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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Vol. #08 Manga Review

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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Vol. #08

Keeping up appearances.

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

What They Say
Princess Syalis’s luxurious lifestyle is wreaking havoc on the Demon Castle’s budget. When the Demon King cuts back on expenses so that she is no longer supported in the style to which she is accustomed, the princess must find other strategies to satisfy her extravagant tastes. Then, when the newly hired demon staff arrive for their orientation at the Demon Castle—complete with a hot springs retreat!—the current staff are loath to admit that they’ve lost control of their hostage. What will happen when the newbies discover that the “Scissors Demon” is actually a terrifying, bratty human girl?!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The cover illustration for this volume of Sleepy Princess evokes the disaster girl meme, and while it’s probably unintentional it feels very apt. After all, what is Syalis if not an innocent-looking yet destructive force of nature?

This volume focuses on something out-of-the-ordinary for this series, a longer story arc. The majority of the events that take place involve a training seminar for new demon castle employees. The junior staffers are learning the ropes from the ten guardians of the castle. As usual, they can’t keep Syalis from butting in and after a failed attempt to hide her identity from the group they relent and let the newbies in on her true identity.

Then a trip to a hot spring resort ensues. Yup, this is the hot spring volume by which Japanese law requires all manga to devout at least a chapter to.

(I’m joking. Maybe.)

There is only one incident of typical manga hot spring shenanigans. It’s the classic ‘this bath is out-of-order and currently co-ed’ misunderstanding. It is probably the tamer moment of accidental peeping that I have ever seen in manga. Always make sure to read the posted signs so you don’t end up creating an awkward moment.

The demon cleric ends up continuing his awkward relationship with the princess. It begins when he is desperate for her to not learn his real name (which is Leonard.) His reasoning is very strange and has to do with his extended family/species reputation around women. Being a chaste cleric he has his reasons but doesn’t want Syalis to get the wrong idea about him. Yet when Syalis arrives to collect the census sheets she is all business, and admits to the fact she is very aware of the real names of the demons despite calling them all nicknames. This is another incident of Syalis actually being smarter then she lets on.

While the cleric continues his battle against the cute demonic human in his midst a challenger approaches! No, not Dawner although he is progressing through the challenges laid out before him. (And gets told point-blank by Poseidon that Syalis doesn’t want to go home with him.) A new demon recruit called ’scythe weasel’ foregoes propriety and sense by directly telling the demon king he’s into the princess.

Mixed in with the longer storyline are the usual jokey short chapters. The mandrake that grew from the princess returns, the young vampire is corrupted by the Princesses spendthrift ways, a Syalis tries to learn how to swim.

In Summary
Syalis remains tactically frightening with her ability to manipulate her demon captors and even convert the newbies into her own fans. Once again, she remains terrifyingly perceptive even when she is still naive about so much of how the world works. (I appreciate her forgetting April Fools day and then becoming furious at being fooled. Big mood.) The longer storyline about the demon newbies is greatly appreciated and provided a nice change of scenery. This remains an enjoyable and adorable comedy without becoming mean-spirited.

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

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: August 13, 2019
MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CN / £6.99 UK