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Princess Lover!
Prilover-cover.jpg
Princess Lover! visual novel cover
プリンセスラバー!
(Purinsesu Rabā!)
Genre Drama, Romance, Harem
Game
Developer Ricotta
Publisher Ricotta (PC)
Comfort (PS2)
Genre Eroge, Visual novel
Rating EOCS: 18+ (PC)
CERO : B (PS2)
Platform PC, PlayStation 2
Released June 27, 2008 (PC)
Manga
Author Ricotta
Illustrator Naoha Yuigi
Publisher Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Media Factory Mobile!
Original run March 20, 2009 – ongoing
Manga
Author Ricotta
Illustrator Yū Midorigi
Publisher Kill Time Communication
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Valkyrie
Original run September 2009 – ongoing
TV anime
Director Hiromitsu Kanazawa
Studio GoHands
Network Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa
Original run July 5, 2009September 20, 2009
Episodes 12
Anime and Manga Portal

Princess Lover! (プリンセスラバー!?) is a Japanese visual novel, and it is the first title developed by Ricotta. It was first released as an adult game for the PC on June 27, 2008 in both limited and regular editions, and it was followed by an all-ages release for the PlayStation 2 on January 28, 2010. The gameplay in Princess Lover! follows a linear plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, and its story focuses on the appeal of the four female main characters.

Princess Lover! has received several transitions to other media. The game was first adapted into three light novels written by Utsusemi and illustrated by Hyūma Kitsuhi. It was then followed by two manga adaptations: the first, illustrated by Naoha Yuigi, began serialization in Media Factory's Media Factory Mobile! service on March 20, 2009; and the second, illustrated by Yū Midorigi, began its serialization in the manga magazine Comic Valkyrie in July 27, 2009. An anime adaptation produced by the animation studio GoHands also began its broadcast in Japan on July 5, 2009, and it was later followed by other networks in the same month. An Internet radio show has also been produced to promote the anime adaptation, and began its broadcast on July 3, 2009.

Contents

Gameplay

A conversation in Princess Lover! depicting the protagonist Teppei talking to Yuu.

The gameplay in Princess Lover! requires little interaction from the player, as most of the duration of the game is only spent on reading the text that appears on the lower portion of the screen, representing either dialogue between characters, or the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Every so often, the player will come to a "decision point", where he or she is given the chance to choose from multiple options. The time between these points varies and can occur anywhere from a minute to much longer. Text progression pauses at these points and depending on the choices that the player makes, the plot will progress in a specific direction. There are four main plot lines in the game that the player will have the chance to experience, one for each of the heroines in the story. To view all of the plot lines, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and make different decisions to progress the plot in an alternate direction.

Development

Princess Lover! is the first title developed by the visual novel developer Ricotta.[1] The project is notable as the development team comprises a limited number of credited members. Scenario for the game was provided by Shōta Onoue who has previously worked on titles such as Tactics' Tenshi no Himegodo.[2][3] Art direction and character designs were done by Kei Komori who is known for his work in various dōjin titles.[1][4] Komori later went on to create Ricotta's second title Walkure Romanze.

Release history

Princess Lover! was first released to the public on June 27, 2008 as a limited edition collected in a DVD playable only on a Microsoft Windows PC. The limited edition included the game itself, and it also included a maxi single entitled "Songs From Princess Lover!".[1] It was later followed by an all-ages consumer console release published by Comfort and released for the PlayStation 2 on January 28, 2010.[5] The PlayStation 2 version entitled Princess Lover! Eternal Love For My Lady will contain remastered graphics, and additional scenarios for Ayano Kaneko, a supporting female character being promoted to a heroine.[5]

Adaptations

Books and publications

Princess Lover! was first adapted into a series of light novels written by Utsusemi and illustrated by Hyūma Kitsuhi. The first of the novels, titled Princess Lover! Silvia van Hossen's Romance (プリンセスラバー! シルヴィア=ファン・ホッセンの恋路 Purinsesu Rabaa! Shiruvia Fan Hossen no Koiji?), was released on November 29, 2008.[6] The second of the novels, titled Princess Lover! Charlotte Hazelrink's Romance (プリンセスラバー! シャルロット=ヘイゼルリンクの恋路 Purinsesu Rabaa! Sharurotto Heizerurinku no Koiji?), was released on May 30, 2009.[6] Both of these light novels were published by Kill Time Communication and released in regular and limited editions.[6] The limited editions included the book itself and a telephone card; the second novel also received a version with a poster included instead. The regular editions of did not contain the aforementioned extras. A third light novel series, titled Princess Lover! Silvia van Hossen's Romance 2 and also written by Utsusemi and illustrated by Kitsuhi, began serialization in Kill Time Communication's Nijiken Dream Magazine on June 17, 2009.

