Petite Princess Yucie

Alt title: Puchi Puri Yuushi

TV (26 eps)
2002 - 2003
Fall 2002
3.703 out of 5 from 1,211 votes
Rank #3,161

Meet Yucie, a girl under a spell. Yucie wants to be a Platinum Princess, and the only way to do that is to attend the Princess Academy. But that's not as easy as it sounds. Under the guidance of Queen Ercell and with the unwitting help of a schoolmate named Glenda (who just so happens to be a princess from the Demon World,) Yucie finds herself embarking on an epic quest to obtain the Eternal Tiara!

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(TLDR at the end.) Before we begin, I want to assure anyone that you don't need to know the original franchise to watch this. The story is completly original and the characters too, even though their appearance references some of the games' characters (But of course, Cube is the only copy-pasted character from the games.) First of all, I did NOT expect for that anime to have such compelling story and characters. I really digged the story and the ending was incredibly heartwarming. Plus, the characters also really grew on me: I still have a problem with Glenda, but she gets enough character development that I can appreciate her. Otherwise, I didn't know if I was on board with the completly new story, but the first episode got my attention and I can assure you it's completly worth-it. Second of all, that anime kept sweeping my expectations away, but in the greatest way possible. The original games could be very... weird, so when I read the reviews about Yuushi's goal, I was sure they were going to sexualise her 10 years old body. And I was absolutely wrong! They really respected her and treated her struggles really well. Also, I didn't expect the romance to be this good, I'm especially surprised at how respectful they were about the lesbian romance. A canon lesbian romance in the 2000's? Very cool! Lastly, my main problem with it is the animation and sound effects. Sometimes, they were too loud to be able to listen to the voices (Plus the voices themselves being annoying at times...) However, this anime was made in the 2000's, so I understand these issues were mainstream, so they aren't unique to Puchi Puri Yuushi. In fact, knowing that, it's kinda charming. TLDR: As a fan of the original games, I can assure you that you don't need knowledge of it to appreciate it and I, in fact, encourage you to watch it. It often sweeped my expectations away in the greatest way possible and the lack in the animation and sound department doesn't ruin the experience at all.


I loved this anime, which surprised me since when I saw the first episodes it didn't seem all that. Infact, after the third episode or so I considered dropping it since it seemed pretty boring and childish to me at the time.However...Story: 9Although the beginning is rather slow paced I continued watching it and was gladly rewarded with a delightful anime full of interesting characters and surprising plot twists.Although the anime is quite slow paced for the first half, the ending makes it all the worthwhile and the reason for the ending being so beautiful and worthwhile is because the anime didn't rush episodes or skip important parts - it took its time building a worthwhile and believable story. Although this risked losing some viewers since a few of the first episodes seem to repeat one another as the heroine Yucie goes on to part time jobs, it does all work towards a fantastic conclusion.Another reason I loved this anime was because of the romance. The love interest for Yucie doesn't actually appear until around episode 6 or 7 which I found unique since in most romance animes the love interests appear within the first episode or so.Infact Ark - the love interest - only appears for two episodes all together for the first of the anime and it's not until around near the end where he takes a major roll. Where as some people may not like this I loved it, it meant it wouldn't be a typical story where it was all romance, romance, romance.If anything, this anime focused more on friendship and the values on it. After watching it I have to be honest that I learnt some things. And although I am usually a hopeless romantic I didn't mind about the lack of romance at times since I was too drawn into how friendship played out - that's how much I loved it.The fact that this anime involves five worlds - human, hell, heaven, fairy and ghost - means it has lots of potential and the anime gives enough time for each world to shine in the spotlight long enough for you to come to know what each world is like.The only reason I knocked a point of the anime for 'story' and didn't give it a full marks is because I felt there were a few bits that could have been explained or explored more such as Yucie's parents.Animation: 6This anime aired many years ago and at times in the animation could be better however the storyline and character included made up for it. :)Although when watching it I couldn't help but keep staring at Ark's eyes since at some moments it looked like he had a big black splodge in the middle of his eye which made me smirk. If anything could have been improved if it was re-made now I would say the eyes since they seemed a bit simple and the colours made more clearer.Sound: 8I loved the opening song of the anime which displayed the beauty of the anime perfectly. The fact that the characters in the anime played a scene where they sang too was a bonus since they all proved to have beautiful voices.As for the casting of voices, I couldn't pick one flaw about it in the Japanese version I watched. Each voice suited the characer perfectly and made them all the more believable.Music involved in scenes suited whatever mood it was perfectly.Characters: 9The characters were amazing.As I said before, I found the first few episodes boring. Another reason for this being that even though Yucie is supposed to be 17 despite looking 10, I couldn't find myself believing that since she acted so childlishly, however as the anime went on she matured and a major part of the storyline in the anime was Yucie trying to act more mature and avoid being called a child.The other characters who played an important part were delightful too, the four other main girls each had their appeals and I found that no character in the anime was alike to another - all of them were completely their own unique self. Plus, since each of the five girls represented one of the worlds with each girl being from one of them it allowed each of them to have developed their own skills depending on the world they lived in and let me see the differences between them considering which world they grew up in.And the fact that all the main characters developed by the end - and when I say 'all' I do mean ALL of them, even the main secondary characters such as the Queen and Yucie's adoptive father as well as various others - made me all the more attached to this anime. The way their relationships grew - again I feel like frienship played a bigger part here than typical romance - and how they all came to feel one another was beautiful and many parts of the anime left me thinking deeply.Overall: 9I would definitly recommend this anime. Upon first watching it may seem like your typical anime and you may think it childlish at times, but the ending is so worth while that there are several episodes that I wouldn't mind re watching.Several episodes come with surprises and the anime does become more serious and emotional as it goes on till it all builds to a great ending.Yucie may look 10 and may act it at times but by the end you'll be able to believe entirely that she is indeed 17 years old.


