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Suddenly Princess


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Title Info

  • alias: Detatoko Princess
  • seen: 1-3 of 3
  • type: OAV
  • grade: watchable
  • genre: dumb_fun
  • made: unknown
  • Review created: A while ago, i'll revise it eventually.
  • mod: none

Gather round and let me tell you a story of magic, of fantasy in a world far away, of a beautiful princess and of custard pudding. Think I'm kidding? the most traumatic moment in the series (so far) was when the princess couldn't attack the custard pudding golem even though it was attacking the custard pudding forest, since she couldn't bring herself to injure a pudding. The story follows the said princess (and pudding addict) as she wanders the land. She is attractive, athletic and agile and has the power of `magical erasor' which can cancel any magic in an area, but sadly has no other abilities to match her ability to let her enthusiasm get her into trouble. She is accompanied by a 3 inch female companion, an immortal but incompetent male and her older tutor. Of course she has a magical nemesis, although this attractive sorceress simply wants to add her to her `pretty-girl' collection.

Mind you this is simply the recurring cast, there's no shortage of one episode weirdo's and strange locales to provide an arena for the characters. The aim of this series was obviously to focus on pretty girls (with a reasonable helping of fan service) and `wacky' magical mayhem (along with some visual flash) to create a humorous experience. Sadly the writing, character, dialog and world design are too weak for it to be much of a success. Many of the jokes fall very flat, the `pudding' gimmick becomes quickly tiresome and the stories are simply silly. Indeed both the characters and story feel very familiar, with the added suspicion that it was done better last time.

The animation is quite reasonable, with some good use of signs to comment on the action, but is the familiar bright and pretty and soulless we've come to expect for this sort of thing. Some of the action is quite good, albeit restricted by the lack of any fighting ability amongst the main characters, and the voices are okay. This show has no disastrous failings, does have its moments and is a reasonably pleasant watch if you feel like some lightweight humor, but there are better options than this. It feels like stuff built to be a `safe sell', rather than actually attempting anything novel.

None of the regular sites I source have a review for this title. There's is also exactly one link on the anipike, and that suggested that there are only three OAV episodes in total.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:25 WST 2009