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.
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In short, story was intriguing and unique with a feel of classics. There were lot of interesting parts in the story, but obviously since it's 6 episodes long there are a lot of things that would need a lot more explanation and development. But nevertheless for 6 episodes I felt that the little story overview or "section of few characters" life was done pretty good. It was tragic, yet odd. It was quite different to what I'm used and quite dark especially regarding the powers and the
background of most stuff in this Anime.
Cannot really mention much, but that is the general gist of the story I got. It was odd, unique, dark and tragic and those 6 episodes gave that experience just fine. So story is actually quite nice.
✦Art & Sound
Old Anime, but nevertheless Animation, some powers, transformations and so on did look actually quite good, unique and at times quite disturbing. Probably biggest downside on the art side is that characters, especially their faces looked really derpy.
As for music, well it was okay.
Mainly story is about 2 characters, whereas everyone else felt as "just to give some plot". I found characters okay, can't say much else. Main girl probably wasn't really the most enjoyable one. She was quite annoying, but her anger issues and self-conflict are kinda understandable. Whilst other characters didn't give me much impression or impact. Mostly it's just small circle of characters, their past, feelings and issues.
So yeah, characters were "okay".
✦Enjoyment & Overall
It did felt dull at times, but I were more interested than bored, thus the "6". It had some sense of uniqueness and pretty intriguing story and powers. Whilst at the same time I would liked this series to be with more episodes to understand story, world and characters a bit more clearly.