Manga Review: Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume Six

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 6 focuses on Anise Yamamoto, who discovers she is the Rose Princess. Four boys at her school are the Rose Knights who serve her. However, there is also a fake Rose Princess and fake Rose Knights who try to get in the way of Anise finding all of the Arcana Cards.

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 6
Written by: Aya Shouoto
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 1, 2015

Volume 6 opens with the revelations of Mutsuki’s real name and that the Gray Rose is supposedly Mutsuki’s older brother. There’s a flashback sequence included in this volume that provides Mutsuki’s backstory and what happened between him and his brother. I found this flashback to be very enlightening, as it helps the reader to start understanding the mystery that’s been surrounding Mutsuki all this time.

Ella, the fake Rose Princess, appears before Anise and declares that she’s started collecting Arcana Cards and already has eight of them. At this point, Anise still has no idea that her friend Hiragi is actually Ella. Kaede knows but hasn’t said anything, and I wonder how Anise will react if she finds out the truth and the fact that Kaede has hidden it from her. I can’t believe that this won’t be touched on eventually, especially since we see Anise feel jealous when she sees Hiragi suddenly kiss Kaede. Anise seems to have fallen for Kaede but won’t admit it to herself.

But the biggest part of Volume 6 is Seiran feeling like he’s going to be left behind and never have his first awakening. When Ninufa says he senses an Arcana Card, Seiran decides to go alone to find it. Anise and Kaede discover what he’s up to and follow him. When the search leads to a swimming pool and the fake Purple Rose Knight, Anise tries to save Seiran and is injured. But Seiran takes a risk to cure Anise’s wounds, which leads to something unexpected. I have to say, it was refreshing to see Seiran finally get a story line that focused on him since he usually seems to be more in the background compared to the other Rose Knights.

At this point, Kaede is the only Rose Knight not to achieve first awakening. I find this an interesting choice on Shouoto’s part, since it’s obvious at this point that Anise and Kaede actually have feelings for each other but they don’t seem to be able to admit it to themselves. And during Mutsuki’s flashback, it’s hinted that a previous Rose Princess and Red Knight became “engaged.” Could this perhaps be a sign that Kaede will ultimately be the one to become “engaged” to Anise, or is Shouoto simply throwing out a red herring?

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 6 seems to be raising the stakes and setting the story to move up to the next level very soon. I think enough hints have been dropped to indicate that some kind of major event is bound to happen sooner rather than later. Hopefully the role of the Ella and her fake Rose Knights will also become more important in the next volume, so we can learn what exactly it is that they’re up to and see how their actions affect Anise and her Rose Knights.

Fans of the series should be pleased by the revelations and character developments that occur during Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 6. And the cliffhanger at the end will make readers anticipate the next volume in order to find out what will happen to those two particular characters, because the last line of narration sounds ominous.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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