The stage is set during the 19th century London, in its capital where a wall divides the east and west of the Kingdom of Albion. Five high school girls, who enrolled in the prestigious Queens May Fair School, are involved in spy activities that involve disguise, infiltration, car chase, and more. These girls take advantage of their special abilities and fly around the shadow world.
I'm really REALLY grateful that I didn't drop this anime at the first episode, there was something on it that made me want to dig more into it, and the show hooked me in so hard, so let's see what does this anime has to offer
Warning: if you dislike by any means something like Girls doing sexual harassment for example (in order to fulfill their objective), or Spy Lolis having some action, stop reading, this is not an anime for you.
We are on some sort of Victorian setting for this story, there is a group of girls which job is to spy royal
interactions with the princess, such as conspirators against the princess or any other stuff related to her.
What I could consider as the most interesting part of the story is the relation of the MC with the princess, there is something fishy going around those two and the weird technology the spies posses, such as the weird ball that gives the MC some interesting gravity alteration power (I don't really know how to explain that)
The Victorian style of this anime, really gives the vibes, the animation overall is good looking so there is no complains on this area.
I'm not that attached yet to the soundtrack of this anime, but that doesn't means that is bad, is okay overall, the background music does a well job with certain scenes
My only complaint here is one of the characters: Beatrice, AKA the princess Annoying loli servant, she served no purpose on the first 3 episodes but to yell for whatever reason (at least she became helpful after that) yet the other characters holds their secrets, such as the relation between Ange and the Princess. Remember the "Sexual Harassment" I talked Earlier? that's one of the best girls here that serves a good purpose in distraction, not distracting the viewer, but those that needs to be distracted in order to fulfill their missions. it is pretty good and serves well for the Spying job. I expect some interesting info dump between Ange and the princess, that is what keeps me hooked in to unfold the secrets between this anime.
Good enough, after how worthless was the first episode, I felt more hooked to the next ones, so I'm really glad that I decided to give this the 4 episodes law instead of dropping it in the first episode. It promises some interesting revelations and some action, so I'll keep watching it
Good so far, I would really recommend this one, but as I said in the beginning, there might be some stuff that others dislikes, but that is not a reason to avoid it, at least, give it a try
Originally 4eps in (Ep5 updates) - no spoilers - tl;dr at bottom.
Based on the poster, synopsis, studios involved, it being an original, and so forth, you may be inclined to think this show would be nothing more than a meh "cute girls doing (violently) cute things" kinda ordeal - I know I did. Boy, was I wrong.
One look at the staff roster and I went, "Huh... Wait, for real?!" So I gave it a chance. I now think this is en route to join the “elite” for the year, and that it’s currently criminally underrated. Oh, and “interesting cute girls doing seriously kickass things
(with amazing writing)” may be more accurate.
Story 8/10 ***update after Ep5: 9/10
-Though Ep1 had me impressed, I was initially concerned this would be more episodic in nature (which I'm usually not particularly fond of), and was dreading another Joker Game, but Ep2-4 put me at ease. This is serious storytelling that knows what it wants, is carefully planned out, and delivers. A captivating tale of unlikely spies, but one which isn’t grounded in reality (or the expectations that come with it) - this is an alternative world and, as such, world-building is key. Think steampunk-esque Victorian era with a dash of magic-like scientific element. On top of that, the show is extremely character-driven (more on this later), even though we’re in the middle of something much bigger - not the easiest thing to pull off properly, considering this is not a “heros saving the world” kind of story.
-They understand the concept of SHOW instead of TELL. There are a few short narrated explanation moments in the beginning, but there's no painfully forced exposition and characters talking to each other as if they're utter idiots for the benefit of the viewer. The world-building is phenomenal because you are given just enough in context to make sense of it all and start putting it together yourself… and then you want to know more. Pacing has also been on point for the most part, but the “in between” Ep3 to Ep4 leaves a bit to be desired (-1 here because this can set a precedent for future episodes)
***Ep5 update: in context, I retract the previous criticism - the show is playing with chronology of events and very intentional time leaps in both directions, to extremely interesting characterization effects***.
-There are a couple of plot points that seem far-fetched, even for this world (e.g. the ballroom sequence in Ep2) - a stricter viewer may see some substantial fault in those when thinking objectively/realistically. These certainly didn’t pass me by unnoticed, but the series is doing so much more than that, and using these moments in such an interesting way, that I feel compelled to excuse them as a “poetic license” (nevertheless, -1 here). Of course, as an original, this can go anywhere, but with Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass, etc) on Script and Series Composition, I do think we're in good hands.
Tying in directly with that last point, you can tell a lot of care went into designs and attention to detail. This is what makes the world-building work particularly well. The art really draws you into this world (no pun intended). The choice of color palettes in each scene, the contrast, the attention given to setting… it's all beautifully done in a way that adds to the storytelling in every instance. Then there are some truly gorgeous moments. And the animation is fluid. An occasional wonkiness here and there, but nothing too serious. Major props to art direction - then again, it's Nobutaka Ike (Paprika, Kara no Kyoukai).
Alright, I barely have anything to say here other than singing it praises (again, no pun intended… tabun). Yoshikazu Iwanami as Sound Director, and Yuki Kajiura as Composer (both have way too many exceptional credits to list)... what more do you want? Music does a great job in immersing you into this world, so does the sound editing. VAs are solid. Sound mix is top notch. OP is awesome, ED not bad at all. Next!
