Kiss of the Rose Princess is a manga that revolves around Anise and her four classmates that happen to be Rose Knights. The story starts out with Anise telling us about the rose choker that she is never allowed to take off. Her father told her that removing the rose choker ensures that a terrible punishment will happen to her. Unfortunately, that very thing happens. A bat creature seemingly begins to attack her and she loses her choker in the struggle. Once the choker is gone, she is given four different cards. Each card represents a different Rose Knight that has sworn his allegiance to her. The romantic aspect of this manga is the fact that she must kiss the cards in order to summon her knights.
While Kiss of the Rose Princess has an interesting story, it can be hard to focus on what is going on. All of the panels on each page are very close together. This makes it difficult to see all of the detail that has been put into the characters and the action sequences.
More aspects to the story make it more than just a romantic comedy manga. For example, the Contract of the Rose has various complicated details to make things more interesting. Even though she only has to kiss a card to summon her desired Rose Knight, each knight takes his power from Anise’s blood. There is a limit to what she could do.
So far, there have not been any real threats in the story. The first volume of Kiss of the Rose Princess is focused on introducing us to Anise and each of the Rose Knights. President Tenjo is the popular, rich, and slightly strange high school president. Coincidentally that he was Anise’s crush before everything happened. He has the powers of defense. Seiran is described as a beautiful boy who is usually sick. However, they do find out that he is simply allergic to roses. He used to be close friends with Kaede but they grew apart when Kaede began to bully him about his weaknesses. He has the power of alchemy. Kaede seems to be an average boy when you first see him. He is rough around the edges but he is well intentioned most of the time. His sarcasm makes him hard to get along with at times. He is a born fighter. Mutsuki is the strangest Rose Knight in Kiss of the Rose Princess because he is the only character that is not human. In fact, he is known as a Dark Stalker. He is sensitive to the cold and prefers to stay in the dark. Because his classmates don’t know much about him and he intimidates them, there are quite a few different rumors surrounding his name. This includes being known as a criminal. He has quite the temper and he specializes in stealth.
As Anise gets to know her Rose Knights, she spends most of her time trying to incorporate them into her high school life. Some of her classmates have lashed out against her in a fit of jealousy. In addition, she is still attempting to find her rose choker. There seems to be a story developing around her rose choker and her father. We have to remember that Anise’s father told her that a terrible thing would happen to her if she loses her choker. What will the punishment be? Kiss of the Rose Princess has started with a solid first volume. It introduces us to the plot and the characters while still managing to add some humor. In addition, the manga features beautiful color artwork inside.