Sunday, August 22, 2010

I'm back and "Kilala Princess"

Alas, I have been remiss! Sorry about the lack o' posts as of late—I've been working on graduate applications, studying for the GRE, and just found out my best friend is moving all the way to Denver, CO, so I have been ignoring Smoldering Rose for the past few weeks. Time to make up for my absence ♥

I think the adorable chibi-style princesses in the series' artwork was enough to get me to read Kilala Princess. No lie.

Anyway, this little post features a manga image from Kilala Princess that I colored of Aurora. She's my favorite Disney princess—I can't help it, even though I know she's supposedly all passive and everything. I feel like I have to defend why I like her everytime I mention her (Summary: likes Norse Mythology=likes Ring Cycle=likes Brynhildr=likes Sleeping Beauty fairytale=likes Disney movies=likes Aurora. I basically like her because she reminds me of Brynhildr, the valkyrie, a definitely not passive female character. I wrote a 20-something page paper on it for an Honors course once cause I do stuff like that when I'm defensive).

Despite a lot of mixed reviews (you know, “Kingdom Hearts with a vagina” and whatnot), I found Kilala Princess to be very enjoyable reading. I particularly loved how well-written the excerpts with the princesses are and the story's overall pace. The storyline wasn't horribly predictable, but then again—if you're reading a magical girl manga about Disney princesses and you don't expect it to end happily, you probably don't read much magical girl manga and don't watch that many Disney movies. But if you do, I can pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy this series.

Magical girl is my favorite genre, though I'm not sure how it happened. I always thought magical girl would appeal to the Harlequin-reading, Sex-and-the-City-consuming crowd, not the war-action-film-watching, serious-literature-reading geeky gothy girl. I'm not really into anime/manga otherwise (except Hetalia, as I discovered it right when I was doing my senior thesis in art history on national personifications—it provided well-earned comic relief).

Will post again shortly.



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