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Princess Resurrection (alternatively titled Kaibutsu Oujo, meaning Monster Princess) is a supernatural manga published in Shonen Sirius by Yasunori Mitsunaga which was adapted as an anime by Madhouse. The story revolves around the adventures of a young boy named Hiro Hiyorimi who is hit by a truck at the start of the series. He is killed, but revived by the master of the maid driving the truck, a mysterious woman simply referred to as "the Princess" ("Hime"). Through her blood he becomes a nigh-immortal servant under her command, though he must periodically drink it again to preserve his new existence.Rounding out the cast are Flandre (a diminutive android maid who can only say "fugah"), Riza (a werewolf halfbreed who originally comes in search of the Princess for revenge), Reiri (a local vampire who just likes stirring up trouble), and occasionally the Princess' sister, Sherwood.Making appearances are the Princess and Sherwood's other siblings, locked in a deadly competition to take the family throne. Even though she has no interest in the throne she is forced to fight them regardless, along with the many monsters who have designs on her family's special blood.This series has the blessing of Universal Pictures (the Japanese branch was a sponsor of the anime) and so can use everything from classic Universal monsters to Back to the Future. Which they have.An OVA of Princess Resurrection has been announced. It seems this time there will be blood.The series eventually ended in February 2013 after eight years of serialization with 87 chapters and 19 volumes worth of material.There's a Spin-Off manga called Naqua-Den that stars Nakua, the spider deity that partners with Hime.Now with a Character Page. Contributions welcome.
This series provides examples of:
Action Girl: Hime and Riza Wildman. Reiri and Nakua too, when they actually bother.
A Date with Rosie Palms: Reiri gives Hiro the folder of pictures her stalker took, and tells him to "use it". These pictures include her in a bra and panties.
Though it should be noted that Hiro is, understandably, utterly confused by Reiri's request.
All Just a Dream: The episode "Princess Coma" has the characters trapped in a collective dream. They're aware of it but can't wake up.
Anachronic Order: The manga generally moves forward in a linear fashion, but between major arcs the chapters jump around in non-linear fashion (and some minor but long arcs are interleaved with one another and random Monster of the Week chapters). This gets more pronounced the later in the series you go.
And the Adventure Continues: In the end, in the final battle with Silvia, Hime overwhelms and cancel out her powers, stripping away both their powers. Due to this, both are no longer declared royals and finally free of the royal battle. Sherwood is deemed the winner by default. Syivia and Fuhito go on to lead their own lives and Hime moves into another mansion along with Riza (who was banished from werewolf society for socializing with a vampire), Reiri (who was allowed to stay within hers but choose to stay with her friends), Flandre, Hiro and his sister Sawawa (still clueless as ever to the supernatural goings-on). Though the fight is over, Hime knows it'll start up again someday and, even though she no longer has to participate, starts to make plans to aid Sherwood when the time comes.
Art Evolution: The character designs get a little looser as the manga goes along.
In the anime, it's not blood; more of a oddly-colored flame Hime uses. In Sherwood's case, the same flame comes from her big toe.
May count as Fridge Brilliance if you think about it. If the royalty are Phoenixes, that flame IS their blood.
Not once the manga reveals that a phoenix can bestow the flame of life and create flame warriors, more powerful versions of the blood warriors who don't require blood and who have flame powers of their own.
Captain Ersatz: The very concept of Blood Warriors is a blatant take-off of the Wu from 3×3 Eyes, with Hiro standing in as a younger, wimpier Yakumo. Or to be more general, Vampire creating human servant/renfield. It's actually lampshaded by hiro as he thought Hime is a vampire at first.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all the time that Hiro looks like a wimp, he can be surprisingly badass when Hime's in danger. (Much more so in the manga than in the anime.) In the anime, he acts more as a Human Shield, as well as a Morality Pet for Hime It is stated by Sherwood, and noticed by Hime, that Hiro has the potential to be the greatest blood warrior. Hiro, being Hiro though, runs away before it is explained.
