Posted by SuperMario on 7 August 2017 with categories: Currently Watching:, Princess Principal

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Chise gets a proper introduction this week. Regarding the non-chronological order, I believe this week being case7 makes total perfect sense. Case in point, in case9 (last week), Chise is still struggling to find a concrete role in the group; signals that she’s still quite new to the group. Beside; I don’t really think they will go back to earlier cases anymore, so they will probably go with the chronological order from now on. What do we have so far? In case13 (episode 1), there was a hint of Cavonite leakage that caused victims suffering from Canonite poisoning, and case9 the team goes after cavorite-related technology; if my guess is right the next episode will be somewhere between case9 and case13 to further elaborate about the Cavorite, which has has been consistently lurking in the background for quite sometimes. A Cavonite explosion perhaps? Here’s the thing that I absolutely love about Princess Principal, you can watch all these 5 episodes in any order and it still makes sense. All the episodes are self-contained, yet there are many subtle hints that become clear when you watch other episodes, like Duke Normandy’s real motive this week that really make me question the real intention of suggesting Princess to marry away to the Russian’s Emperor. Either he suspects the Princess or he just hates her guts.

About this episode, though, God, the animation is a major step-up this week. The fight choreography is excellent and the character’s movements in particular, are distinctive, smoothly and full of life (just look how the Princess moves in the beginning or how Ange and Chise run differently from each other). I looked up at the animator and it turns out the episode was handled by Ryouma Ebata, who was a key animator for Shounen Maid, Noen, the first episode of Madoka, Tsuritama OP… this guy totally rocks. Just look how dynamic Chise fights on top of the train or the big swordfight with Todo Jubei, those sequences are really something to behold. The direction was pretty excellent too. Princess Principal hints us the whole assassination scheme through the sequences of: the janitor drops the mop into the big map right where he wants to blow up the linkage; then cut to the Duke of Normandy to signal us that he’s the mastermind behind the assassination; then to Dorothy catches on to the scheme and then the explosion. I don’t usually notice this much but the technical craft of this week’s Princess Principal is so impressive and top-notch that it elevates the material to the new high level.

On top of that, Chise has an amazing entrance as well. It’s not that surprises to learn that Todo Jubei was her father all along (gezz, look at their contrasted costumes, isn’t it obvious?), but when she repeats that magic spell from her late father; my heart skipped a beat (although the explanation later makes thing pretty obvious). I think it’s a nice contrast to see that although Chise regarded Todo Jubei as a traitor, maybe it’s her who turn her back to her clan and serve the Lord instead (remember one guy who said to her -”You would betray us, Chise?”). For my money however, it might be all just an act to gain trust from the Princess and Ange. But her tears in the end are real. Goddamnit. And did I mention that Chise and Ange make a really great and lethal team together? Those are combat girls at highest level and it’s such a blast to see them fight together, or even against each other.

Can’t believe I would say this, but… now we know another function of that “amour” throat of Beatrice. Thanks for the sciencemadness that Beatrice ultimately saved her head, right? Now all the girls have all formed special connections to Ange, which is a great sign, but I would love more if Princess Principal establishes more chemistry between other members of the group. I’ve kept voicing my concern that Princess Principal will fall off its skate; but it turns out that the show is just getting better and more exciting by each episode. Now with all the introductions are in place, let’s see how Princess Principal will take us from there.

4 Responses

  1. Avatar LGear says:

    Apparently according to a radio show about Princess Principal, the next episode will cover case *18*, which means they’re very much continuing with the non-chronological order of events.

  2. Avatar sonicsenryaku says:

    well actually it seems that next episode is going to skip all the way to the 18th case in the chronology. If the case numbers for these eps arent just some stylish title card and are actually the chronological episode list, then it looks like princess principal just revealed itself to be 2-cours. Makes sense in hingsight considering how the thirteenth case showed no hints of a resolution in the overarching plot

    • SuperMario SuperMario says:

      I personally think Princess Pricipal will just skip some minor unimportant cases and it will be just 1 cour. I don’t think we’ll have anymore episode without Chise now that she has a proper introduction. Next case is case18 would prove to be interesting to see the group’s current situation and if there is any change regarding the girls’ relationships. Man, I’m hyped

      • Avatar sonicsenryaku says:

        I thought the same too regarding the show skipping “unimportant cases” but then there’s also the fact that while 12 eps are listed so far for this cour, there are certain streaming sites that still have the episode count of the show listed as a question mark. Usually this happens for shows that have 12 eps announced so far but havent been confirmed as to whether that’s all there is or if there will be more. Take youkai apartment for example which initially seemed to be a 1 cour show until they just confirmed a second cour. I dont know, the way the show seems to be building feels like there’s more to it that 1 cour alone wont cover but i could be wrong.

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