Sep 9, 2022
“Who Made Me A Princess”, considered the epitome of father-daughter isekai manhwas by some rofan manhwa fans. Particularly those who have nostalgia of this being the series that introduced them to Korean webcomics. & Now while I do not have any particular “nostalgia” for this manhwa, I do have a certain fondness. As in, every once in a while, I regrettably come back to this series, despite promising myself that I’m over this phase. And given that I do have this particular attachment, I also have a lot to say.
The art style of this manhwa, is no doubt amazing.
Now in S1 the art is mostly
simple. Save for a few panels, where the story demands the reader’s attention, most of it has minimal shading.
This was due to the fact that at that time SPOON (the artist) was still working alone on this serialisation. But don’t get me wrong the art was still pretty to look at.
However, as seasons passed, & SPOON took on more help (aka took in assistants), the art style, evidently, started to look better & better too.
And I’m speaking like, almost every panel is fully rendered, there’s beautiful atmospheric lighting, the characters look gorgeous, etc etc.
Hence, while I can’t say that the art style is my particular top most favourite ever, objectively speaking, it has to be one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen in manhwas.
Like, I’d be lying if I said I personally don’t consider it eye candy.
The plot too is decently interesting too.
Nowadays, while there is an over-saturation in the “tyrant father & isekai’d daughter” troupe series, this series was released back when this troupe was still becoming popular. So like alongside “Daughter of The Emperor” (Which was probably first of this troupe) “Who made me a Princess” helped the popularisation of this particular troupe. And whether you are a fan of this troupe or not, you have to admit, they both did impact the manhwa & k-novel market at least a decent lot, considering you’ll see at least 1 or 2 newly released Manhwa & k-novel based somewhat around this troupe each season.
And even outside the father-daughter relationship focus of this story, the world itself is very somewhat intriguing to look at. Like, the stuff with the World tree, the cycle each soul goes through, etc etc. Also yea “Souls” are a big focus. And you start to notice that once we get to the whole, “Claude implicating a black curse upon his soul” stuff. Which, given the themes of transmigration & reincarnation of this story, is quite nice to see. It helps tie it all together.
HOWEVER, given that the manhwa specifically is so character-driven we can’t forget to talk about them first & foremost.
I love young Athy’s sass. I like how she was always ready to save her tail first, trying to get out of the situation she was in. I like how mentally she always had comebacks to whatever somebody said to her. Her internal monologue was incredibly funny to read.
During her toddler years, she was kinda the living embodiment of the meme “F*ck this sh*t I’m out”.
Which is why it is kind of a shame that overtime a lot of her sass just kind of disappeared. And I know she was mostly sassy to just Claude in her head (& ig that dog duke too), so it wouldn’t make sense if she continued being like that even AFTER she warmed up to him, but it’s still kind of a shame.
Also she is like really pretty. She’s also very mentally strong. Which honestly, combined with all the sh*t she is put through, makes me all the more sad for her.
However, what’s more sad is that we don’t get to see her as an adult.
And no, I’m not counting that technically SPOON drew an illustration of her as an adult in the “Creator’s Note” after the finale.
I’m talking about how in canon she’s still 15 by end of the main story.
To be honest for the past many months I’d been thinking that she’s at least probably 17-18 I thought she was an adult by now 😭
But no, she’s 15 in chapter 86, & canonically between the finale & that chapter she hasn’t aged up.
What makes me the most sad about this is not just that the timeline passed by so slowly, but also because that her being 18 by the time her coronation happened would’ve, writing wise, been even a more significant moment considering on her 18th birthday, in the 1st timeline, she was executed. However, this time on her 18th birthday she would’ve been coronated & bathed in the love of her subject & family & friends.
[However, this doesn’t happen since she’s still 15. We don’t even get to see her live till 18.]
Ig this also means that canonically Athy is now the youngest Obelian royal to ascend to the throne.
A title which was previously held by Claude I’m pretty sure, as he took the throne at age 18
Once again such a shame. I hope in the upcoming side stories we see her as an adult at least once.
Also, Claude just the handed throne to a 15 year old then 💀
WE KNOW that she isn’t actually 15, but even till the finale CLAUDE ISNT AWARE of the fact about the previous 2 timelines. & Yea like she’s incredibly responsible because she’s not actually a child, but Claude still—.
