Saliphie is the 99th female human sacrifice to be eaten for the King of the Beast and Demons, but despite that she is not in the least afraid since she has never had a family nor a home to lose, so she takes a positive attitude and no longer worries about being eaten.
The King finds her amusing and lets her stay by his side until the time of her death. This leads her to find out the truth about the King of the Beast and Demons, and she ends up as the King's Consort despite being a female human. This leads other beasts and demons to be mad, but the king being powerful enough they shut up.
This is how Saliphie turns to be the first human queen of the demons and beasts.
This is one of my favorite manga series I have seen including The Ancient Magus bride, which was my all time favorite. They may be similar in consept but the stories do differ greatly. The Ancient Magus Bride is more dark while this story is more light, pure, and adorable. Overall it is a very good manga and I hope to own my own copy for this series when I find it somewhere. So If you are fan of the Ancient Magus Bride, love cute fluffy romance, and love beauty and the beast type relationships then defiantly go check it out!! You may
enjoy it just as much as I have and be exited for the next books release!!!
I can really say that I enjoy this. I found it to be adorable and cute. A lot like beauty and the beast but with a bit of a twist. I am looking forward to reading more. It's a lovely little romance between a girl and a beast. He has a secret that no one knows about. He protects her, and loves her. The Demon King is pretty bad ass, super strict and doesn't like to be pushed around.
Saliphie is a pretty spunky chick who accepts her fate. She is super outgoing and will probably make you laugh with some of the stuff she
comes up with. She is naive and sees the best in everyone. Overall this manga is super lovely.
I think this manga is very promising. It has a beautiful plot that really captivates the reader's heart, thanks to its wonderful characters and mysterious context.
Let's start with the characters. Our two protagonists, Saliphie and Leo, started on a "sacrifice-to be sacrificed to" relationship (I don't really know how to express it, I hope you get the idea). Saliphie is a human girl destined to be sacrificed to the King of Beasts, in accordance to the pact made between humans and beasts to end their long war. One would expect Saliphie to be scared, but quite on the contrary, she is a cheerful and positive
girl when she meets the King. That is because she was raised as a sacrifice and thus holds nothing dear in her heart that could make her wish to hold on to life. Young, innocent and carefree, she is an adorable and cute heroine to whom the reader is easily attached to. She can also display great courage and determination. As for her appearance, she is cute but also has a beautiful side that you'll discover if you read the manga.
The King, whom Saliphie will name Leonhart, is the King of the Beast, an absolute monarch respected by his citizens and feared by the humans as a monster. At his side is the chancellor Anubis, his advisor. Yet the King hides a great secret that no one is aware of, and that Saliphie will come to discover. Behind his strong and fierce attitude hides a kind and gentle king, afraid of his own weakness and who cares deepy for his people. He wishes there were no conflict and strives to make his kingdom a better place. He looks like a big brown lion with sabres' teeth protruding from his mouth and has a really fluffy tail. He also has another form, that I personally find most handsome (read the manga to see what it is ^^).
Upon discovering the King's secret, Saliphie having nowhere to return to, decides to stay by the King's side.
This leads us to the story. The King wishes to make Saliphie his queen, but as a human queen is absolutely unheard of and the "beasts" despise humans, this announcement is not accepted by the nobles, and especially Anubis, who will try anything to keep Saliphie away from the King (only because he cares a lot about the King and thinks of Saliphie as a danger). Yet Saliphie will make a few friends and her kindness allows her to look ahead with hope. Of course, our two main protagonists fall in love (sooo unexpected ... but absolutely adorable) and both hold the strong desire to remain at the other's side.
Indeed, both have had a harsh past, making them really close and supportive of each other despite their differences.
Saliphie must now face various apparently impossible trials to be able to stay by the King's side. Of course, she faces them valiantly and with faith in her heart. This makes both characters grow stronger.
If I were to say anything about art, it's that it is quite beautiful. The mangaka has really drawn this manga with a lot of details, but not to the point where it can be suffocating. Other characters than Saliphie and the King have not been ignored and are also treated with care. The art also reveals the tension in the air and general atmosphere of the story. It is most of the time light and gentle, but sometimes you can really feel the tension in the air and there are also some "dark" moments where the reader can feel quite uneasy (you'd think "hmm... something fishy is happening there..."). The author also pays attention to clothing and objects.
Basically, I really enjoyed this manga. It got me hooked in in an instant and I am awaiting the next chapters eagerly. You've got good character development, a nice story with a few twists here and there and beautiful graphism. A wonderful shoujo. To put it in a nutshell, simply great!
I hope that you'll get to enjoy this as much as I did if you're in romance filled but not so kitsch shoujo with a "beauty and the beast" type of relationship!
A good inspiration for stories is to look back at the classics - in this case: Beauty and the Beast. Sacrificial Princess (as I'll be calling it now, cause it's faster than the full title) is a very character-driven story that focuses on a human thrown into the world of beasts. Saliphie is originally a sacrifice to be killed by the king of beasts, but ends up living in their world as one of them.
One of my favorite things about the story from the get-go is the connection between humans and beasts. There's a history of violence and fear between the two groups, and this
sets up questions of morality and trust when human and beast meet. All this reminds me of the web novel Karasu, and thankfully it handles the theme just as well as that book did. One thing Sacrificial Princess does best is at making even the 'bad guys' likable and sympathetic characters. You might start out hating them, but by the end they grow on you with their motivations and actions like all the rest. And that's the thing - there isn't a single character I hate thus far! This doesn't include background no-namers who do terrible things (usually in flashbacks), but that's no surprise as they aren't real characters to the story.
Saliphie and Leo's relationship reminds me of Ancient Magus Bride - stockholm syndrome made alright (somehow). It would be creepy if their relationship was forced, but Saliphie and Leo question it themselves. Can a human really stay with a beast? What will other people think? Is it okay? Will it last? These two aren't joined at the hip like an obsessive couple either. They function as separate people, and have their own lives to live (as a healthy relationship should be), they just happen to be living those lives with each other. Overall the relationship doesn't feel forced, and as strange as it may be you know that Saliphie and Leo really do care for each other.
Also, holy feels batman. Sometimes I'm like a teenage girl when it comes to feel-good, wholesome shoujo stuff, and this one hits right on the mark. Sacrificial Princess is just filled to the brim with heartwarming moments of characters caring for and helping each other out. I'm a sucker for this and I know it, but it still makes me smile every time moments like this happen. I won't spoil these moments, just know that there are plenty of them, and it's these that drive the characterization and make me love the characters each time.
Saliphie is in some ways the generic "help everyone" mc girl, but she is a strong character on her own. She can be ditzy and helpless (again, generic) but also assertive and confident when she pushes herself to be. We get a look into her thoughts and inner conflicts, and it's a great focus to have on the character. Other great characters include Leo (of course), Amit, Anubis (yes really, just keep reading), Jormungand, Ilya (Yes. Really.), Duke Galoa, Tetra, Land, and more. Backstories can be cliched in their tragic nature, but as I mentioned before: the characters aren't everything you might expect.
Overall, though I'm sure this story has been done many times before, Sacrifical Princess is something special. It's predictable, and it's cliched, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy almost every chapter of it. It's the execution that counts, and for making a cast of characters that I care about and want to follow, set in world with some interesting (if a little under-explored) history between beasts and humans, I couldn't ask for much more.