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「Case 24 Fall of the Wall」

Operation: Rescue Princess

God damn it Princess, please stop with the reckless utilitarianism! There are other ways of resolving Albion’s current problems, that don’t require such a steep price, ya know? From the duffel bag that Princess left behind, Ange discovers the truth. Princess always held their memories together dearly, and had gone to sacrifice herself for the greater good, leaving Ange behind so that she could live a safe life outside of the shadows. But let’s be real. Nothing was ever going to stop Ange from breaking free once she found out. By the way kids, I don’t recommend trying to escape a locked room by setting it on fire, because you’ll probably end up dying. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Anyway, Princess living on the edge of a knife left no time for thinking or formalities. After a touching reunion with Dorothy and Beatrice, who were thankfully still alive, they head straight for the cathedral. Steamrolling past the first line of security, and being chased by a train loaded with soldiers, our girls eventually came to a stop when faced by Gazelle’s firing squad. With cannons to the front, and gunfire from all directions, would this be the end of their journey? Nay. A small samurai ran interruption tactics, allowing for Ange and Co to perform a quick getaway with the C-Ball. Great to have you back on board, Chise!

Meanwhile, kill or be killed. Those were pretty much the only options that Princess had. Getting framed for the assassination of Queen Victoria would have destroyed any hope for her ambitions to come true. On the other hand, singlehandedly preventing the assassination may as well have been impossible. Despite being stuck in the heart of hostile territory, a valiant attempt was made, although failure was the inevitable outcome. Princess looked pretty screwed when Zelda caught her out, shot her leg, and put a gun to her head. Would she become a sacrificial lamb, a mere pawn in the Duke of Normandy’s grand scheme?

Apparently not. Ange and Chise barrel in, stopping Zelda just short of killing Princess. From the brief skirmish, we even discover that Zelda is another C-Ball user. It’s unfortunate that she couldn’t be killed off, since her character design is fairly awful. So much so that I suspect Zelda was a last minute addition to spice things up. However, tis a bitter pill I’m willing to swallow if it increases our chances of getting a second season.

Random Thoughts

Between the typical spy work, fluid action scenes could be found throughout the series. It is here that I want to include a special mention for Ebata Ryouma, who put in some outstanding work during Episode 5. If you’re interested enough, here’s a video montage containing some of his works.

Anyway, for a clock to get ticking, you need all the small components to work. Befitting of its steampunk nature, Princess Principal managed to achieve this by using its characters. Dare I say, the cast were absolutely fantastic, and had great chemistry with each other. Every girl had ample screen time which fleshed them out, and each had a tough origination story to tell, things that greatly benefitted from the episodic format told outside of a chronological order. Ange and Princess were separated, thrown into unfamiliar worlds in the aftermath of a bloody revolution, and found themselves in a brutal predicament where any minor mistake could have cost their lives. Meanwhile, a noticeable trend could be observed, where the remaining girls had paternal issues. Dorothy escaped from an abusive father, Beatrice became a subject of human experimentation at her father’s hands, while Chise was forced to kill her own father. None of these girls had it easy, and while they were lovely for the most part, that experience is something that came through in the form of grit when faced with adversity.

I’m not a fan of yuri, but still found myself cheering on the relationship between Princess and Ange. We got some deliciously lewd hand-holding towards the end, and a kiss would have been the cherry on top of the icing. Guess we’ll have to wait until season two for that one.

Epilogue:

 
Final Impression

Among the tales of Hollywood espionage, Princess Principal delivered a compelling story about two girls who were switched at a young age during a revolution, as well as the the various boundaries that ended up separating them. Their reunion is purely coincidental, and joyful for the most part. However, disagreements crop up regarding how they should stay together. Ange advocates running away and starting afresh, while Princess throws down the gauntlet by seeking to change the nation herself. To that end, both go about carrying out secret missions with their associates, while uncovering conspiracies that are symptomatic of the political illness that eats away at the core of Albion.

With how frantic the pace went, I feared what seemed like an inevitable trainwreck. Princess Principal’s series composer, Ichiro Okouchi, doesn’t have a clean record. As the man behind Valvrave the Liberator and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, he often creates an ambitious premise, but struggles to keep everything together. In other words, his projects tends to fall apart, and I secretly had little faith in how our ending would unfold. Fortunately, my initial concerns were soon put to rest. Every sequence of events seamlessly melded into one fluid motion, as opposed to the messy jumble I had anticipated. The result? A homerun down the final stretch, though it feels like we stopped just short of completion.

For now, I would not consider Princess Principal to be a completed product. That ending might have been quite a thrilling conclusion, but it leaves too many loose ends to be described as satisfactory. Our spy girls remain on the loose, and with the Duke of Normandy still pulling strings, their greatest threat is yet to be eliminated. Not to mention Princess has a dream to break down all the invisible walls. While she’s taken some little steps, by breaking down the ones surrounding Ange’s heart, she still has a long way to go if she wants to change Albion for the better.

September 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm
25 comments »
  • September 28, 2017 at 1:27 pmChris hall

  • September 28, 2017 at 2:12 pmqwert

    As they transitioned to the beach I was all “Swimsuits! Swimsuits!” and then at the last instant it hit me “God damn it, Victorian swimsuits…”

    • September 28, 2017 at 3:49 pmGoukaRyuu

      That’s why I do want a beach episode OVA. It would a be a complete subversion of the usual tropes.

    • September 28, 2017 at 9:57 pmVelvet Scarlantina

      Swimsuit is still a swimsuit.

