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PRlnCE88 Ai cnAtEo BY C0URtnEY L0VE & stUARt "f).J.

f]1iLK_Y" LEVY

CHAAACtERBE81Gn BY Ai YAZAWA

ContRiButinG ARt Ano stOR.jI:8 (in ALPHABEtiCAL ORPER) AITIY I'[lEBBER$OIl

AntHOny AnoORA

LinCYCHAn BEttiIlA K._VRK_osKi CHRisty LijEwsKi HAnS StEinBACH SAnG-Son PARK

StEVE BUCCELLAtO r CMIPBElL

COVER ARt BY fIl ALiCE LEGROW

HAMBURG If LONDON II LOS ANGELES II TOKYO

Princess Ai: Encounters

Created by Courtney Love & Stuart "O.J. Milky" Levy

Translation - Hyun Joo Kim & lillian Diaz·Przybyl Layout and Lettering - Michael PaoliHi

Cover Art - M. Alice LeGrow

Cover Design - Al-lnsan Lashley

Ed itor - Li II i an D laz - Przybyl Digital Imaging Manager - Chris Buford Pre-Production Supervisor - Vicente Rivera, Jr.

Prod u eti 0 n Spec ial ist - Lucas Ri ve ra Managing Editor - Vy Nguyen

Art Director - AI-I nsan Las h ley Editor-in·Chief - Rob Tokar Publisher - Mike Kiley President and C.O.D. - John Parker

C.E. O. and Chief Creative Officer - Stu Levy

Special Thanks to - Alexis Kirsch, Hyun Joo Kim, Rob Tokar and Rie Shiramizu

A "-'C.'IIIlWIU! Manga

TOKYO POP and ~ are trademarks or registered trademarks of TQKYOPOP Inc.

TOKYOPOP Inc.

5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2000 los Angeles, CA 90036

E-mail: info@TOKYOPOP . corn

Come visit us online at www.TOKYOPOP.com

© 2008 TOKYOPOP Inc. and Kitty Radio. Inc. All rights reserved. No portion 01 this book may 'be

All rights reserved. reprod uced or trans mi tted in any fa rm or by any means Pli neess Ai is a trademark of TOKVOPOP Inc. wi thout wri Hen perm issiQn from the copyrig ht notde rs and Kitty Radio. Inc. This manga is a work of fiction .. Any resemblance to Character designed by Ai YaZRWlI. actual events or locales 01 persons, living or dead, is entirely coi ncidental,

ISBN: 978-1-4278-1310-7

Fi rst TO KYOPOP p ri nting: Septe mber 2008 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Printed in the USA

BY CoURtnEY LOVE & StUARt "f).1. ITIiLKY" LEVY

HAMBURG II LONDON 1/ LOS ANGELES 1/ TOKYO

ENCOUNTERS

Not long ago, a princess from Ai-Land, a wor'ld like our oWn,but different, awokB in Tokyo w'ith 'hor cloth&s and her memory in tatters_ She knew only t'hat she Was not from Earth; that she had an important mission, and that her heart-shaped box was very Importa"t~ With tho hel,p of Kent; a kind passerby, Ai pieced the memories of her old life back together while cr@at.ing a n&wlife on Earth. As Ai Lised he r otherworld Iy vo i ce and outragBOLiS fashIon SBnSe to build a carOBr as global rock diva, she also discovered that sh e was act ually the ch i Id of the human King 5@i and an angel from the supposedly extinct Dougen. The reviE!llation of Ai'srnixed heritage e.xpl ained the la I""g B, 'eath ered wl ngs growing out of her back and the powiE!'r ShB had to unite pBOple omotional· Iy through her music. In a showdown at her final concert in Osaka, Ai and K@nt defended th@irlivas and ehelr newfound love against the Furies of A'i-Land, the com,pany that held Ai's recordi'ng contract, and Ails own emotional turmoil. Ultimately succoedi" g; Ai and the Fu riBS retu rned to Ai-La n d, the i r disappearance ad di n g to t he thO u ntaln of speculatlo nan d rLimors about the star and her entou· rage. The legend grows •••

B u t what if t'horo woro a portal .... a door I nto a different reality wh ere dreams and wish@s collide? Vou can meet anyone, go anywhere, and do anything. The possibilities are endless, hut som@tirnes t'hi'ngs aren't as they seem.

