemy land she is sent to…if her heart is strong enough.
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Why is Mihara's manga always that "poisonous"? I mean, you started reading it and bingo, never could you drop it. Try Dokuhime if you're a fan of Mihara, or just that you're interested in gothic loli and dark fairytales and twisting plot. The gorgeous art and thrilling plot will surely please you.
I love it.
None of that cliche crud, with plot twists and some degree of unpredictability. Pretty dark, so it's good for those who like slightly gothic stories. I personally ADORE this manga, the plot is tied together well and the emotions and loneliness expressed by the characters is believeable and moving. There's foreshadowing and symbolism, much of the good stuff you would expect from a novel.
The beginning is an introduction to the poison princesses, but as the story progresses you will get into the actual plot, which becomes more about conspiracies and politics. Higly recommended read.
it was really attention-grabbing initially
I don't like how the stories change perceptive nearly every chapter, it makes it difficult to tune into the story. Mitsukazu Mihara never fails to deliver gorgeous art, but her stories tend to be somewhat of an acquired taste. Like some of the others have said, her stories have been difficult to follow and would end abruptly, before you could even make out what had happened. But if you enjoy the historical aspect of it, mixed with the uncertainty that accompanies the heroines, that should keep you interested for a while.
A good read!
This manga is dark. I'm not that acquainted with Josei manga, but I think this will probably be a good reader for Josei lovers out there. The notion of a human being who embodied the literal usage and meaning of poison--is very curious. I was taken aback when the story suddenly change in perspectives. Sort of disappointed because I was growing attached to the first introduced heroin...But I think it's sort of necessary to show the weight of the situation these poison princesses are in...
the story is so interesting, so is the artwork. I thought the story for first princess is interesting, but the second is mooore interesting. And IMO, you must add tragedy for its genre.
It takes a blunt look at the dark desires people have. Obsession, betrayal, psychopathy...oh, and I also like the mystery in trying to figure out which of the three had which fate.
I really liked Mao x Lycoris though...was a disappointment how his story ended. A little bit OOC, but I guess defeat makes him do strange things.
Soooooo sad T_T
Poison princesses are girls that are fed poison from a young age on. So their body becomes used to poison and starts producing it. They can basically kill with every body fluid.
i love that idea of the poison princess. It is very cruel, but gives me a feeling of reality, I mean it feels possible because it is a well-built and complexly explained idea. This is becoming one of my all time favs actually. The drawings are beautiful, dark and gloomy. Also is the story. It is very dark with many twists and turns. You can't guess what might happen next, but it still doesn't feel forced. The characters are interesting and likable. But it is so sad. The story is so damn dramatic (which i love) and you keep on wishing that the characters will find happiness, while at the same time you can't imagine how they could, because it's so twisted. And then you get another sad turn. T_T Oh well, this manga also has it's cute sides, but of course it's mostly dark!
If the author doesn't mess up the end this might become one of he best works. (I really have high hopes for this, in whichever way the ending will be, tragic or good)... I wish this was buyable in my country... -.-
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Excellent manga but...
The plotline was intruiging, the characters were memorable and pacing was pretty good except for the last few chapters, which for me felt just a little rushed. The strongest point of this manga is the story and art, but the characters felt like they didn't have enough development aside from one or two people. The romance angle felt a bit lacking as well.
I think the manga would have been better off being a few chapters longer in order to flesh out the characters better
ACTUALLY GETS YOU THINKING. BRILLIANT STORY LINE, LOVELY ART,
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.
The mystery slowly unravels itself every chapter, and there's something heartwrenchingly sad about the Poison Princess and Kait (and even Hal and Mao - the other princes, sometimes), that's how good MIHARA Mitsukazu is at crafting these characters - makes me connect to them so well!
Depending on your ability to withstand the dark nature of the story and a little bit of gore and cut off legs and arms and injuries, your opinion may be affected.
I would have given this manga an absolute 10, if the perspective of the manga was not so random in some chapters, leaving it with a somewhat disjunct feeling, as well as the random disappearance of the boy in the first few chapters. D:
A VERY RECOMMENDED READ OVERALL.
I need more...
This is easily one of the best mangas I've ever read - thought-provoking, complex plot, interesting characters, even more interesting interactions, great pacing, gorgeous art -> dayum, this scores high on my standards.
A story is full of tension, tragedy is terrifyingly gradual, just....a rollercoaster ride of emotions (though it's more in the sad lane). Most unfortunately, I've only found 30 english-translated chapters so far, and I've been waiting for months for an update. Why? Why torture me like this?
I hope the almost perfect storytelling won't lose its luster - like in most relatively long-running mangas.