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As Ai becomes more and more involved in the entertainment industry, she learns that there is always a price to pay for fame. When a scandal surfaces involving a love triangle among Ai, Kent and Hikaru, the media attention seems like it will be the perfect boost for her new album release. Ai loves Kent, but will this scandal put their love to the ultimate test?


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As Ai becomes more and more involved in the entertainment industry, she learns that there is always a price to pay for fame. When a scandal surfaces involving a love triangle among Ai, Kent and Hikaru, the media attention seems like it will be the perfect boost for her new album release. Ai loves Kent, but will this scandal put their love to the ultimate test?

30 review for Princess Ai: Lumination

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    Might be a smidge but biased because I love Courtney Love. Even after she became a train wreck. Will always love her. This series is slow to start off and gets better as the pages fly by. Princess Ai is a total punk rock diva. Her career is taking off and everyone is in love. Except for the princess, she is miserable and feels like a slave in her recording contract. She sings her heart out and is still trying to recapture her memory. Also missing her library love Kent. Will Princess Ai get her memo Might be a smidge but biased because I love Courtney Love. Even after she became a train wreck. Will always love her. This series is slow to start off and gets better as the pages fly by. Princess Ai is a total punk rock diva. Her career is taking off and everyone is in love. Except for the princess, she is miserable and feels like a slave in her recording contract. She sings her heart out and is still trying to recapture her memory. Also missing her library love Kent. Will Princess Ai get her memory back and get her love? We can only hope. Sigh!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sibila

    Repeat review, since it applies to all 3 volumes: This was complete garbage, obvious wish fulfillment by Courtney Love about an edgy, amazing, hot, talented otherworldly princess with a ridiculous plot and not one believable or relatable thing happening.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    What can I say? I loved this Manga. Maybe I'm a little biased as I do love me so Courtney Love as well, but in all honesty. At the time I read it (years ago when it first came out) I did find the story to be original, thought provoking and just a plain fun read. I fell in love with the charaters and the world that Courtney and her Illustrator created. What can I say? I loved this Manga. Maybe I'm a little biased as I do love me so Courtney Love as well, but in all honesty. At the time I read it (years ago when it first came out) I did find the story to be original, thought provoking and just a plain fun read. I fell in love with the charaters and the world that Courtney and her Illustrator created.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lara Vehar

    I love the artwork and I love Tess, but Tess is the only character I somewhat care about and am interested in so that's really sad because she isn't even a main character. The story starts slowly picking up but I still don't like either Kent either Ai and that's really sad because this story had a lot of potential but it's just so bland. I love the artwork and I love Tess, but Tess is the only character I somewhat care about and am interested in so that's really sad because she isn't even a main character. The story starts slowly picking up but I still don't like either Kent either Ai and that's really sad because this story had a lot of potential but it's just so bland.

