Title: Dokuhime or Poison Princess
Author/Artist: Mihara Mitsukazu
Year of Release: 2004
Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Josei, Romance, Tragedy
Status: Complete (Read Online for free here –> Dokuhime)
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. (Source: Mangareader.net)
Personally I was quite confused as to who the main character was because the first chapters tell the story of another Poison Princess. But after a while it becomes clear that this small story in the beginning is very important for the development of the actual main character and also explains what the duty of a Poison Princess is and how these Poison Princesses are destined to die and never live a normal life. Love is literally impossible which is quite sad.
I loved the personality of the main character because – although she seems to already have given up – tries to protect those she holds dear, even if it costs her own life. And the intrigue that’s surrounding her and other Poison Princesses that make their appearance makes the world in this Manga rather appealing.