Light Novel: Scrapped Princess

Scrapped Princess is a light novel series written by Ichiro Sakaki, which was later adapted into a 24-episode anime. It centers around a 15-year old girl named Pacifica Casull, a cheerful, perky (and somewhat naive) princess who is destined to cause The End of the World as We Know It. Protected by her older siblings Shannon and Raquel, Pacifica is forced to flee across the world to escape those who want to kill her: kings, peasants, a religious order, and certain mysterious strangers... all while coming to terms with her destiny and making friends with the few travelers who don't yet know of her so-called "cursed" nature.

What starts out as a typical-looking Medieval European Fantasy anime takes a dip into Science Fiction territory at around the halfway point, without straying too far from its fantasy roots. Despite the show's premise (one girl against the world), a lot of the characters Pacifica meets on her journey act reasonably honorable, even though they have their own reasons for doing what they do. The script is by Reiko Yoshida (of Tokyo Mew Mew and Digimon Tamers fame). The anime and manga are licensed and released in full; the light novels were licensed, but were apparently dropped with fifteen books to go.

Coffin Princess Chaika, also written by Sakaki, is in many many ways its Spiritual Successor.

This series provides examples of:

  • Annoying Arrows: Downplayed. In episode 18, Furet fends off a group of soldiers with a pair of knives and half a dozen arrows in his back, while jumping around between galloping horses, no less. However, the arrows do eventually kill him.
  • Anti-Villain: Mauser. Also, Chris in the first few episodes.
  • Art Shift/Gonk: For some reason Pacifica's portraits are drawn in-universe with a gonky face.
  • Arms And Armor Theme Naming: Almost everyone is named after a type or brand of firearm or ammunition.
  • Astral Finale: The final battle begins in the upper atmosphere, but soon escalates into an all-out battle royale in deep space!
  • The Atoner: Doyle Barrett
  • Back from the Dead: Pacifica.
  • Big "WHY?!": Raquel has a heartbreaking one, near the end, when Pacifica dies, despite her attempts to save her. It's preceded by a Little "No", before she breaks down and screams at the heavens.
    Raquel: (tearfully, while cradling Pacifica's lifeless body) "No... why? WHHHYYYYYYYYY??!?"
  • Break the Cutie: Pacifica. Yeah, kinda inevitable when everyone in the world is trying to kill you. The Breaking finally comes in the forest night scene of episode 22.
  • Burger Fool: In episode 3, Raquel and Pacifica try to earn their keep at the inn they're staying by dressing up as the inn's mascot, Soopy-kun, and selling little pastries called "Soopy Buns", to varying degrees of success. Leo tries his hand at it, and likes it so much that the innkeeper lets him keep the costume, which he uses as a sleeping bag.
  • Calling Your Attacks: All spells require a vocal command to activate. Raquel Casull is especially good with this, since all of her spells have ridiculously short names and charge times (as evidenced by a hilariously one-sided battle in the first episode against a Mauser priest).
    • The novels explain that it's not so much a short spell, as it is that she keeps an "emulator" spell running at all times - she's essentially using macros to cast her spells.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Seness, the first time she and Pacifica are facing a Peacemaker. Pacifica has a power that will seriously weaken all peacemakers nearby when her own life is in immediate danger, Seness has a sword. It works.
  • Compelling Voice: Providence.
  • Cool Ship: Skid.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Mauser faith has Christian-esque elements with plenty of local influence.
  • Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday: Predicted to end the world on it even.
  • Darkest Hour: The last episode has a great example of this.
  • Deadly Hug: From one sibling to another.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: Pacifica.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Zefiris. And Cz to a lesser extent.
  • Dilating Door: The doors of Skid are the relatively conservative sliding Star Trek variant, but the protagonists just can't get used to them.
  • Disappears into Light: Pacifica, as her full powers are released on her death.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Sort of. See Clarke's Third Law.
  • Dying as Yourself: Cz.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Pacifica almost didn't live to see hers.
  • Earth All Along
  • Elite Four: Cz, Steyr, Socom, and Galil, who make up the Peacemakers, a group of four incredibly powerful entities tasked with periodically wiping out the majority of the human race, in order to prevent humanity from developing past a medieval era. They are very good at what they do.
  • Emotionless Girl: Zefiris and Natalie. A flashback shows that Zefiris wasn't always like this, as she's seen crying quite a bit when her previous master died. Perhaps a better description would be that Zefiris tries to invoke this trope in a sort of "I am Just a Machine" complex and fails.
  • Engaging Conversation: Leo's first words to Pacifica.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Chris (in the beginning), Cz (later on)
  • Everything's Better with Princesses... Unless your name happens to be Pacifica Casull.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Ginnungagap, a "Long Ranged Strategic Class Spell", one of a whole class of nuke spells.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Seness has a habit of shouting "EIROTE!" even when her partner is standing right next to her.
