Disney+ offers a slew of content from several world-class brands, including titles from ABC, 20th Century Studios, Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar, among others. With the success of the first season of “Star Wars Visions” and the announcement Disney is making an anime based on their “Twisted Wonderland” mobile game, it begs the question, what is the next anime Disney+ will commission? Well, I might have found the IP in Disney’s almost bottomless IP treasury. This title is “Kilala Princess”, otherwise known as Disney’s “Kirara Princess” in Japan. So let me explain why this IP could be a massive series for Disney+.

A Little Backstory:

“Kilala Princess” is a manga series which was published from 2005 through 2008 and ran for five volumes within its original series, but had a revival in 2020 when there was a new volume written where the main protagonist of “Kilala Princess”, a schoolgirl Kilala Reno meets Mulan.

What Is The Plot Of “Kilala Princess”?:

The plot of Disney’s “Kilala Princess” follows a schoolgirl named Kilala Reno who dreams of becoming a princess and finding her true love. One day a prince called Rei with a magic tiara and Kilala’s friend Erica getting kidnapped after winning a princess contest at their school, Kilala uses the magic tiara to try and find her friend, but she encounters her idols, Disney Princesses Jasmine, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Snow White and Cinderella. Kilala later discovers her idols are six of seven princesses with the power to bring peace to the world. Kilala learns that she is the seventh princess and must acquire the qualities to become a true princess to save her one true love and her beloved kingdom.

Why Disney Should Adapt “Kilala Princess”:

Let’s look at the reasons why Disney should adapt the “Kilala Princess” story into a full anime series.

Reason One: “Kilala Princess” is a shojo manga. For those out of the loop, a “shojo” manga or anime is a genre of manga or anime aimed at a young female audience. This is in contrast to the also popular “shonen”, which is the opposite and traditionally aimed at a young male audience.

Reason Two: Disney owns all the characters within the “Kilala Princess” story, which features Disney characters including Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”, Belle from “Beauty and The Beast”, Cinderella from “Cinderella”, Snow White from “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs”, Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin” and Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty”. The 2020 follow-up story also featured Kilala teaming up with Disney’s Mulan.

Reason Three: Disney+ needs to offer more variety with its content library. Disney+ in most regions only provides a couple of anime series like Marvel’s “Future Avengers” and “Star Wars Visions”, but Disney would greatly benefit from utilising “Kilala Princess” for young female anime fans who also love Disney Princesses or parents who want to ease their kids into anime.

Reason Four: The “Kilala Princess” IP is basically forgotten, and Disney could hugely benefit from reintroducing this IP to millions of young girls and families, “Kilala Princess” will also be another addition to Disney’s ever-growing Princess line of films and television.

Final Thoughts:

Disney+ seems to have an interest in becoming a significant player within anime streaming as they’ve commissioned titles like “Summer Time Rendering” and “Twisted Wonderland” and streams titles like Marvel’s “Future Avengers”. If Disney wants to continue their push into the anime industry, then getting “Kilala Princess” adapted into an anime series could become a massive opportunity for Disney to capture a piece of the anime pie for themselves as they position themselves as a global entertainment powerhouse. I never mentioned “Kilala Princess” in any of my previous Disney+ anime articles because, quite frankly, I didn’t know it existed, but looking at this story and character, it feels like Disney+ is missing a trick to jump into the anime market with a potential hit series.

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Ethan Holloway

Ethan is an autistic, type one diabetic, Disney fan who grew up with properties like Iron Man, The Lion King, Aladdin and Toy Story. Ethan wants to someday get his own books/films/TV shows made to inspire those with disabilities to be themselves, but for now, Ethan covers his opinions on Disney, their content and how Disney+ can improve.

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