In the kingdom of Forland, a coup d'etat occurs which leads to the death of the King. In the last moments of his life, the King sends his second child, Princess Alita Forland to escape. Unfortunately, while fleeing, a life and death situation between Alita and the bloodthirsty bounty hunter Falis causes the two of them to switch bodies. Desperate for the safety of her Kingdom, Alita begs Falis to return and protect the Kingdom, offering herself as collateral. After a swift beating on the rebel forces, Falis resumes the title of Princess of Forland, leading to the birth of the most savage princess in their land, the "Murder Princess."
For a short series with non-stop action and an adventure with a twist, there is no need to look further than Murder Princess. Personally, when I heard about the title, I was thrilled because the idea of a killer princess is something new and different when its brought upon a series. No doubt, instantly I knew it was gonna be a good series just from the title itself. What was your thought when you first heard about it?
Anyway, in moving along, as summaries in the synopsis, Princess Arita just witnessed the death of her king and now fleeing from unknown assassins, she accidentally
ran into Falis, a famous bounty hunter and with a twist of fate, they switched souls making Alita the maid and Falis, the princess instead.
As the series moves on, you get to see how Falis adjust her new life in being the princess of Foreland as well as savagely slashing her enemies away with her great bounty hunter skills in order to protect the land and the citizens of Foreland, a promised made with Alita. In additional, there are many mysteries throughout the storyline to keep you entertained other than just slashing and shooting throughout the series like for example the mystery of the dark knight and the past of Princess Falis as known as Alita into why she became a bounty hunter. Ideas like these makes the storyline more captivating.
In regards to the OP theme, beginning it with heavy metal rock music gets you into the mood at the beginning of each episode. It's like, you know you will get to see some action and they just want you to gear up for it. Ideas like these just makes the series more enjoyable in my opinion.
Overall, a short, fast, action pace series full of adventures and thrills. As specified by the title, it does deliver a 'killer' good series.
Murder Princess is a 6 episode OVA that offers great action and a straight to the point story line. I noticed the genre tab didn't include shoujo-ai but I believe there is a decent dose of that thrown in with all the fun action. Regardless, when I first heard of the title I thought it was going to be about a renegade princess more than a warrior princess, as murder is typically associated with bad people. The show's storyline would actually tell otherwise.
Being an OVA, the show spares you from the "unecessary" details and goes with a "this is how this universe works so
deal with it for now approach." It focuses more on the fighting and drama more than details and common sense. Although they do try to tie up some loose ends with what small time frame they have. But that's what makes this show so entertaining and fun. For you seasoned veteran anime watchers, the story line and plot twists are very standard and you'll most likely be able to predict what happens next fairly easily. Fortunately, that doesn't mean that this show is boring at all.
As for the characters, they are a very unique bunch considering the setting of the anime. But in typical anime fashion, there is no reason why they're there but definitely make for a fun viewing experience. It'll take a minute to figure out what most of the wierd characters are but they're of pretty generic types. None of them are very memorable. Theres no real depth to any of the cast with the exception of the princess and her companion, the only source of drama in the show.
When somone thinks of music in an action flick, you generally would assume a smashing guitar rift medley of the hard rock kind. That is exactly what you get from this show. The interesting thing I noticed was that each 'guitar intrumental' was different everytime they played it, as opposed to using the same song over and over and over again. The OP and intrumentals all sound like something that should belong in a video game, but somehow they fit this show perfectly. Another strong point is the character seiyus. All though it took me a few episodes to accept Romi Paku's (Hitsugaya Toushirou from Bleach) rough voice as the princess, but like Hitsugaya, she grows on you as well (especially since the princess is pretty hot). But in my opinon, Chiwa Saito, steals the show. Pay attention to Yuna to find out why.
