|Genre||Action, Spy, Steampunk|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masaki Tachibana|
|Written by||Ichirō Ōkouchi|
|Music by||Yuki Kajiura|
|Studio||Studio 3Hz, Actas|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, KBS, SUN, BS11, AT-X|
|Original run||July 9, 2017 – September 24, 2017|
|Princess Principal Game of Mission|
|Anime film series|
Princess Principal (プリンセス・プリンシパル Purinsesu Purinshiparu) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Studio 3Hz and Actas. The series was directed by Masaki Tachibana and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by Kouhaku Kuroboshi and Yukie Akiya, and music by Yuki Kajiura. The series aired from July to September 2017. A six-part film series will be released in 2019. A spin-off game titled Princess Principal Game of Mission was launched in August 2017.
Princess Principal is set in a fictional analogue of England called Albion. During the early 20th Century, the Kingdom of Albion monopolized a mysterious substance called "Cavorite" to construct a fleet of heavily-armed airships that made Albion the dominant power in the world. However, the proletariat of Albion grew angry at their country's ruling class for largely ignoring their plight, sparking the "London Revolution" where the lower classes attempted to overthrow the royal family. Eventually, the two sides reached a stalemate, and a great wall was erected through the middle of London, splitting Albion into two nations: the Commonwealth and the Kingdom.
Several years later, the Commonwealth launches "Operation Changeling," a plan to replace the Kingdom's Princess Charlotte with Ange, a girl who bears a strong resemblance to her, in order to have a highly-placed agent within the royal family. However, the Princess turns the plan on the spies, offering to work with the Commonwealth if Ange and her friends will help her become the Queen of the Kingdom. So begins the story as five girls, including the Princess herself, serve as undercover spies in the Kingdom working for the Commonwealth, while enrolled as students at the prestigious Queen's Mayfair school.
- Ange (アンジェ Anje)
- Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura
- The main protagonist, a 17-year-old spymaster who can change her personality almost at whim to whatever is required for her mission. She is adept at both telling and detecting lies, often hiding her true knowledge as tales from the "Black Lizard Planet." She also possesses stolen prototype Cavorite technology that allows her to increase or decrease the gravity of herself and anything she touches when active.
- Princess Charlotte (プリンセス Purinsesu)
- Voiced by: Akira Sekine
- Princess Charlotte is 17-years-old. She is the niece of the Duke of Normandy and fourth in the line of succession for the throne of the Albion Kingdom. The Princess has a relatively calm and disarming demeanor, and easily gets along well with others. Her dream is to become Queen and re-unify the country.
- Dorothy (ドロシー Doroshī)
- Voiced by: Yō Taichi
- A 20-year-old undercover student who loves drinking wine and booze, even though her teammates are too young to do so. Dorothy uses her feminine charm in missions and is good at shooting and driving vehicles. Her real name is Daisy MacBean, who changed her name and fled after her mother died and her father constantly abused her in a drunken rage. "Dorothy" is her mother's name.
- Beatrice (ベアトリス Beatorisu)
- Voiced by: Akari Kageyama / Imitation Voice by: Fukushi Ochiai, Motomu Kiyokawa, Tesshō Genda, Kōsei Hirota, Hiroya Ishimaru
- The 15-year-old scion of a prestigious family who serves as the Princess' aide and close friend. She can mimic the voices of other people using a mechanism that her father implanted in her throat, after he treated her as a test subject for his experiments.
- Tōdō Chise (藤堂ちせ)[a]
- Voiced by: Nozomi Furuki
- A 16-year-old exchange student from Saga, Japan, who originally joined the team to protect a Japanese diplomat from an assassin who was related to her. She is highly proficient in samurai-style swordsmanship and is considered the strongest of the spies in melee combat. She often acts naive and has a hard time adapting to the culture differences. She is a spy for Japan tasked with observing the Commonwealth and Kingdom so that her superiors can determine which country to ally with.
- L (エル Eru)
- Voiced by: Takayuki Sugō
- A member of Control, the intelligence unit handling Principal Team.
- 7 (セブン Sebun)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
- A member of Control, the intelligence unit handling Principal Team.
- The Colonel (大佐 Taisa)
- Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki
- A member of Control and the Commonwealth military's representative.
- The Duke of Normandy (ノルマンディー公 Norumandī Kō)
- Voiced by: Takaya Hashi
- The Home Secretary of the Albion Kingdom and Princess Charlotte's uncle. He handles the Kingdom's espionage affairs and personally has hunted down potential defectors from the Kingdom, either to use them for counter-espionage against the Commonwealth's agents or kill them outright.
- Gazelle (ガゼル Gazeru)
- Voiced by: Yūko Iida
- One of the Duke of Normandy's most-trusted agents, a dark-skinned woman who collects information and can kill anyone who poses a threat to her employer.
The anime series is animated by Studio 3Hz and Actas. The series is directed by Masaki Tachibana, with scripts written by Ichirō Ōkouchi and character designs by Kouhaku Kuroboshi and Yukie Akiya. The series aired from July 9 to September 24, 2017. The opening theme song is "The Other Side of the Wall" performed by Void_Chords and MARU, and the ending theme is "A Page of My Story" performed by Ayaka Imamura, Akira Sekine, Yō Taichi, Akari Kageyama, and Nozomi Furuki. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime and streamed it on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and other streaming sites elsewhere. MVM Films has licensed the series in the UK.
The series aired in an anachronical order, represented by each episode's "case" number.
Notes: A = episode number, C = chronological order.
|A||C||Title[b] / Original air date|
A six-series anime film adaptation of the series which will premiere in 2019 was announced on April 29, 2018. The series will follow on from the events of the last episode of the series.
Princess Principal has garnered significant praise from critics, with many calling it one of the best anime of 2017. Kotaku picked it as one of best summer 2017 anime series, with writer Cecilia D'Anastasio noting that the "soundtrack is jazzy madness. Its animation is pure beauty. It’s full of sharp writing, surprises and edge-of-your-seat intrigue."
The music gained positive comments, especially the opening theme song to the series, "The Other Side of the Wall". The song was named by Chris Farris and Theron Martin from Anime News Network as the best theme song of 2017. It was also nominated for the best opening song at the 2017 Crunchyroll's Anime Awards.
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