PRINCESS RESURRECTION (Kaibutsu Ôujo, “Monster Princess”) (????) • Yasunori Mitsunaga • Del Rey (05/2007) • Kodansha (Shônen Sirius, 2005-ongoing) • 9+ volumes (ongoing) • Shônen Horror Action Comedy • 16+ (graphic violence, mild sexual situations)
After a fatal accident, wimpy young Hiro is resurrected as the immortal blood servant of Hime, the vampire-like, black-dress-wearing daughter of the king of the monsters. Hime has just moved into the big creepy mansion in town with her robot maid, and with Hiro’s help and a lot of chainsaws, exotic weapons and bloodshed, she must defend herself against her siblings who are competing for their father’s throne. Cute girls in maid outfits and splattery mayhem ensue in this manga which pays tribute to all the classic movie monsters, starting with the Universal Pictures monsters of the ’30s and ’40s (the wolfman, the invisible man, vampires, fish-men, etc.). The episodic plot is complete silliness, but fun and fast-paced, and the action scenes are very well done with girls and creatures fighting each other in imaginative, but not exceptionally gory, ways in every chapter. The art has a slick, stylized, angular anime look.
** 1/2 (two and a half stars)
Today’s winner is Kelsey W. of Ohio! Congratulations, Kelsey!
I’m also proud to post another winner’s photo: Gwyneth J. of Oregon!
Were Oregonians alerted to 365 Days of Manga by my recent visit to Kumoricon? In keeping with today’s theme of monsters and vampires, Gwyneth received Lunar Legend Tsukihime vols. 1-5 for her first set of manga. Glad you liked it, and get ready for another surprise manga visitation!