You see the words Magical Girl in the key words and what is your main thought? Maybe something like Sailor Moon where you have a 10 minute transformation scene, or maybe even Card Capture Sakura where she runs around trying to capture all the spirits of the cards. Well, this show is a little bit different (although there are transformation scenes). Instead, we have a girl who grew up in a pretty normal household. Sure her father found her in the woods but he treats her exactly how someone would treat a real daughter. He fusses over her, tries hard to have her wear pretty clothing, and makes amazing meals for her. She has a best friend she can ask for help and just is over all a pretty happy girl. The only thing that is different about her is that she is a 17 year old girl trapped in a 10 year old body but even that isn’t all that magical. She was never in a 17 year old body to begin with, she just stopped ageing. They only speculate that she was cursed but from what I can tell, there is no actual way that they know for sure. Before someone tells me that that has to be magical, I am 26 but many people say I look 16 or 17 years old. It’s not all that magical and there are people in this world that look even younger then me like a young Indian girl who is about 22 years old and is only 2 ft 1 inch in height. For those interested, look up Jyoti Amge. Now going back to the transformation scenes I was talking about, they are not super long and I wouldn’t consider it as her being a Magical Girl. In this world, anyone with a magic pendent might be considered a magical girl and we have already seen a lot of times where Cube, her friend, buys magical items to do things. Yucie isn’t out trying to save the world, she isn’t trying to capture rouge spirits destroying the land, and her transformation scene mostly consists of her changing into a school uniform or some other clothing style to fit what she is doing. It could of just as easily of happened with the girls changing clothing normally. Sometimes I wonder if this is for some sort of fetish because they dress up in so many costumes under the sun, from nuns to cooks, to school girls. So let’s talk about the characters here. Yucie is a rather sweet and kind hearted girl who wants to help people most of the time. Though she has a childlike look, her personality does show that she is much older then she looks. There is still plenty that she tries to learn and even if she doesn’t want to do something, she will try to keep a smile on her face and look to the best case scenario. I do like her character although I get the impression she is like a Mary Sue character. Someone who is the ideal character in a show or book. This makes her slightly unbelievable and in that part, I don’t like it. I guess the concept works well for the story as she is trying to be the best princess out there so she could get the tiara, but even princesses have faults that should be explored and times in which they would fail. Yucie never seems to fail at anything, although she gets discouraged at times. The only that breaks her from that mold is that when she is around the demon princess Glenda, they tend to fight and bicker. I cannot stand Glenda at all so the less I get of her the better. Glenda is a very bratty princess that is supposed to have the same problem as Yucie. She is just an opposite of Yucie in every way, making her more like a Tsundara (I guess that would be the opposite of a Mary Sue). Her big thing is saying that she is ‘…The Princess of the Demon World with elegant Beauty and fantastic magical powers…’ or something close to that. There really isn’t much that I can talk about with her because her personality is just being a rival. Yucie’s father, Gunbard, is a really loving and caring father though sometimes he seems to try a little too hard. It could be because he didn’t have a wife I think so he works so hard being both sides of parenthood. Unfortunately, it seems he has what I like to call Brock Syndrome. It seems to be catching to a lot of anime characters. Symptoms include being a loving