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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Vol. #02 Manga Review

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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Vol. #02

No battle plan survives first contact with the Princess.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kagiji Kumanomata
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adaptation: Annette Roman

What They Say
While waiting to be rescued, Princess Syalis makes herself at home by commandeering a bathtub, befriending (sort of) a cute demon girl and participating in a castle fitness challenge. Her plots to get some shut-eye include stealing ice from Ice Demons to cool off on a hot summer night, attempting to make her own waterbed, toying with magic spells and provoking an enchanted flower into releasing a soporific. And then the nightmares begin…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This volume of Sleep Princess answers a question that hadn’t dawned on me during the first volume, where are all the women demons at? It turns out they were out on the front lines, fighting the humans. A certain harpy among the forces is dying to meet the princess and learn more about humans. Unfortunately for her, Syalis couldn’t care less about becoming friends with anyone. She’s only interested in a soft downy harpy feather comforter.

Among the other events that occur in this volume are a fitness challenge, which Saylis makes a total mess of. There’s the rescue of a silkworm in the quest for a hammock. Syalis thwarts all of the Demon Prince’s attempts to create a compelling dungeon for the hero, unintentionally. Unintentionally is the key word here. Syalis is never fully aware of her destructive ways and when she does think things through for a moment she ends up not caring in the slightest about the chaos she is causing. 

Amusingly, the release of this volume feels timely and makes a couple of the chapters more relatable. A few stories feature the major challenge of trying to cool off to sleep in the summer heat. Considering that they’re kind of in hell, and that lava flows through the palace, you can see where that would be a problem.

Yes, the quest for a good night’s sleep continues unabated. There are no major developments in this volume from what I could tell. Sure, we have the introduction of a few new faces and the carryover of ones introduced in the last volume. Syalis once again uses the grimoire to try to get her way, much to the grimoire’s disappointment that she doesn’t use him to conquer the world. The author never forgets about the random elements introduced, and we’re reminded that Syalis is still harvesting ghosts for bedsheets on a regular basis. It’s very clever in making sure random background elements aren’t just pretty scenery. Yet the plot remains simple, just more hijinks and mishaps, with Syalis furthering her reputation as a monster among the monsters.

By the end of this volume, I’m certain the entire castle must be aware of her thieving and murdering ways. Surprisingly, only one incident causes the untimely death and resurrection of the princess this time.

The only extra in this volume are the diagrams pointing out the named characters on the cover and a one-page gag comic which serves as an author’s note.

In Summary
Sleepy Princess continues Syalis quest for a good nights sleep. This volume features a lot of the same as the first, with no real ongoing major plot developments. Just plenty of goofs, slapstick, and wonderful funny artwork. The RPG jokes are pretty great and Syalis continues to be the most distressing damsel to have ever been captured by a demon prince. I worry that the premise to going to get a bit worn out by the time we reach volume three, and I’m curious if any longer or more complex issues will come up to drive the premise anytime soon. Until then it’s still a fun, breezy read best enjoyed in small junks.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A –
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: August 14, 2018
MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CN / £6.99 UK

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