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Princess Lover! – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「Princess Primp!」 by 橋本みゆき (Hashimoto Miyuki)
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After both of his parents died in a supposed accident, Arima Teppei is on his way to his grandfather’s place when he spots a girl in a horse-drawn carriage being pursued by a car full of thugs. He decides to help her and gives chase on his motorcycle, but the thugs get ahold of him and point a gun at him. Luckily for Teppei, the girl’s butler attacks and takes out one of the thugs. While the butler struggles with another thug, Teppei sees the carriage about to crash and jumps onto it to save the girl. The two of them get flung into the forest below, and the butler can do nothing but finish off the last of the thugs. Teppei wakes up relatively uninjured beside the girl, and she regains consciousness after he inadvertently gropes her breast. She introduces herself as Charlotte Hazellink, and even though she had noticed that he had been touching her breast earlier, she decides to trust him. The two then make their way back to the road where Charlotte is reunited with her butler, though she first gives Teppei a kiss on the cheek.

Afterward, Teppei heads to his wealthy grandfather Isshin’s place. Isshin confirms that Teppei’s parent’s deaths weren’t the result of an accident, but he tries to warn Teppei against revenge because it wouldn’t be the life that his parents wanted for him. When his grandfather finds out that Teppei is all dirty because he helped someone in trouble, he presents Teppei looking like that to all his party guests. What surprises Teppei is that his grandfather announces him as the successor to the Arima business conglomerate, and he’s further surprised when his grandfather makes him realize that the girl he saved was the princess of the Hazellink kingdom. After getting cleaned up, he protests against being the successor, but his grandfather points out that he can use this to figure out who was responsible for his parents’ death since his mother used to be the successor. Back at the party, Teppei is surrounded by people who want to get close to him until he’s helped out by Vincent van Hossen who’s with there with his young daughter Maria.

Teppei is eventually able to get away from it all and gets better acquainted with his grandfather’s maid, but what really gets his attention is the sight of another girl outside practicing with a sword. Grabbing his own set, Teppei decides to go get some exercise, and the girl ends up unexpectedly attacking him because she thinks he’s a suspicious-looking. Teppei is able to match her sword skills though, and they’re eventually broken up by Isshin and Vincent. As it turns out, the girl is Vincent’s other daughter Sylvia, and Isshin reveals that she’s Teppei’s fiancée.

ED Sequence

ED: 「S.S.D!」 by yozuca*
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I really don’t have much to say about the OP and ED. Whereas the opening song is kind of catchy, the ending song just didn’t appeal to me at all. Neither of them are anything special though. In fact, based on just what the opening sequence showed and what I had read about the series prior to watching this episode, I was fully expecting an average based-on-an-adult-game harem series. And so I was very pleasantly surprised by what it actually turned out to be: a cute romance series with a good deal of action and a little bit of intrigue. I certainly didn’t expect to see an extended chase scene, guns, swords, and even a combat butler. Of course it’s entirely possible that the action will be nonexistent in the rest of the series, but it made the first episode a lot of fun.

That action plus the beginnings of a love triangle – even though I think it’s pretty clear who Teppei will end up with – plus a couple of strong & likable female characters along with a strong male lead plus Wakamoto Norio voicing Isshin (he had quite a few lines too) were what made this a treat to watch. It did take a little getting used to the animation style though; I initially didn’t think it looked that great but came to appreciate it more as the episode went on. And there was some apparent censoring where they tried to cover up any panty-shots, but it was so brief that I didn’t think it was a big deal. Regardless, the first episode did its job in getting me interested in the series, and I’ll definitely be watching at least a couple more episodes to see what direction it goes.

July 6, 2009 at 11:47 pm
  • July 6, 2009 at 11:55 pmCamarilla

    Looks like it may turn out to be decent. Too bad on the ending song for you, I really enjoy it. The opening sounds way to familiar for some reason…

  • July 6, 2009 at 11:58 pm:)

    oh hay, this is pretty interesting ;]

  • July 6, 2009 at 11:59 pmEnosioph

    boo to censorings!! boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:00 ammegalith

    Hmmmm… Those caps really give me a little bit of curiosity.

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:03 amtacdo


  • July 7, 2009 at 12:05 amEliteF22

    Lol, personally I think he’s rich enough that he could end up with all of them at the end!

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:11 ammohawk

    worth watching. cant wait for subs

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:13 amKahiry

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:28 amPanther

    Charlotte! Damn the censoring, it is like screaming out to folks to just buy the DVDs. -_- And yes, the animation style is way better than I expected for this sort of series too. Lovely indeed.

    “even though I think it’s pretty clear who Teppei will end up with”

    Wait, what? Charlotte? Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu~

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:46 amRakuen

    Oh no… Guilty pleasures again!!!

