Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2009 to Sep 21, 2009
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.151 (scored by 40195 users)
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SynopsisArima Teppei lost his parents in a traffic accident. His grandfather Isshin adopted him by force and ordered him to succeed the head of Arima Group Corporation. At Shuuhou Gakuen, a high school only for wealthy students, Teppei's new life as a celebrity starts.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Princess Lover! - Pure My Heart
Other: Princess Lover! Picture Drama, Princess Lover! OVA
Spin-off: Princess Lover!: Magical Knight Maria-chan
Characters & Voice Actors
When asked about the nature of a harem anime, most anime fans think: average guy, surrounded by 3 or more seemingly unattainable girls, in an unusual setting chuck full of breast-grabbing and panty-flashing. Does Princess Lover fall into this abysmal group? Yes, however it had the potential to achieve a lot more than what most harems fail to achieve, seeing how it's based on a rather popular visual novel.
That potential was shown in its characters however that same potential was foolishly squandered with its mediocre story. The story itself is typical, yet intriguing enough to keep most viewers interested. It’s about your average teenage boy named Teppei, living an average life, with his average family... Then shit happens and our protagonist is later forced to live with his super rich grandpa and transfer to some absurd school for the super rich.
After watching this I thought the writer must’ve taken whatever he could find from “Ye ol’ book of anime clichés” and decided that was their plot. Strangely enough, it worked surprisingly well when it came to introducing the characters to this profoundly entertaining story. The first half of the story basically sets this kind of tone for an exhilarating short series but in the end it was a wasted effort once the “real” story kicks in and boy, are you in for a ride. By ride I mean a one-way ticket to idiotsville, because only an idiot would throw away an enjoyable story for the garbage that replaced it.
With all that said, this anime didn’t entirely turn into a steaming pile of crap and that’s thanks to the interesting cast of main characters. Harem protagonists usually fall into 2 groups: the losers and the kind-hearted saviours. Yet Teppei initially doesn’t fall into either, because within his playful character is a young lad struggling to deal with his past and moral dilemmas. Not to forget the 4 leading heroines, who were rather well developed, some more than others and 2 of which who seemed similar in design and personality to 2 more well-known characters from other series. Whether that was intentional or not is unknown to me but they happened to be the most interesting of the 4 heroines. However apart from Teppei’s grandpa, the supporting cast turned out to be far weaker than the loosely put together story and if a couple of them were killed off, the story could have done a whole lot better.
The production values are somewhat difficult to delve into since a fairly unknown studio (GoHands) took on this series. The music was just about as memorable as every breath I take and the sound productions overall really isn’t any good. Yet the art style and animation has a unique vibrancy to it, giving a colourful experience that’s pleasing to the eyes. However the jarring simulated camera panning/rotation and the out of proportion bust sizes really brought it down for me.
Overall Princess Lover is a series that I hoped would break the chain of generic harem that seem to appear year after year, yet all it did was add unto the already tarnished reputation of the harem genre. Some of the blame falls onto the villains, who were the worst villains ever constructed but I blame the real villain… the idiot who thought of this crap. Well if you don’t mind all that I’ve said then watch at your own discretion; however I feel it’s more worthwhile to sit wait for the next Key & KyoAni collaboration.
I've thought a lot about what I think is useful when starting to watch an anime - criteria that might change my thoughts as to whether or not to watch a series. I’ve customized this list to what you typically see in ecchi series. First I give the criterion, then I define the parameters of the criterion, then I state how the series matched up against the specified parameters. I also note how things like art and the soundtrack affect my overall rating of a series (along with what I thought of the two components), if anyone is interested in that.
I don't claim that this criteria will be universal - different people have different tastes and value different things, but this review is what would make/break watching a series for me. Mild spoilers ahead.
Annoying Mascot Characters
1. It's not a matter of whether or not the mascot character is annoying, it's a matter of how annoying the mascot character is.
1) There is not a clearly defined mascot character in this series. Occasionally the main romantic interest acts as a mascot character, asking really simple questions so things can be elaborated more for the viewer, and offering overly-simple frustration at whatever unfortunate circumstance is unfolding. That being said, the main romantic doesn't often do that and when she does it's only mildly annoying.
1. I find art to be pretty subjective. If I find it to be particularly good, it might +1 my overall opinion of the series, but I typically don’t hold it against a series for being averagely animated for the time it was animated.
1) The art in this series was pretty average, nothing eye-popping and almost nothing distractingly bad. If I had one complaint about the art it would be that the most of the main female cast had breasts that were big just a bit beyond the point of believability. I personally find female characters more attractive when I think that finding someone with their proportions in the real world is not impossible.
Friend Quality (MC-Male Friends)
1. The male friend(s) is/are (a) pervert(s) who do not get much characterization outside of getting the MC into trouble
1) That’s essentially what Teppei’s group of male friends are. There are two distinctions to be made: first, Teppei is the ringleader for his group of friends; second, there is a male friend Teppei has who is constantly ignored – he’s generic, but outside of the parameter of the stereotypical male friends in ecchi series.
