Total # of Volumes: 1
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Genre: Sword & Sorcery
Languages: English Only
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Ko Maisaka
Director: Abe Musashi
Character Designer: Tokuhiro Matsubara
Music: Kenji Kawai
Animation Director: Rei Hanji
Animation Studio: Red, TOHO
American Producers: ADV Films
Title: Princess Minerva
Running Time: 45
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 1
1: Princess Minerva
The story opens with a solemn voice intoning the noble history of the Princess Minerva and her kingdom. Soon thereafter, we meet the 17-year-old Minerva. She is busy trying to invoke a spell form a book she stole from the castle, although she is not a magic -user. Her friend, Blue Morris, tries to warn her not to proceed, but the headstrong Minerva ignores her. As expected, the results are not what Minerva had hoped for.
The narrator returns and again begins to try to give a "noble" opening to the anime, but even he realizes that is impossible and gives up in disgust. Minerva breaks the fourth wall and addresses the narrator and tells him to get lost. She then turns to Blue Morris and orders her to gather a number of bodyguards for her. Blue Morris asks why, and Minerva just tells her to follow orders and laughs maniacally.
The scene then shifts to a lake where two balls of light, one red and the other blue duel over the watery surface. They race and chase each other, clashing when they meet. Inside the balls are two individuals, Master Haggun and Dynastar, his pupil. Dynastar, an attractive young woman, wishes to leave her master and go on a quest to "regain what was hers" and the master says that he will give his consent, if she can defeat him.
They clash again and this time, Dynastar releases a huge sphere of energy, utterly defeating the master. True to his word, he allows her to leave. As a parting gift, he gives her a glowing flask which he says contains "magic net" and "flowing metal," powers that no ordinary magician could control. Dynastar then leaves on her quest.
The next morning, she bathes in a lake and when she gets out, she uses the flask she had been giving the night before by her master. First, the magic net encircles her body and becomes a suit of scales that conform to the contours of her body. Then the flowing metal is used to create armor on top of the magic net. Now properly suited, Dynastar smiles slyly and announces, "I am ready for you, Princess Minerva."
The scene then cuts briefly to the first appearance of K-2, a thief. He pops up out a log, relieved that he has escaped from overhearing a secret without being burned at the stake or worst. But, his pressing concern is to get some food into his growling stomach.
To solve that problem, he steals food and makes an escape on a large ostrich-like bird. But, he is chased by a young woman, Orlin, who is not very happy with him. She is well armed and seems to have little trouble keeping up with the racing bird.
Down the road, another woman, Kestsley, sits beneath a tree. She has blond hair and a sleeping child, Tua, in her lap. Her clothes identify her as a nun or priestess. She turns when she hears the explosions and loud voices of the other woman and the thief. She announces aloud that it is her duty as a cleric, make that a former cleric, to end all fighting and she positions herself to confront the combatants. But, they run right over her, literally. This causes the disgraced cleric to loose her temper and races of after them, swearing vengeance.
Further down the road, a group of swordsmen are fighting with an extremely shapely (and severely underdressed) women called Chiloria, the Lady Death. She has defeated most of them when a self-important swordsman, Linealter, emerges from the lot to fight her. After a dramatic introduction, they prepare to fight but it is then that the group consisting of the thief and two women comes charging through like a runaway train.
The chase ends when the road dead ends at the walls of the city. There, everyone gathers and starts to demand compensation from each other. The redheaded female warrior wants her rice ball back from the thief, the cleric wants both the thief and the warrior to apologize, and the swordsman wants all three of them to pay him back for ruining his duel with Chiloria.
In the middle of this, another woman, Lachola, rolls up in a cart and tries to sell weapons to them. Of course, none of them are interested. They all then begin to circle with weapons drawn. It is then that Minerva, dress up as the super hero, "Cutey Comet," appears and comes to the "rescue" of the thief. The others are shocked and the silly appearance of Minerva. But, before any fighting can begin, the local cops arrive and Minerva quickly retreats. All of the others are arrested.
Back in the castle, Blue Morris reminds Minerva that she promised not to sneak out of the castle and maintain a decorum proper for a princess. Minerva ignores her and says goes on to say that she is going to enter the martial arts contest. She then heads into the bathes.
