Manga Review: Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume Seven

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 7 focuses on Anise Yamamoto, a girl who learns that she is the Rose Princess. Four boys at her school serve her as her Rose Knights. Together, they must deal with the fake Rose Princess and the fake Rose Knights as they try to locate the Arcana Cards.

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 7
Written by: Aya Shouoto
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Volume 7 opens with Anise and the Rose Knights attending the Academy Foundation gala. As part of the story, Shouoto decided to have Seiran disguise as a girl in order to bring in some comic relief. This humor early on in the volume was actually needed, since the story became more serious as it progressed.

But the plot takes a turn when Yocto crashes the gala and Mutsuki does something unexpected. Mutsuki’s action ends up serving as a harbinger for an important event that happens later in the volume. The story becomes even more surprising for Anise when Itsushi returns and makes a confession to her and the Rose Knights. And if that wasn’t enough, Anise is shocked when Idel comes to her to ask for help with Yako. Anise’s decision about Idel’s request is the catalyst for what happens right at the end of the volume.

As Volume 7 progresses, there are several revelations, and plot points begin coming together. With these revelations and plot point, it feels as if the story is working at reaching its climax and conclusion. To be honest, the story of Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 7, as well as the series as a whole, hasn’t progressed as I expected it to. There’s actually been less emphasis on looking for the Arcana Cards than I thought there would be when they were introduced back in Volume 3. But maybe that’s not so bad, because I’ve been more interested in the interactions between the characters.

One of the best things to come out of this volume is the fact that Anise is being more decisive. She seems to finally be accepting the fact that she is the Rose Princess and is willing to do whatever she can that is within her power. I’m sure there’s going to a final confrontation with her father, and that Anise’s newfound confidence and decisiveness will help her triumph over him in the end. But her confidence could be shaken if she learns the true identity of the fake Rose Princess, and I’m hoping that this potential plot point will appear sooner rather than later.

Readers who have been following the series from the beginning should find themselves on the edge of their seats as the plot twists and turns take place in Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 7. This is another volume with a cliffhanger ending that will make fans impatient about having to wait for Volume 8 in order to find out what will happen.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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