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!
I went into Shamanic Princess knowing very little about it other than it had a short non-canonical crossover episode with Magic User’s Club, so I had no real expectations going into this. I’m not going to say that I’m disappointed, but more just underwhelmed with it. That’s not saying that it’s bad by any stretch, but the series overall could have been much better with a few minor changes.
This 6 episode OVA follows Tiara, a special agent from the Guardian World, the home of mages, who has been sent to earth disguised as an ordinary high school student to recover the stolen Throne of Yord,
a powerful mystical object which is the source of magic energy in the Guardian World. During her hunt for the Throne of Yord, she discovers that it has a terrible secret when some of her friends and colleagues from the Guardian World fight to keep her from retrieving it.
This series has a lot going for it. It has good animation and art, a decent premise, a great soundtrack by Yoshikazu Suo that is appropriately moody and fits the series well, and has an darker atmosphere and themes that could drag you in if it’s something that especially appeals to you. But as I mentioned earlier, it does have a few problems that just prevent it from being a great series instead of just being an OK one.
For some reason, the first four episodes of this series seem to really rush through it’s plot. As if either the series didn’t have the budget or time to properly flesh it out. One scene goes to another without any real transition and doesn’t really give any breathing room, making the pacing of the show just feel off. By the time you’ve realized what’s going on, you’re already half way through the scene. There is even a plot point early on where out main character goes to a human high school to fit in as to not arouse suspicion that goes nowhere. It’s probably why those first four episodes are so confusing and hard to keep track of at first, it’s too busy rushing through it’s own story. Maybe the series could have done with at least one other episode just to give the series a better pace.
My biggest problem with this series are the last two episodes. Those last two episodes contain all of the character development and establishing plot points that lead up to the first four episodes of the series. Which begs the question, why are these last two episodes not the first two episodes? These two episodes feel like they were moved around just so the series could have some sort of twist at the end. If the people behind this series wanted to tell something out of order, they could have had these two episodes be flashbacks placed at certain points throughout the series. At least that way, it would have given the rest of the series a better pace, and it still could have lead up to some sort of “twist” if that’s what the creators wanted.
Shamanic Princess isn’t a bad series by any stretch, but the idea to have the last two episodes be where they are really drags down the series as a whole, making it more confusing than it needs to be, and the series as a whole would have been much better if they were located somewhere else. I’d recommend Shamanic Princess to anyone who like their series with some darker themes and more atmospheric presentation.
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.