You know, I never really got into spy movies. I’ve watched stuff like Bourne Identity, comedic types like The Kingsmen and Austin Powers, and if you want to include The Imitation Game, sure. But I haven’t experienced the classic spy films such as the most popular spy movie series, James Bond 007, other than other types of media referencing the different troupes and famous scenes from it.
Recently, a spy themed anime has been introduced to us, something we don’t see often in the industry.
Today’s anime is Princess Principal (2017), a spy based action adventure anime created by Actas, who are famously known for creating the Girls Und Panzer series.
What an interesting show this is.
This time, I’ll use the synopsis of this show on MyAnimeList instead of me describing it:
The stage is set during the 19th century London, in its capital where a wall divides the east and west of the Kingdom of Albion. Five high school girls, who enrolled in the prestigious Queens May Fair School, are involved in spy activities that involve disguise, infiltration, car chase, and more. These girls take advantage of their special abilities and fly around the shadow world.
Even though I barely know anything about the spy cliches and such, they do a really good job representing and referencing the old, classic spy movies. For example, the seduction method female spies used, usually involving making their breasts more visible, in order to extract secrets from their target; pulling off disguises; and even using spy lingo such as “moles” (a bad guy pretending to be a good guy).
To add on, the addition of super powers and more advanced and never seen technology gives the story a more unique and interesting tone, rather than an ordinary, realistic setting. It’s pretty cool to see an authentic spy kind of show in the anime industry and it’s a very good refresher from what I’ve been seeing this season.
The setting of a dark, 19th Century London is fascinating to me. I don’t usually see much of that in modern media but it’s starting to grow on me.
To sum it up, the story is intriguing and as I said, it’s something I’m not used to, so I’m excited to experiencing something like this.
The characters are pretty damn cool. Even though seeing a show full of cute girls might throw you off, the way they act and progress through their missions are far from a fun atmosphere. Other than the great way they represent the characters we see in the classic spy movies, they can be mysterious and when we see them interact with each other can be interesting to watch.
Art and animation, I’ll say it’s a little rough sometimes, but overall, it’s appealing. I will say that they interpreted 19th Century London fashion and lifestyle in a realistic and amazing way and really shows us how it was back then. Now that I think about it, that’s one of the aspects of this show that makes me enjoy it a lot.
Voice acting in this show, I would say is pretty good! The seiyuu did a nice job putting a more dark tone into their characters… and yeah lol. I’m kind of bad on judging the voice acting, it sounds good is what I like to say often.
The opening and ending, especially the ending, are nice to hear and maybe be one of my favorites of the season.
In conclusion, I didn’t even hear about this show at first and I didn’t expect myself to watch this, but I think I’m glad I did. It’s something that the anime community doesn’t really see that often (i might be wrong) but if you would like a more dark anime with action and adventure, you should definitely give this one a try!
MyAnimeList Page: https://myanimelist.net/anime/35240/Princess_Principal
Thanks for reading!!! 😀