He looks closer to Athy’s age than his own
Throughout the course of the story, he is arguably one of the ones to go through the most development.
Whether it be him having a negative development (like the during his “Amnesia” arc), or him developing in a more positive sense (like him warming up to Athy).
[And I honestly I say this because majority of the other cast didn’t develop much aside from him & maybe Athy]
Though despite him being an interesting character, subjectively, I really am not a huge fan of him. Which is bitter considering MAJORITY of the manhwa is about the father-daughter relationship between Claude & Athy. Some of the sub-plot points even came at an expense of drawing out the things that were happening with Claude (which I’ll get into later).
Absolutely no doubt he comes to love Athy greatly, however, he was still a bad father to her. Specially in the manhwa, where his amnesia & sleeping arc are drawn out so much, it led to him being absent in a decent amount during Athy’s teens. I like that the story acknowledges that majority of the reason Athy forgives him so much is because he is her “father”, [but that acknowledgment is pretty much glossed over even though properly developing it would’ve made for an interesting bases for Athy & Claude’s relationship]. Like, Athy had literally never had a blood related parental figure in her life, which is why she tries so hard to grasp on to the relationship she has with him. It is specially due to this that it takes her a significant amount of time to finally leave Claude during his “Amnesia” arc. But even then she continues to still actively worry about him
Also Claude’s copping mechanisms are something…
Not something, “Good”. But rather something, “Send this man to a hospital”
Like, they are not at all healthy.
Not just for him, but also for others.
It’s a pity he had to to resort to literally cursing himself to get over the grief of losing his lover, however, that same curse led to him killing all of his concubines in the Ruby palace. Those woman didn’t even do anything ☠️. It led to him executing Athy & the fall of the ENTIRE Obelian empire in the first timeline. It led to him (while it may have been unwillingly) neglecting Athy until she was old enough to talk & walk. And it led to him being somewhat absent during Athy’s teenage years. Sure it’s a pity, but that’s all a consequence of his own actions. And I genuinely don’t think just apologising like the way he did cuts it. I honestly even feel that bad for him considering he gets out of these crimes practically scot free.
Like sure, there’s nothing else he can actively do either, but that also doesn’t mean people didn’t straight up die as consequence of his direct actions.
I wholeheartedly agree, he loves Athy, but he was not able to be a good father for her.
Ijekiel & Jenette:-
There’s not that much to about Ijekiel other than the fact that I do like him.
He’s a nice guy, & honestly I do feel lowkey bad for him.
Like the fact that he grinned at Lucas, when Athy said she won’t marry anyone, because he knew he didn’t have a chance with her either way, but her saying that meant that she won’t be marrying Lucas either, was both incredibly funny but also slightly tragic at the same time 😭🤣
But also he’s fairly underdeveloped. There’s not much to him other than his connection to Aeternitas via his father & his feeling for Athy,
Same with Jenette, not much to say about her.
She is precious, & if you think otherwise you are simply wrong. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules, I simply enforce them.
A lot of people criticize her for her naïveté, however, people do tend to forget that she’s like a 14-15 kid, who grew up incredibly sheltered. There’s also the fact that almost everyone around her was very scheming yet almost never tried to make her aware of what was actually going on. So no wonder she grew up not being aware of the two faced nature of the people & situations around her.
Let’s get this out of the way first, he’s very pretty. He is absolutely gorgeous
I simp for him a bit too much. But honestly, how can I not??
Anyways, I saved him purposefully for last.
Now, he honestly is a decently mysterious characters.
Both from when he is introduced in season 1, up until the finale, he has somewhat of an air of mystery.
I do find his past relationships very interesting honestly. Like his relationship with that one unnamed white haired guy.
Honestly, who was he even was he?
I don’t think the manhwa ever even properly reveals that dude’s identity.
Having said that, I do genuinely wish his past was explored more in detail, instead of just vague flashbacks here and there. Because SO much of his background is simply left ambiguous
-Who were his parents?
We don’t know.
He says that he just spontaneously came into existence, but it’s pretty obvious he’s lying. I genuinely do not think he poofed into existence 💀
[Also, there’s the fact that in the S1 flashback it’s mentioned he was birthed, so yea he lied. For quite literally no reason too]
-Why is Lucas the way he is?
For most of it, we don’t know why.