We still have a long way to go, but the potential is there. The first episode threw a fair amount of characters at us without even naming many of them. That's actually not a bad thing - they understand that you'd simply not remember everyone anyway, so they focused on what you needed right now for the story - unusually straightforward and intelligent decision. The following episodes are now taking care of the rest in beautiful fashion, with brilliantly paced character (re-)introduction and development - well, for the most part… not sure I agree with what we have in Ep4, but we’ll only know the effectiveness of certain creative decisions when we place it in context after future episodes come out. I’m just hoping those decisions didn’t come about due to time/budget concerns. ***Ep5 update: as stated above, Ep5 addresses this piece of criticism***. Regardless, I have high hopes for this cast. Ange seems to remain somewhat of a focal point even among the MCs - she already has remarkable depth to her character, while still being enshrouded in mystery, inviting us to be curious and want to know everything about her, as well as Princess. Fortunately, the other characters are not just left to the sidelines either!
In one word: engaging. This is not your mindless entertainment, but not the kind that requires constant deep thinking either. All of the elements are of such high caliber and come together so effortlessly, that I’ll go as far as saying part of the enjoyment comes from the appreciation of what they’re doing both separately and together. In other words, this is a show where my enjoyment is directly proportional to all the previously made observations. Most importantly, I eagerly look forward to it every week.
I expect this can be one of the best shows of the Summer, but I also recognize there's a lot here that can go wrong. So far, this is extremely high level of storytelling and holds tremendous potential. An overall grade of 9 may be pushing at this point, but that is what I believe the show CAN earn upon its conclusion, from what I've seen so far.
A roster of industry heavy-hitters on staff gives us an original with serious potential, boasting impressive technical and artistic elements, but that can still go anywhere at this point. Extremely immersive world-building with promising characters that can drive the story and are being handled well so far. Let's hope they're allowed to develop and that we have a carefully formulated and interesting plot ahead of us - everything is pointing in that direction, but there are still some causes for concern. Still, this can certainly be one of the best shows of the season, and join the “elite” for the whole year.
when i first laid my eyes on the very first episode of this show, i thought this will be your typical slice of life cute girl doing cute things thingy, well just look at the title and the cover , it screams moe anime right into our faces.
but boy how wrong i am, this show is what I've been craving this past years..
a show about deception and the game of "i know that you know what i know" with a slight (well lots of it actually ) touch of cute design main character that doesn't mind to bring the viewer into a
I love the character and every interaction between them.
I love every single frame of these top level animation that they bring
and most importantly i love this kind of "intelligence show" where the main character and villain actually use their heads as the main resource.
so yeah, i totally recommended it, see it for yourself and trust me it will worth your time.... hopefully ....
you're still here ? so you could pardon my shit grammar and writing style ? thank you sir, you are one of many kind soul that i will definitely love (perhaps ...)
so here's my in depth impression.
The story itself is quite chaotically , we Jon-Snowing the very first episode because the director decide to not deliver this one in chronologically order.
Instead for introduction purpose, they show the 13th case which we as the first time viewer barely care about.
"who is this girl? what is so special about her flying? loli samurai and magical girl using gun in 19th century? i didn't come for this sh*t !"
hold your horse folk, this is their unique way of storytelling, they slam a heavy jigsaw puzzle board onto our faces at first, but slowly but sure, they gave us the pieces that will make the jigsaw a beautiful piece of art that you wish you had it nailed in the wall of your living room.
The pieces that they gave to us is in the form of character background and relationship, how they get together, what motivate them to live as a spy, and how overwhelming they life can be.
The art for the main characters was drawn so beautifully that will made you think this is a show for a fogget, but actually it works very well to made us really care about them and root for them in every single crisis.
The animation was a top notch quality, the fight scene are comparable to your best SAO fight scene which watchmojo would put in their top anime fight videos, the movement was smooth, and the choreography was juicy.
the music blend so well , the op and ed is lit and made me intoxicated by listening their broken English singing a 19th themed song on never-ending loop.
but most of all, the sound effect is solid, the sound of the sword clash and gun fight was an eargasm for me. (sades headset ftw)
My enjoyment for This show is a solid 10/10 and was one of the many thing that i look forward in harsh, dry and lifeless Monday.
Princess Principal aka Gay af Moe Anime Girl Assassins from the Black Lizard Planet
Even so I love this show.
The story is practically summarise in mal so I won't really talk about it. The story itself is quite boring. Not much development just spies doing their job, except the spies are cute that it. Perhaps looking at cute girls with guns is just my thing haha. The settings are also very fresh, places u won't really get to see in ur usual moe girl anime.
Would have given it a maybe say 9/10 if not for the dim background. As for the characters, they
are pretty well drawn. Ange? More like Angel <3 kyaaaaa she's too cute
Ange's voice is kewl. Ost, Op, Ed are fine.
You don't have to worry about all those side characters for most of them shall be killed kekekekekkek (lmao don't take me seriously). There are many characters, but well till now I only know Ange and Beatrice lol. Sooner or later you won't complain about having to remember too many characters for you will be engrossed in Ange's beauty~ Characters are fine imo
Lovely art and a refreshing setting may be all you need. That's mostly my case provided that the show doesn't get too boring. If you are looking for something deep that's like "wow who is Kira?" Or "oh shit how did lelouch win that chess game" perhaps this is not your cup of tea. This should be for pure enjoyment and I guarantee that the characters won't be annoying the shit out of you if you don't hold a grudge towards lolis or yuri (well it's gayyyy).