Review: Princess Resurrection Volume 1

Princess Resurrection 1
Princess Resurrection Volume 1
By Yasunori Mitsunaga
Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Age Rating: Older Teen
Genre: Supernatural
Price: $10.95
Rating: ★★★★☆

Werewolves, demons, monsters, vampires – all these ferocious creatures are afraid of the same thing: the beautiful Princess Hime, an awesome warrior who fights the forces of evil with a chainsaw and a smile.  Not only does she look great in a tiara, she has magical powers that allow her to raise the dead.  She’s a girl on a mission, and with the help of her undead servant and a supercute robot, there’s no creature of darkness she can’t take down!

Take a Princess with a chainsaw, an androids in maid costume and a bit of a loser student who gains semi-immortality by accident and throw them into a battle with monsters out of a drive-in double feature and you have the first volume of Princess Resurrection, a series that balance’s campy horror with a more serious fight to become the King of Monsters.

Princess Resurrection is the story of two people; Hime and Hiro.  Hime is a Monster Princess.  Her father, King of the Monsters has died, and now a battle for the throne between her siblings rages.  But Hime has no desire for the throne and only wants to live in peace.  Enter Hiro, a hapless boy who Hime accidentally kills and then brings back to life with her blood.  Now Hime’s Blood Warrior, Hiro is compelled to fight whenever Hime is in danger, whether he can be of any help or not, which in this first volume he rarely is.  He spends most of his time dying or losing limbs than really helping Hime and Flandre, the android maid who looks like a little girl but has super-human strength.  The interactions between Hiro and Hime are amusing, with Hiro freaking out over the latest monster, and Hime’s matter-of-fact reaction.  She is also amused by Hiro, though it’s highly questionable if there is meant to be a relationship between them.

And who keeps killing Hiro?  Monsters sent by Hime’s brothers to try and get rid of her of course.  The cast of monsters like a parade from old Universal Studios horror movies; Wolfman, the Invisible Man, Mad Scientists and the Creatures from the Black Lagoon.  It’s a lot of fun, seeing each of these old time monsters square off against Hime, who seems fairly carefree in her fighting, but there is always a method to her madness.  Though it was really funny to watch her swing around a chainsaw as she walked through the mansion, cutting up the walls and nearly taking off Hiro’s head.

The art of Princess Resurrection is rather simplistic.  There’s not a lot of detail to the characters.  Clothes, hair, faces, they are all kept plain and simple.  The battle scenes can also leave something to be desired.  They don’t always flow smoothly, with panel transition feeling jerky and stiff.  This title also has some fan service elements.  Mostly in this volume it’s just in the form of Hiro’s sister Sawawa, who’s only job seems to be to appear in a few panels with her overly large breasts and eat a fruit parfait.  It’s sort of blatant, but manageable.

Princess Resurrection is a lot fun in this first volume.  The more serious moments such as Hime’s fight with Wildman the Wolfman, and subsequent battle with his half-human daughter gives you the idea that the battle for the throne is nothing to laugh at.  But for now, the campy horror feel is more prevalent, making this a fun read and a great volume to check out.

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