Anime / Petite Princess Yucie

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Elmina, Cocoloo, Yucie, Glenda, and Beth
I'm not a little girl!

From Studio Gainax, based on their Princess Maker video game series, comes this sweet and hilarious shoujo story: A retired knight named Gunbard finds a baby girl in an abandoned battlefield and adopts her. As time passes, it becomes apparent that Yucie can't physically grow past the age of 10, the reason being a mystery.

One day, a light from the royal castle calls upon her. Sneaking in the highest tower, Yucie finds the thing that spoke: The Eternal Tiara, an artifact so powerful it can grant any wish. The Queen arrives and warns Yucie that the Tiara can only be used by someone the jewel chooses, and that using it now could kill her.

Yucie enrolls in a 'princess school' regimented by Queen Ercell in order to make herself worthy of the Tiara so she can wish her curse away. Soon more characters appear. More girls with the same curse as her... and without as many qualms about getting the prize as her.

Tropes within:

  • Aerith and Bob: Yucie, Cocoloo, Elmina, Glenda, and Beth.
  • Alpha Bitch: Glenda, at first.
  • Art Shift: Some episodes are much more cartoony and choppy than others.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Eternal Tiara.
  • Badass Princess: Glenda's magic is awesome, Elmina is physically stronger than average and can fly, Cocoloo can walk through solid objects, and Beth has her ninja tricks.
  • Balloon Belly: Yucie in episode 1.
  • Battle Butler: He doesn't battle, but Cube aids Yucie in any way he is able, calling into a certain service to provide items needed for the situation. Later, more fight-savvy battle butlers appear.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Cocoloo and Beth.
  • Beach Episode: with a surprise at the end.
  • Because Destiny Says So: the Eternal Tiara's dark secret…
  • Big Brother Instinct: Arc, towards Yucie.
  • Bokukko: Beth, using the even more masculine form ore.
    • Cocoloo initially thought Beth was a boy.
  • Broken Ace: Elmina is a non-evil example of this due to her deep fear of failure.
  • Bumbling Dad: Gunbard, but he can be serious when needed.
    • Also Glenda's dad, much to her embarrassment.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • Cocoloo: I guess I don't have much presence.
    • Principal/Queen Ercell: Didn't I tell you?
    • Glenda: ...Princess of the Demon World with elegant beauty and fantastic magical powers.
    • Yucie: I'm an adult./I'm not a brat.
  • Cats Are Mean: In one episode, Glenda, princess of the Demon Realm, has to fight Cait Sith, an evil cat attacking her realm and turning everyone there into cats.
    • Then again, if this Cait Sith is the same one as the one in the Final Fantasy series, it's actually a Japanese interpretation of a Celtic mythological character.
  • Cat Girl: Yucie wears a cat suit for a festival.
    • Also, the episode where Yucie is turned into a literal cat.
  • Cessation of Existence: Seen in the last episodes with Yucie's friends, as a result of the Eternal Tiara's power.
  • Character Development: Present for all the girls as they grow closer, but especially Glenda and Beth.
  • Character Focus: Some episodes give the spotlight to one of the girls.
  • Cleavage Window: Glenda
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Crystal Flowers correspond to the five worlds, the five gems of the Tiara, and the attributes needed to possess them. Orange stands for the Human World and kindness, red is for the Demon World and friendship, pink is for Heaven and strength, green is for the Fairy World and trust, and blue is for the Spirit World and honesty. Yellow is for the Magic World and love.
  • The Comically Serious: Elmina
  • Corner of Woe: The ghost girl Cocoloo always feels ignored by her other, noisier classmates.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Glenda
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Cocoloo
  • Cute Witch
  • Dark Magical Girl: Glenda
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Glenda's father the Demon King is a Bumbling Dad much to her ire.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Glenda. Well, Purplehead.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The girls' butlers go on a mini-adventure to cure one of them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Elmina, eventually.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Beth. Elmina too, to some extent.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Elmina's robot butler Barizan.
