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Be it the tiara, the dresses or the idea of they living in a castle, princesses fill the dreams of both boys and girls, but thanks to the anime series we could see that princesses can totally kick ass too. Besides being kind, they can be brave enough to even rescue the charming prince and rob the spotlight to make the entire story to end up at their feet.
For all the fans of princess stories beyond the classic fairy tales, we have for you this Top 10 Princess Anime. You can enjoy your time with these series and their beautiful characters where these very unusual royals break the mold, becoming memorable heroines of the animation. Let´s begin!
10. Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess (Pandane to Tamago-hime)
- Episodes: Movie.
- Aired: Nov 2010
Who says that cuteness can’t came from unexpected places? Sometimes royal kindness knows no limit of sizes or shapes, so opening our recommendations we introduce Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess. In this heartwarming short movie from Ghibli Studio, our main protagonist Princess Egg is a captive of the powerful and frightening witch Baba Yaga. Even when she is practically her slave, Princess Egg shows us that no matter the darkness of the circumstances a little bit of kindness will always be rewarded in the most unexpected ways!
Princess Egg is literally an egg. Despite this fact, Princess Egg is one cute heroine that gives Ghibli studio a deserved fame in their characters design. She never even utters a single word! Yet, her kindness is shown in tender expressions that will simply steal your hearts, making your anime fan mind scream Kawaii! when you see her story.
9. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari)
- Episodes: Movie.
- Aired: Nov 2013
We bring you another princess story by Studio Ghibli, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. By director Isao Takahata, we introduce one of the fairy tales that is an icon of the Japanese folklore. The anime version tell us the story of a very humble elder couple Ouna and Okina, who once deep in the mountains in the middle of a bamboo forest, found a tiny little baby girl when chopping down a glowing bamboo. They decide to raise her as their own naming her Kaguya.
With a classic setting of a moral story, the Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a warm movie that depicts in all its beauty a time period were princesses wore the most gorgeous kimono Princess Kaguya shows us that being a princess takes a lot of effort, work and dedication. Being a Princess is quite a solitary life. Without escaping a nostalgic and sad feeling, Princess Kaguya is a gentle and brave heroine that makes us reflect that when it comes to princesses, purity of heart will always beat any sparkling tiara.
8. Magic Knight Rayearth
- Episodes: 20
- Aired: Oct 1994 - Mar 1995
We call upon Magic Knight Rayearth, an anime that have one of the most beautiful princess in all anime: Princess Emeraude. With literally the weight of an entire world over her shoulders, Princess Emeraude prays to keep the world of Cephiro always green, sunny, and stable as its pillar. The knight Zagato fell in love with Emeraude and thus, he starts to try to bring down the pillar system. Emeraude calls upon her last resource summoning 3 warriors from other world so they can bring back Cephiro its peaceful days.
In a story that is meant to be an adventure anime, there are touches of comedy and magic. Magic Knight Rayearth, as all the CLAMP works, is more than meets the eye. It bring us a profound drama in which Princess Emeraude always shines because of her ethereal beauty, her unlimited kindness and her unwavering will to sacrifice everything so others can live happy and in peace. A true Princess whose world literally revolves around her!
7. Code Geass: The Rebellion of Lelouch (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2006 - Jul 2007
In a kingdom with mecha warriors as the background for an intense drama, this anime featuring characters designed by CLAMP revolves around the Holy Empire of Britannia and district 11, formally known as Japan. The plot centers around the revenge of the exiled prince Lelouch Lamperouge. Lelouch is searching for a way to avenge her mother’s death and bring justice to his broken sick sister Princess Nunnally.
Amidst all the characters that stand out in Code Geass, Princesses are the ones that take the spotlight in the development of the story. Princess Nunnally is the image of fragility. On the opposite side, Princess Cornelia is like a Valkyrie warrior as the General of the Imperial Army. Finally Princess Euphemia with her cheerfulness and pacific ways brings light to the beaten hearts of Suzaku Kururugi and Lelouch, becoming the voice of reason amidst a kingdom where intrigue and betrayal have taken their toll on all the others. These are a trio of true royal princesses that made of this story a great drama to enjoy.
6. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
- Episodes: 49
- Aired: Apr. 1995 – Mar. 1996
Going deep in the Mecha battles, we highlight Mobile Suit Gundam Wing as our 6th recommendation. In a distant future where the humans living in the earth and the ones that colonize space are at war, the Mobile Suit Gundams are the ultimate weapons that will decide the weight of war for one side or the other. Piloted by very young and talented warriors Heero Yuy, Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Raberba Winner and Wufei Chang, Gundams became a symbol of freedom confronting powerful enemies like the mysterious Zechs Marquise.
Like a light in the darkness Princess Relena Peacecraft is one of the charismatic characters that will stand through this series as the incarnation of diplomacy. By getting in the heart of one of the best Gundam pilots Heero Yuy, this princess stands proud and fearless confronting the violence with an unyielding call to conciliation. She appeals to the leaders of opposite sides to abandon hostilities so all human beings can get to live in peace. Because of her naivety and the unbreakable strength of her beliefs, Relena Peacecraft is a witty and refreshing Princess that helps to shape the entire story of Gundam Wing. A true Iron will heroine!
