|Title (English)||Scrapped Princess|
|Title (Japanese)||Scrapped Princess||Art Sample
|Notes||Based upon a Kadokawa manga in Dragon magazine.|
|Synopsis||This opens with the 15-year old princess Pacifica travelling in an ox-cart accompanied by her adopted older brother and sister, who are a swordsman and a magician respectively. Very soon they are ambushed by some fighters looking for Pacifica, who we learn is the subject of a prophecy which says that on reaching the age of 16 she will destroy the world. Pacifica's siblings dispose of the ambushers, but not before we meet an ambiguous chatacter who has also been sent to look for Pacifica. Later, they reach a town where Pacifica's aunt (adopted rather than real, I think) likes and they get a warm welcome. However the aunt soon tries to betray Pacifica to the forces of established religion in a church. The church is destroyed by Pacifica's sister. In succeeding episodes they encounter a knight-errant who latches on to them without guessing Pacifica's identity, and stay at an inn managed by a lonely girl and her uncle. There are more indications that powerful people know that Pacifica is still alive, and they mean to go to any lengths to stop the prophecy being fulfilled.|
|Review||"Scrapped Princess" is a sci-fi fantasy story set in an odd world where the
background visuals give the impression that there is more than meets the
eye to the pastoral setting. Three people are riding in a horse drawn cart
along raised roadways dividing up flooded, triangular fields – blond,
sometimes grumpy, 16 year old Pacifica, her 20 year old brother Shannon and
her 20 year old sister Raquel. Shannon and Raquel both have dark hair in
contrast to Pacifica. Pacifica also happens to be a Princess on the run.
Shannon and Raquel are also Pacifica's protectors – Shannon is a skilled swordsman and warrior, and Raquel is skilled in magic, both defensive and offensive. Pacifica needs skilled and loyal protectors because literally everyone wants her dead – she is the incarnation of an ancient curse and will apparently cause the total destruction of their planet. Right off the bat some peasants try to attack them but are driven off by Shannon and Raquel. Then an old, loyal retainer betrays Pacifica to a priest who tries to kill her with magic before Raquel intervenes. And a mysterious warrior and probable wizard called Chris is also trailing them, although he passes up his first easy opportunity to kill Pacifica.
All three travelers are aware of the curse and Pacifica's potential fate. Pacifica doesn't want to die, but she doesn't want to be the cause of the destruction of the world either. At the end of the episode, in a rather poignant scene, Pacifica tells Shannon that if it does come to the point where she will cause the destruction of the world, she wants him to kill her first.
The visuals in this road-trip story are very good, and there are hints that the "magic" might be a case of Clarke's Law, "Any sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic". The music is inoffensively unmemorable. The voice acting is also quite good and the plotting avoids clichés in the characters. What isn't clear from the first episode is where this story line is going and how and if the mysteries will be explained.
So "Scrapped Princess" is a series that I will follow for a while to see if
the potential in the story is actually realized.
This is quite good, with a story that keeps one guessing what's really happening, good characterisation, and attractive character designs, and enjoyable opening theme music. It's told with a dash of humour without degenerating into slapstick. I found the series marred by an irritating lack of common sense - even though Pacifica's life is at stake she isn't usually disguised and is addressed by her real name in the hearing of others. And in one episode, after being warned that an assassin is on to them, they hang about in town all day. Then even after they've escaped they return to the town after hearing that it's under threat from Church forces. Hard to say if this is going to be a hit, or if by next year it will be "just another fantasy series" (GC)
|Credits||Series dir: Masui Soichi
Chara des: Komori Takahiro
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|Date||2003 April 8, -|
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