In the bath, Minerva plays and swims in the lake-sized pool while Blue Morris pleads with Minerva to behave. But, Minerva does not hear a word Blue says. She does spy K-2, hiding in the ceiling and knocks him down into the pool with a bath bucket. As she holds him down beneath the pool's surface, K-2 tries to plea for his life, saying that he was just following "Cutey Kamen" to thank her. This just make the situation worst, since now he has now seen the royal body in the buff, and he knows the secret identity of "Cutey Kamen."
Down in the dungeon, the others are itching to get out. The cleric introduces herself to the others and explains that she came to the kingdom after seeing a help wanted ad for the position of bodyguard to the princess. The others ask whether she will join the martial arts tournament, and she says yes. Orlin then reveals that she is here to fight as well. Rounding out the team, the weapons saleswoman introduces herself as Lachola. They all shake hands to celebrate their new friendship.
Tua, the little half-elf child, then awakes and cries for food. As she flitters about the room, yelling, Blue Morris enters. Tua bumps into her and Blue give the child a bottle of milk. She then tells the others that they are free to go.
The scene then shifts to the start of the martial arts contest. As the opening ceremonies begin in the arena, the Princess and Blue Morris argue up in the Princess' room. Blue insists that the Princess must sit in the royal box while Minerva wants Blue to take her place so that she can compete. Minerva then storms out.
Backstage, K-2 is now an official with the tournament. He helps other competitors and then notices something strange in one of the changing rooms. It is Lachola putting on a bondage costume. Lachola sees the thief spying on her and takes a "viewing price" out of his hide.
Out in the arena, the contest begins. Lachola, as "Bondage Mask," defeats her opponent easily and then Linealter gets the match against Lady Death. They fight and Linealter, despite a brave effort, loses. But, he is not willing to give up. He charges towards Lady Death as she walks away but us stopped by the very flashy entrance of "Cutey Kamen."
"Cutey Kamen" then challenges Lady Death to a fight and all hell breaks loose as Kestsley and Orlin charge onto the field. Soon, Lachola is in the battle as well. During all this, the King discovers that the Blue Morris is impersonating the Minerva and sends her away. Blue Morris is then kidnapped by two other girls who still believe that she is the princess.
As soon as the King learns that it is his daughter fighting out there, he cancels the match. In the aftermath, the king punishes his daughter, confining her to her room. The Princess, finally realizing that her selfish behavior has caused a lot of trouble, decides to rescue Blue Morris. She asks K-2 to help her, and she sets out to save her friend. The other girls, Kestsley, Orlin and Lachola, learn of Blue Morris troubles and decide to help in the rescue effort.
Soon, the band of women reach a canyon where they find Blue Morris chained to a rock. It's a trap, and they find themselves under attack from Orchid, who can control the wind. Kestsley uses her magic to shield the team. Then Pyrocession attacks with a huge fire-breathing dragon. Again, Kestsley's magic protects them. But, Kestsley is weakening from the constant attacks. It is then that Chiloria arrives and fights off the two other women. K-2 shouts to Minerva that he and Chiloria made it and Minerva dashes forth to save Blue Morris.
She reaches the chained girl and quickly frees her but then finds herself, and her friend trapped in a strange magical space. This is Dynastar's doing and Dynastar then unleashes a powerful bolt of magic at Minerva. But, Blue Morris dives in front of her Princess and takes the blast for her, killing her. Minerva is devastated and does not even try to avoid the blows of Dynastar.
It is then that Tua comes flying in and settles upon the lifeless body of Blue Morris. A full grown Elf emerges from Tua and envelops the both of them in a magical green light. This also restores Minerva's faith, and she faces Dynastar. The two battle and Minerva unleashes a massive energy blast at Dynastar.
In the battle's aftermath, the women gather around the body of Blue Morris. Minerva cries over her fallen friend, and a tear splashes onto Blue's cheek. Blue then awakens and Minerva hugs her.
As the women celebrate the recovery of Blue, Dynastar and her henchmen watch from a bluff. They turn and leave, vowing to meet again. Then Master Haggun appears and predicts many more conflicts to come. This is where the video ends.