Future Badass: His older self actually comes out of nowhere and saves Hime from getting killed by Silvia, easily beating her subordinates in the process. Considering how Silvia seems to be on top of everything, him actually throwing her off guard is a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Didn't Think This Through: Riza's invasion of Duken's mansion would have gone a lot smoother if she had stopped to listen to anything that Reiri said.
Dirty Coward: Severin. Just seeing that his sister is willing to stand up to him is enough to make him panic.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Basically each time Hiro gets a...donation of blood from Hime or Sherwood he has to suck it from them in a bit of a suggesting way really.
The Ancient Spider Deity will protect any humans that worship her, as long as the humans will make sacrifices to her (that was the reason she conflicted with Reiri and Riza at the school). When a super storm threatens the city, the Spider deity is waiting to get more presents in her Shrine to do something about it. Given she provides a service to the human community, in return that community owes her both respect and sacrifices. She has the same mentality that a Yakuza boss.
Do Not Call Me Paul: Hime does not like to be called by her birth name, Lilliane, but two of her brothers do it anyway.
Justified; after all, if their food source is gone, what are they suppose to eat?
Also justified in that monster could turn into zombies with a scratch, see Hime disallowing hand to hand combat see Hime's city destruction. As if normal is not bad enough imagine vampire/werewolf/minotaur/giant spider zombies, or even a Cthulu zombie.
Fantastic Racism: Between Riza and Reiri, and vampires and werewolves in general. Riza herself is subject to some very cruel prejudice from full-blooded werewolves, who regard her as a "stinking half-human bastard."
It should be noted that Riza's brother was willing to give his life for her, and that the only werewolves shown to be cruel to her were the trio who broke the taboo about becoming Blood Warriors, and a group in a monster prison whose respect she quickly earned.
Maybe Reiri is also a victim of Fantastic Racism?: the Werewolf men always recriminate Riza that she is allied to a vampire, Sherwood exclaimed that she cannot believe she was helping a vampire, and Gilliam mocked Hime because she chose Reiri as a servant. Keiza claimed that supremacist vampires, if not controlled by blood, are not only incompatible as servants but dangerous to royalty. Riza, who knows Hime and Reiri relationship, calls Hime “eccentric”. It seems that in the Monster Kingdom, everyone think of vampires as selfish jerks who only look after themselves. To be just, all the vampires characters that we have seen so far (Zeppeli, Duke Kiniski and Caroline Lugosh) were portrayed like that, but Reiri has been kind with the school girls even before she met Hime, (she doesn’t want to transform them into vampires, and when the old spider deity threatened them, Reiri defended them).
It has been said several times in the manga that Reiri is an outcast from the vampire society. Reiri seems to be the exception to the jerk vampire rule.
Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Reiri, who only sucks the blood from willing humans (not counting her plot to get at Hime) and only through pinpricks on their finger so as not to bite them and turn them into vampires. She even goes out of her way to fight a spider deity (along with Riza) who was preying on her fellow schoolmates to keep them safe.
Headless Horseman: There is a headless horseman in both the manga and the anime. Both were a result of an empty suit of armor/ghostly horseman getting it's head stolen and running amuck looking for it.
Hellish Pupils: Hime, and all the other Royals. Blood Warriors, and notably Hiro, also get them when entering a combat trance (triggered by their master/mistress being in mortal danger).
Hoist by His Own Petard: Duke Kiniski. He imprisoned Hime's sister Silvia and drank her blood for his own pleasure (via a tap implanted in her body), but ended up as a Blood Warrior as a result. When Silvia manages to free herself from captivity, he's left without a blood source and ends up as a shriveled corpse.
