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Ai is the only royal princess of Ai-Land, a magical kingdom caught in the midst of a horrific revolution. When Princess Ai makes a hasty escape from her war-torn land, she finds herself in modern-day Tokyo. Confused and in shock, Ai wanders the streets in this strange new land to unravel the secrets that could tear her and her kingdom apart ... The first volume of PrincessAi is the only royal princess of Ai-Land, a magical kingdom caught in the midst of a horrific revolution. When Princess Ai makes a hasty escape from her war-torn land, she finds herself in modern-day Tokyo. Confused and in shock, Ai wanders the streets in this strange new land to unravel the secrets that could tear her and her kingdom apart ... The first volume of Princess Ai is a journey to the heights of fame and fortune found in this world and beyond!...

Title : Princess Ai: Destitution
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ISBN : 9781591826699
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Princess Ai: Destitution Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-05-18 05:16

    A beautiful blonde in ripped fishnets and not much else finds herself in a strange city, a strange world. She has lost her memory. She can only remember her name, Princess Ai (Ai means Love) and that she can sing. She meets a shaggy-haired guitar-player who works in a library and is kind to cats and other strays. They share a "bond" and he lets her sleep in his bed while he takes the couch. A gentleman! Ai is also a "good girl" she doesn't let anyone touch her even though she immediately lands a job at a strip club -- just singing, because her voice is so special. Some of the strippers are jealous, and so is her new friend Kent's gay roommate, who has a major thing for him. Worse, there is some supernatural evil, Lilith, after Ai. She finds a mysterious book, sees a vision from her parents, still can't remember what happened. I had mixed feelings about this manga. As a project it seemed pretty self-indulgent. The Princess is quite a Marysue. She is so talented, so beautiful, everyone loves her except jealous haters, because of her looks and some naive charm(?) even though she is never especially nice to anyone. She seems pretty oblivious and self-absorbed, frankly. It was boring to read about her. And she was a little slut-shaming. On the other hand, I appreciated her take on some other gender matters. A woman can dress however she likes without giving men the right to harass her. Although the portrayal of the strip club is negative, she doesn't condemn the women who work there. One of the most nuanced scenes is when her instinctive response is to hit a man who bothers her, but she refrains because she doesn't want to make trouble for the sex workers who are present. So, a few interesting things. But overall I didn't find it very engrossing to read so I won't be picking up the next volume.

  • Nu
    2019-05-07 00:22

    Before I say anything about the actual graphic novel, let me explain the phrase MarySue. MarySue is a commonly used phrase in fandoms where an author has made herself the main character and that character becomes everything the author believes they are or wishes they were.This manga is Courtney Love's MarySue.Princess Ai (Ai meaning Love in Japanese so there's no pretense of who this is suppose to be) ends up in modern day Tokyo with little memory of who she is where she proceeds to sing with a busker, get a job singing her new age rock in a host club and from there become a rock queen. She also meets a nice boy (named Kent just in case you thought she'd be subtle) who rescues kittens, sings and has a stereotypical gay crossdressing roommate who wants to shag him. Oh and she gets cool clothes and grows wings...Honestly the only nice thing I can say about this 'manga' is that the artwork is utterly gorgeous. It has a very wispy feel and really is quite stunning. It's a pity there's no story to match. You might enjoy Princess Love from Love-Land written by Courtney Love but I didn't.Best Aspect: the art is utterly gorgeous. Worst Aspect: everything else. If you liked this title, you might also enjoy: sorry I can't help you here.

  • John Egbert
    2019-04-21 01:26

    The main character's name is Ai. Ai is a Japanese name meaning 'Love'. The author's name... is Courtney Love....Oh sure, I'll be reading this--but for lulz and lulz alone.--So. I read it....I'm not impressed. The story revolves around Ai, a princess from Ai-Land (yeah...) wakes up in the middle of Toyko with no idea who she is or where she's from. The only clue as to her past is a strange mysterious heart shaped box.While I got some significant red flags from Ai regarding whether or not she was a Mary Sue, I found myself conflicted. I did a few tests and they all agreed that she was teetering the line, but not quite there. I feel that way as well. She could be a Sue, I suppose, but she's just far away enough so that she's not.And another thing. The tropes, people, the tropes. Aaargh. I don't know when I bashed my head into my keyboard the hardest, when the strange guy who had no idea who she was let her stay over at his house, when some random dude walked up to her on the street and offered her a job, when the evil lady in the scantily clad outfit laughed maliciously for the third time or when mysterious dude's roommate lashed out at her for seemingly no reason other than that he felt threatened by her presence because of her beauty. A person can only take so much.But I have to say, it wasn't like it was THAT bad, I mean I gave it three stars. At least from what I've read it wasn't THAT bad, anyway. Whatever the case I don't intend on going back and finishing it. It's just not for me.

