12 Days of Anime Characters – Ani

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Onto day three of the 12 Days of Anime and today we shift our focus from a side character who deserves more (Shimada) to a Princess in a harem comedy anime. Her character shouldn’t work anywhere near as well as it did but that is part of what makes her memorable.

Ani Inako from Dame x Prince Anime Caravan takes centre stage for Day 3 of our 12 Days of Anime.

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Ani is a female protagonist at the centre of a harem of Princes in a parody that doesn’t quite land its mark as often as it should. She’s regularly covered in pink with a flower in her hair, she’s a Princess of her people with a male knight who is also probably into her, and everything about her screams we’ve seen this character before moving on. 

And that assessment isn’t really wrong, but it isn’t really right. Ani is quite the caustic and grounded young lady. She’s happy as a Princess and not trying to evade responsibilities or moaning about it, but she’s also someone who gets in and helps her people in the fields or whatever else needs to happen. Her reactions to each of the excessively pampered and very silly Princes are fairly priceless and she’s generally great fun to follow around.

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However, she isn’t just the sarcastic one-line character. Ani does work hard to connect with the Princes and to help them through their problems. Part of this is her own protagonist nature that generally compels main characters to be sticky beaks and get involved (in order for the plot not to screech to a halt) and the other part is that she’s a practical young lady and these princes are the people she will need to deal with as a Queen. They are essential to the survival of her country and so personal views or not, she isn’t about to burn any bridges, though I would have forgiven her if she’d tried to drown Narek.

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All and all, I really liked Ani’s character. While I might have liked a strong anime overall, I still feel hers is a character worth remembering and I’m really glad I followed her on her journey.

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Karandi James
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DamePri Anime Caravan Episode 4: And Then They All Visited The Farm

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Last week I noted that all of the Princes had finally been introduced and I wondered what the anime was going to do next. Well, no more wondering. Now I know that the Princes are going to go on a field trip to annoy Ani and play the rich guys see a farm for the first time card.


Which honestly isn’t that surprising given this show is pretty much following the plot of a fairly generic story and the only particularly noteworthy parts of it are that the Princes’ personalities have been dialed up to an eleven and Ani is playing the straight-man with definite determination in the face of all ludicrous developments.

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However, the episode does remain fun and even if nothing that happens is a surprise and the story essentially consists of the three princes and the noble guy that Ani has met in the previous episodes descend on her rural kingdom, play around, complain about the food, and then they move to the next kingdom and Ani is to accompany them. While this isn’t a masterpiece, it isn’t subversive of any kind of genre, it isn’t even really a parody, it does manage to be amusing in its own way and the characters do have their own charms even if they are ridiculous.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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