Set in 19th century London, where the city was divided into 2 nations, Kingdom of Albion and Commonwealth of Albion, and separated by a large wall. At that time, five girls were living within the Kingdom of Albion as spies from commonwealth. These girls served as undercover spies while disguising as students at the prestigious Queen’s Mayfair school. Using their own abilities, they tried to survive in the underground world of espionage full of murder and betrayal.
Credit has to be given to Studio #Hz and Actas staffs because Princess Principal‘s visual in the first episode looks amazing. The 19th century London in this anime feels really atmospheric and dark. The first episode also feature many action scene that also executed really well. The character design also looks fantastic, combining the dark clothing style of Victorian era (Top Hat!) but still maintaining its cuteness.
Unfortunately, the Princess Principal‘s story isn’t as strong as its visual. While it isn’t bad, it’s hard to take the story seriously. It sets in London, but the city’s backstory feels randomly constructed from Berlin Wall history. The story also feature 5 cute high school girl (one of them is a samurai, and another one can fly with anti-gravitation instrument) who have to endanger their live in espionage and political conflict. Otherwise, there is an interesting thematic idea that presented in the first episode: about how spies have to lie to protect their own life, even to the closest friend.
Overall, there are some parts of the story that don’t make sense to some viewer. But it actually quite easy to overlook if the viewers already immersed with the story. Looking for an fictional espionage story with cool visual and cute, charming girls? Gives Princess Principal a try!
Facts and Figures
|Source material||Original work|
|Casts||Akari Kageyama as Beatrice
Akira Sekine as Princess
Ayaka Imamura as Angie
Miyuki Sawashiro as 7
Nozomi Furuki as Chise
Takaya Hashi as Duke Normandy
Takayuki Sugo as L
Takumi Yamazaki as The Colonel
Yō Taichi as Dorothy
Yuko Iida as Gazelle
|Director||Masaki Tachibana (Barakamon)|
|Scenario||Ichiro Okouchi (Code geass)|
|Character Design||Yukie Akiya (Code Breaker)|
|Opening Song||“The Other Side of the Wall” by Void_Chords feat.MARU|
|Ending Song||“A Page of My Story” by Akari Kageyama, Akira Sekine, Ayaka Imamura, Nozomi Furuki, & Yō Taichi|
|Studio||Actas, Studio 3Hz|
|Broadcast Date||9 July 2017 (1400 GMT, 2100 WIT, 2300 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailer
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