The following contains spoilers. This is a fair warning. If you don't like spoilers, skip this review. This is a DVD version.
This is my official review of the 6 episode OVA series, Murder Princess, dubbed and subbed by Funimation. First, let's get this straight. I know it's too short for its own good but OVA's are usually only 4 to 6 episodes long. That's what you get when you buy OVA's. Don't whine and complain that the series isn't longer. Nothing is going to change the fact that it is only 6 episodes long. That being so, let's focus on the plot next.
Ah, the plot. It's basically a medieval/ fantasy based anime with some technology thrown in it, i.e. the cute android girls, Pete, and Dominikov. It really gets more on the technological side further in the series but still remains as a mystical fantasy. Here are the pros and cons of the plot.
Pros- Newer content that wasn't in the manga series (The real Milano and her death scene; which was truly touching, `Milano' getting kidnapped by the mad doctor, Kite (Kaito)'s true appearance, and more humor than the manga did.
Cons- Kite (Kaito)'s true intentions, a really creepy bath scene, the mad doctor's death was too fast, `Alita' getting beat up a lot more, the body switch wasn't as cool as the manga version, Dominikov being a cyborg instead of a shinigami, and newer content that wasn't in the manga (yes, this is both a pro and con).
Moving on, the next part will be about the character's dubbed voices. (There will be no sub review since most people just adore the Japanese audio and hate the English audio. Also, I will only pick and choose the characters I really liked).
Falis aka `Alita' voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard - I really love all the characters that she voices (excluding DBZ stuff because I don't care for that series) and her playing Falis was unbelievably awesome. She used a fix between Luffy (One Piece Funimation version) and Riza Hawkeye (FMA), which suited the character. Falis is no princess that's for sure and Colleen really hit home with the gruffy but still a bit feminine voice.
Alita aka `Milano' voiced by Monica Rial- I also like this voice actress as well. Her voice was a mix between Sakura Kinomoto (TRC) and Renge (OHSHC) which suited the character since she wasn't always so serious and polite.
Dominikov voiced by Chuck Huber- This role was really nicely done. I was glad that they didn't have a cheesy creepy voice for him.
Overall, the dub was superb in my view (and few others that have reviewed this series before me) and the sub, well, was good too. Next, let's talk about the extras, plus the menu design, case design, and the video quality.
The extras included textless songs (only a plus if you like that sort of thing), trailers (a fairly good amount but only one was worth clicking) and audio commentary for episode 6 (which I love audio commentaries so this was a plus in my book. I wasn't expecting it).
There must be different versions, because the cover case that I saw on Amazon was just a simple picture of `Alita' on the cover but when it came to my house, the cover had `armored' Kite (Katio) in the top corner and `Alita' in a fighting stance in the bottom corner. Both of them were against a red and yellow background. I rather had gotten the first version that I saw (it had such pretty blues) but this one is good too. It's just up to opinion. The back cover has a close up of `Alita' against a red background but it also has several characters at the top of the case.
The menus were easy to navigate and easy to select. I ran into some DVD's in the past that weren't as easy. The video quality itself was excellent. It wasn't grainy or old like some new Anime tend to look when switching DVD formats.
Would I recommend this to a friend/person who likes anime? Absolutely. It may be short but it's a great add to someone's collection. It's also a great way to get into fantasy/ medieval anime if you wanted to try the genre out. I give this series a 4.5 stars out of 5.