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Our heroine and her "friends", ladies and gentlemen

A six episode Original Video Animation series from The Nineties and an early example of a Darker and Edgier Magical Girl. It takes one of the oldest Anime character tropes, the Cute Witch, stops off at Magical Girl Warrior, and then heads directly into Psychological Horror territory and never looks back. While it is a Shojo narrative at heart, focused on relationships and personal growth, it caters to the male Periphery Demographic so well that it ceases to seem peripheral. Let's just say that the fight scenes are impressive and the Fan Service is plentiful.

The titular shamanic princess and heroine of the story, Tiara, is a remarkably capable (and remarkably Stripperiffic) Cute Witch who works as a special agent for her Magical Land, the Guardian World. Her mission: go to Earth under cover as an Ordinary High School Student (in a French Boarding School, no less) to recover the Throne of Yord, a mystical artifact that's been stolen from the Guardian World. Of course, there are complications. It turns out that there's a terrible secret surrounding the artifact. And that some of Tiara's friends and colleagues from her magical world are willing to fight her to keep her from retrieving it. And that the Throne of Yord is no mere MacGuffin...

...In fact, it's sort of an Eldritch Abomination, poised to drag the cast Down the Rabbit Hole.

Those who know Shamanic Princess know it for its Mind Screwery and its slightly infamous non-linear storytelling, which drops the view into the action with little explanation, and then shows the circumstances that caused it all to occur as a 2 episode flashback after the conclusion.


This series contains examples of:

 Tiara: "Are you the real character name here?"

Other character: "I am me."

  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tiara (red) and Lena (blue).
  • Scenery Porn: The highly detailed watercolor backgrounds throughout the show.
  • Screw Yourself: While Tiara, as a child, is trying to tame Graham, her great power manifests as a red-skinned (and naked) version of her powered-up form as an adult. It proceeds to grab her and give her a deep kiss.
  • Snow Means Love: It's snowing in Tiara's memories of when she and Kagetsu were together.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The scene in which Sara curb stomps Japolo is accompanied by a sort of lullaby, whose bilingual French/Japanese lyrics read like a Yandere love poem.
  • Tears of Blood: Lena cries a bucket-load of blood when she loses her transformation in episode 3.
    • Before that, in that same episode, Leon shed a few.
  • Time Stands Still: Partners have the ability to freeze time so their masters can engage in magical battles without attracting Muggle attention.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tiara is strident, Lena is refined; alternatively Tiara is aggressive and Sara is gentle.
  • Weird Moon: It's selectively huge, of course. Better yet, it appears to change phases from crescent to full when Tiara transforms in episode 1.
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