  5. 5 out of 5

    AmyH

    After a decent first entry the cracks in the Princess Ai series are beginning to show. Whilst the Kujiradou's gorgeous art could initially forgive a lot of issues with the writing it can be longer gloss over the main problem, Princess Ai herself. Ai's character can best be described as two personalities pushed together: a bratty diva and a love filled inspiration. Sadly they never properly combine and she ends up flitting iratically between the two, sometimes in the same scene. Following her rec After a decent first entry the cracks in the Princess Ai series are beginning to show. Whilst the Kujiradou's gorgeous art could initially forgive a lot of issues with the writing it can be longer gloss over the main problem, Princess Ai herself. Ai's character can best be described as two personalities pushed together: a bratty diva and a love filled inspiration. Sadly they never properly combine and she ends up flitting iratically between the two, sometimes in the same scene. Following her recruitment by the HTA she is no longer homeless and working at a strip club allowing the diva personality to come to the fore, determined to destroy every shred of goodwill built up in volume 1. Despite joining the talent agency to work as a singer Ai seems shocked that she has to, if you can believe it, sing and carry out her contract. Whilst Takeshi and other HTA members can be patronising and controlling, Ai's unpleasant nature can no longer be overlooked. Her crowning moment comes when she finds a woman who is about to jump from a building and rather than being concerned is annoyed that she can't find somewhere to be alone. Jen from Club Cupid is brought in to be a friend for Ai, though isn't given any to do except gush over how great Ai is, in stark contrast to everything Ai actually does. Given that Jen came to Japan by herself and has had to work at a strip club, Ai's complaints about HTA are even more jarring, as unlike Jen she is in a place of financial security and has every resource available to her to make her music a reality. Ai may be a princess, but her complete lack of awareness of her own privilege is insulting both to the characters and the reader. In a similar vain to Hikaru, volume 2 gives us a new gay character in Yoshi, Ai's assistant. It may be crass to refer to someone as the 'gay character', but like Hikaru before him, Yoshi is given no details about his life other than his sexuality (though here implied) and his opinions on Ai. The fury Tess manages to secure the dubious title of most engaging character. Her actions are driven by the suffering of her people and help to add weight to a story which is becoming increasingly superficial and repetitive. There are only so many times Ai can complain that she doesn't like HTA making her a rich world famous star, but Tess manages to remind us that there is the potential for an interesting story. The major plot thread of the series, Ai's mysterious past, is for the most part revealed but for some reason this is given as a huge flashback dump with vast amount of information that hadn't even been hinted at. Some points even seem to contradict themselves, which seems on par with the writing quality as a whole. As with the previous volume the saving grace is Kujiradou's art, if you can get past Ai's bizarre torso on the front cover. With more flashbacks her subject matter has been allowed to expand, and the many of the dougen are striking and beautiful, particularly the angels and furies. Sadly, she can only do so much, and Ai's personality is ultimately about to derail the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    If you've read the first volume in this series and felt like you were left with more questions than answers, don't worry: volume two answers some of those questions! We get a lot more exposition and chunks of world-building in this one! Again, there are some tropes at play that lean toward the cheesy side of things, but it kind of makes the story a little more endearing. There's a lot of heart behind this story, and it shows. (Again, my only quibble seems to be with the jabs here and there at Hi If you've read the first volume in this series and felt like you were left with more questions than answers, don't worry: volume two answers some of those questions! We get a lot more exposition and chunks of world-building in this one! Again, there are some tropes at play that lean toward the cheesy side of things, but it kind of makes the story a little more endearing. There's a lot of heart behind this story, and it shows. (Again, my only quibble seems to be with the jabs here and there at Hikaru-the-gay-roommate, and an additional jab at a character who seems like they're androsexual, to say the least.) I'm not sure I have much to offer in the way of critical reviewing for this series; doing critical reviews of manga is tricky, to say the least, and I like this series besides.

  7. 5 out of 5

    .☆°lukne°☆.

    The obvious Courtney's self-insert as AI is becoming even more obvious. And i still can't stand her plus there's even some ugly comments directed to the lgbtq+ characters and just brushed off like it's nothing. The obvious Courtney's self-insert as AI is becoming even more obvious. And i still can't stand her plus there's even some ugly comments directed to the lgbtq+ characters and just brushed off like it's nothing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shahna

    Also not good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    R

    Fun and different story. This volume is much more tame than the first. I suppose because the princess has lost most of her control.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Encoro

    Outstanding

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan Eggers

    My goodness, she certainly attracts trouble, doesn't she? My goodness, she certainly attracts trouble, doesn't she?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaja

    Beautiful art and mediocre storyline. It’s cute and maybe just a tad too predictable for my liking.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    See review of Volume One.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yoyomaus Die Büchereule

