1/2 Prince

Alt title: Half Prince

Vol: 16; Ch: 80
2004 - 2014
4.082 out of 5 from 2,292 votes
Rank #2,239
1/2 Prince

It is the year 2100 A.D., and humans have developed a virtual reality game with a realism level of 99%. Feng Lan, due to a bet with her twin brother, vows to succeed in playing the game without using her "female benefits." Due to this, she becomes the first and only female to play as a male character in "Second Life." As her infamy rises as a bloodthirsty warrior, can she keep her identity a secret from her real life acquaintances whom she has beaten up?

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The premise was interesting and the majority of the story was done decent-well. I enjoyed the plot until I was 2/3 of the way to the end. Although I was annoyed with Feng Lan/"Prince" (MC) in the beginning, the character began to grow on me as heroic and leadership qualities started to shine through while leading the team and others. Zhuo Lingbin/"Wicked" (2nd ML) is a character on thin ice with me. Although none of his actions were horrible, he kept saying stuff that angered me. The way he treated the MC could be boiled down to 1) condescending to show care and 2) benevolent sexism. Shout out to Ming Guiwen/"Guiliastes" (ML) for pretending to be gay, falling in love with the guy he was pretending to be gay for, and then rejecting Feng Lan IRL saying he loves Prince. That guy went through a sexuality rollercoaster. Also, I would die for Meatbun (the best character!!).  -- SPOILERS -- One detail I disliked was that a person could only play as their birth sex in the virtual reality game, Second Life. That seemed like a major oversight for the in-universe game developers. Besides the restriction for gender-nonconforming people, I believe the player-design of an MMORPG that popular would risk alienating a considerable portion of the female gaming community, where it is not unusual for women to want to play as male characters to avoid harassment or biased treatment from other players (I don't hold it against the author for their decision since this issue sparks the plot, but I wish the issue was addressed more by characters in-universe). As the plot picked up, I didn't enjoy the world domination arc as much as the normal gameplaying plots. Even though the setting is in the future where people have longer lives, the fact that the 2nd ML, who was so focused on being with MC, ends up dating the MC's daughter is sickening to me. 


1/2 Prince gives out an interesting plot about a girl named Feng Lan (16yr old) who plays Second Life (A Virtual Reality Game). She plays as a male elf (and keeps it a secret from everyone that she's a girl in reality), capturing female's hearts unwillingly *cough* ...Anyway, she creates a team called Odd Squad (Yes, that is also the name of the translator group who translated all of 1/2 Prince..Godspeed to them.) that consists of Lolidragon, a female hidden game moderator; Ugly Wolf, a beast race Priest character; Doll, a necromancer; Guilastes, a bard; and Yu Lian, a female mage. She then dominates the game with some...help other than her team. Then in-game, a guy falls in love with her, but he does not know that she is a girl in reality. Her help gets controlled and could no longer help. The story then reaches a climax where she has to make a decision: Save the creator, or kill him with her team. Later, Her feelings are then challenged as she is faced to choose: "Which one should I love?" WARNING: 1/2 Prince Contains: Morbid and Bloody Scenes Okay, I dropped easterhints but I tried not to spoil anything majorly. My summary could be a bit questionable but I'm going to leave it as it is. The characters developed exceptionally (and fanservice to those who like uhm hum). On another note, you shouldn't question the logic later (Chapter 70ish+) in 1/2 Prince... I have no real response to it as it is cray-cray-hilariously-bizarre. Example: Technology gets to the point where males can give birth... (but the story did go derpy from there-on and the atmosphere totally tilted.) The newer ark is from another perspective and isn't through the main characters. I love this manhua and so should you. (Or...atleast try.)

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