A six episode Original Video Animation series from The Nineties and an early example of a Darker and Edgier Magical Girl. It takes one of the oldest anime character tropes, the Cute Witch, stops off at Magical Girl Warrior, and then heads directly into Psychological Horror territory and never looks back. While it is a shojo narrative at heart, focused on relationships and personal growth, it caters to the male Periphery Demographic so well that it ceases to seem peripheral. Let's just say that the fight scenes are impressive and the fanservice is plentiful.The shamanic princess and heroine of the story, Tiara, is a remarkably capable (and remarkably stripperiffic) Cute Witch who works as a special agent for her Magical Land, the Guardian World. Her mission: go to Earth under cover as an Ordinary High School Student (in a French Boarding School, no less) to recover the Throne of Yord, a mystical artifact that's been stolen from the Guardian World. Of course, there are complications. It turns out that there's a terrible secret surrounding the artifact. And that some of Tiara's friends and colleagues from her magical world are willing to fight her to keep her from retrieving it. And that the Throne of Yord is no mere MacGuffin......In fact, it's sort of an Eldritch Abomination, poised to drag the cast Down the Rabbit Hole.Those who know Shamanic Princess know it for its Mind Screwery and its slightly infamous non-linear storytelling, which drops the viewer into the action with little explanation, and then shows the circumstances that caused it all to occur as a 2 episode flashback after the conclusion.
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