Random Manga Theatre 17: The Tentacled Princess

Hit the “Random” button and see what comes up! In this feature, we take a look at whatever manga the Random Number God decides to throw at us and find out if it’s worth your time.

This time: Shokushuhime, by Kuroha

In this fantasy world, there are demons from another dimension known as “Phantom Beasts”, able to be tamed by magical contracts, though supposedly only by royalty. However, rogue phantom beasts have been popping up lately, and that’s where Princess Allemande comes in. As a summoner of phantom beasts herself, she is the most qualified to investigate what’s going on and deal with it decisively. Since Maro, her personal phantom beast, fights with battle tentacles, she is known among the common people as the Tentacled Princess. If you showed up looking for something with tentacle rape, then you will be sorely disappointed and I have no sympathy for you.

And to be honest, that’s about it. There’s not a lot to this series – it follows a basic monster-of-the-week format, with a phantom beast showing up and Allemande fighting it for a bit before summoning Maro to do the dirty work. Early on, a teammate/rival is added into the mix, and the new duo goes through exactly the bickering and shonen friendship you’d expect from this type of thing. There’s a mysterious faceless villain trying to do… something bad, presumably, and he seems to command a squad of quirky villains.

The fights are decent, though in all honesty they tend to boil down to Allemande and/or Miyo getting beat up and having their clothes torn until Allemande gets a chance to summon Maro, who thrashes the opponent. Even with all the clothing damage, the fanservice is pretty light – while you could perhaps argue that the very concept of having female fighters progressively lose layers of clothing is exploitative and whatnot, panty shots are about the worst offenders here. It’s not even close to the level of, say, Kenichi (which will almost certainly never be featured on here, so don’t ask), or even a lot of the anime that airs on television.

Verdict: Casual
The main offense of this manga is that it’s very run-of-the-mill. There’s nothing to make it stand out, but nothing really to make it look bad either. It’s just generic, kind of just… meh. It’s something for cursory enjoyment, like an airport novel. It’s not going to be the greatest thing ever or the crappiest thing ever, but if you’re not necessarily looking for either of those, this manga is perfectly mediocre. It’s something basic to pass the time, and if you want that, then knock yourself out.

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