Future Hiro trades his regenerative ability for a single indefinite lifespan. However, he compensates for the loss of his Death Is Cheap ability by taking several levels in Badass—enough to take on Madeline and Silvia by himself—thus making sure his life won't come cheap. Much to the surprise of Hime and the readers
Improbable Weapon User: Hime. Rapiers and flails are archaic, but relatively normal. Chainsaws are less so. Jackhammers and candelabra are much less so and a hospital defibrillator attached to a robot girl's battery are in a whole other ball park.
It's All My Fault: Reiri tricks Hiro and bites him. Riza chases after Reiri. When Reiri escaped Riza and Hime told her that Hiro could die, she screamed this phrase.
Kaiju: The Godzilla-like monster that attacks the Professor's lab in Chapter 32.
Kuudere: Hime. Stoic and cool-headed but not above helping or saving her subjects. Excluding Severin, the affection she displays to her siblings is also genuine.
Kiss of the Vampire It's not real clear on it, but judging by Riza and Hime's reactions they looked like they were enjoying being fed apon.
Lady and Knight: Hime as the Bright Lady and Hiro as her White Knight. In fact, excluding Emile and the mermaid, all Royals are some variation of this.
Lovable Coward: Reiri will use all of her powers as a vampire to flee from fights. In her defense, she always heads straight for any non-combat solution to their current problem. It's not out of fear; but rather practicality. She isn't as good at combat. This tends to irritate Riza; but that's a perk for Reiri.
Magic Skirt: Hime, no matter what she's doing, no matter how precarious the situation, or even how undignified the position she winds up in (like thrown over an android's should, for instance), she will never fall victim to Panty Shot. Reiri, on the other hand...
Averted twice with Hime in the first of the new Ovas.
Played with with Riza's skirt. Though we haven't seen anything, she's had two Panty Shots observed in-universe.
Reiri is an intersting case. In the manga, she utterly averts the Magic Skirt trope. However, in the anime it's played completely straight. The OVAs have her solidly averting the trope again.
Meaningful Name: Subverted — Hime's actual name is Lilliane. (Protagonist Hiro is another story, as is Riza Wildman.)
Meido: Hiro's sister, Sawawa. The trope's invocation is even pointed out in the translation notes of the first volume of the manga, as she goes to a cafe on her downtime while still in her costume. Also, Flandre and her sisters.
Mind Hive: Something Silvia brings up in 83: we keep saying "phoenixes" but when have we seen more than one, excluding the princes and princesses? Never. That's because there IS only one phoenix. The winners of every generation of Royals, their mothers, father, aunts, uncles, whoever are absorbed into the Phoenix's collective consciousness.
Mind Screw: Whatever it was that happened to Emil. Seriously, what the hell?
And the nine-year time skip. It involves a chrono-bomb and at least two divergent timelines.
Mooks: A typical tactic of the villains is to swarm their adversaries with mooks, whether of the mummy, zombie, or vampire variety.
Ms. Fanservice: Reiri. Riza has a few gratuitous shots, but not nearly as many as Reiri.
No Death Run: Hiro survives alone for nine years to protect Hime without dying once.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The manga just loves these, with whole chapters building up to potentially-epic confrontations between the main characters and their enemies... only to show the aftermath of said encounter a page later without missing a beat.
Our Vampires Are Different: They seem very old school, but not everything is known about them yet. They don't like sunlight, but it only seems to weaken them at most. The same goes for water, though they can't cross it. They can be killed with a stake, but crosses and churches have no influence over them. Biting infects the victim, who behaves more like a zombie than a vampire. They like blood, but it doesn't seem that they need much of it. They can fly, and they can turn into a swarm of bats, as well as communicate with regular bats.
Our Werewolves Are Different: They can be hurt by silver, have Voluntary Transformation and heightened senses, and their strength is tied to the phase of the moon. Riza is different in her own right because she's a Half-Human Hybrid. So far, the only difference is that she can only transform her forearms and isn't quite as strong, but still pretty badass.