-Why did the white haired guy keep calling Lucas tragic, pitiful, etc?
We aren’t really given an answer.
My guess is maybe because he is an orphan, but I’m pretty sure there’s more to this than just that.
-How did white haired guy’s family die?
No definite answer is given.
Maybe if his family wasn’t adept in magic, so they could’ve died of old age, while the white haired guy remained.
But that’s, once again, pure speculation here, as we aren’t given a definite answer.
-Why was Lucas soo detached from what people normally feel, & was incapable of understanding normal emotions?
That possibly had to do something with his early life, but the story didn’t focus on that, so we, yet again, don’t know any proper answer.
-Why does he hate nobles SOOOO much?
No definite answer, other than the fact they are obnoxious according to him.
Chapter 116 does kind of focus on Lucas’ past, but he dodges a lot of the questions or with the ones he did answer, they had odd answers.
*Cough* Spontaneous generation, despite the fact that according to the S1 flashback to his past, we know he was actually birthed. *Cough*
I’m gonna guess, the novel has all the answers, & delves into his past more.
I’m also gonna guess that a big reason why his past remains very ambiguous is because they simply did not have the time to cover his whole past.
The manhwa deviated from the novel a few years back (More specifically, from S2 and onwards). There’s also the fact that we’ve known for quite a while now at which chapter the manhwa will end [Initially it was announced that it would only be 110 chapters long, however, as we got closer to that chapter cap, the cap was elongated]. So given all this I don’t think they had enough time.
Which makes me WISH that the Claude & Athy stuff was a bit shorter.
Towards the later seasons, the manhwa only mainly started focusing on Claude & Athy’s relationship. And like sure, that is a major part of the premise of the series, but it kinda did get to the point that it was coming at the cost of Athy’s other relationship progressions.
Like we stopped seeing Lily as much. Which is very sad. Like specially in S3, she really is not there as much. And also evidently subplots like Lucas’ early life (something that was being set up since S1), ended up getting a major short end of the stick.
I’m pretty sure that chapter 116 was the way it was exactly because his past was never delved into prior, & now they just didn’t have much time left because the manhwa was ending real soon. Aka this is why majority of the latter half of the chapter was a Q&A format. Where Athy asked questions, & Lucas gave an answer.
It’s not just Lucas’ past, or Lily getting sidelined, it’s also the existence of the “Lovely Princess” novel in Korea.
Once again, the story does try explain as it’s concluding, but it’s explained in a form of an info dump with Athy’s internal monologue while she’s trying to sleep. And a few sentence short convo between Lucas & Athy.
Also the answer just watered down to:
Athy’s magic is capable of impacting the material world. Which is why the “Lovely Princess” novel exists.
She made a whole another reality where she could live, & that was “our world” (aka the world where she lived in Korea). The novel was sort of the world the Obelian empire is in, except Athy’s magic turned it into a book.
My initial question was just, how does “Lovely Princess” - a book accounting some of the history of the Obelian empire - exist in South Korea, but like according to this explanation Athy just apparently has God powers.
SHE IS CAPABLE OF CREATING WHOLE WORLDS.
Story, please delve into this a bit. This raises a lot more questions than it answers 😃
Stop leaving random plot points unanswered
But no, the explanation cuts gets off by Lucas asking whether they should go out for dinner.
Oh my God—
[Also if Athy’s want to live again was so great it manifested into a LITERAL WORLD for her, would her want of having a family also not manifest?? Like that was her whole thing in the first timeline, so why did she become an orphan who was thrown around by society??? What exactly are the logistics of how her power works???? We don’t fricking know. The story doesn’t bother to explain.]
Why do we wait until last minute to answer subplots, but then straight up either dodge around them, or cause more questions??
Like yes, they didn’t have the time to explore these plot points. The manhwa was ending REAL SOON by the time we got to them, but at this point don’t even answer them.
The story just glosses over Athy’s universe altering power. Like it straight up dodges it the same chapter they bring it up.
This is why I WISH things other than just Claude & Athy got more time,
If only the Claude stuff wasn’t stretched out so much, we could’ve given a better conclusion to majority of the subplots.
I don’t care anymore.
So would I recommend?
Yes & no.
If you’re here purely for an angsty father daughter relationship, with a lot of drama, eh, ig
If you’re here for anything else (this also includes romance), no.
What did you think of this review?