Princess Rangiku lost her entire family to Lord Karimata, who invaded her home seeking her father's life work, puppets with unique capabilities. As her duty, Rangiku sets out with three of her father's greatest puppet warriors to seek revenge. She can manipulate these to battle the strongest of warriors, however manipulating the puppets leaves her own self vulnerable to direct attacks, so she seeks a ninja warrior named Manajiri to aid and protect her in her quest.
I felt satisfied after watching this,a very short but worthwhile watch.After her family is killed and her kingdom was destroyed by rival forces a young princess called Rangiku embarks on a journey to get revenge on her enimies.Along the way she seeks the aid of the legendary samurai Manajiri to join her in her quest.what make this anime so good is that unlike todays anime this female character is more than just big breasted fan-service,on the contrary she is a reasonably interesting character as she is both nice and at the same time being a bumbling cluts.she carries around her fathers finest
poppet warriors ,and man does she know how to use them.Manajiri the other main character is your typical sleezy pervert and provide a nice dose of humour.
I really liked the animation the drawing is well done,scenes move from being dark to more colourful.The action is also pretty good,with nice explosion and fight scenes.I watched the dub for this and the voice acting was for the most part well done.''All in All'' nothing spectacular but still a well done and entertaining anime given how short it is.
Karakuri no Kimi (Puppet Princess) is based on a manga by Fujita Kazuhiro that also made the manga for Karakuri Circus and Ushio to Tora which both have an anime adaptation.
The story follows Princess Rangiku who's family is killed by a feudal lord named Karimata who steals her fathers biggest creation, a puppet that can move on it's own. With the puppet in his possesion Karimata starts to make copies to create an army of fighting puppets. So Rangiku with the help of a drifter named Yasaburou and her own puppets (hence the name) tries to stop him.
This OVA is only about 40 minutes long
and is therefore very fast-paced but I think they used that time pretty wisely. I was never confused to what was happening and I understood the characters motivations.
There isn't anything deep or meaningful to it but if you just enjoy it for what it is then I think you will have a good time.
Especially if you like to watch something dark because this certainly has some pretty dark moments in my opinion. [7/10]
Art and Animation:
The art is reminisent of 90's anime which makes sense since this was made in the beginning of the 2000's. So if you dislike older artsyles then you will probably not find this to your liking. I personally have nothing against it and I think it adds a certain charm to it. The best part of the art was in my opinion the detailed mechanisms inside Rangiku's puppets which I thought looked pretty cool. [7/10]
The thing I wanted the most out of this OVA was some thrilling action and I wasn't dissapointed. The animation is really good troughout the whole movie and definently one of things I enjoyed the most. Especially whenever Rangiku would use her puppets to fight in battle were really entertaining. [8/10]
I liked the dynamics between Rangiku and Yasaburou.
Rangiku is a soft-spoken, kindhearted and rather clumsy girl and Yasaburou is basically the opposite of that. Which made for some nice interactions between the two.
However they don't really develop much and there isn't a lot of things we get to know about them which is a shame. I would have liked it if the OVA was more than just 40 minutes so that they could have been more fleshed out. [6/10]
The music isn't very memorable but good and fits the scenes where it's being used. They used a lot of traditional instruments which makes sense considering the era it takes place in.
The voice acting was solid and it seems that they had fun doing their performances. Nothing spectacular but it was good for what they had to work with. [7/10]
I was entertained troughout the whole OVA. I never felt bored while watching it and I think that has to do with it being very fast-paced. It never wastes time on doing something unimportant and it was finished before I even noticed it. [8/10]
While nothing groundbreaking Karakuri no Kimi (Puppet Princess) was really entertaining from start to finish with some great action and funny moments.
It probably isn't for everyone but if you want to watch something short and with good action then I think it's worth checking out.
A true classic approach to tales much like the anime about Frankenstein i reviewed in the past. Some stories just plain start while others like this build you in. Rather than providing you a buffet of food you have a sampler dish placed in-front of you. Eat how you will but at least you can have an idea of what to is to come. Intro does not stop there. After sampling the dish the waiter instructs the chef to come out and explain his dish. What makes it flavorful. What makes it savory. What not to expect. You get
the idea. At the end of your meal the chef reappears for questions and final remarks. Now, the idea of food/chef was my fancy feast for you. The message behind it is what your tasting. Top that childhood actors *wink wink*
In terms of the character they were structured in such a manner that i was not asking any questions about them. Each back story was known. Each flaw and strength was apparent. The only time you were mystified was when you had to be build the suspense.
You are already aware my like of the overall structure to the plot and character development but in a manner of speaking i did find one thing unsettling. The detail/element of kids that factored into this story. Granted i understand there must be some evil element to a story but the kid flare left me a touch burnt. I am not saying the plot needs to be changed(would be nice if it was) but just the film approach. I think more audiences could reap the benefit from this had the creative spin of blocked ecchi. Maybe the camera falls down when the children are mentioned. Maybe smoke grenades go off. Understandably these examples wont work given the idea but the idea is to play from a more gentler approach.
Not to take you from viewing the movie. Sure, it is not kid friendly for what en-tales but the message is kind. Like never go with the flow or don't be pulled along.