  • Josie
    2019-04-29 23:24

    A mediocre story. The story is very typical teenage girl day dream stuff. Had some funny moments and some really fantastic art in the way of fashion design but I've read better manga. The end leaves you confused. You may like it as a beginner manga though.

  • AdAstra
    2019-04-28 02:09

    This was fairly disapointing. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because the art is absolutely georgous. Otherwise this is just another attempt to create a flawless character who is oh so great and everybody loves them. A typical MarySue story.Ai wakes up in Tokyo with no memory of who she is and where she is from. She gets a job singing and everyone immediately falls in love with her and she becomes famous pretty quickly. She mets the ˝perfect˝ guy called Kent who plays guitar.Ai has an ˝amazing˝ sense of style and later on, she grows wings. She is also extrodinarily beautiful. All of a sudden, some evil people from her world start to follow her and try to kill her. Because she is a princess from anoher dimension.

  • Dominique
    2019-05-06 04:06

    When I learned that Courtney Love - one of my favorite musicians & inspirational people of all-time - co-created this manga - which I also enjoy reading (such as Cardcaptor Sakura and Soul Eater) - I became so excited!The story is so mysterious and interesting -- it makes me want to continue reading the next two volumes, in order to find out more about Ai's past and all that! The art looks beautiful, the characters are likable, it has music, good humor, and Gothic Lolita-like fashion.Some of you might think that the romance is redundant, but to me, it doesn't seem like a cheesy romance at all when you get into Ai's mind about Kent (and vice versa).Speaking of which, if you know about Courtney Love, it's easy to see who's supposed to represent whom in this story:That's right... And here's another fun fact: "Ai" means "love" in Japanese. I also learned that earlier on, before she became a musician, Courtney, with no money or family support, worked as a stripper in Japan (thank goodness she didn't stick to that!). Anyway, facts aside, if you love whimsical stories that involve mystery, humor, romance, music, big towns, and danger, pick Princess Ai up!

  • Emily Louise Smith
    2019-05-02 22:19

    I really enjoyed this book, yes the references to Courtney herself and her life are very blatant but it didn't really bother me as I'm a Courtney fan. I think that maybe the references could have been a little bit more subtly added I don't think it really detracts from the story as I think if Courtney wasn't credited as a creator you may not think that it's linked to her. I recommend it and I'm excited to start the second.

  • Jenn Ellis
    2019-04-22 04:20

    Thought the cover was cute and I was bored so I picked it up using my employee discount. I don't know why the heck I didn't look at the summary or why it didn't click that it was Courtney Love. What I could read of the book was just garbage. It felt familiar in a sour taste in your mouth kind of way. After about 8 pages I was glad I didn't pay full price. It bothers me to not finish a book, but this is the exception. Is this how she really sees herself?

  • Mizuki
    2019-05-01 06:16

    The artwork is very, very, very, very lovely. Even though the story is a bit of a huge cliche, I still enjoy reading this trilogy.^_^

  • Teetee
    2019-05-19 02:14

    Pretty art, but ok series based on Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain.

  • Judy (Geeky Reading)
    2019-04-23 04:12

    ~3/5(This review is for the whole series.)I was really hoping to love this series, but was oddly not too impressed.Ai is a princess from another world, and she shows up on Earth with no memory, and slowly starts gaining it back by the end of the series, when she has to go back to her own world to save it. The ending was a bit cheesy, and a little open-ended, but it was okay. The character development was just okay—I did like the main romance, but otherwise we didn’t get enough complexity.I do think the artwork is very pretty.I also am interested in the character of Ai. As a person, she’s kind of annoying. Very stubborn and a bit of a spoiled brat, with no care for anyone but herself and a select few. Even after she signs a contract to be an idol, she doesn’t give a shit about all the agreements she’s made or the shows she’s agreed to do, and hates when they want her to do her job. She’s a pain in the ass.But on the other hand, she’s a strong female character. She doesn’t stand for people bullying her or trying to take advantage of her, she can fight anyone if she wants to. I particularly like that with all the revealing clothes she wears, she wears them because she likes them, and doesn’t stand for it when people try to act like she’s easy because of the way she looks. I was impressed with that.Overall, it was an okay series. Not amazing, not horrible. It didn’t keep me glued to the pages, but I might pick up the spin-off.[Read more at my blog, Geeky Reading!]

