Magical girls and reverse harems are standard fare in shoujo manga, and you can find both in Aya Shouoto’s Kiss of the Rose Princess. Read on for Volume 2 of the series! (For my review of Volume 1, click here.)
Back cover blurb
Fearing her absent father will return and discover her rose choker missing, Anise commands her knights to do a search for the necklace. Before they can set out, new transfer student Haruto Kisugi appears. Anise and he were friends back when she was living in Osaka, but her four knights—especially Kaede—do not trust him.
The initial volume of Kiss of the Rose Princess wasn’t very serious. Our high school heroine discovers she has guardians with mystical powers, but without a nemesis, she has nothing better to do with them other than search for her missing choker. That changes with the introduction of transfer student Haruto Kisugi.
Volume 2 opens with the same fluffy humor by introducing Haruto as an old friend of Anise and an aspiring standup comedian. However, the mood quickly changes when he reveals himself as the Yellow Rose Knight. Unlike the other knights, he doesn’t draw his power off her blood nor can she control him. Things escalate when Anise discovers that the sealed Demon Lord, who was written off as a non-issue in Volume 1, actually poses an imminent threat and that the Yellow Rose is bent on making sure he gets free.
In explaining the origins of the Yellow Rose’s vengeance, Shouoto-sensei manages to tie together Anise’s father, her choker, and the ultimate destiny of the sovereign of the cards. While this new information does give Anise and company a mission, Anise seems to side against her father a bit too quickly. In addition, her dad is an adversary of the Rose Knights and supposedly the greatest sorcerer in the last thousand years, yet he still couldn’t manage to hide his daughter from the Rose Knights. However, if plot weaknesses don’t faze you and you’re more interested in bishounen putting themselves on the line for the girl they’ve pledged loyalty to, you’ll probably enjoy the direction Kiss of the Rose Princess is headed.
Extras include the opening splash illustration and table of contents printed in color; a mini-manga about the mangaka and her editor; and bonus illustrations.
The lightheartedness of Volume 1 gets replaced by a darker mood of betrayal and vengeance. With the introduction of the Yellow Rose and Anise’s father, Anise and her Knights finally have enemies to contend against. Granted, having her and her father on opposing sides is a rather convoluted turn of events, but at least the plot is actually headed somewhere now.
First published at The Fandom Post.