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Genres: Drama, Horror, Romance, Josei
Authors: Mihara, Mitsukazu (Story & Art)
Dokuhime (or Poison Princess) is set in a feudal fantasy world, where kings and queens rule the land. One kingdom is ruled by an Evil Queen. well, I think she is evil. She is self centred, and ego centric, and thinks the world revolves around her. And hurts others to get what she wants. Ok, ok, so in some ways she is a typical monarch... but I digress. This queen maintained power and gained influence through the use of poisons.. selling, creating, and her greatest commodity, which she uses for her own ends, are her Poison Princesses. Babies, and children picked for their beauty and turned into creatures whose touch can kill.
From bakaupdates: It starts with poisonous herbs under the cradle. Then under the sheets. And inside the clothes. Even mixed in the milk that they feed the newborn. This way the child gradually gets used to poisons and becomes the perfect assassination tool - the “Poison Princess” whose every kiss, tear, and even touch bring death. Her only chance of survival is to fulfill her duty as an assassin and find a way to live on in the enemy land she is sent to…if her heart is strong enough.
One such Princess, Lycoris is one such princess. she is sent to kill a king, and instead meets three very twisted brothers. Brothers who, truth be told, are not so disimilar to her.
There are so many complex plots going on through here - about family, about trust, about honour. It is set in a medieaval type period, so torture is consistant. And shown as well. Lots of blood and bits.
Ahhh.. I don't know what to say. Dokuhime is dark - very dark. I don't do stressful very well, and I read this with a tension headache!! But I could not look away. I needed to know what happened next.. (at the time of reading this I still have a volume to go). The art is good. In that shouojo kind of way - big eyes, the princesses themselves wear a lot of lolita inspired clothes, with ruffles, and frills, and the like.
But what keeps me coming back is an intense story line, and great characters. Hal, Mao, and Kait are three brothers whose pain is apparant. Each chapter we learn more about them. It is convoluted, and confusing, but it also makes for great reading. I am hoping for a happy ending for them all, but I don't think I am going to get it. With the blood, and the death, and the pain, and the being ignored by family, and then ughhh *tears* I find it pretty wrenching stuff.
So if you like dark, complex stories, this might be one for you. I can't say that I am enjoying it, but I also really want to know how it turns out.