5. Murder Princess
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: Aired: Mar. 2007 – Aug. 2007
In the middle of our countdown comes an action comedy OVA that plays with exchange of personalities: Murder Princess. In this adventure, a wild, bloodthirsty bounty hunter called Falis and a royal Princess Alita Forland get to exchange bodies. This change brings hilarious situations where the kingdom of Forland gets to see its beloved princess convert from a meek docile girl into a frightening ruler that loves bloodshed and battle.
Murder Princess breaks stereotypes as how everyone expects a princess must be. Murder Princess delivers a story where Falis and her wildness help Princess Alita to gain her freedom. With this freedom, it allows Princess Alita to mature and discover herself. Facing together the problems of the kingdom, this wild princess that create between the both of them will make you think, “Kakkoii!”
4. Scrapped Princess
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2003 – Oct. 2003
Being a princess is not always pink colored, we recommend you an anime that highlights the relentlessness of a great heroine: Scrapped Princess. In a kingdom where a prophecy made a girl the embodiment of all evils and announce the end of the world by her 16th birthday, Princess Pacifica Casull grows to be a cheerful girl that enjoys the small pleasures in life, despite being “The Scrapped Princess”. Being always protected by her adoptive family: Shannon and her sister Raquel Casull, this siblings get to live on the run escaping the followers of the God Mauser and sharing their adventures.
Scrapped Princess is an anime that, with its mix of classic epic adventure and mecha fights, catches our attention. With its wonderful well designed characters, it traps our hearts. As a princess story, we share the growth of Princess Pacifica from a cheerful and almost pampered child, into a strong girl that defies her destiny fighting beside Shannon, Raquel, and Leopold Scorpse. Now she must discover the truth behind the omniums prophecy and bring freedom to her world. She is a strong Dojikko princess to admire!
3. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2014 – Mar. 2015
We bring to you: Yona of the Down. This anime series is the center of a classic adventure where Princess Yona and her childhood friend and knight, Hak Son defy all odds against them by starting a quest to reunite the long lost dragons from legend. With their strength, they will recover the kingdom from the hands of Soo-won..
This anime depicts the growth of Princess Yona, from the sheltered only princess of the kingdom of Kouka, to a strong young woman. Yona learns to empathize with her subjects’ suffering. When her childhood crush and fiancée Soo-won murders her father and steals the throne, Yona awakes to reality. During the journey with Hak to avenge the king, Princess Yona matures into a great-hearted person, who strives to get stronger so she can protect her companions and her kingdom from a tyrant. Yona is an amazing and compassionate Princess!
2. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Jul. 2014– Jul. 2015
Almost reaching the end of our countdown, we go under the moonlight to a series that is an icon in the shoujo anime: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal. In this version of the popular adaptation of Naoko Takeuchi’s manga, both the storyline and characters designs gets closer to the original work than its 90’s version, where the story was softened to fit the audience at the time. This version named Crystal, surprises us with the psychological deepness of the drama where even the bad guys have a background story to support its actions, and the good guys have their moments of weakness to overcome.
Sailor Moon Crystal depicts the growth of their characters, who besides to be Sailor Scouts, are the Princesses of their respective planet kingdoms. This detail is usually ignored because the Sailor Scouts were all reincarnated as normal girls on earth to be beside Usagui Tsukino, better known as Sailor Moon. It doesn’t change the fact that this Warrior Princesses bring the main attraction to this iconic anime series. Even when Chibi Usa is still a kid that is wrongly depicted as supporting character, she is in her own right a full-fledged sailor scout and the Heiress Princess of both the Moon and Earth kingdoms.
1. Tsubasa Chronicle
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2005 – Oct. 2005
Crowning our number one comes a multidimensional adventure that revolves around one ever changing and charismatic princess, the anime series Tsubasa Chronicles. This epic adventure is full of comedy, romance, magic and fascinating worlds. It takes us on a quest where destiny reunites Princess Sakura of the Clow Kingdom, her best friend Syaoran, the swordsman Kurogane and the wizard Fai D. Fluorite, to locate through different worlds the magical feathers that enclose Princess Sakura's memories.
Princess Sakura is cheerful, kind, and brave. She has extraordinary good luck that borders on divine, making her one of the most lovable princesses in the anime. In Tsubasa Chronicles, even when all the characters start their quest, after knowing the life threatening situation of Princess Sakura’s lost memories, all decide to support the search so she can be saved. For all the fans of CLAMP works, Tsubasa Chronicles is an anime filled with endless fanservice that you should not miss!
Because being a princess is beyond the privileged world of pretty tiaras, dresses and adorns, the brave girls in our top 10 princess anime truly show us what it means to be a princess. They are an example of strength through difficult situations. These anime princesses endure hard times without losing what makes us be ourselves.
As we reach the end of our countdown we hope that our selection of top 10 princess anime will give you the same pleasure that it give us to put it together. Did you like our selections? Which princess anime have you enjoyed? Feel free to share your thoughts so we will always welcome your comments and suggestions! See you!