  • Sarah Maddaford
    2019-04-22 00:05

    Manga and anime can promote something and still be decent. For instance, I like Yugioh despite the fact that it only exists to promote the card game because the story works for me. This book seems to be a medium for Courtney Love to promote her song writing and clothing style (neither of which is completely impressive to me). There are numerous parts to the story that are either weird or just corny (Ai-Land?). The biggest thing I dislike is the story element that seems to be appearing more lately: the gay friend/roommate who doesn't realize/care that their crush is completely unrequited but still tries to drive off any competitors. If I hadn't seen it in more than one story lately, it wouldn't bother me as much (although this roommate has other reasons to dislike Ai that aren't what he chooses to focus on (i for one would be more upset about the clothes...)). There isn't much violence or language at all. There is a kiss and some implications of sexual situations including the fact that Ai basically works as a modern-day geisha.

  • Stacy Fetters
    2019-04-24 05:15

    When I found out it was created by America's Sweetheart Courtney Love, I had to have this. Who doesn't love this bitch!?Ai wakes up in a garbage dump (you can imagine Courtney doing the same) and she can't remember a thing. She carries around this heart shaped box necklace and its locked. Hmm? She tries to figure out who she is and where she came from. Will this Courtney Love character figure anything out while selling herself?This is a little jumpy and bizarre but I love it. Complete genius.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-29 23:18

    This story is romantic and about new discoveries. Princess Ai has a angelic appearance, sometimes has a fierce temper but has a sweet, caring heart. She meets sweet, friendly Kent. Ai discovers about her family and her wings.

  • Holly Letson
    2019-04-27 22:08

  • Harriet
    2019-05-22 00:08

    I liked this book. The characters are okay but I don't think any are remarkable. The art work is nice but I don't think I'll be rushing to buy book 2.

  • Laverne
    2019-05-17 04:12

    It was a great manga book! Its Courtney's life in fiction who finding her real identity in this planet.

  • Jenna
    2019-05-01 05:12

    Trying so be edgy!

  • Yaa
    2019-05-05 04:08

    SOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo SICK!! I LOVE this manga! The action, the romance, the fantasy, the culio fashion sense, the wicked graphic scene! JUST TOOOO MUCH!!

  • Mary Paul
    2019-05-13 02:58


  • Yoru
    2019-04-23 05:28

    Oh gosh, this one's left me at a loss for words. What can I really say about this so far? Tropes and a slightly annoying jab at a slightly annoying (and somewhat stereotyped) gay love rival aside, I've really enjoyed what I read in this first volume of Princess Ai. I try not to overthink things too much here, and that's led me to really have fun with this. Hell, I'm not even sure who I'd recommend it to specifically; I think if you're interested, you should give this a try. Even if you don't get interested in the story itself, the art is super gorgeous and there's enough costume design all over the place here for nearly anybody to goggle over.

  • Laura
    2019-05-09 22:15

    I really wanted to hate this short manga series...on a couple of occassions, I've asked fellow manga-fans whether its wrong that I love Princess Ai. The story is written by three authors, one including Courtney Love, who isn't exactly as popular as she is famous, and I really did believe that this would be an incredibly weak story made just to make some extra bucks. I'm not exactly a fan of Love, and it just seemed like a money-making gimmick, jumping on the cult trend for Japanese manga in the west.But I ended up really liking it. Ai is a princess from another world, who is sent to Earth for her safety, but loses her memories on the way. In Japan, she sets about trying to discover herself, and becomes a massive rock diva along the way. The series is only 3 books long, and it's not the cleverest of plots, but it was definately a pleasure to read, and the art is something to delight over. Many of Ai's outfits seem to revolve around Gothic/Punk/Lolita styles and are very creative. I think that Love has tried to have Ai modeled on herself- or rather, the person she wishes she is. Ai's character isn't particularly indepth, but likeable- sassy, bright and talented, with a fantastic singing voice that emotionally affects everyone who hears her (and the word "Ai" in Japanese means "love"...coincidence?). The character Kent seems to be loosely modelled on Kurt Cobain, and the involvement of a not-too-subtly named "Heart-Shaped Box" indicates that Love may well have wanted to put a bit of heart into this story, and not just make it for money.The artwork is better than the story line, but the characters are funny and interesting...don't expect a masterpeice, but pick up and know that you can at least enjoy the read.