Refuge in Audacity: How does Reiri get away with sucking her classmates' blood? She just calls it a "special ceremony" and sucks it from their fingers. One of her "victims" even inadvertently lampshades it. She does this in front of Hiro no less, who is shocked and amazed.
Resurrective Immortality / Immortality Inducer: The blood warriors, most noticeably the protagonist Hiro. When a person dies, one of the royal siblings can bring them back to life with their blood. This makes the blood warriors semi-immortal; when killed, they will come back to life, and even non-fatal wounds will heal quickly. However, there is a price to pay: the blood warriors have to drink royal blood every few days or they will die for real. So they have to follow, and fight for, one of the royal siblings to survive. And of course, they have to die before they can become semi-immortal to begin with.
The recharging station Flandre uses here is remarkably similar to the ones used by The Borg.
A bug-headed scientist, a la the original The Fly; Triffids, IIRC; The aforementioned Pod People; the series LOVES referencing classic sci-fi/horror. Chapter 13 even features a monster designed along the same lines as the imfamous Rat-Bat-Spider from Angry Red Planet. How's that for obtuse references!
Later it's even worse: An old member off the Great Race of Yith appears in one chapter as an assasin, and a squid creature judge in chapter 23 bears an uncanny resemblense to the Venusian from It Conquered the World.
The verbal tic of the android siblings could be a shout out for Foobar. Makes sense consider its use and derivation.
Trioxin is used to reanimate very dangerous zombies.
Sylvia and Fuuhito are last seen eating at Cafe Nyarlathotep.
Slave to PR: The Royal Family plays with this. Reiri and Riza converse on this trope when they realize all the royals live in mansions in the top of a hill—the Royals not only have to win, they must display courage and fitness to rule, so they need to show no fear... but they send assassins to dispose of one other. This leads to awkward family dynamics, in that even when one of them claims to feel no hostility towards the others, they're not believed. And yet it's necessary for them to be admired among the monsters: when Reiri asks Riza if she would follow a cowardly Hime, Riza immediately answers "No".
The Slow Path: Flandre stays behind when the crew goes to the past and deactivates. Back in the present, they find her and take her to her creator to be repaired.
When Hime is trapped in the Bad Future; Reiri decides simply to survive long enough to find her and tell her what happened, so they could tell their present selves.
The So-Called Coward: Reiri will always run from a fight; to the consternation of Riza. However, she always uses her escape to achieve a goal to help the people in the party who are better at fighting.
Stable Time Loop: One chapter had Hiro test for a time travel experiment and ended up in the past as a ghost as a side effect. Despite being told not to interfere with anything (even though it seem he couldn't anyway since he was a ghost.) He manages to save a young Hime from an assassination attempt by her older brother. Ironiclly the older Hime actully remembers the encounter.
Additionally, Hiro plants the idea in past-The Professor's head to make a time machine and will thus choose Hiro to take the test in the future. Stable time loop indeed.
The Star Scream: Vampires are notoriously this; everyone is rather surprised at how loyal Reiri is to Hime; if playful. Most of Hime's enemies are shocked that she's trusting one.
Stealth Pun: In the final episode of the anime Flandre acts hostile and rebellious towards the entire cast and almost brought danger towards the town. It wasn't until Prince Emil tightened the bolt on Flandre's head that she returned to normal. The joke? Flandre had a screw loose!
Succession Crisis: Hime and her siblings are fighting each other to see who will take the throne.
Well the rest of her siblings are. Hime wants nothing to do with it. Unfortunately that doesn't stop some of her more determined siblings from coming after her.
The One Guy: Hiro is the only guy who lives in Hime's mansion, because the other occupants are his sister, Hime, Flandre, Riza, occasional visits from Reiri, as well as Sherwood and her team. Would be good for him except for the fact he's just their Chew Toy.
This Is a Drill: Francette, one of Flandre's sisters, loses an arm. Due to a lack of appropriate replacement android parts, she now has a drill for an arm. This doesn't seem like a bad thing.