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:02 amSailor Enlil

    Interesting adaptation here. I actually have screencaps of the CG’s from the game, and my favorite was Sylvia, and her swordplay scene here made me like her even more (it’s also a bonus she bears resemblance to and acts a bit like FSN’s Sabre).

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:38 amkahzeelol

    Sort of want.

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:47 amquakto

    wow .. she looks like SABER of fate/stay o.ó

  • July 7, 2009 at 2:16 amChimasternmay

    Work hard Sab.. ops Sylvia.

  • July 7, 2009 at 2:37 amfragbet

    If Norio Wakamoto is in this, I’m sold. :P

    Overall it looks promising, hopefully it won’t be bogged down by too many typical harem anime plot devices.

  • July 7, 2009 at 3:34 amAndrea

    wooooooooooow, finally! I’ve justed ended to play Charlotte’s route in the game :)
    Now i want to play Silvia’s :)

  • July 7, 2009 at 3:48 amAndrea

    By the way… Why they didin’t use the trailer song? Was great! :(

  • July 7, 2009 at 3:58 ampoli

    I’ll definitely follow this one.

  • July 7, 2009 at 4:21 amDubleLulz

    Where’s the trailer song? D=
    That was the best one.
    Oh, yeah, and I’m definitely watching this now.

  • July 7, 2009 at 4:28 amCherubium

    I actually like this one

    And I’m actually glad that there is censoring for the panty shots, cos the fanservice would have spoilt the flow for me.

  • July 7, 2009 at 4:31 amindeed

    indeed – quite the good animation for this kind of show
    just found the cgs of the game – (game itself still needs to be found on the known sources ;-) ) – wonder which one he will end up – a) princess with combat butler b) our saber-like fiancee c) that pigtailed-Women in the next episode d) the maid (GO FOR IT GO FOR IT) e) None of them, cause we need a 2nd season f) all of them – but only if you buy the dvd ;-9

    ending could be better, but hey – at least its not semi-criminal like Needless…

  • July 7, 2009 at 5:34 ambearzerger

    hmm in my raw there was no censoring.

  • July 7, 2009 at 5:53 amConfusedGirl29

    The art style kinda remind me of Shugo Chara

  • July 7, 2009 at 6:26 amWilly

    animation style is one of the best out their for so many reasons i dont care to explain, shit, i dont care about the story, just watching because it’s pretty and the big boobs

  • July 7, 2009 at 6:27 amNinja Penguin

    meh…sounds like another “incompetant indecisive male lead and his harem that love him for no reason” show.

    The girls aren’t even very original. My first thought seeing the girls in the screenies was: Hey I can spot Saber from F/SN, Moka from Rosario no Vampire, and Siesta from Zero no Tsukaima.

  • July 7, 2009 at 6:31 amburnah

  • July 7, 2009 at 7:22 amEspada

    saber!? O_O

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:12 pmdxj

    This and Canaan= only new anime worth watching :D

    Looks like next ep is gonna be more eventful :D

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:12 pmJustiX-NL

    Anyone know wich groups is gonna sub this?

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:31 pmhashi

    Another good show in a comparatively good summer season. Aoi Hana, Canaan, Kanamemo, Sora no Manimani: all enjoyable.

  • July 7, 2009 at 3:22 pmKiddeykid

    Yay, so I’m not the only one who tought that :)
    http://randomc.net/image/Princess%20Lover!/Princess%20Lover!%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2029.jpg – this was very Amu-ish expression, IMHO :D… I’ll give it a try at least…
    But those oversized boobs, ugh… not my cup of tea :P

  • July 7, 2009 at 6:12 pmSilver

    @ Ninja Penguin

    “incompetant indecisive male lead and his harem that love him for no reason” should actually be more like “male lead and his harem that love him for no reason” since he does seem rather normal and knows what he wants to do. Nothing from him seems indecisive and incompetent yet.

  • July 7, 2009 at 6:33 pmMike

    I kind of hate the story in the beginning, it just don’t make much sense to me like for example:

    His father and mother live in an average style japanese house in an average neighborhood and his grandfather lives in a European style Mansion/Castle. That just don’t feel weird to me in some sort of ways, from a house to a castle. I could understand if his grandfather were like one of those big rich Japanese style home with fishing ponds and bamboo tree garden then yea. But moving from a Japanese style home to European style mansion just seem so odd to me. Then you got the princess in a horse carriage in the beginning and then next thing you know after the incidents the bulter comes with a rich mobile vehicle, so why didn’t she just ride in that in the first place, anyone would think a car is a lot safer then some wooden horse carriage.
    And what up with censor, lets be honest here we all know this show was created mainly for fan service anyway so why bother cernsoring.

    Don’t get me wrong I like the show but it just feel weird in certain places.

  • July 7, 2009 at 7:05 pmSadman

    lol, the Studio is the same as Shugo Chara’s

  • July 7, 2009 at 11:08 pmjeffng9

    Everything looks good to me~
    Sylvi and Charlotte both look very good~
    I’m very happy to see Ricotta’s first ever game turned into an anime series~
    i also personally think its rich enuf that teppei is ending with everyone of them~

    Blushing Sylvi gets my vote~! Cheeky Charlotte gets my vote too~! Argh ! i just like both of them for now~ lets bring in more on the maid and another character~!

    i’m definately following this as a fan of ricotta’s first game~

  • July 7, 2009 at 11:41 pmcutemi2

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 7, 2009 at 11:49 pmGermanguy

    Sylvia, why she reminds me to Sekirei the Water Element Women? Nearly the same Setup. Only the Hair is changed a bit. Same Boobs, Same Legs. and nearly same Cloths

  • July 8, 2009 at 12:44 amOmni

    Ninja Penguin: As I said in my writeup and as Silver’s comment mentioned, Teppei isn’t an incompetent indecisive male lead at all, and that’s part of what made this enjoyable.

  • July 8, 2009 at 8:38 amHachiko

    Oh! I hope there won’t be too much ecchi in the upcoming episodes.

  • July 8, 2009 at 4:37 pmBlack_Otaku

    I had a pretty low view on this anime at first (since it was based on an adult game), but watching the first episode quickly changed my mind. I’ll be watching this for now on.

  • July 8, 2009 at 5:54 pmdraksig

    I enjoyed this one, lot better than I expected. Have to go looking for uncensored version.

  • July 8, 2009 at 6:20 pmtacdo

    Something to look into.

  • July 8, 2009 at 8:23 pmPalvati

    what a mind changer to shed its original stereotype that was locked into most people who read the preview

    I too liked the censor as it didn’t have too much fanservice to actually draw us into the plot. =0

  • July 9, 2009 at 1:39 amslamdunkfan

    for once i’m praying for the harem ending. i already like the sabre knockoff, and only way she gets a peace of the main character is a harem ending. love the show so far.

  • July 9, 2009 at 3:18 amknd

    disappointed in the art style, 1st time seeing an inferior style comparing to the game, I wonder whether the plot can actually be interesting enough to keep me watching, compare with Tayutama, I actually like Tayutama more due to the art style closely similar to the game version, this one is truly disappointing, maybe should waste my time playing the game instead. I think you should not waste your time blogging this and concentrate on Umineko despite the fact that the answer arc is not released and we don’t know how many years it take until Umineko will finally be animated, but still better than this poorly imitation of Princess Lover

  • July 9, 2009 at 8:21 amGermanguy

    Plot?… Well, look for me like this. Main char want to know the truth!. And how is behind the “Thugs” assault!!… And what role are these Girls , in the ED, playing in the future. (Btw, Why nowadays every ED need some “Eye Candy” Girls in Bikinis….)

  • July 9, 2009 at 1:12 pmRyan

    Hmm just saw it today, its caught my interest.

  • July 9, 2009 at 1:13 pmRyan

    Ohyeah forgot to mention the butler is badass!

  • July 9, 2009 at 1:48 pmreaper_unique

    It’s decent but the boobs, they look so fake. Maybe I jsut need to get used to the style.

  • July 9, 2009 at 3:11 pmXEMNAS 1

    This will very interesting!

  • July 9, 2009 at 7:13 pmKurotetsu

    Watched the 1st episode and now I’m interested in this series.

    So far I really like both female leads. Charlotte isn’t a brain dead ditz or a raging tsundere, even though her character settings kind of paint her as either one. She’s a tease though, but a good natured one. I was VERY happy to see her NOT go berserk over Teppei touching her chest, that would’ve been way too stereotypical and I’m glad this series didn’t fall into that trap.

    Sylvia…well, she’s just hot. She’s basically a very “talented” Saber, which is a-okay with me. She seems the type to have alot of pride (read: ego) though it seems like she actually has the skills to back it up.

  • July 9, 2009 at 10:27 pmDragoZERO

    Fan service aside (and boy was it plentiful in the breast department) it was hilarious and entertaining. I’ll def. be watching this one.

  • July 10, 2009 at 3:44 amRazor

    Sooo there’s the Pink Princess type, the Saber-type, Schoolgirl, and Maido type.
    Sounds fairly standard. Wakamoto and the insane animation, however, made it quite awesome.

  • July 12, 2009 at 2:31 pmDarcWynd

    Wow, great so far!

    Any anime enthusiasts more experienced than myself know of any similar series? If so please suggest!

    Thanks in advance!

  • July 13, 2009 at 5:51 pmLuzkun

    Fanservice its wat makes the world go arround!!.
    come on guys be real now… Japanese Anime it has always have some kind or fanservice!