Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts

Alt title: Niehime to Kemono no Ou

Vol: 15; Ch: 89
2015 - 2020
4.166 out of 5 from 828 votes
Rank #1,160
Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts

A young girl has resigned herself to being the next sacrificial meal for the Beast King...but the king is no mere monster! Love is more than skin-deep in this gorgeous fantasy manga.

Source: Yen Press

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Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts was a great series through and through. A great story, full of emotion, love, and a well-written underlying message. This story, at its core, is about equality. Everyone is equal, despite who they were born at birth is what the story is about. This theme is shown frequently throughout the manga. Sariphi is a human who's going to become the Queen and Wife of the Beast King. Yet where the Beast King rules, humans aren't allowed, for they're looked upon as weak and filthy. Leonheart aka the Beast King is secretly half human. Both of them are not accepted within the Beast Kingdom (Ozmargo), but depite this, both of them, as King and Queen decide to try and create a place where not only they are accepted but everyone is accepted. This isn't the only example of this theme, in fact it's a major part of many of the characters. For example, Lante has always been looked down upon as a traitor, even though he isn't one. He was never treated equally, even though, he told he was lesser, he kept fighting hard to prove that he was worth just as much as everyone else, and he did manage to achieve that. Fenfir was regarded as weak, and because of this he was cast aside as if he was nothing. Since there were ones stronger than him, many believed he was useless. Tetra, wasn't born as a boy, which made it where she couldn't become the heir. Because of this she was disregarded. These are just a few examples of this theme, and there were many more examples, such as with Galios & Joz, Bennu, and more. Sariphi and Leoheart want to create a kingdom where everyone is equal and accepeted, and with the help of those around them, they all work towards this goal. With these characters who weren't treated as equals, they learn that they are equal to everyone else and deserve to be accepted. Sariphi shows acceptance to everyone, and with that more and more people come to accept everyone, despite their differences. Moving on to a different aspect of this manga though related to what I just said; there is so much depth to the characters. Their backstories are well portrayed, especially when showing what motivates them to act the way they do in the present. Each of these backstories shows what the character went through and the emotions surrounding it. The thoughts and insecurities of the character are put on display. While also maintaining to show their story. Whether it's from one of the characters that are a hero, or a villian, they have a motivation, one that makes sense. I would say that this is a very strong part of Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts. It really manages to add depth to the characters fantastically. It really got me attached to the characters. Somewhat unrelated to this but it needs to be addressed, is the romance. The romance between Leonheart and Sariphi, I personally think is wholesome. It's a healthy relationship, where both of them care for each other, treat one another with respect, and are willing to fight for each other. Both of them would do anything to be by each other's side. It's really sweet. All of this comes together to create the plot, and I was honestly really surprised with how great the plot turned out to be. Everything shown throughout the manga had a purpose towards the story in the end. The story was well-paced, with lots of action and complelling moments, while also having many sweet and cute moments. Coming back to the message of equality, so many parts of the plot challenged equality with other beliefs. Despite this, they all led to show that equality is what matters, people are what matter.  It really managed to keep me engaged. And in the end, I was left really liking the story. There's so much depth within Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, within the message, characters, story and so much more. I highly reccomend it.

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