Yes, more anime. My brother, of Mecha-Panda fame, kept raving about this show and how I ought to watch it. Based on the synopsis, I thought ‘Meh’. I was wrong.
Scrapped Princess is the story of a young girl, who was supposed to be killed at birth, prophecied to bring about the destruction of the world when she turns 16 years old. Set in a medieval-style world, where real magic exists, I was expecting another run of the mill fantasy story. Even if that was the case, the story alone is worth a watch. But, without ruining it since its integral to the plot, I’ll say that things aren’t what they seem, and the resulting series was one of the best anime I’ve ever seen. I’d put it in 4th place behind Spirited Away, Cowboy Bebop and Last Exile.
As I said previously, the story deals with Pacifica Casull, the Scrapped Princess, who was thrown into a ravine shortly after birth in the hopes of her death, and those who have sworn to protect her, even if it means destroying the world they know. What really makes this anime shine is the interaction amongst the characters. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, the writers always made you feel these were real people you were watching, its that good. I can’t really go into too much detail about the plot because its discover is also the discovery of who, and what, the Scrapped Princess really is. I will say that it is fantasy and more. The ‘and more’ part is what kicked it up a notch for me.
The Production Values
Scrapped Princess uses traditional 2d animation techniques. If they used computers at all, I couldn’t tell. Some of the shots made me go ‘Wow’, but mostly, I found the animation to be functional without being jaw-dropping. The voice acting seemed to be excellent. I say ‘seemed’ since I can’t understand Japanese, but the voice actors certainly conveyed whatever emotion they were supposed too. The music too was good. I thought the opening credit song rocked, the closing credit song was alright, and the mood music was just right. It didn’t get in the way of the story, but it also wasn’t too memorable. But it did do the job.
And I’m not talking about my wife! I had two complaints about this series. The biggest being that the story seemed to drag a bit in the middle. It seemed to get to a certain point, then sorta meander around trying to resolve things before kicking it in gear for the last 4 episodes. The second gripe I can’t really go in to detail either since its occurance and resolution is part of the story. I will say that I don’t believe that Pacifica would be the same person she was before the event occured. And I’m not talking about the ending.
Even with those two minor gripes, I’d give Scrapped Princess 4.5 stars and wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. I’ll be buring the episodes to a DVD soon. This is another show I will buy on DVD when it gets licensesd here.