Anime Review: "Princess Lover!"

“Princess Lover” is a typical harem anime series that, thankfully, only runs 12 episodes.  The story is about a high schooler, Teppei, who after his parents are killed, finds out that he’s the heir to the fabulously wealthy and powerful Arima Group.  He goes to live with his grandfather and begins to attend an elite school for the children of the ultra wealthy and powerful.  Along the way, he saves a princess from some assassins, who, of course, he meets up with again at the new school.  Arima’s harem consists of two princesses, a rich girl, and his “all purpose” personal maid.  The anime starts off with Arima trying to gain social acceptance into the new school and surprisingly ends in intrigue and action.  There are the usual ecchi gags, but also, in the version I we watched, the fan service was nicely hidden in shadows or strategically placed steam clouds (thankfully).  The last episode was over-the-top sappy with Arima giving a high-minded and overly optimistic speech about the goodness within every human being.  UGH!!! I did like that by the end of the series, we knew which girl he picked.  Overall, this was an okay series, but it not something that must be seen.

2.5/5

2 comments

  • There's actually a version where the fanservice is hidden? o_O

    But it seemed too generic for me . . . didn't bother to watch anymore ^^;

    (my bias might've activated though it it was about PRINCEs and not PRINCESSes xD Hehe)

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  • Yeah, “generic” is definitely the right word for it. Even the action was generic “combat butler/maid” type action. But it was still likable. I liked the relationship between Teppei and Charlotte and Teppei and his maid. The other characters could have gone away because they didn't add much to the story.

    I think the story could have been stronger without the action hyperbole, the unnatural body images, and the stupid speeches at the end. It had the potential to be much better than it was.

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