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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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07/20/2008 Archived Entry: "Graphic Novel Review: Boy Princess Vol 1"

Boy Princess Vol 1
Story and Art by Seyoung Kim
Published by Netcomics
ISBN-10: 1600090303
ISBN-13: 978-1600090301

Review by Linda Yau

To some degree and on a personal note, cross dressing has been exemplified by the story of Fa Mulan; a story of family duty. Boy Princess has similar concept, with the prince from the neighboring country pretending to be his sister in a marriage of convenient farce. His sister, who seems, has run away with the sable hand, leaving the king giving away his son, so there wouldn't be war if the contract breaks. Rumors are though, Prince Jed has a preference for man, which shouldn't be a problem for the prince who is now dressed as a woman, but for the future of his home, has to pull off the appearance of being a woman for let's say, two to three years.

This manhwa has its shares of good and bad. Good is that this is the beginning of a promising shonen-ai series. There are humorous scenes and there are scenes that can make you go "Awww..." but political intrigue and the melodramatic antics from other parts of this book make it confusing and frustrating. The plot is quite unbelievable as far in reality as gender bending goes, but in the fantasy world, the author does manage to pull it off for shonen-ai fans. Another good point is the presence of interesting supporting characters such as Jed's sister.

What made this series bad are the similarities of the art. Everyone looks alike, and it is so hard to tell which character is which. I found myself rereading parts several time to try and figure out which character was which. A helpful dossier or character profiles is needed.

This book is also light on the sex scenes, aside from several hot looking kissing scenes, readers do not see any sex scenes in this book whatsoever, so enjoy it for being a fairy tale story where the prince for a short while, has to survive as a woman and possibly of not falling for his would be "brother in law" if his sister does come back.

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