    Ai befindet sich in einem goldenen Käfig, den ihr Produzent geschaffen hat. Er zwingt sie Lieder zu produzieren und Auftritte zu meistern, während sie mehr damit beschäftigt ist, sich einen Kopf zu machen, was mit Kent und dem Ai-land ist. Sie pöbelt alle an und macht ihnen das Leben schwer, doch immer wenn sie eine gute Tat vollbringt wachsen ihre Engelsflügel. Kent versucht sie heimlich zu besuchen, scheitert jedoch. Als Ai bei einem Konzert von einer Furie angegriffen wird, kann sie diese mit Ai befindet sich in einem goldenen Käfig, den ihr Produzent geschaffen hat. Er zwingt sie Lieder zu produzieren und Auftritte zu meistern, während sie mehr damit beschäftigt ist, sich einen Kopf zu machen, was mit Kent und dem Ai-land ist. Sie pöbelt alle an und macht ihnen das Leben schwer, doch immer wenn sie eine gute Tat vollbringt wachsen ihre Engelsflügel. Kent versucht sie heimlich zu besuchen, scheitert jedoch. Als Ai bei einem Konzert von einer Furie angegriffen wird, kann sie diese mit ihrer Musik besänftigen und wird schließlich von Kent vor herabfallenden Bühnenteilen gerettet. Nach dem Konzert beschließt der Manager seinen Schützling Ai noch richtig auszunutzen und sie dann umbringen zu lassen. Wieder einmal überzeugt die Geschichte nicht, obwohl ich ihr noch eine Chance geben wollte. Der Charakter Ai ist einfach nervtötend und nicht tragbar und die Storyline stumpft immer mehr ab. Am schlimmsten finde ich jedoch, dass Ai von Kapitel zu Kapitel immer nuttiger gezeichnet wird. Definitiv daneben. Von dieser Mangareihe erwarte ich wirklich nichts mehr. Dass an dieser Reihe wirklich Courtney Love, die Witwe von Curt Cobain mitgewirkt haben soll, kann man sich gar nicht vorstellen...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Princess Ai's quest for knowledge of her past continues, even though her employers at HTA keep her on a tight schedule and don't let her leave the fancy condo they've put her up in. Thankfully Ai has Kent on her side and he manages to get a book of legends about Ai-land to her (go go super librarian!) as well as to talk with her during a radio broadcast to promote her music. These star-crossed lovers can't be kept apart for long though, and they are finally re-united during Ai's dramatic first c Princess Ai's quest for knowledge of her past continues, even though her employers at HTA keep her on a tight schedule and don't let her leave the fancy condo they've put her up in. Thankfully Ai has Kent on her side and he manages to get a book of legends about Ai-land to her (go go super librarian!) as well as to talk with her during a radio broadcast to promote her music. These star-crossed lovers can't be kept apart for long though, and they are finally re-united during Ai's dramatic first concert when the Fury who has been chasing her catches up with her. Even though the storyline is totally engaging - who can resist a story of a rebellious banished princess - what I like best about this series is the beautiful artwork. The costume design is especially gorgeous because it straddles the boundary between punk and angelic glam. Absolutely fabulous, if not actually wearable!

  16. 4 out of 5

    kuristina- tabreez

    Soon to be punk/rock and roll star, Princess Ai has just made her debut and she's more popular than ever anticipated! But at the same time she still has her own problems such as saving her home planet from a revolution and sorting her feelings between future and past lovers. All this while still being a mega popstar... no biggie. This series keeps getting better and better, I can't wait for the next volume! Although the main villain has already been replaced so quickly so that does sadden me a lit Soon to be punk/rock and roll star, Princess Ai has just made her debut and she's more popular than ever anticipated! But at the same time she still has her own problems such as saving her home planet from a revolution and sorting her feelings between future and past lovers. All this while still being a mega popstar... no biggie. This series keeps getting better and better, I can't wait for the next volume! Although the main villain has already been replaced so quickly so that does sadden me a little.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Francine