1. The MC is not a hopeless loser with no talents and horrible grades. If he is, when he improves, his improvements come relatively early in the series and they stay for the duration of the series.
2. When the MC has to fight, he fights. (This doesn't have to do with the MC fighting well, just not being a pushover.)
3. The MC hones his skill and visibly improves throughout the series (when there's action in the included genre)
4. Romantic interests are forthcoming about their feelings (both the MC and the girl involved)
1) The main character certainly was not a loser, and not a clear-cut winner either. His grades weren't mentioned at any point throughout the series, so we're left to assume he's okay there.
2) When the MC had to fight, he fought, with little or no prompting from other characters.
3) The MC had good swordsmanship, but did not visibly improve it throughout the series. There was character skill progression, but it was more learning how to function in high-society (think Hayate no Gotoku without the ridiculousness and you'll have a decent perspective of what the training was like).
4) The MC was not too decisive during the course of the series about who his number one female was, he seemed to enjoy his female counterparts equally, there weren't any surprises about who he somewhat leans towards at the end of the series. The female counterparts are all pretty forthcoming about their feelings, there was one girl who was kind of a tsundere, but she was definitely forthcoming by the middle of the series and not particularly violent.
1. The MC somehow ends up in the 69 position or groping the female foil(s)' chest more often than humanly possible
1) This is an ecchi show, so it does happen; however, it's much less frequent than other ecchi shows. Also, the female character(s?) play(s?) it off much better than other ecchi show female character(s) do.
1. The MC has forgotten a promise to a childhood friend
2. The MC has forgotten the face of a childhood friend he made a promise to
3. The MC has amnesia
1) There were no MC memory problems in this series
1. If they're an antagonist in one episode, they're in the MC's class the next.
1) The only predictable transfer was the MC into the academy, and it was by no means painful to watch.
‘Special’ Main Character
1. The MC is somehow distinguished during the course of the series from his peers – be it a special power or sudden change in social status
1) This happens – you know what it is from the summary given on MAL
1. This rarely has an impact on my overall rating of a series, but I do feel I should note when I think a soundtrack is particularly memorable
1) I thought the soundtrack was good, in that I remember thinking it was good as I watched the series; however, I don’t remember any scenes that really hit home for me because of the music – which sometimes happens to me when I watch anime.
1. I'm not particularly judgmental about voice acting, the only thing that really bothers me is if there's a male character with a particularly effeminate voice or vice versa
2. If there is English in the subbed version, there either isn't a lot or there is not a thick Japanese accent with characters who are supposed to be native/fluent English speakers
The voice acting was fine in both regards.
1) I remember thinking (as I was watching the series) that the antagonist for this series has a great voice actor.
2) There was not a lot of English in this series.
1) One thing that bothered me about the show was how clear-cut the themes were, despite them dealing with complex topics which don't really have an answer to them. One of the themes is more 'money more problems'. Another one of the themes seems to be, 'poor people shouldn't blame rich people for their being poor, they should just stop being poor'. This really just left a bad taste in my mouth, if they left some characters and some plot more up to the viewer to decide what is right and what is wrong, I would have been much happier with the quality of the story.
an innocent samurai guy surrounded by big-chested girls
Romance Harem with strong Male lead.
Both are about a Samurai who has to adapt to a strange new lifestyle when he's forced to move and go to a new high school. They both combine action and comedy pretty well for a genre that's normally plagued by absurd amounts of fan service and an excuse plot. I mean, yeah, they still have those, but at least it's toned down a bit.
Princess Lover is 1/2 comedy and 1/2 drama, with a satisfying ending, while Asu no Yoichi is 3/4 comedy and 1/4 terrible-excuse-for-a-story-arc, which makes it have a more disappointing ending, so it's up to you if you're willing to watch one or the other.
1.both animes contain following genres: romance , comedy , harem , ecchi.
2.story is kinda similar both of main male in those anime , getting their life totaly changed and surrounded with harem.
2.1 After Teppei's parents die, he is getting support from his grandfather and start to live in luxus and study in prestige school.
2.2. Yoichi leaves mountains and heading to his fathers old friend in his doujo in order to gain more skills in martial arts.
3.main male characters got similar temper.
4.Happy end in both of them.
Both on the surface look like typical harems mixed with ecchi,but it's suprinsgly much different than that, because both series have alot of unexpected action.Both have a main Charcther is a skilled swordsman and is suddenly introduced into a new environment which he must adapt to.Both main heroines are very powerful(In Asu no Yoichi! in strength, while in Princess Lover! in status).There are many more similarities,as in events and the antagonists,but I don't want to accidentally write any spoilers.
Opening Theme"Princess Primp!" by Miyuki Hashimoto
Ending Theme"S.S.D" by yozuca*
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