Princess Lover! is one of the many anime that was released inthe summer season of 2009 (it also being one of the two that I watched). As with many other anime that has preceeded it, Princess Lover! is the anime adaptation of a visual novel with the same name.
The plot seems rather simple (and honestly, it can’t get too complex for a 12 episode series). The main character Teppei Arima loses his parents in an accident (not stated how in the first episode). His grandfather, who is obscenely rich, takes him in and asks him to become the successor of the family. Half of the first episode shows Teppei getting himself into a “rescue mission” for a girl in another wealthy family, and the other half shows him somewhat struggling to keep his composure in a cocktail party filled with rich people. The episode preview for the second episode shows him attending an institute of some sort, which I can imagine is where most of the drama and fanservice enters.
An initial glimpse at the opening theme (as well as the name and origin) would suggest that this anime is another fan-service harem type. Well, from the looks of the first episode, we honestly can’t say much less about that.
From what I see there wasn’t a whole lot of character development and the sort in the first episode, although we do see quite a few characters coming into play rather quickly.
The main character, Teppei Arima, is pretty much your typical young man type character. Thus far, he seems like a carefree dude.
Charlotte Hazellink is the first girl to appear. She tells Teppei that she’s a princess. The first episode shows her as the clever type, seeing as how she teased Teppei in the forest.
The second girl is the maid (Yuu Fujikura is her name). She is comparable to Siesta in Zero no Tsukaima (season 1) I believe, as she doesn’t show any interest in Teppei initially and is supposed to serve him.
Saber Sylvia van Hossen is the third girl to appear. Apparently she is Teppei’s fiancee. Her appearance was brief, but it seems like her appearance isn’t the only thing about her that’s similar to Saber. (My impression from the second episode she lacks common sense to some degree).
Personally I’ve not seen all too many anime of this genre (the closest thing I’ve seen that’s more than just a few episodes is Onegai Twins). Thus far, I like this series. It’s not one of my favourite ones, but there are times where fan serivce comes in handy, when you want nothing better to do than to laugh at people doing stupid/inappropriate things. The first episode seems to have balanced drama, comedy as well as the fanservice element rather well.
Overall, the start isn’t exactly an action/event packed one. All in all it was all right, and it does foreshadow some of the things yet to come, but also leaves some things for the viewers to speculate. Despite the, for the lack of better word, “themes” of this anime, it seems to be on the watch list of many folks. I for one will be waiting for all the episodes to come out, find a good day after midterms (which I just found out will be starting early and ending late, possibly beginning and ending with the same course) and marathon it. I say give it a try, although this isn’t something I’d recommend to younger viewers.
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