Web Crush Wednesdays: Princess Love♥Pon

When I was a child, I hated the color pink. In fact, I hated anything stereotypically “girly” because I didn’t want to be lumped in with “those girls” when most of my friends were boys. As I’ve grown, I’ve also come to re-embrace many of the girly things that I denied myself in the past, pink being one of them. And, readers, I don’t think there’s anything more pink, cute, and fluffy than the webcomic Princess LovePon, and I love it.

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Lia Sagamore is just your average high school girl; she loves cute things, cartoons, and games. Oh, and she wants to be a magical girl like her favorite cartoon heroine, Astro Bunny. She attends school with her best friend Rachel, dokis over her crush Luis, and does the typical school thing. However, as things are wont to happen in shoujo, Lia comes across something that changes her life forever. Floating down from the sky, a mysterious bunny-ghost-thing lands in her arms, stating its relief at finding someone with an “open heart” before passing out. When the bunny—named Hunnie—awakens, it tells Lia that she’s needed to fight against the Dark Queen as a magical warrior. Of course, being an aficionado of magical girls, Lia hops on this opportunity, recites the magical incantation, and becomes Princess LovePon, protector of goodness and hearts everywhere!

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I can’t begin to explain how in love with this series I am. Artist and author Shauna Grant literally has one of the cutest art styles I’ve ever seen, which gives LovePon such a perfect feeling to it, especially if you’re a fan of stories that veer away from grimdark realism. The colors of the comic are done in warm pinks and yellows and cooler purples and blues, and honestly it reminds me of marshmallows and frilly cakes. And this sweetness applies to the characters as well.

LovePon’s universe is filled with drama, but the high school kind that seems easily solvable with communication. Unlike some other shoujo series, LovePon does actually utilize communication to work through problems, rather than relying solely on lve-lve magic: a trend that I hope continues alongside the inclusion of Lia coming into her magic more. Lia herself is a sweet cinnamon roll who wants the best for all her friends and while somewhat overzealous of her new magical girl powers (and a little oblivious to some of the emotions of her friends, in true shoujo protag fashion), she learns quickly and improvises when she needs to. She’s just fun to watch. Bffsie Rachel is a perfect counterpart, being a little more realistic, and brings Lia back down to Earth when she needs to. And love interest Luis is a sweetheart who you’re definitely rooting for Lia to get with.

Princess Love PonOne of the most important aspects of LovePon is its inclusion of Black girl magic. The only magical girl of color I can recall off the top of my head is Sailor Pluto (who I would consider more a magical woman), but almost everyone in LovePon is a character of color. Lia gives young Black girls, and Black nerds of all ages and genders, the ability to see themselves in her, and a chance to embrace this cute aesthetic that so often is shown on everyone but Black people. LovePon embraces Black magical girl style and Black nerdery, and the more art people can experience this through, the better.

LovePon’s site has the first two chapters up now, and Grant is working on the third. For your fill of shoujo goodness, make sure you check out Princess LovePon, as well as Grant’s Twitter and Tumblr pages! And make sure to drop by Grant’s art site as well to see her adorable style in both fanworks and original works!

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About Tsunderin

Greetings and salutations! Feel free to just call me Rin—we’re all friends here, or nemeses who just haven’t gotten to know each other well enough. I’m a video game lover from the womb to the tomb, and Bioware enthusiast until the day they stop making games with amazing characters that I cry over. And while I don’t partake as often as I used to, don’t be surprised to find me poking around an anime or manga every once in a while either. A personal interest for me is characterization in media and how women in particular have been portrayed, are being portrayed, and will be portrayed in the future. I’m not going to mince words about my opinion either.

1 thought on “Web Crush Wednesdays: Princess Love♥Pon

  1. While I will definitely be checking out this webcomic, I got a bit sidetracked by your line about not seeing magical girls of colour. Is not the entire cast of Sailor Moon Asian?

    Recently I’ve seen this grey-area with where Asian (Indian included), Middle Eastern, Pasifika and Indigenous people lie when the terms “People of Colour”, “Black” and “White” are concerned. For a few years I have used POC to refer to any non-whites, mixed peoples included. Where I live, the terms “Brown” and “Yellow” are used as in-group terms for we outliers in what seems to be America’s colour binary (despite its Latinx and indigenous populations).

    I am not black (in America’s usage of the word to mean African-American nor am I very dark-skinned) but I had thought I was a WOC. Given that it is Black History Month in America it is somewhat understandable to have a focus there. However, the internet is international despite its America-centrism. Do we, non-Americans and non-white/non-blacks, have a place here?

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