  • Fusion Dance: Shannon fuses with Zefiris to become a D-Knight, and their fighting abilities are amplified several times over.
  • Gambit Roulette: There are plenty of these to keep you entertained. The anime even pokes fun of it once in awhile.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: See the Holy Is Not Safe entry.
  • Graceful Loser: Following his defeat in Episode 4, Chris vows never to directly attack the heroes' party again.
  • Gratuitous English: A good amount of the dialogue is in English, as well as the opening theme. The Ancient's language is apparently completely English, too.
  • Heroic BSOD: For Raquel, Leo, Chris, and about half the audience when Pacifica's brother, Prince Forsythe, stabs both her and then himself to death.
  • Holy Is Not Safe: While holy in nature, Ginnungagap is the most powerful known military grade long-range offensive class spell. Because of the sheer scale and enormity of its power, it must be sanctioned for use, by way of unanimous decision, by the High Council. The spell covers an unbelievably wide area and is devastating enough on its own, but the real threat is the resulting shockwave triggered by it. When used, it caused a mega-tsunami that devastated the majority of the continental coast!
  • Humans Need Aliens: This is the justification Cz uses, when she explains to Shanon why it was necessary for the Peacemakers to keep their world locked in Medieval Stasis. Later, during the final episode, Mauser goes into greater detail, when she explains the reasoning for this to Pacifica.
  • Humongous Mecha: Peacemakers have the ability to transform into 30-foot tall city-annihilating terrors. The highlight of the series is the battle in the Grand Finale with a mech Dragon fighting a mech Angel... IN SPACE!
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Simply looking at a Peacemaker directly in the eye is enough to brainwash an entire city.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Shannon teases Pacifica relentlessly... but he's also willing to defy a god for her.
  • Identity Amnesia: Pamela!
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title is in the form "Classical music genre of focus person/group of the episode". The genre is usually related to the mood of the episode. (e.g., The Waltz of the Abandoned Dog Girl, Symphony of Those Who Protect)
  • Idiot Heroine: Pacifica never does quite figure out what's going on, Fortunately, she doesn't have to understand, just choose.
  • Infodump: Zefiris delivers one. Lampshaded when Pacifica falls asleep.
  • Instant Runes
  • JAM Project featuring Okui Masami ("Little Wing")
  • Lethal Harmless Powers
  • Lost Colony
  • Loophole Abuse: There is an order to the army to kill Pacifica, but no order specifically states ''not to let her go''
  • Low Culture, High Tech: What everyone believes to be magic is really just Lost Technology, although it would probably be more accurate to call it confiscated technology.
  • Magic from Technology What the magic turns out to be. Not that surprising considering the terms used, at least if you've already seen Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Or pay attention to the odd shapes the runes take. Or to the mention of DNA and serial numbers in the second episode.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Pacifica's tragedy-triggered superpower is a sonic scream that undoes the mass brainwashing of the Peacemakers.
  • Medieval Stasis: Justified in that the Peacemakers committed some genocides every few hundred years to make sure it stays that way.
  • Meganekko: Eirote
  • Messianic Archetype (Pacifica)
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Any human who looks directly at a Peacemaker gets red eyes with white irises.
  • Mix and Match: The Matrix + fantasy.
  • Modesty Towel
  • Mood Whiplash: This series can jump rather abruptly between wacky slapstick comedy and the Darker and Edgier themes.
  • The Needs of the Many: Cz uses this as the reason for either killing Pacifica and others for the sake of keeping Medieval Stasis, supposedly to prevent humanity from annihilating itself. The argument kind of falls flat considering that all the humans that would supposedly die in these wars are instead killed by Peacemakers.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!: Newborn Pacifica's death sentence is the event that kicks off everything after.
  • Not So Different: Both Cz and Natalie are equally willing to either kill people or allow them to die for the sake of achieving their goals.
  • Odd Couple: Seness (fierce Badass Princess) and Eirote (reserved domestic type)
  • Offing the Offspring: Pacifica's biological parents tried to drop her off a cliff fearing that others would try to kill her for being the "Scrapped Princess". She survived, and she's still being hunted.
    • But her mother arranged for her fostermother (a powerful sorceress) to be waiting at the base of the cliff to catch her.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "See you next time!" / "Look forward to it!" (Raquel Casull)
  • Outsourcing Fate: When Mauser asked Pacifica whether or not to lift the Medieval Stasis
  • Parental Abandonment: In addition to the above, her adopted mother died some years ago and her adopted father was killed by an assassin in the first novel (just before the first episode).
  • Path of Inspiration: The Church of Mauser.
