Corpse Princess Complete Collection Part 1 DVD Review

Based on the manga by Yoshiichi Akahito, Corpse Princess (or Shikabane Hime as it's originally known) is a twenty-five episode series with two distinctive halves to it. The first half, made up of thirteen episodes in this set, is known as the Aka phase of the show. This portion of the series does a surprisingly good job of not only introducing us to the basic setting of the world and what little curiosities it has, but it tells a fairly complete first chapter story with some important changes made at the end, causing the second season to be a more clearly defined successor to it. While the season ends strong, it starts off a bit weak as it has a bit of a monster of the week feeling to it.

Corpse Princess takes place in the modern world of today, but things are a bit askew. For various reasons, some people's corpses come back alive after they die and they invariably cause trouble of some sort, often through their lingering issues with life. Their bodies take on unusual and distorted forms and they have a lust for killing. It's rather straightforward in its own way, but there are some nicely creative elements to it, such as one corpse that's brought back with the spiritual side is split among the bodies of three young children. Some of them do try to blend into the world as a normal person, though their lingering issues force how they interact, such as one man that ends up front a religion of sorts where he uses his abilities to transform things to make it look like he's the next best thing.

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