It starts with poisonous herbs under the cradle. Then under the sheets. And inside the clothes. Even mixed in the milk that they feed the newborn. This way the child gradually gets used to poisons and becomes the perfect assassination tool—the "Poison Princess" whose every kiss, tear, and even touch bring death. Her only chance of survival is to fulfill her duty as an assassin and find a way to live on in the enemy land she is sent to...if her heart is strong enough.
A girl who could never be free, a boy who was crazy, a boy who was perfect, and a protector.
The first chapter was confusing but it get's better around the third. It was sad, sweet, romantic, dark and just radiated hope.
Through the whole story you find yourself debating who your routing for. An incredible story of love and pain.
Dokuhime is such an extremely underrated manga for the pure quality it displays in itself throughout the entire story.
The story of a Princess of Death, 3 sons of a mighty king, with a war approaching because of the absence of said king.
What could possibly go wrong? Well.... A lot of sad things can make this go wrong, and I'm here to tell you about them.
The plot-line I could feel was very certain of itself, and always keeps you reading. At every intense moment in the manga, I found myself staying up til' the late hours of the night flicking to the next page. I received
a lot of answers to my questions, with some answered quicker than others.
It was very straightforward, and to show that it is, I'll give you a quick story summary of the first 5 chapters or so:
A 'Poison Princess' is a woman that has poison practically bled into her skin. From birth they were served poison in their milk, in their clothes, and entwined under their cot as they sleep. And by the time they are young, gorgeous women, a single kiss is all it takes for a man to drop dead in seconds. You my dear readers, follow the story of a Poison Princess named 'Lycoris Radiata' (named after the poison she intook) as she is sent to an enemy kingdom to kill the ruler of said kingdom.
She thought it would be a simple mission, until she finds-out the king is gone and instead 3 young, smart princes are left at the throne. All three brothers, but each have a different personality and looks, all sharing their raven hair their late king had. The youngest named the 'useless' child and in secret, makes animals listen to him, killing them if they don't. The second oldest being a poison tester for the oldest brother, being rather daring and hates the youngest. The oldest is named the 'Perfect prince' and harbours the burden of the throne, caring deeply for his brothers.
By the time I had finished the manga, t some questions still lingering. But I feel as if I won't particularly miss-out on anything if I don't get those answers. This is a well deserved '10' on my part as far as I'm concerned.
The art style displayed in the manga is quite 'old fashioned' or 'old age' to put it into words. It's very emotive and detailed when it comes to the eyes, hair, and clothing. Actually, it's just simply very detailed in general. It's up to the reader how they feel about the style, but for me, I'd say it's a very delicate and pretty style. It seems to have aged well despite being a 2002-12 manga, looking older than it actually is (but I think that's a good thing). The style itself very much suits the era the story takes place in, as well as the general atmosphere.
I would write more, but I have anime to watch and manga to read. I may update this later when I talk about the characters, enjoyment, and my final verdict.
King Glandol had three children,
The useless child
The protecting child
The perfect child
Yet it is said that one among them will bring the kingdom to absolute destruction.
Lycoris is a princess from a kingdom with an evil queen who used to make what is pretty much called a poison princess (dokuhime) which are later sent to other kingdoms to destroy them.
Lycoris was sent to the kingdom of Glandol where the story takes place.
This romantic yet tragic story is really exciting to read, the victorian age never failed to make a good story, once you finish a chapter you can't stop reading. I like the characters a
lot specially the way they think. Something that i really like about this manga and all Mihara Mitsukazu sensei's works is her fancy drawing style specially for females, she always changes their clothes and hair style and that's another reason you won't get bored reading the manga.
I really like the mangaka's works and Dokuhime is pretty much her masterpiece, and everything about this manga is awesome it really deserves a 10/10.
Vow, this manga sucks. It's supposd to be a josei, but i found a lot of horrible, awful cliches i unfortunetly see often in the 90s shojo titles and hated them. But take a look to what only the manga is.
The story is about traained assasins by a obnoxious queen to kill neighboor countries' king just because...the queen is evil. Just that, she raise little girls to be assasins, put in danger their lives and the kingdoms because she's just a hateful bitch. Don't search realistic motivations to characters, they just doesn't exist in this manga.
The main character, Lycoris, is a extreme doormant, passive heroine.
Or i should say damsel in distress. She's supposed to be a trained professional assassin, but has a whinny emo teenage girl's personality, every monologue by her is tp complain about how she can love. I love when the female protagonist has such awful priorities. She could worry about her kingdom, the other girls they are training to become assasins like her...Well, a lot of stuff i found more important that nobody can kiss me. In the last chapters, she just let herself being loocked away and thanks the guy who loocked her away.
I think i said enough about our protagonist. Don't worry, there's characters more hateful in this. Like a dethroned prince that he's the worst Lelouch Lamperouge wannabe you'll ever see, the aforementioned bitchy queen...there's some nice characters, but they got few screentime and get killed quickly, while other characters you have to wait until the last three chapters to see them die.
The author must think character development means show flashbacks with every character's backstory, and made all of them look really sad and depressing to make them seem sympathetic to the readers. Well, that's not always works, specially when you put too much effort in the flash-backs, and don't develop the main story, and that's the case here.
Forced drama, cliches, horrible pacing, passive heroine...the story is a huge mess.
You must think, well, something good it should have, the art, for example. Okay, my dear friends, unfortunetly, the art belong to the school of dress porn that are completely useful to the story, with scenes like assassins that fight in a forest dressing as gothic lolitas. Anathomy is painful to watch, and the figures look static, withforced posses. The faces look really plain in some scenes, specially when they're crying, bleeding and smiling, and dear god, what sexy has a guy's face while forcefully puking?Someone can exlain it to me.
I just read this until the end because when i completed, i could just say: Vow, this manga sucks. Avpid it, there are so much better titles to read out there.