  • Does Not Like Men: Glenda, after a certain episode.
    • More like she doesn't like frogs and people who use magic to change their appearance.
  • Emotionless Girl: Elmina.
    • She does cry when she reads the letter from Rockwell's daughter.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Evolving Credits: Initially only Yucie appears in the ending sequence, later all five main girls appear together.
  • Expy: Yucie, Ercell, and Maga Selent are based on the princesses of Princess Maker 3, 2, and 1, respectively.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Gunbard.
  • Fangs Are Evil/Cute Little Fang: Glenda sometimes has one.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Cube, Chawoo, and Gaga shrink down to enter Balizan to cure him.
  • Festival Episode: The girls go to the Harvest Festival.
  • Fetch Quest: The Eternal Tiara's five later six pieces.
    • Also the Crystal Flowers.
  • First Kiss: Yucie gets hers from Arc.
  • Five Races: Humans, Demons (Stout), Angels (Fairy), Ghost (High-Men) and Fairies (Cute). The final episodes showed that there was a sixth world, the Magic World.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Heaven, obviously.
  • Forehead of Doom: Yucie. This becomes a Running Gag.
  • Gainax Ending: Inverted, thought the series IS made by Gainax.
  • The Ghost: Cocoloo's dad. Also literally.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The Crystal Flowers. The open the way for the final test.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Gunbard never told Yucie that he put together the Eternal Tiara.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Gunbard for Ercell
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In one episode taking place in the Demon World, Glenda carefully looks around to make sure nobody is watching before warmly comforting a crying cat demon.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Cube's (Yucie's 'butler') hyperspace.
  • Indirect Kiss: Played with: Arc kisses Yucie when he just met her… on the forehead.
  • Invisible to Normals: Cocoloo's butler is a ghost, and the cast can't see him until he wants them to, midway through the series.
    • Also the other ghosts as well. Although after obtaining the Crystal Flower from that world, they become visible. And apparently look no different from humans.
  • Irony: Queen Ercell knows a lot of things that she neglects to tell the girls. But it's something she doesn't know that ends up impacting them all in the final episodes; the revelation that by guiding them to the Tiara, she was sending the girls to either destroy the world or four of the candidates puts the Queen in a state of shock and despair.
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Arc acted as such for Yucie once.
  • Large Ham: Glenda
  • Light Is Not Good: Elmina's dad, the King of Heaven tends to be a Jerkass.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Beth only seems like this.
  • Love at First Sight: Glenda for Amphi. Lampshaded.
  • Luminescent Blush: Occurs multiple times.
  • MacGuffin: the Crystal Flowers.
  • Magical Girl Queenliness Test: The trials for becoming the Platinum Princess.
  • Magic Skirt: Even more amazing if you consider their shape.
  • Meganekko: Cocoloo.
    • The other girls become this in their library uniforms.
  • Master Swordsman: Elmina the Heaven's princess is very skilled with bladed weapons. Yucie also suddenly appears to be very good at sword-fighting, though one earlier episode showed her and Glenda practicing.
  • Missing Mom: Glenda's mom abandoned her father because of his goofiness. Also none of the other mother have been seen either.
  • Modest Royalty: The students at the princess academy. Apparently it's a requirement.
  • Mr. Exposition: Inverted in Queen Ercell. She thinks many things are of common knowledge, therefore she doesn't elaborate on them.
  • Naked First Impression: Inverted: Arc was the one naked, Yucie realizes it… then blushes and recoils in embarrassment.
  • Ninja: Beth fights much like one.
  • Ninja Butterfly: Beth's stewardess, ironically.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: In the 2nd episode, Yucie points out that she doesn't have an "oh-ho-ho" laugh or greet people with "gokigenyou," which makes her out-of-place at the Princess Academy.
  • Non-Action Guy: Cube, again.

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