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From JanimeS: Princess is a very straight forward and sad series. This series is full of romance and politics. The background is an unknown medieval era where there are three countries. Among the three countries, there is an island country called "Ramira". The empire, Ramira, is where most of stories will unfold. There are generations of princesses, and the first 27 volumes set the story for the eventual regaining of Ramira by the greatest Empress of Ramira, Preia, who was beloved by the people and had many loyal men under her.
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Worth the long read
Glad to see it being continued by the scanlator. Though I'm not even done until the latest scans. So far I'm in Volume 19. I understand it's going to be even more melodramatic from this point onward. I can already see it, that 'fate' intertwining two people, kind of corny for me as I have thought it could have been better portrayed than that cheesy part between those two new generation lovers. Other than this small stain, I've found it quite enjoyable. I feel for most of the characters (but not the main ones of the second generation, astonishingly). The plot and intrigue is not suitable for young minds--and I mean intellectually. The passing wit will just do as it did--pass right through their eyes without taking anything. Kind of predictable most of the times, given enough data, but there are still a lot more to keep it juicy. Definitely a recommended read for those who cringe at most shoujo manga.
slow but dramatic
As someone mentioned it is very much like soap opera, with a huge dose of epic mixed into it. One thing that was noticeable for me @ the begining was the art, its not exactly the best thing, but I would say it's better than some manhwa's out there. Also, once you get used to the style it does become pretty afterawhile ;P. Anyways, the story is awesome! Sometimes it does slow down, but what can I say, you still will want to read on and find out what happens. And since its more novel-like expect the shift of main characters, although disappointing at first, it will definitely become lovable, especially the second part (hehe, you can tell thats my fave).I'm hoping the author shifts it back to my other faves in vol.28. X3
Princess is not for the Weak minded
Like many have posted already before, "Princess" is a very complex tale of Love, jealousy, hatred, revenge and a whole mess of other things. If you are used to, the simple romantic Shoujo boy meets girl plots then stay away from Princess. To put it frankly, Princess story plot is for mature people who can handle in depth tales of pain and sorrow. I really wish this manhwa was turned into an Anime it so would be brilliant as one.
Incredibly complex and full of politics and intrigue. The story is a lot like a Chinese soap opera -- long, angsty, romantic, with many characters and settings. However, the series can seem to drag for impatient readers or readers who don't like angst. The idea of "fate" figures heavily into this story.
However, the author has done a masterful job interweaving the stories of the various characters, mixing the past, future and present. The length of the series makes this story into a great epic which is much more worthy than any soap opera. Yes, it's often over-dramatic, emotional, and too tragic to bear -- but the beautiful art, the complex plot, and the strong characters all stand out. Definitely recommended, one of the best (if not the best) manhwa out there.
Finally, I'm surprised that some people complain about the art. There are so many characters that it is easy for some of them to look similar, but I've never been confused. If you look closely, the backgrounds, especially buildings, can be incredibly elaborate and detailed, more than any series I've ever seen. Even the costumes are well-researched and it's not even as if each character wears the same outfit often, as it happens in a lot of series. Although there are sometimes perspective flaws, Princess has the most attractive art that I've seen in a manhwa.
... Last updated on July 14th, 2008, 9:42pm
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i tried to read it although i dont like historical type..so as a result, i just read the first 9 volume (skip almost all the political talk) and the end volume..i just dont like the complicated plot..i dont know why i bother to read it!! it just my comment, read it yourself to find out..
The author's guilty of too much melodrama, and too much foreshadowing. All those panels wasted on characters whining about their unrequited/star-crossed love, destiny, fate, etc. etc. when they could have gone to story development. The foreshadowing infuriatingly enough never gets capitalized on. However, the political intrigue aspect of the series was quite interesting in the way that it didn't just focus on one country but explored the different characters' motivations in each country. The art has two main things going for it: the costumes and the backgrounds. Both seem to be mainly western european in origin, but from eras that favored ornamentation rather than practicality; in other words, a lot of eye candy. Very important to note that it treats girls more as property than people, which is historically accurate, but it does alienate the women depicted from a modern day perspective. It's easier to pity them than sympathize with them.
... Last updated on April 5th, 2007, 8:47pm
Well worth the tears and time
I just finished reading this in two sittings, since I had to sleep. Now I soon have to go eat something. But I just had to post a comment on how good parts of this is.
The art is very good, the quality of the scanlations I read had low quality scans though, but the quality still showed very well.
The story is this manga's strong suit. You might see something coming, but you aren't certain and some small thing totally bothers you that you missed in your guess. But knowing largely what will happen means it is logical, a good thing. Some parts of the story I found bland or unbelievable, that is what drags the score down to a 9 from a 10, but generally it held a very high quality.
Then you have the chars, it was a long time since I had such a rollercoaster ride in emotions from manga. And these chars is the reason, one truly feels for them and wants to know what happens next.
Ahh I am simply to touched to write well, just read it and find out yourself.
It's a beautiful story. Nicely told, although there are alot of characters. I think what would have made it better if the character was introduced to us before it came into a scene. It's very complicated because of all the politics, but other than that it's a fabulous read. I especially loved the politics and the romances that occured. It depicts nicely how life was like back then. I should say, it will end at 27 volumes I believe. Only 2 more volumes? :)
This manhwa is wonderful. I recommend for all that like a riper history.
A good read
The art in this manga is very lovely and the artists has a sense of imagination for fashionable wear, their dresses are just so amazing. The plot tends to be a bit melodrama at times, but it is intriguing to see the relationships develops between the characters. Too much stuff going on for me to grasp fully and at times the manga gets a bit boring. A great read if you are looking for a novel-like political romance story.