From the Guardian World, home of mages, Tiara has been sent on a mission: recover the stolen Throne of Yord, the most powerful magic artifact of all. But Tiara finds herself in a dilemma—the Throne has been taken by her former lover, and there is more to the situation than meets the eye...
Such an amazing anime packed into 6 episodes. Short, but oh so sweet.
The story is admittedly confusing, but not to the point that it becomes a distraction. You'll most likely have to watch it again just to make sense of it all. Basically, an artifact of great power was stolen from the Guardian World, a magical realm. This artifact, known as the Throne of Yord (even though it's a painting) has captured the sister of its thief. A Guardian named Tiara has been charged with the Throne's retrieval, only to find out that another Guardian is already on the job.
The art...good lord, the art.
I have never seen a better looking anime. Ever. I'll say it again for emphasis: this is the best looking anime i have ever seen in my life. The town is a quaint European village that had me searching on google to see if a place like that actually exists so I can move there immediately. The architecture is amazing. Everything about it feels refreshing. I never thought that I could feel refreshed from watching an anime, but I swear the air feels cleaner while watching it. You can almost smell the flowers. The character design is equally amazing.
I really liked the opening and ending themes. Both are quite catchy.
Character development is surprisingly deep for a 6 episode anime. The last two episodes are prequels that make up the bulk of the development by letting us know how it all started. The lead, Tiara, can be quite catty, but never crosses the line into annoyingness. She's also quite badass. There are exactly zero useless or annoying characters which is very rare for an anime of this genre.
It's a 6 episode anime that i can watch again and again. The art quality is legendary. I loved the story even if it was confusing at first. The characters are all very interesting and you want to know more about them.
Shamanic Princess gets a solid 10 from me. The best part about it is that I got the entire series on a single DVD for a mere 10 bucks! A rare find indeed, but that makes it even more worth it. Of course most people who read this will be downloading it, but in the name of all that is good in the world, download away! It will make your favorites list.
This also gets a 10 from me too as it was a very good but short ova series! It's all about a girl named Tiara, who searches throughout the land in search of the missing Throne of Yord, which was stolen by Kagetsu, a former lover of Tiara's whose sister Sarah has been kidnapped by the inheriters of the missing piece,which is an artwork of some sort.
While there, Tiara meets a former friend named Lena who is also assigned to the case and is good friends with Sarah and Kagetsu too. The two battle it off and try to find the missing piece while also
putting aside their feelings towards each other also.
It's a good ova series that will really have you wanting for more and I recommend anyone to buy the series online or download it. Also watch the series too, because i guarantee you, you will love it.
May I add that the artwork is great and the music is simply wonderful, especially the theme song to this lovely anime, which is so far my favorite out of all the animes I've watched!
if you get a chance, please watch it, because this is simply a great ova series that should not be ignored! A true classic from the 90's!
A fun exploration of extremity in style. Tiara and Lena are two magical girls sent from the Guardian World to retrieve the Throne of Yord, inside of which their friend Sara is trapped. The plot is there, it's convoluted, and it's nowhere near the most important thing. It's not afraid to be mysterious - the Throne is simultaneously a painting, a setting, and, later, a character with spoken dialogue. The details of the girls' powers, which seem to be grounded in contracts with beings of the underworld, are never explicated in detail, and are instead allowed to exist as mysteries.
The real draw here is
the visual themes. I'm not explicitly saying you should watch this high, but I don't think it would detract from much. Shamanic Princess constantly confronts the ways feminine visual archetypes can be read as restrictions and limits. Tiara's highly athletic and sexualized design contrasts with Lena's stillness and chastity, especially in action sequences; the designs are exploitative and ridiculously horny, but they faithfully reflect the madonna-whore dilemma of feminine presentation. Interestingly, Tiara is the protagonist, and one of the only characters given an interior life. The most memorable sequences are the characters' ventures into the Throne of Yord, sometimes magically and sometimes in dreams; Sara is shown there in pastel colors lounging placidly by a river, beautiful and free, yet hopelessly imprisoned. Tiara and Lena's battle transformations are eruptions of the monstrous; they lend them power, though no permanent liberation. The visuals are also just a great case study of 90s extremity in design; I really enjoy that style. You might not.
The soundtrack is easy to miss, but it's tasteful and covers an ambitiously wide range of styles and genres.
It's important to know that the show's plot, which is already difficult to follow, wraps up in Episode 4, with the final two episodes dedicated to broader worldbuilding. They are inoffensive, but it was surprising to reach them unsuspecting.
Ok, so the story is a bit confusing. Pretty much, Tiara, a princess, is ordered to retrieve the throne of Yord. So, based on that, the story sounds great, it's just badly pieced together. Like there were events that I understood that led to the story, but then there are other events where I was asking myself "Wait, what does that have to do with the story". Also, like I said, the story itself is confusing. You really have to piece together the story for yourself. Like, figure it out on your own.
I'll admit, it has some cool action scenes that tend to make
up for the bad storytelling.
Also, the main story pretty much ends at the fourth episode. The last two episodes are like flashbacks to the past. Basically, it's the past that led to the main events, so if you really didn't understand the main story or what was going on, then watch the last two episodes, it'll really help you understand.
The art isn't bad. There were some scenes that were badly done, which bothered me, but for a 90s OVA, art isn't all bad.
So the soundtrack isn't bad. I really didn't like the openings though, but the music for the events and fight scenes, I quite enjoyed.
So you have a bland protagonist, Tiara. I mean,, she wasn't interesting at all, but they did a good job explaining her past. I gave character 4/10 because they were all bland, despite that they all had character development, but I just didn't find myself interested in the characters and to me, the characters were boring. But the story does make up a bit for the bad characters.
My enjoyment level of this anime is mixed. I found myself enjoying the fight scenes and once I somehow pieced the story together, it made it a bit understandable. But, I don't want to have to piece a story together. Like, when you go into a anime, you should understand what the story is without having to piece it together.
I mean, it's not all bad. If you don't mind having to piece together the story, then this anime may not all be bad for you. Honestly, I enjoyed the anime for the action scenes and for some of the story, but I can't really say it was a good experience or bad experience. Just try it out and see for yourself.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts on this review and any feedback you may have for me. Until next time!