Be My Princess is one of my all time favorite Voltage games, I have played each of the routes in this game numerous times over the years and they never get old. So, because I’m a bit of a nostalgia kick and because today, Jan. 31st is the birthday of my favorite prince, I figured he’d be the best character to kick off my nostalgia fueled Voltage reviews… I wish, I could say this was going to be a proper review like the others I’ve written in the past, but I absolutely adore this man, so I’m afraid I won’t be able to contain my fangirling this time around… sorry, not sorry 😛
If you read my Top 10 Voltage Guys list, you’ll know that Prince Joshua Lieben from Be My Princess is one of my first Voltage guys and my third favorite guy overall, but at the end of the day, Josh is the number one prince in my heart!! He’s an awkward and stubborn mess and even after all these years I still find myself falling for him all over again!
**Disclaimer: I also wrote a general full game review for Be My Princess, HERE! I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game,
download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.
During the party at Nobel Michel, Prince Joshua sees the MC with Prince Edward and assumes she’s a noblewoman, so he asks her to dance, but the MC couldn’t just leave well enough alone and tells him she is in fact a commoner and the jerk drops her like a ton of bricks in favor of a more suitable dance partner. So she dances with Prince Roberto instead, and while they dance he fills her in on some important Joshua facts…(don’t feed him after midnight, keep him away from water…etc) But, she doesn’t have long to mull over Roberto’s words, when Lord Michel summons her for a private chat, to thank her for helping him earlier… Prince Joshua overhears the MC chatting with Nobel Michel and assumes that she was lying about being commoner earlier, because why else would the Nobel Michel ask to see her, if she wasn’t of royal blood. So the idiot deduces that she must be Michel’s granddaughter and that’s when homeboy turns on that princely charm! It’s a complete 180 from the cold sharp eyed jerk he was before, and it’s obvious hes only being nice to her because he thinks she’s a noble… He then does the unthinkable and invites the MC to visit Dres Van for a “cultural exchange”. There’s just one catch, because the MC isn’t a noble, she isn’t free to just visit Dres Van all willy nilly, there’s a law that states that any commoner that tries to enter the kingdom will be subject to criminal charges… I kid you not, that’s a real law, one that the the MC is in direct violation of, much to her horror. To add insult to injury, Joshua informs her that she must stay in Dres Van until she can complete the necessary exit visa forms… With the very real threat of jail time looming on the horizon, the MC prepares for an “unpleasant” stay with Prince Joshua in Dres Van…
Joshua Lieben is the Crown Prince of Dres Van, a kingdom where rules, well rule (okay I know that was lame)! The people of Dres Van have some very deep seated principles and customs that dictate how they live their lives and that’s for both royals and commoners. Royals don’t get to just do whatever they want without consequence, they are held to the same standards, if not more so, since they are expected to be a shining example for their people to follow… So, it stands to reason that Joshua, being the Crown Prince of Dres Van, would be the biggest square in the land! Rules and regulations are his life, and for the first few chapters or so the MC can’t take two steps without the guy shouting rules at her… or just shouting in general. *ahem* I’m gonna put my nostalgia goggles down for a second, so bear with me. *coughs* You see, Joshua is a grade A jerk and one of the most unpleasant people to be around. He’s a stubborn prick, who believes that even breathing the same air as a commoner is an insult to his delicate sensibilities. But, Josh isn’t just a jerk to commoners, oh, no, he’s an ass to everyone, including the Princely Posse, which he treats as a necessary (but, detestable) obligation. Joshua doesn’t really associate with anyone (his bro 4 Lyfe and butler Jan, not withstanding) unless he absolutely has to, and even then he only does the bare minimum. But, you can’t really blame the guy for being that way given his strict upbringing. You see, in Dres Van, royals are taken from their parents at a young age so that they can be trained to be proper monarchs. The training is strict and highly specialized and focuses solely on the skills that will make an individual a good leader, everything else is kind of thrown to the wayside. So while Joshua is a capable leader, he’s miserable at everything else and a touch, well more than a touch, naive about the ways of the world. But, he’s much too stubborn to admit that fact, so he tends to get a bit defensive when the others point out his mistakes.
He’s awkward, unsociable, and a pain to be around at times, but deep down, Joshua is an adorably naive tsundere, who show’s his affection in small every day gestures. And I guess that’s why I like him so much as a character, he isn’t some suave Casanova with droves of women at his feet, Joshua is a adorkable stick in the mud that just wants to be happy, just like everyone else. Sure he can be a bit heavy handed at times (abducting the MC from her home so she can make him rice balls), and yeah some of his compliments sound a lot like insults, but his heart is in the right place. He bears the weight of his entire kingdom on his shoulders and he’s been taught from a young age that sacrifice is just part of his responsibilities as a prince, so he’s just doing the best that he can. But, when he meets and falls in love with the MC all of his training and logic fly out the window and Joshua starts acting more like a man and less like a prince.
Do I Recommend His Route?
The above gifs are an accurate depiction of my reactions while playing this route…
Okay, is this the best Voltage route in the world? No. The conflict was unnecessary and the resolution was abrupt, and even I can admit that the writing isn’t always the best… BUT, even after all these years, I still abso-frickin-lutely loved playing this route! Sure it’s a bit dated when compared with the newer releases, but the quality of the characters are second to none! Joshua’s growth over the course of the story isn’t something that happens overnight, he gradually opens his heart to others and by doing so he becomes a much better prince and the MC is priceless! The conflict, while cliche, is compelling if not a smidge overly dramatic towards the end, I kind of preferred the Gree/Party version of events more than the paid app, but that’s neither here nor there. Gosh, I feel like I’m leaving a lot of stuff out, but this review is far too long as it is…so, I’ll leave you all with one more thing…
With Joshua, you have to take the bitter with the sweet, but once you see past his bristles he’s imperfectly wonderful. So, yes I highly recommend giving this socially awkward, rice ball loving, cat fearing prince a chance.
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