Time Travel: Hime and her retainers get sent 2,000 years in the past by a revengeful spider deity. They manage to go back to the present thanks to Flandre, who however has to stay behind. When they are back, they see a shrine that wasn't there before: it was erected to house the powered-out Flandre.
An arc dealing with Elder Things and a time bomb resulted in two Himes. One in the present and one thrown in the future. The latter eventually figuring out how to undo things and make her future not happen.
Title Drop: But only in the manga, and it only works in Japanese.
Tomato Surprise: Hime and her siblings are actually immature phoenixes. The reason they must kill each other is that as adults they cannot die and there must be only one living royal from each generation; otherwise the kingdom falls into chaos.
Yet, according to Hime, they need the assistance of an already mature member of the royal family to become adults. Which makes one wonder why they don't just select one of the kids and leave the rest.
Even worse, the candidate most likely to succeed in such a contest would seem to be the most psychotic, ruthless one.
Because, as revealed later in the manga, the mature royals could choose not elevate the survivor, as they did in the last round, and some of the rules are designed so that the winner emerge victorious in a manner befitting a royal. Inspiring loyalty and coolness under pressure are two incredibly valuable traits in the battle.
Supposedly, Hiro is in for on of these in the future, judging from a comment by one of the royals. We just don't know what it is yet.
Reiri has shades of this. Most notably seen when Riza says goodbye to everyone, seeing no need to serve Hime any longer. When informed that Riza will come back, Reiri replies, "I-It's not like I want her to come back." while blushing.
Unwanted Harem: Subversion (and how!). This time the girls are clearly in the position of power, and know it.
What's more the harem doesn't really happen. Riza is just good friends with Hiro, and Reiri actually hits on Hime and Riza more often. The end theme is a complete fake-out.
Vampire Invitation: Reiri required an invitation to enter Hime's home, but was free to enter at will once that invitation was given. This trope also came to bite Duke Kinski in the butt, when he seeks to replenish his supply of Royal Blood using Hime's corpse, only to find out that she's alive and well, and denying him entry to her home.
Even needed an invitation to enter a long-abandoned cabin that obviously had no inhabitants or owners.
Verbal Tic: Flandre and all of her siblings, Francisca, Francette, Flanders (NOT that Flanders) and Franz: Hooba ('Fuga' in the original).
Weapon of Choice: Both played straight and subverted. Hiro usually prefers an axe (and you can bet he knows how to use it!). Hime, on the other hand seems to find a new weapon for each occasion: rapier, chainsaw, pistol, hammer, chandelier... (no, I am not making this up!)
Weirdness Censor: Not only is the entire town seemingly ignorant of the weird happenings of the series, but Hiro's sister Sawawa is completely oblivious to all this, despite being part of the house's staff.
She did seem to think something was strange when Reiri licked up her blood after she cut her finger.
Weirdness Magnet: Being around Hime means that Hiro has to deal with an endless stream of supernatural interlopers.
Wham Chapter: Chapter 56 Emil was turned into a blood warrior by Silvia and ends up killed. His whole guard has been decimated and his mermaid given away to serve Silvia.
Chapter 58: The soul of Emil tells Hime to become the next ruler.
Chapter 70: The truth of the previous round of fighting is revealed and that there's a new royal sibling in the mix, one more powerful than all of them and who's already wiped out one generation of opponents.
Chapter 77: Gilliam dies, leaving the battle count down to four. He, like Emil, wishes for Hime to be the next ruler. Sherwood says the same thing (though she gets better). What's more, Silvia now knows of Hime's power.
Will They or Won't They?: Played with in the last episode of the anime where Hiro almost kisses Hime, but she slapped him at the last moment with Reiri commenting "You were too slow Hiro." Should be noted she didn't try to stop him before everyone else saw them together. Manga wise their relationship seems to be a bit above master-servant, but below lovers.