Pacifica Cassul is a girl with a destiny. But unfortunately it's not a good one; she is the Scrapped Princess, a girl who, according to prophecy, is the poison that will destroy the world. Naturally, this means that people... more » want her gone. But two powerful people have sworn to protect her- her brother Shannon, whose swordsmanship is impeccable, and her sister Raquel, who is able to wield devastating magic when the mood strikes her. But traveling without attracting attention proves to be very difficult for the outspoken Pacifica, and they soon find themselves in trouble from various sources. Traitorous friends, assassins, and even an operative from Special Forces all stand in their way. But along the way, they'll meet new friends and together will unravel the mystery behind the supposed Armageddon. From Studio BONES! Genre: Fantasy/Action/Drama.« less
"I originally approached this series with a great deal of trepidation, in spite of previous positive reviews. Fantasy titles in anime tend to end up in two different categories. There's the 'Plot? What Plot?' that meander endlessly and switch focus repeatedly, and then there's the 'Epic quest to save the world against the evil overlord/god' that gets so caught up in its storyline that the characters remain two dimensional stereotypes.
Characterization is where this series really shines. The story centers around fifteen year old Pacifica Cassul and her siblings as they travel. Pacifica herself usually comes across as incredibly spoiled and bratty, yet at the same time is tempered by her being very sweet and considerate. These traits often hide the guilt she has buried deep within her for being the Scrapped Princess - the 'Poison that will destroy the world'- and for the pain and upheaval to people's lives she thinks she leaves in her wake. Less time is given to her siblings - the oftentimes whimsical sister Raquel, and her taciturn brother Shannon, but they get plenty of screentime to explore their own motives. The biggest surprise to me came in the form of Chris. I had thought he would be a relatively minor and shallow antagonist, but his own path is explored well and I honestly think he had the best development of any character in the series. The only problem with characters is that there are really too many side characters. This leaves very little time to establish them and their motives. The series probably would have been a little better of by limiting the supporting cast in favor of focusing on the main cast and plot.
The story starts well and proceeds at an even pace through the first two thirds of the series. It never lets itself get mired too much in the seriousness of the plot that it bogs itself down by intermixing some comedy and the lighter sides of life. It doesn't take this too far, however, never resorting to slapstick or cheap gags which would have almost definitely taken attention or effect from the action drama the story is meant to be. The beginning caught my interest in that it is almost the complete inverse of the 'save the world' plot. This kept me hooked long enough to become truly involved in the series. About two thirds of the way through a plot twist puts a new spin on the story, but doesn't actually change the direction. It gets a little bumpy here, as the story has to pause momentarily to setup the new aspects on the situation, but then picks up pace to the end. This is where I was most worried about where the story was going. Far too many anime series become rushed and chaotic at the end, and the terrible endings can spoil an entirely well done anime. Scrapped Princess speeds up at the end, but never becomes too jumbled. It wraps up most loose ends very well and then finishes up well, even managing to add in a short epilogue.
In between great characters, an interesting plot, and an excellent ending, Scrapped Princess has become one of my favorite series to date."
Great from start to finish
John George | Wisconsin | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was hesitant about this series at first, but found it to be quite the opposite of what I expected. The story is interesting with a mix of fantasy and sci-fi influences. The voice acting is superb and alot better than with most animes out there. The animation is clean and fluid, which is to be be expected from BONES (the studio that animated Wolf's Rain and Fullmetal Alchemist.) I liked the sense of humor in this series; it was not all slapstick comedy that is rampant in anime. My only gripe with this series is that it could have fleshed out some of the more important side charcters better. Overall, I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a good story and a great ending."
Phenomenal series! emotional and exciting
SpiritChild | Amherst, MA United States | 06/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best anime's I have ever seen. Like other reviewers, I wasn't sold on the first episode. However, a few episodes in and I couldn't stop watching. I really love the relationship between Pacifica (the scrapped princess) and her protective brother and sister. You get an incredible sense of human emotion from the characters, and they are all very interesting.
This anime has everything you could want. Great characters, cool magic, a little humor, great plot, great music, and ofcourse great battles."
Loved the Fantasy, Hated the Sci-Fi
K. Harmon | California | 03/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked this series a lot until the story suddenly changed from Fantasy to full-blown Sci-Fi. (This happens a little further than halfway through the series, if I remember correctly.) Because I loved the characters so much I decided to keep going, but after a couple eps I was about ready to give up on it. Luckily the story soon returns to more of a fantasy emphasis and I was able to finish it up with a fair amount of enjoyment. But unfortunately, it did not recover enough for me to keep the series in my collection."
"This has been one on my list for a while. I ran out of items that I considered higher priority and bought this not expecting too much.
Was I wrong!
The story is told very well... and though it is medieval in its appearance it is filled with creative technology.
In addition the classic argument that can be seen in Shirow Masamune's "Appleseed" (and many others) is delivered in a new package, but not really seen in new light.
Is it better to live in ignorance inside the safety of a gilded cage or be free even at the cost of your own destruction?
This take on this age old question is delightful.
The characters have meaningful relationships with each other. The relationships are contrasted with the backstories of the subordinate characters who want this kind of special relationship but can only enjoy/experience it by being associated with the Scrapped-Princess and her guardians.
A story of love, but not a story of lovers. More of a story about someone very special and that person's protectors.
You could compare the relationships to that of Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in the cult classic by Luc Besson "The Professional". The relationships are not sexual but they ARE Powerful and leave you aching when the story is over... like saying good bye to friends.
(Yes, yes... the directors cut of "The Professional" was a little more suggestive... but it still wasn't a sexual relationship.)
All and all this collection is a keeper.
I gave it 4 stars in stead of 5 because the episodes seemed a bit short and the artwork seemed clean but flat (we need more Haruhiko Mikimoto types out there). We burned through the entire set in a few evenings over dinner.