housewife style character who can cook well, make tonics to ease the body, have eyes that seem to open or are only horizontal lines, and seems to be obsessed with a girl (although in this case, its more of a fatherly way then a perverted way). Next, we have Yucie’s school life friend, Cocoloo. Cocoloo is… well… A joke with her is that she ‘Has no presence at all…’ She pops up out of no where and asks if anyone noticed her and they say no, to which she always says that exact line. We get it; you have no presence at all so will you please shut up about it?! Later on in the show, we find out why but still, the joke runs long enough. When we talk about characters that don’t have much of a presence in the story, I also think about Cube. When I first heard his name, it sounded like he was named Q instead and that reminded me of a character from Star Trek. Ever since then, no matter what spell or anything he did, I would see him as the character from Star Trek and that made me laugh. In reality, Cube is a demon who helps out Yucie and her father with his ability to summon magical items. I say again, this is one of the reasons I got confused between Cube and Q as Q has the ability to change the world around him. Unlike Q though, Cube is kind and gentle, always wanting to help out Yucie and her father but sometimes he does end up messing up. He has a very care free attitude and sometimes I wonder if he is more worried about hurting Gunbard’s feelings instead of Yucie’s since he very rarely takes her side when at home. The artwork is rather good but definitely not looking like a show from 2002. It has sort of an old air about it like something that came out in the 90s instead. Just the way everything is colored and the design kind of has that vibe. Added to the soft lines around the characters and your seeing just what I mean. The characters are very well drawn, though the younger characters do have this sort of bubbly look to them. Even Yucie has that same sort of feeling to her and yet where in many other shows that might be a turn off to me, in this case not really. It actually works for showing how young they are. Now there are problems with some of the animation in later episodes in where they slacked on some of the art. Fine for some of the comedy, but then when it happens with spots that are supposed to be serious, I can’t take them seriously. The ending has its own sort of water color design to it that’s very pretty. It matches the idea that they are memories of when Yucie was growing up. The English voice acting is pretty nice. The voice actor for Yucie, Rachel Rivera, plays her rather well. She keeps this sort of youthful tone to the character and yet still makes her seem like she is much older inside. Her voice is rather familiar but I can’t seem to find anything else that she dubbed and I think that is a bit sad. She has just the perfect voice that could work for a lot of different characters out there but sadly she is a less known voice actor. On the other hand, Josh Meyer who plays the voice of Cube seems a bit off. His acting feels like it’s a little bit forced or doesn’t have the right emotion for the character. I know he is supposed to be a ‘servant’ style character for Yucie and her father, but he just comes off as a bit to annoying with his nasally voice. After about the 12<sup>th</sup> episode, he did end up growing on me, but I think that may be a little to late but at least I could stand him for the rest of the show. Glenda’s voice is also rather annoying, getting to a pitch that actually squeaks and makes me cringe. The voice actor for her, Kelley Huston, just seemed to go a bit too high with the characters voice and couldn’t hit the points well when she is yelling. Overall, this show is actually rather fun and I love how they didn’t actually go for the normal storyline that comes from what you think of with a magical girl title. Sure there are some tropes that it could of probably done without, but the overall presentation can actually be rather good.

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