Princess Ai

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Rock and roll. Angels. Gangsters. And an amnesiac girl named Ai who sprouts wings and becomes the next pop sensation. This is the world of Princess Ai, a collaboration by Courtney Love and Stu Levy (writing as D. J. Milky). In some respects the story is based on Love’s own experiences fronting her own band, Hole, and as part of the whole maelstrom surrounding grunge-pop phenomenon Nirvana. But reality certainly didn’t play out quite like this.

The setting is not Seattle, but Tokyo. And Ai is not entirely what she seems: she looks human, but in reality she is half human and half “Dougen” — an alien species that resembles various beasts of human myth and legend including angels. As the story unfolds, Ai starts to remember things about her life before she found herself wandering the streets of Tokyo. She is aided by Kent, a young man of mixed American and Japanese heritage who is an aspiring musician, and by Nora, a Dougen from Ai’s own dimension who sent her to this world to protect her from a war between humans and Dougen in her own.

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