    De vertaling is stiekem best vermakelijk en maakt doorgaans gebruik van een vertaaltechniek die domestication heet (met woorden als "lullo" en "lekkere chickie", en verwijzingen naar ouders die normaal gesproken van Duitse schlagers houden) - hoewel alle songteksten en sommige asides dan weer onvertaald zijn. Logica. :/ Het verhaal komt in dit boekje meer op gang en je komt meer te weten over Ai en de geschiedenis van Ai-land (wat ik nog steeds een stomme naam vind, maar goed). Verder kon de teke De vertaling is stiekem best vermakelijk en maakt doorgaans gebruik van een vertaaltechniek die domestication heet (met woorden als "lullo" en "lekkere chickie", en verwijzingen naar ouders die normaal gesproken van Duitse schlagers houden) - hoewel alle songteksten en sommige asides dan weer onvertaald zijn. Logica. :/ Het verhaal komt in dit boekje meer op gang en je komt meer te weten over Ai en de geschiedenis van Ai-land (wat ik nog steeds een stomme naam vind, maar goed). Verder kon de tekenaar duidelijk haar creativiteit kwijt in alle fantastische outfits.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lady Pestilence

    Surprisingly, I still like this. In fact, I found it rather easy to ignore Courtney Love's involvement. (Possibly because Love is a beast.) The first volume was really scrambled--too much was happening, too fast. A lot of the characters are stock (e.g. gay roommate Hikaru), but I guess that's what you have to expect in a three-volume series. The second volume explains a little more--like who Nora is. The art is still pretty. I like the clothing. Surprisingly, I still like this. In fact, I found it rather easy to ignore Courtney Love's involvement. (Possibly because Love is a beast.) The first volume was really scrambled--too much was happening, too fast. A lot of the characters are stock (e.g. gay roommate Hikaru), but I guess that's what you have to expect in a three-volume series. The second volume explains a little more--like who Nora is. The art is still pretty. I like the clothing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    A. E. S.

    Middle of the series where Princess Ai makes important steps to find out the truth about who she is, and what she truly believes in. Her friends Jen, Kent, Hikaru, Fa'an and so many others help guide her on her way. Musical fun! Middle of the series where Princess Ai makes important steps to find out the truth about who she is, and what she truly believes in. Her friends Jen, Kent, Hikaru, Fa'an and so many others help guide her on her way. Musical fun!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Harriet

    Kind of just an average manga for me. The story is okay but a little confusing due to Ai's lack of memory but it is a fun read... like most manga i've read. The characters are also okay but I haven't fallen in love with any of them. Kind of just an average manga for me. The story is okay but a little confusing due to Ai's lack of memory but it is a fun read... like most manga i've read. The characters are also okay but I haven't fallen in love with any of them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Biserka

    As with the first part of this story I got this really cheap, loved the visuals, but was not too impressed with the story. The story is just a bunch of trash...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Jump

    I'm busting to read the rest of the series. It's a bout this alien princess come to earth who turns into a rockstar! She totlaly rocks. I'm busting to read the rest of the series. It's a bout this alien princess come to earth who turns into a rockstar! She totlaly rocks.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    I'm loving this manga, especially the songs. I wonder if someone's recorded them. . . If not, they should. This would also make a great anime :) I'm loving this manga, especially the songs. I wonder if someone's recorded them. . . If not, they should. This would also make a great anime :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Kelly

    Beautiful art... fairly interesting storyline. All marred by Courtney Love's involvement. Beautiful art... fairly interesting storyline. All marred by Courtney Love's involvement.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Once again Princess Ai is Perfect at everything she does. Everything.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dony Grayman

    Edición argentina, tomo 2 de 3 que repite ISBN del tomo anterior.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    Swedish title: Princess Ai: LJUSNING

  28. 4 out of 5

    Holly Letson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fumphwoog, Lady of all Sorrows

    Alright... I know this is anime ... but its good!!..... BLAME SHAWNA!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Etide123

    its pretty good but i am not about to read this bicous i dont know how to read in this web site. i got 1. chapter in my hose and its prety good.

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