  • Sereneblaze
    2019-04-21 01:17

    A young, amnesiac 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, much to the distaste 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 trailI'm not sure I can articulate everything I feel about this manga.Part of me likes it, part of me thinks it's tacky. I mean the story itself is pretty interesting but I often felt conflicted with Ai because she seemed so ...perfect for a lack of a better word. I mean she has lost her memories when we first meet her but instead of feeling any emotions like fear or even some apprehension about being in some weird unfamiliar place she has time to make snarky comments at the guy who tries to steal her box when he falls over after touching it. She essentially excels at everything she tries, from clothes fitting her, singing, writing music, getting the attention of the right guys, getting a record deal, fighting, turning people into her friends... where's the struggle? (view spoiler)[admittedly this may be because she is part angel and therefore was given some grace above normal humans but it does make it a bit difficult to relate and get in her mind set (hide spoiler)]. Despite my issues with the book, the art is beautiful thanks to the artists that worked on the book so if a seemingly "perfect" isn't much of a both to you then you might want to check this book out.

  • _Zoe1_ Hilliard
    2019-04-22 23:14

    Princess Ai was an enjoyable novel about a young girl who wakes up in a back alley in Tokyo with no recollection of her past!She quickly becomes acquainted with college student named Kent. Kent helps Ai on her 'mission' of self discovery. Ai then lands a job in the club Cupid(o) where she sings. She continues to visit the library where Kent works each day. In one of her 'reading sessions' at the library she finds a mysterious book and she soon realises she is not from this world but a place called 'Ai-Land' (how typical).A scout (Takeshi) from HTA who visits the club regularly soon notices Ai's talented voice and offers her a job and the temptation of becoming the hottest rock dive on the planet., Ai instantly rejects his offer as she finds him a most despicable.But when Kent is attacked a Furie named Tess from Ai-Land Ai leaves the sanctuary of his appartment for his protection! It turns out her struggel was in vane as she is still found by the furie.Kent now comes to Ai's rescue where he there discovers Ai is not human! Ai's angelic appearence was not an illusion; she actually has wings!fearing the well being of Kent and herself she takes up Takeshi's job offer for Kent and her protection.Goodbyes are said and all seems well until Tess yet again finds Ai while she is performing on stage, Tess is thrown off Ai's trail when the lights go out and Ai escapes to the safety of HTA!

  • Mercedes
    2019-05-13 05:17

    If you like Courtney Love and her story, This is a Book for you. Its about a Girl who is practically beamed down to Japan (Where Courtney Love supposedly lived and Worked as a Stripper while she was a Teenage Girl) and She doesnt know who she is and is carrying a Heart Shaped Box (Like The Nirvana Song- Heart Shaped Box). She then gets a Job singing at a Stip Club and meets a Gun Toting Music Producer who wants to sign her to his Bosses Label. She however meets a guy by accident named Kent (Uh...You mean Kurt???) whom she ends up falling in love with practically. But leaves him alone by the end of Book 1 because she is being hunted by Tess (A Evil Ai-Land person who is out to capture her and bring her back to God knows where). Overall if you know anything about Courtney Love you can see for sure that this is a Spin and Twist of an Biography and that she definitely Created the Series. And if you like her this book will be even more fun to read. Even if you could care less about Courtney, This is a Great Japanese Manga book. And for people who have no idea what Japanese Manga is- Well, Its kinda like this: You read the book backwards practically. The Back Cover of an American Book is the Front Cover and Beginning in Manga. And to Americans it would be considered a Comic Book of sorts. This was a Great Book and Super Fun to Read, If you can get the hang of reading Comics backwards then this will be lots of fun to read!

  • Aoife
    2019-05-07 23:15

    This series is somewhat bizarre to be honest.Subtle is not something that has approached it in any form. Pretentiousness on the other hand....To be brief, 'Ai' wakes up in an alley with no memory or belongings but a 'heart-shaped box'. (Really, really? I mean, you're not even trying to hide it now.) She becomes a rockstar with magic singing, grows wings and people worship her as a goddess because this is a heavy-handed self insert fantasy.Honestly, the entire story is ridiculously childish and reads a lot like a series aimed at a much younger audience than it purports. It's indulgence and delusion that Courtney Love is far, far too old for.There are so many things that frustrate me about this manga, not least the truly atrocious writing. It never really gives any satisfactory details about 'Ai-land' or its' inhabitants apart from grudgingly acknowledging that they has a right to be pissed. (Slavery and exploitation does tend to tick people off) Ai really does nothing but sing and let people have feelings about her. (Because author avatar)I will, however, commend the art. It's beautiful, the costumes are interesting and dramatic, drawing heavily on Gothic Lolita subculture, and creating a memorable look. So, I can give the writer one kudos. They employed an excellent artist.

