Princess Minerva

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Princess Minerva
Developer(s) Riverhillsoft
Publisher(s) Riverhillsoft
Vic Tokai Corporation (SNES)
Director(s) Kōji Ikemoto
Producer(s) Rika Suzuki
Kazuhiro Okazaki
Designer(s) Junji Shigematsu
Artist(s) Ran Ishida
Fumio Matsumoto
Osamu Inoue
Writer(s) Kō Maisaka
Platform(s) NEC PC-9801, PC Engine, Super Famicom
Release date(s) 98 1994
PCE March 25, 1994
SNES June 23, 1995
Genre(s) RPG

Princess Minerva (プリンセス・ミネルバ Purinsesu Mineruba?) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Riverhillsoft for the NEC PC-9801 in 1994 in Japan only. An original video animation by Group TAC was originally released by Toho in May 1995 in Japan; it was laer released also in the United States. The extended franchise also includes a manga series, an illustrated serial novel, and other media.

Video game[edit]

The video game eveloped by Riverhillsoft and published by Riverhillsoft and Vic Tokai Corporation for the NEC PC-9801,[1] PC Engine[2] and Super Famicom.[3][4]

In the game, the evil sorceress Dynastar (ダイナスター) (voiced by Yōko Matsuoka) challenges Princess Minerva (voiced by Miki Itou, threatening to kidnap all the girls in the world and turn them into monsters. Minerva leaves with her eight personal female bodyguards to defeat Dynastar and her six also female demon generals. The game starts when all their weapons, armor and money gets stolen.

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Super Famicom version of the game a 23 out of 40.[5]

Anime[edit]

Princess Minerva
プリンセス・ミネルバ
(Purinsesu Mineruba)
Original video animation
Directed by Yoshihiro Yamaguchi
Katsuyoshi Kanemura
Produced by Haruo Sai
Masahiro Kon
Masako Fukuyo
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Music by Fusanobu Fujiyama
Studio Group TAC
Licensed by United States ADV Films
Released May 1995
Runtime 45 min
Anime and Manga portal

The original video animation Princess Minerva was produced by Group TAC was released by Toho in May 1995 in Japan.[6] It was released by AD Vision in the United States in 1996[7] and then again in 2005[8] and 2008.

The OAV serves as a prequel to the game, telling how Minerva assembled her team of the most beautiful and powerful women warriors, and how she first run into Dynastar who tried to kidnap her and her friends.[9]

Dave Halverson gave the anime version a rating of C.[10] Chris Beveridge of Mania.com gave it a B-.[11]

Cast[edit]

Other media[edit]

A five-issue shounen manga series and a nine-volume illustrated serial novel were also released, written by the game's writer Maisaka Kou and published by ASCII comix and Shueisha, respectively, during the 1990s.[12][13][14][15] An original soundtrack / drama CD compilation was released by Futureland in 1995.[16] Other released included a regular original soundtrack[17] and a CD collection of graphics.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RIVERHILL SOFT [リバーヒルソフト]". Retroblues.sakura.ne.jp. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  2. ^ p.ink. "Q[`VRNV PCGW@[vCOQ[`V". Gamedic.jpn.org. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "ץ󥻥ߥͥ". Famicom.biz. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Princess Minerva (DVD)". Animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  5. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: プリンセスミネルバ. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.341. Pg.29. 30 June 1995.
  6. ^ "プリンセス ミネルバ - 新品 - LD - 通販ショップの駿河屋". Suruga-ya.jp. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mean Machines Sega Magazine Issue 47". Archive.org. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Princess Minerva (DVD)". Animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tanuki-Anime". Tanuki Anime. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gamers Republic - No. 03 (1998-08)(Millennum Publications)(US)". Archive.org. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Princess Minerva". Mania.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "プリンセス・ミネルバ 01". Book.douban.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "陽炎のエラン". Book.douban.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "プリンセス・ミネルバ 05". Book.douban.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "ムナリーの帰還". Book.douban.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Library". Kawaidb.s60.xrea.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "プリンセスミネルバ オリジナル・サウンドCD ~スペシャル・トラック~ - 中古 - アニメシングルCD - 通販ショップの駿河屋". Suruga-ya.jp. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "CDグラフィックスコレクション プリンセス・ミネルバ - 中古 - アニメシングルCD - 通販ショップの駿河屋". Suruga-ya.jp. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 

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