Anime Review: Majestic Prince
By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)
There have been many mech anime over the course of the years, from originals like Robotech and Gundam to more highly touted like Evangelion, Escaflowne and Full Metal Panic! Each comes with its own backstory and narrative. Yet few have really focused on the pilots and the training they receive, what constitutes being a pilot, and the ups and downs that come with the job. Keitaro Motonaga has brought us a new vision within the genre of mecha with Majestic Prince, and adds something new for anime fans.
In the year 2110, humanity has branched out into space and come in contact with an advanced civilization known as the Wulgaru. The Wulgaru come in contact with new life forms and, eventually, destroy them, leaving but a memory in their wake. And though the military might of the Earth have far superior numbers than the Wulgaru, the Wulgaru have technology and skill on their side. In order to stay alive, Earth has had to counter advanced technology with their own advancements. Enter the MJP.
The MJP Project is the “Majestic Prince Project”. Young children, who were genetically engineered, are placed in a school from birth and trained to pilot cutting edge mobile battle suits called AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device). These children are placed in teams and build upon each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Enter Team Rabbits: a group of five adolescents who, despite extraordinary individual skills, cannot function as a team. Though they are known among their classmates as the “Fail 5”, the Earth decides they will be the ones to deploy to battle for Earth’s survival. Will Team Rabbits be able to function as a cohesive team against far great skilled adversaries and save the future of the human race?
Majestic Prince brings something new to the mech genre. This is the first time we’ve really seen a true “team” based squad episode to episode. We enter the series with them from the beginning, when they are learning their own true natures and struggling with the difficulties that come from working as a team, as well as finding one’s own true talents. This is also a series which calls into question the concept of ethics when it comes to the human genome and genetic manipulation. Is it okay to genetically create, or alter, humans for specific gains? And does this make a person a true human or are they more of a lab experiment or something created and easily disposed of? Such are questions posed and questions individuals must work through during the course of the series.
Majestic Prince combines laugh out loud moments and cute humor with intense action sequences and in depth drama. It really does provide something for everyone. The action sequences, specifically, are some of the best mecha battles you’ll see in anime, period. In terms of characters, each of the five members of Team Rabbits has their own unique personality, and they help balance each other out. You have the kid who wants to be a hero, the cute, ditsy girl, the boy who is deeply into specifications of machinery, etc. And while they may not seem, on paper, to be a group that would be cohesive, it adds to the fact that they are so different yet are able to come together as a team and be successful. Majestic Prince is a breath of fresh air from some of the more serious anime that is currently out. So if you’re looking for something new, or something mech related, Majestic Prince is for you.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars