Who Made Me a Princess: Season 2 | Review
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.25
"The beautiful Athanasia was killed at the hands of her own biological father, Claude de Alger Obelia, the cold-blooded emperor! It’s just a silly bedtime story… until one woman wakes up to suddenly find she’s become that unfortunate princess! She needs a plan to survive her doomed fate, and time is running out.
Will she go with Plan A, live as quietly as possible without being noticed by the infamous emperor? Plan B, collect enough money to escape the palace? Or will she be stuck with Plan C, sweet-talking her way into her father’s good graces?!"
Who Made Me a Princess is a manhwa by Spoon based on the original novel by Plutus. Season 2 consists of episodes 47-81.
Coming off of the cliffhanger that was the end of Season 1, neither Athanasia nor I was in a good place as Claude lost his memories of the last nine years. Amnesia is a trope that I don't like, so, needless to say, I was worried about the direction of this season.
That worry carried on because it ended up being the main conflict of the season, but I still ended up rather enjoying myself.
Let's get into the details.
I don't have much to say about the art, aside from one off-looking panel that I wanted to comment on. Athy is turning her head, but because the back of the dress looked like the front it looked like her head was twisting around the wrong way.
Due to Claude's sudden amnesia, this season revolves around Athy back in survival mode while also coming to the realization of how much she has come to care for her father. Due to that, I was a bit tenser because I wanted everything to go back to normal.
There are moments in this season that make you wonder what direction the story is going to go in because of the changes that occurred that didn't happen in the book. There were also reveals that, at least from my perspective, were obvious but that was fine.
As for how the season wrapped up, it didn't quite feel right. It just ended in a bit of a weird spot and thus didn't feel like a finale.
This still hasn't delved much into the world-building, not only in terms of magic but in terms of the society and world as a whole. It is odd considering that this is about a royal family, so I would have thought there would be more political intrigue and involvement regarding other empires.
We do get some crucial pieces of information regarding the world though, but I won't go into that due to spoilers.
At this point, we already know enough about the characters, those who have been introduced already at least, to care for them. I do have a couple of comments though, starting with Claude.
One thing the author does effectively is the way you cherish the moments where Claude shows vulnerability. He is a rather straight-faced character, so to see his more tender moments is really impactful.
Ijekiel, similar to Claude in a way, gives me Todoroki vibes (but with less childhood trauma). It's the straight face and sad eyes that do it, though Ijekiel is still a sweetheart. I also like the dynamic between Lucas and Ijekiel. I may not like love triangles, but they both play off of each other well because their personalities are so different.
My feelings towards Jennette are a bit more complicated. She is incredibly naive to the point where it is a bit frustrating because you just want her to get a clue.
One thing I would have liked for the series to do is to delve more into the side characters' backstories as there were tiny details revealed that needed more context.
Finally, the main villain was revealed in this season. I do think they are a rather interesting character who does have a lot of potential, not good potential though, to oppose everything Athy has been working her way towards.
All-in-all, I had a good (albeit a bit stressful) time reading this season.
Now, I am going to go into some spoilery thoughts, so if you don't want any spoilers you can stop reading now.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD - PROCEED WITH CAUTION
So things have noticeably changed, and Claude just refuses to see it.
Oh okay, Claude really is trying to kill her.
But like, he saw that he himself put protection spells on her and didn't even think twice about it and just attacked her anyway
Lucas over here causing calamities because the tree didn't have any fruit on it.
Lucas protecting his girl by accidentally causing a landslide that killed the woman who framed her originally and he doesn't even know it.
And the obvious has been revealed, sketchy guy is indeed Claude's not-so-dead brother.
Jennette just spilling everything to a random guy living in her house...
Ohh, evil brother was going to hex Jennette but stopped at the last second.
Looks like he can't quite do that to his own daughter
Felix acting all serious looks really good.
So Claude used cursed magic a long time ago and is cursed as a consequence and is dying...well alright then.
Lucas is all in favour lol.
Athy is asking what he wanted in return for helping her out and said 'well what then, a kiss'?
Lillian scandalized by what she saw too lol
Is that a possible Felix/Lillian romance I see brewing there?
Lucas is 100% satisfied with what he got lol.
You know when you have Athy and Ijekiel together Lucas is gonna end up showing up to interrupt lol.
And they're trying to one-up each other for her attention
Claude still has his sixth sense of knowing when someone is making a move even though he lost his memories.
Wait so Lillian was a lady?
How did she end up as a maid then?
Ohhhh, so evil guy is actually Aetarnithas, who was the guy that Lucas insulted before.
So you're telling me that his villain origin story is all because of Lucas, and therefore everything is technically his fault...?
Athy finally realized that there is more to Claude than what she assumed of him, woohoo.
So Jennette has been assuming that she was going to end up marrying Ijekiel which is...weird.
For one, they grew up together so, while they are not blood-related (I think), they are still practically siblings
Ijekiel also fully said that he thinks of her as his sister too