A 135-page visual fan book for Princess Lover! was published by Max on December 2, 2008. The book contained illustrations and computer graphics used in the visual novel and various publications, introduction and explanations of the story and characters, production design and sketches, and interview with the development team, and also a short story entitled "Little Princess!"[7]

Manga

There have been two manga adaptations based on Princess Lover! The first manga series was illustrated by Japanese artist Naoha Yuigi, and it was first serialized in Media Factory's Media Factory Mobile! service for mobile phones on March 20, 2009. A second manga series was also serialized in Kill Time Communication's Comic Valkyrie. The manga, which began serialization while the first was still ongoing, was illustrated by Yū Midorigi and received assistance from Utsusemi, the author of the light novel adaptations.

Anime

Princess Lover! was first formally announced in March 2009 via its official website.[8] The anime was produced by GoHands as the animation studio's first production, and it was directed by Hiromitsu Kanazawa and written by Makoto Nakamura.[8] It was first exhibited as a video in a public showing in Akihabara on June 21, 2009, and again at Television Kanagawa's Tvk Anime Matsuri 2009 exhibition in Nippon Seinenkan in Shinjuku, on June 27, 2009.[9] Both events featured a public showing of the anime's first episode along with Umineko no Naku Koro ni, in addition to various other anime for the Tvk Anime Matsuri event.[9] The anime began its televised broadcast in Japan on July 5, 2009 on the Chiba TV and TV Kanagawa broadcasting networks, ending on September 20, 2009. They also released an uncensored version of the anime but only for adults.

List of Princess Lover! Characters

Arima Teppei - The male protagonist of the series. His mom and dad were killed and was taken in by his grandfather who owned the Arima Financial Combine, a very powerful company that plays an important role in the series. He is an expert in the "Slash Draw" sword technique and is an expert in swordplay as well (not as experienced as Sylvia though as she managed to beat him in episode 3).

Charlotte Hazelink - One of the four main heroines of the series. She is first introduced to the series when her carriage is being attacked by rogues while Teppei was driving along the road. She is very kind hearted and always ends up in awkward situations with Teppei. She is also a princess of the fictional country of Hazelink and is an heir to the kingdom. She is also best friends with Sylvia and get along well with everyone she meets.

Sylvia - One of the four main heroines of the series. She was announced to be Teppei's fiance. She is a very elegant woman who is an expert at fencing, managing to always beat Teppei at swords. She is best friends with Charlete.

References

  1. ^ a b c "A Beautiful and Lewd Romance Pattern with Celebrity Heroines In an Elegant Society! Princess Lover! To Be Released on June 27!" (in Japanese). Game-Style. 2008-04-24. http://www.game-style.jp/soft/200804/24/01plo_ri.php. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  2. ^ "List of Shōta Onoue's visual novel contributions" (in Japanese). ErogameScape. http://erogamescape.ddo.jp/~ap2/ero/toukei_kaiseki/creater_allgame.php?creater=2255. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  3. ^ "Outline page at Princess Lover!'s official website" (in Japanese). Ricotta. http://www.ricotta-soft.jp/products/prilover/outline/index.html. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Game-Style's Princess Lover! feature front page" (in Japanese). Game-Style. 2008-04-24. http://www.game-style.jp/special/200805/01/00plo_ri.php. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Comfort's PS2's Princess Lover! Eternal Love For My Lady, a Romance Adventure With a Super-celebrity Setting" (in Japanese). Impress Game Watch. 2009-07-11. http://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20090711_300299.html. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  6. ^ a b c "Princess Lover! light novels introduction page" (in Japanese). Kill Time Communication. http://ktcom.jp/gamenovels/princessf.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Princess Lover! Visual Fan Book introduction page" (in Japanese). Max. http://www.max-p.jp/adult/2008/11/post-26.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Princess Lover! Adult Game Gets TV Anime Green-Lit". Anime News Network. 2009-03-16. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-03-16/princess-love-adult-game-gets-tv-anime-green-lit. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  9. ^ a b "All Eight Titles Participates! "Tvk Anime Matsuri" Begins This Year in Tokyo" (in Japanese). Zakzak. 2009-07-06. http://www.zakzak.co.jp/anime/news/0907/090706-001.html. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 

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