    • September 29, 2017 at 12:52 amNishizawa Mihashi

      LMFAO Gehahahahahahah XD

      Wait, but I’m pretty sure’s Daisy wearing something pretty racy no?

  • September 28, 2017 at 2:20 pmAaron Big Time

    As much as we hate on Ichiro for dropping the ball on his series, he did bring us Lelouch and Shigofumi. Ok on second thought, I’m with Zaiden. Guilty Crown does totally drop the ball. The second half of the series makes it like he’s stalling for time. Azumanga Daioh was ok. So he’s 3 for 7 on being half baked.
    Princess actually pulled it off. Good job Ichiro. Don’t screw up the second half.

    • September 28, 2017 at 3:41 pmScruffy

      There is no second half. That’s it, unless it gets another season which is a possibility.

      • October 3, 2017 at 5:43 amAaron Big Time

        Trying to be optimistic here Scruffy. #buzzkill

  • September 28, 2017 at 4:56 pmzztop

    Maybe the animators are banking on getting enough sales and support for a S2.

  • September 28, 2017 at 6:26 pmTepenga

    Hmmph.. Now that Clione no Akari, New Game!, Isekai Shokudou, Sakura Quest, and now Princess Principal has ended.. What am I supposed to do with my life? Don’t dare say “go outside”! Outside people are bonkers.

    • September 28, 2017 at 10:49 pmWanderer

      Hmmph.. Now that Clione no Akari, New Game!, Isekai Shokudou, Sakura Quest, and now Princess Principal has ended.. What am I supposed to do with my life?

      Watch Konohana Kitan.

      Not that I expect it to measure up to PriPri, but it should serve as a replacement for some of the others you mentioned.

    • September 29, 2017 at 1:00 amNishizawa Mihashi

      Lolololololol

      Checked the older stuff out yet bruv?

      • September 30, 2017 at 9:33 amTepenga

        I started watching Clannad and Sora no Woto at the moment. I adore the music from Sora! I don’t think I have ever heard a French song in an anime before. I’ll give Konohana Kitan a try too as it looks very interesting!

        I hate that Princess Principal is over as my sister just finally finished creating me Ange’s spy outfit to wear (for my cosplay addiction!). However, from how she is eyeing it, I think she sewed it for her to wear mostly since we are twins. Hmmm…..

        If anyone else has more suggestions as to what to watch next, let me know! :-)

    • September 30, 2017 at 10:46 amMormegil

      The same thing we all do at the end of every season: say farewell to the anime we loved, and then move right on to the next season. Because damn, it already starts tomorrow!

  • September 28, 2017 at 6:58 pmsealouse

    I really wanted Princess to die and Ange taking over/back that role. It would have had a lot more impact.

    • September 28, 2017 at 8:17 pmLin

      It wouldn’t make sense though. The show made it a point that blood right doesn’t mean anything. Princess became more real than the real princess by force of personality and hard work. As the soldier declared in this episode, she is their true queen.

    • September 29, 2017 at 12:57 amNishizawa Mihashi

      By pure logic it would’ve made more sense but I doubt Ange herself had the heart to let Charlotte fly off into the unknown and be done with it.

      I would’ve loved to see that kind of progression (implying I have the biggest balls to pull off such an ‘upsetting’ string of events) but in the end this is how it is, oh well

  • September 28, 2017 at 7:39 pmphatmlrd

  • September 28, 2017 at 9:59 pmVelvet Scarlantina

    We need season 2 now

  • September 29, 2017 at 3:56 amURGH

    This series is bad and it ended nonsensically. Such surprise, much wow.

  • September 29, 2017 at 8:20 amEnan84

    Overall a strong show, but the ending was a bit disappointing. They left too many loose ends e.g. we never learn the true background of the military interference.

    http://randomc.net/image/Princess%20Principal/Princess%20Principal%20-%2012%20-%20Large%2046.jpg

    L shows up again and the general just flees, WTF?

    • September 29, 2017 at 10:10 amsadamitsu0

      Why would they let him walk away? They probably executed him.

      • September 29, 2017 at 11:22 amEnan84

        Not yet. In the last scene team princes got an assignment to find him.

  • September 29, 2017 at 12:45 pmtheirs

    Even though I’d love this to get a second season, I can’t help but notice that this is Case 24. The ending also doesn’t imply that this is the final episode. Makes light of the question, of how it’ll really end. With the current format, I’m not sure it can follow the Pulp Fiction (or Joker Game) way. If there’s still a lot more to come, standard linear order may be the way to go. If it’s already close to the end, an out order way might work. The real question is, will any of it actually be satisfactory.

    I’m contempt with how this ended, but it certainly hints at a sequel. Still too many loose ends about.

    Some of the things that lingers in my mind are:
    http://randomc.net/image/Princess%20Principal/Princess%20Principal%20-%2012%20-%2008.jpg
    What’s “wrong” with killing that guy? I’m not sure how his survival matters, and Ange certainly have no problem taking away a not so innocent life.

    Of course the other big question is what exactly happened to agent L. Looked like agent 7 just went off to pick him up. He didn’t have any problems relinquishing power from the General too. The military officer stayed on the board after that. Not sure if he knew what agent 7 was doing, but his civilian counterpart certainly does. Yes, I think too much when it comes to changes on who is giving orders. Especially when I can’t figure out what the goal of the organisation is.

    Overall, it is an enjoyable show.

  • September 30, 2017 at 10:47 amMormegil

    There’s no way this isn’t getting another season. It has to. Far too many loose ends.

    Certainly one of the best shows of the season. Chise best girl!

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