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Encyclopedia > Princess Ai
Princess Ai
Genre Gothic Lolita
Manga: Princess Ai
Authored by Courtney Love
Ai Yazawa
Misaho Kujiradou
DJ Milky
Publisher United States TokyoPop
Hungary Fumax
Punainen jättiläinen
Serialized in
Original run United StatesJuly 6, 2004February 7, 2006
No. of volumes 3

Princess Ai is a manga co-created by Courtney Love, Ai Yazawa, Misaho Kujiradou, and DJ Milky (a pen name for Stu Levy), is published in English by TOKYOPOP. Image File history File links Princess_ai. ... Two girls in frilly, somewhat extreme Lolita dress that was popular around 2002 in Takeshita Street, Tokyo Gothic Lolita or GothLoli (ゴスロリ, gosurori; sometimes alternatively Loli-Goth) is a subcategory of the Lolita fashion, a street fashion among Japanese female teenagers and, to a lesser extent, men and young women. ... 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ... Courtney Michelle Love[1] (born July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and Golden Globe-nominated actress, best-known as lead singer for the now-defunct alternative rock band Hole and for her two-year marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. ... Ai Yazawa (矢沢あい Yazawa Ai) (born March 7, 1967) is a popular girls manga author in Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... For the music movie, see Tokyo Pop. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Hungary. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ... Courtney Michelle Love[1] (born July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and Golden Globe-nominated actress, best-known as lead singer for the now-defunct alternative rock band Hole and for her two-year marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. ... Ai Yazawa (矢沢あい Yazawa Ai) (born March 7, 1967) is a popular girls manga author in Japan. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the music movie, see Tokyo Pop. ...


The story deals with an amnesiac girl named Ai who was torn from her homeland, and awakens in present-day Tokyo. Remembering nothing of her life except her own name, the only clue she has to her identity is a heart-shaped box. Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ...

Contents

Plot summary

A young, amnesiac alien girl known only as Princess Ai is mysteriously transported to Tokyo, Japan. With only a heart-shaped box to clue her in on her past, Ai makes her living as a rock star at Club Cupid. She falls in love with a sensitive musician, Kent, to the chagrin of Kent's gay, possessive roommate, Hikaru. But Hikaru is the least of Ai's worries when gun-toting talent agents and demons seeking to take control of Ai's homeland, Ai Land, are hot on her trail. Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ...


Characters

  • Ai: The main character of the story. Ai is the product of a relationship between her Human father, King Sei, and a Dougen (Angel) female. Because of the war that rages between the Humans and the Dougen in Ai-Land, Ai's true parentage was kept a secret, even from Ai herself. Due to her mixed heritage, Ai sprouted wings on her back and has the ability to control people's emotions with her singing.
  • Kent: A sensitive young man who works at the Shinjuku University library part time. Kent was one of the first people to discover Ai after she appeared in Tokyo, and offered her a place to stay, an action which caused a lot of friction with his roommate Hikaru. Like Ai, he is of a mixed heritage, being half Japanese and half American, and uses this fact to help Ai come to grips with her dual heritage.
  • Hikaru: Kent's gay roommate. Hikaru has a huge crush on Kent and a hatred for Ai fueled by jealousy. Later on in the series, he makes peace with Ai and becomes one of her biggest supporters.

Manga volumes

  • Volume 1: Destitution
  • Volume 2: Lumination
  • Volume 3: Evolution

Production Information

The Princess Ai manga is a loose adaptation of Courtney Love's life story, with Ai as Love's fantasy alter ego[1]. It should be noted that Ai means "love" in Japanese; thus, the name is a reference to both Courtney Love and Ai Yazawa, who drew the initial Princess Ai character design. It is also generally believed that Kent, the sensitive, blonde guitar player who becomes Ai's love interest, is based on Courtney Love's late husband, Kurt Cobain. Another connection to the real-life Love is Princess Ai's heart-shaped box, which figures prominently in the story. "Heart-Shaped Box" was a hit song by Nirvana, and was inspired by a heart-shaped box Courtney Love gave Cobain as a present. Ai Yazawa (矢沢あい Yazawa Ai) (born March 7, 1967) is a popular girls manga author in Japan. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Heart-Shaped Box is a song by the American rock band Nirvana. ... Nirvana was a groundbreaking rock band from Aberdeen, Washington, United States. ...


Princess Ai is currently being adapted to be an anime titled "Princess Ai ~Ai-land Chronicles~". It was described as "Totally new blend of live action and animation in Gothic Lolita fashion. ". A trailer was recently made for the Manga by Satelight (Arjuna, Gene Shaft, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Heat Guy J), and is believed to be part of the new production. The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) Anime ) (IPA pronunciation: in Japanese, but typically or in English) is an abbreviation of the word animation. Outside Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation... Two girls in frilly, somewhat extreme Lolita dress that was popular around 2002 in Takeshita Street, Tokyo Gothic Lolita or GothLoli (ゴスロリ, gosurori; sometimes alternatively Loli-Goth) is a subcategory of the Lolita fashion, a street fashion among Japanese female teenagers and, to a lesser extent, men and young women. ... 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ... Krishna to Arjuna: Behold My mystic opulence! Arjuna (Sanskrit: अर्जुन, arjuna) is one of the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. ... Geneshaft ) is a science fiction anime television series set in space, created by Bandai Visual in 2001. ... Vampire Hunter D (吸血鬼ハンターD) is the title character of a series of novels by Japanese horror and pulp author Hideyuki Kikuchi. ... Heat Guy J is a 2002 Science Fiction, 26 episode anime series created by Escaflowne creator, Kazuki Akane and Satelight. ...


References

  1. ^ "I have always loved the Japanese culture and the people. Princess Ai is a great character because she feels like my alter ego, but in a fantasy setting." -- Courtney Love

External links

  • Tokyopop Princess Ai website
  • Princess Ai LiveJournal Community

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