  • People Jars: Lord Renard places several of his "followers" into comas and encases them in containment tubes in episode 10 to use them to power a spell to zap-fry the city of St. Grendel, a rival of the Church of Lord Browning. However, it turns out to be a ruse, as he later abandons them to die, revealing himself to Pacifica and her crew as a Mauser heretic inquisitor.
  • Pimped-Out Dress
  • Population Control
  • Post-Episode Trailer: Narrated out-of-character by Raquel's voice actress.
  • Power Limiter: The Peacemakers have 4 modes from sealed mode to normal, to limited battle release to full release which isn't capable of being used safely (for everyone else) in the atmosphere.
  • Punny Name: See the Stealth Insult entry.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Lord Browning's plan, and by extension, Zefiris and Natalie's. Seness agrees with them, but very few outside Scarlet do. Somewhat the overall plot, although the Gods turn out to be more Alien Overlords.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Pacifica and Winia hit it off almost immediately during their first meeting in Episode 3. Nothing comes out of it, as Pacifica later asks Princess Elfitine (who has Psychic Powers) if she'll have a boyfriend in the future. Plus, Winia and Chris also wind up getting married during the Distant Finale.
  • Rousseau Was Right
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: Seen when Pacifica, Shanon, and Raquel spend days traveling in an abandoned subway tunnel, and when they happen across ruined skyscrapers.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: It seems that after five millenia, the people of "Dustvin" have either forgotten what really happened during the Genesis War, or they've been Locked Out of the Loop. Either way, they need to get their facts straight. Which is why Natalie, Zeferis, and eventually, Mauser herself finally explain it (note: MAJOR SPOILER ALERT, which is why the details are found in Mauser and Browning's section of the character sheet, rather than here).
  • Save The World Climax: Shanon and Raquel's only goal is to protect their adopted sister, Pacifica, from the Church of Mauser. It isn't until they're captured by Princess Senes that they learn the truth about the church, Pacifica, and themselves, as well as what's really at stake. Shanon and Raquel then realize that they're protecting far more than their sister.
  • Science Fantasy: The series as a whole, and one of the best examples of the genre.
  • Screw Destiny: This becomes Shanon's stance after the countless attempts that are made to kill Pacifica. Summed up by the following:
    Shanon: (pissed) "How can I give a DAMN about a world that has no place for my little sister in it?!"
  • Selective Slaughter: The Peacemakers use their power to kill everyone but their assigned target: Pacifica Casull. Apparently their programming will not permit it.
    • It is suggested that this is because her power (a kind of Magic-EMP which leaves nearby peacemakers considerably weakened) is unleashed when she is directly attacked. Thus they need to convince humans that she should be killed rather than kill her themselves. At one point Seness decides to exploit this trait by attacking Pacifica herself in a battle with a Peacemaker.
      • Possibly explained by her being a near genetic copy of the human placed in charge of the Peacemakers. So she may register as being "in charge" to them.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Attempted but failed; Racquel stood vigil for her father and prepared his body for the funeral - she knows that he is dead and has no compunction about attacking the one who dares to use his face.
  • Sleep Mode Size: Cz is first introduced as a small orphan girl who appears to have No Social Skills. When she returns later in her true form as a Peacemaker, she appears as a fully-grown woman, much to Shannon's dismay.
  • Spaceship Girl: Natalie.
    • The "girl" part is lampshaded by Zefiris, who is of the same model. She says she's not the one who came up with this look, thereby implying the invocation of the trope by their creators.
  • Stealth Insult: Their world is called "Dustvin" which, according to Eriote, was a term their alien overseers used for a place to store refuse. Meaning, in all likelihood, the original term was "dust bin".
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Shannon and Raquel, respectively.
  • Sword Sparks
  • Transformation Sequence: The Cool Ship, Skid, has one of these.
  • Travel Cool: Taking the Skid to confront the Peacemakers.
  • Trial Balloon Question
  • White and Grey Morality: The Casulls are just trying to be a happy family together, but The Church of Mauser and the rest of the world are afraid of the prophecy and are desperate to keep it from becoming true, and the Peacemakers are programmed to keep humanity in Medieval Stasis to prevent it from causing potential universal chaos. This is exactly why they want Pacifica dead: she has the power to end the Medieval Stasis.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Leo and Furet make some ugly women.
  • World of Buxom: Practically all of the named female characters have massive chests in the anime, no doubt the result of character design by Yukinobu Azumi, alias Nakayohi Mogudan.
  • Worthy Opponent: Nearly every human character with a name behaves with a degree of honor and decency.
  • Written by the Winners
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Not really their first meeting, but after her amnesia, Pacifica, Raquel, Leo, Doyle, Winia, Fulle and Leonard bumped into each other in a tavern.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: The Peacemakers have no problem killing humans if they think it will ensure the survival of the species.

Tropes used in the light novels: