Manga Introduction: Dokuhime

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)

Summary:
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)

Own opinion:
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.

—Kitsune

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3 thoughts on “Manga Introduction: Dokuhime”

  1. I read this a while back. I liked it. The art was interesting. . .and hmmmm. . .darkly beautiful, I guess. The serious atmosphere was suffocating at times, but the premise is intriguing. I also liked that is a tragic story. It’s very fitting to this type of story.

    1. And the manga would have had an entirely differen feeling to it were the art different. At least that’s what I think 🙂

      1. Indeed. My thoughts exactly. I don’t think that the serious atmosphere could be portrayed better when the art is like, say, ONE PIECE or Dragon Ball. 😀

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