  • Francine
    2019-05-16 01:02

    (Ik heb deze manga in het Nederlands gelezen. Het voelt zo vreemd...)Het verhaal is intrigerend, de hoofdpersoon is likeable, het liefdesverhaal tussen Ai en Kent is leuk en de tekeningen zijn prachtig. Het grootste minpunt is echter de huisgenoot van Kent. Hikaru is zo verschrikkelijk irritant en cliché dat het pijn doet. Hij is "de homo", jeweetwel, degene die telkens kattig doet tegen Ai omdat hij denkt dat zij Kent "van hem wil stelen" en die verder niks aan het verhaal toevoegt. Also, hij heeft blijkbaar een kast vol jurken. In het hele verhaal draagt hij mannenkleren, dus waarom hangen er vrouwenkleren in zijn kast? Antwoord: zodat Ai ze kan dragen. Want dat is wat homo's doen, right, vrouwenkleren dragen? Give me a break. Deze plot hole was makkelijk op te lossen door van Hikaru óf een vrouw te maken óf een travestiet, wat allebei veel logischer is (hoewel allebei even cliché) omdat die, je raadt het nooit, daadwerkelijk vrouwenkleren dragen. Maar nog beter was het als ze de huisgenoot helemaal geschrapt hadden, want: als Hikaru niet in het verhaal had gezeten, was er geen gemis. Een cliché personage dat ook nog eens niks toevoegt aan het plot mag gewoon geschrapt worden.Maar afgezien van dat vond ik het best een amusant verhaal. :)

  • Ape
    2019-04-25 00:14

    2010 bookcrossing journal:Well, continuing on into my wierd journey of 2010 into manga land. This is a kind of collaberation, created by Courtney Love, DJ Milky whoever on earth he is, and the illustrator Misaho Kujiradou.It isn't particularly anything new or amazing, a standard story, and almost a kind of teenage/child princess fantasy but with undertones of bondage and an almost naive portrayal of strip club industries. Princess Ai wakes up in Tokyo with amnesia - no idea why she is here, who she is or anything. She only has this cutesy heart shaped box with her as any sort of clue. She's an alien though. So, she starts wandering around town in her barely decent ripped up dress, meets some people, makes some clothes that involve more belts and buckles than materials, and gets a job at a strip club. But she wants to just sing and there's sections with her performing on stage and singing that just smack of these young teenager cringeworthy dreams of being a pop star.What will happen next...?I have the third and final installment of this tale, so I may just skip part two and read that instead.

  • Christina
    2019-05-02 05:26

    Ai just woke up in an alley, not knowing anything but her name and that she was sent somewhere down to Earth to find something.Not knowing much about the human world and out on the streets since day one, Ai tries to make her way by working at a Hostess Club called Club Cupid. But even though they pay well she still has no place to rest.After finding Ai asleep, laying in the bushes outside his work, a boy she ran into before named Kent carries her to his apartment and promises to let her stay until she finds her own place.This manga that crosses the boundaries between a stereotypical Japanese graphic and a tale of a girl on a search for herself in my eyes has earned 4/5 stars. I can now understand its extreme popularity during and after publication.The two main reasons I love this manga is because the feel of the characters reminds me of a story I know from long ago, and this story portrays the kindness of humans (and their foul side too) so obviously. Not only that but the strength that a person can have and the inevitable pain we'll all have to face.

  • Nozomi
    2019-05-18 04:21

    I find it ironic that this manga I'd be interested in is cowritten by Courtney Love, who saying I'm not a big fan of would be an understatement. Her influences from her own life really show in it (also an understatement). I mean, the character's name (Ai = Love herself), the character's love interest (Kent = Kurt) and a heart-shaped box? But I was able to ignore her contribution and still like this series, at least a little. So, am I a bit of a hypocrite? Yes, maybe I am, whatever, but I've always judged manga on the art more than the storyline, and that's what pulled me to this series--not the fact that Courtney Love cowrote it, but the art that is just so goddamn pretty. The fact that the story wasn't a complete disappointment was a plus. Ha! I wish I wasn't lying when I typed that last sentence. The story is very disappointing; it kind of jumped around.