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Scrapped Princess (TV, 2003)

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Overview

Pacifica Casull, along with her guardians and siblings, the sorceress Raquel Casull and the swordsman Shannon Casull have been driven from their home in Manhurin; for Pacifica is the Scrapped Princess, the one spoken of in the Grendel Prophecies to destroy the world of men on her 16th birthday. To prevent this, she was supposedly killed at birth; but instead wound up in the care of the Casull family where she has lived for the past 15 years...until she was discovered by zealots who follow the faith of the god, Mauser, who will stop at nothing to kill her.

Review

Originally Posted on "Where No Anime Goes Unpunished."

 

Welcome to the very first of the anime related reviews. I mean, it's gotten to the point I don't even need to look at fanfiction for absolute shit...I can look at the industry it springs from and go: WHY GOD?! WHY DO YOU HATE US SO?!

Eh hem...

This is not one of THOSE. *glances at OVA 3 of Tenchi Muyo*

Scrapped Princess is one of the best goddamn animes I've ever seen and I've seen my fair share over the years. I saw it fansubbed, and I'm going to buy the DVDs and watch it again.

Scrapped Princess starts out with our Heroine, Pacifica Casull, in a wagon with her brother, the warrior Shannon Casull, and her sister, the delectable sorceress Raquell Casull who is much in need of a molesting if this reviewer has anything to say about it. Probably going to get beat for that one...anyway...

Early on you realize that this group of people had to pack up and leave extremely quickly from where they were. As the story goes on, you come to find they haven't got much more than the barest idea of where they're going or how they're going to get there. You find out why they had to leave so quickly almost immediately. Pacifica is the Scrapped Princess...the daughter of the king of their country who was 'scrapped' or thrown away as she was prophesized to destroy the world of men (though no one ever bothered to ask, HOW she was going to do that, heh.)

As the story progresses you meet several engaging characters and come to find out that the world and the story you originally thought was going on, was not what was going on.

On that note, this has got to be one of the only anime that has ever switched the kind of story it was telling midstride into something else as well as it did. It was a seamless transition though you definitely knew one moment you were in a swords and sorcery story...the next...heh, well, you'll see.

It's very much in vein of the Matrix. The world was not what they thought it was, nor was Pacifica what they thought she was. As the revelations go on, the characters in this story realize the breadth and scope of what they're on that world for, and it was far more than any of them ever thought it would be since it started out as little more than an escape from their home.

Honestly, it reminds me a bit of the Tales of Phantasia game. It started out as something so very small, but it wound up being a journey to save the world...however, this has to be the best adaptation of such a story that I've ever seen in anime. And while one might be tempted to make a video game out of it, I don't see how...there really is no final boss at the end.

If there's anything I would have to really say that annoyed me, it was that damn dragon outfit the young knight wore all the time. That and how Pacifica forgot about Fulle during her bit of amnesia and how he took care of her...I felt that was far too cheap. Still these two points only slightly soured my enjoyment of the whole 24 episode series that was filled with love, triumph, loss, and hardship.

The animation quality in and of itself is without reproach; filled with vibrant colors and fluid motion. The girls are very nice to look at as well (the girl Cz, BTW, is a good example of what Misao Amano from Pretty Sami is going to look like when she gets older to give you an idea). The music, while not exceptional, is easy on the ears and fits the scenes being shown. The voice acting is a treat, and I hope when the dub comes out they do it the justice it deserves.

Overall, I would have to say, get this anime. Buy this anime. Steal this anime...just watch it.

Character Japanese Actor/Actress US Actor/Actress
Pacifica Casull
Orikasa Fumiko Kari Wahlgren
Shannon Casull Miki Shinichiro Crispin Freeman
Raquel Casull Ohara Sayaka Bridget Hoffman
Leopold Scorpos Takashi Kondo Yuri Lowenthal
Christopher Armalite/Bailaha Mizushima Takahiro Steve Staley
Winia Chester Ayako Kawasumi Michelle Ruff
Zefiris Kaori Mizuhashi Kate Higgins
Cz Tomoe Hannba Julie Anne Taylor
Fulle Katsuyuki Konishi Liam O'Brien

Additional Info

  • Title: Scrapped Princess, スクラップド・プリンセス
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance
  • Director: Soichi Masui
  • Studio: Bones
  • Licensed: Bandai Entertainment
  • Network: WOWOW
  • Format: Television
  • Episodes: 24
  • Animation: TOASTY! (+4)
  • Writing: Groovy (+5)
  • Pacing: Groovy (+5)
  • Voice Acting: TOASTY! (+4)
  • Soundtrack: Good (+2)
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