With so many high quality anime being released in rapid succession, it's hard to say that the art and animation of this show looks great. For what it's worth, the art is done very well, but like most of the show it's drawn with average quality. No real high depth and detail to any of the artwork but its all just fine at best. I would also have scored this show a little higher in the art and animation department if they didn't skimp (leave out) so much on the action scenes. Theres alot of cookie cutter techniques in the fight scenes, like the famous "blade swipe in the black," or the "blurry punch" technique, and even the "jump to lightspeed" background. Is all used here. Of course they're all standard cheap action techniques, but the fight scenes do have an above average blood content. Limbs fly off, blood spatter flies everywhere, and even organs occasionally get exposed. The violence may be cheap but at least its graphic.
Overall, this is pretty much another average anime to add to your "completed" list. If you don't mind lack of depth in your story and just want a pretty fun action experience give this one a shot. If that doesn't sound like your thing WATCH IT ANYWAY. It's 6 episodes long and this show does bring a fun experience. Watching an anime about an ass-kicking princess doesn't come very often.
I felt this series could have been much better. There was a lot of potential to have good character development and an interesting story, but six episodes just didn't do it. The synopsis of the series sounded compelling, but the "magical accident" is little more than a one-line myth designed to explain away something the writers clearly couldn't think of a better reason for. The same with the story between Cesilia and Falis. The connection between the two is weak and cliche...which is something I found myself saying about the plot in general as well. It was very predictable.
By half-way through episode two I felt it was pretty clear what would happen and it wasn't exactly an innovative plot hook. Other than the first episode, the fight scenes were repetitious and really left something to be desired. The princess who seemed so strong in the first episode really stop being a strong fighting character pretty quickly as she is swatted around numerous times and spends a lot of time (for a 6 episode series) on her back.
While my review may sound a touch harsh, I didn't find the series completely terrible. It just wasn't great, either. I thought the music was good and really helped moved scenes along. The idea of a killer princess is kind of misleading in this series and has been done better elsewhere. Murder Princess is ok for a one-shot, but really, it could have been better.
For being a short OVA of six episodes Murder Princess is an anime that will keep you entertained. Of course, don't expect a mindblowing anime with the best story, best characters and all of that.
Story: Quite simple; the Kingdom of Forland is under attack by monsters and they plan to kill the royal family. Princess Alita escape from the castle and on the way for escape she finds an infamous bounty hunter called Falis. For some reason, when they fall thanks to Alita pushing her by fear after being attacked by a monster, they exchange body and Falis now becomes the princess of the
kingdom with all her skills of being a bounty hunter. Alita convinces Falis to protect her kingdom. As I said, the story is simple so don't expect major things to happen.
Art: Quite good, nothing spectacular but it isn't ugly neither. The anime usually revolves in the past where the kings were ruling the kingdoms so you may have an idea of how the art is. It also shows some interesting stuff that look good.
Sound: Perhaps one of the strongest point of the anime; well, if you like electric guitar. The opening, Hikari Sasuhou, is great and the music that the show puts is also with electric guitar. Now for the seiyuus, the only ones I knew were Falis (Toushiro Hitsugaya) and the two robot girls (Hitagi Senjogahara) and I must say they did a good job with this anime. The other seiyuus also did a good job. In that area, the studio did a good job.
Characters: Not boring but also they aren't memorable. Falis is your cold girl that only cares for money and rewards at the beginning. Alita is the girl that tends to be the damsel in stress. This show also has the sidekicks of Falis; one of them is a sharp guy and the other one a quiet guy that helps people like Alita. There isn't alot of character development but at least they aren't boring at all.
Enjoyment: Alot of fights, blood and some plot twists but predictable; it really is enjoying. Of course, if you don't like blood or fights then this anime isn't for you.
Overall: A big seven. The anime is quite good for being a short OVA of six episodes. The sound and enjoyment are the best things that this anime gives meanwhile the story is quite predictable; the characters and art aren't memorable but at least it is good. As long as you only mind the action then you should check this anime, you won't regret it.