I nPrinc,lE!'s a Ai: Encountorsi' a mystical superstar goes on the tour of a. lifeflme, W'hlE!'thor sho moets fellow mus i cia ns, monsters from the great beyond, thystetiouskldnappers, or just an artist and h'is p@t cat, Ails effect on people is undeniable and unique.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Intro: A Door into Anywhere byMi&Mo

Missing

By Sang-Sun Park

Roadtrip

By Bettina K.urkoski

Ai-dol

By Christy Lijewski

Moon.l.ighting

By Anthony Andora & Linc:;y Chan

Thanatos

By Hans Steinbach

Graceland

By Amy Mebberson & T Campbell

Fight Night

By Steve Buccellato

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010

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060

076

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134

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(R TO L)

Special Preview! -

Pr.incess Ai: Prism of the Midnight Dawn

F.om th .. mundan .. to the magical, By D.J. Milky, ChristIne Boylan & Misaho Kujiradou 189 SDme of these stonos hall'o happened

alrea dy, SOth e hap pen in the futu re, 0 r

may niE!'Vor happen at ali ..... B u ·t all of

t h es e encounte rs neve rthel ess ha.ve

the power to change the crown prin-

cess of AI-La nd 'i n r@turn.

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we'Re GOING TO GHOW THeM HOW TO ROCK/

When the love of her life goes miasing, a heartsick global diva has nowhereto turn. Seeking the services of an ageless tarot reader and her handsome companion ...

AI L.VES PAMELA IN THE TAROT CAFE- "MISSING"

SANG-SUN= ARK

Sang-Sun Park made her manga debut in 1997 with the prize·wi.n.n.ing Broken Toy. Her other works include Requiem of the Soul and Lost Wings. She is also the incredibly accomplished illustrator of the popular TO· KYOPOP manga series Les Bijoux and the creator of Ark Angels.

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MY. .. THI<5 <;;E:E:MS LIKe:

AN URGE:NT MATTeR.

I DON'T THINK THe KIDNAPpel<:

INTeND<; TO LET HIM Live.

WE?LL ...

THAT SME?LLS FAMILIAR..

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PEi'Zr\AP6 THE FJ<A6RANCE OF A COMRADE, 6HOULD I 6AY? YOUR 60YF~IEND-FINDIN6 HIM MI6HT BE' EA6IE~ iHAN 1 iHOU6HT.

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HUMANS A~E' LITTLE:' MO~E' THAN ANIMALS THAT DON'T APPRE:CI.ATE' THE' TIWE' BE'AUTY OF ART.

BUT WHE'N

I sAW YOU GINGING AT THAT BAR, I THOUGHT JU.;T MAY8EO ..• YOU

TIWLY DO LOVE' MUGIC.

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YOU'RE' NOT eOINe TO FIND IT NeARI..:i ~O AMU~INe IF ~OMeTHING HAPpeNS TO KeNT!

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THe: LAST

I HeA~D, He WAG WANDeRING A~OUND TRYING TO UNDO THe: CURSE.

I WONDe:R HOW He'S DOING?

HA AA AA _

aUT "INeE yOU'~ PAMIi'~A'G CU"TOM6r<: AND Al..~, 1 eUIi'GG 1 GHOU~D P=VIDE

THIG GIi'RVICIi' F~EOF CHARGE.

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THI6 ...

TE:AI<:.<;?

BUT. ..

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THS ONS WHO CAN 51NG A SONG BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH TO FRSE

ME FROM THI5 CUR5S .••

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A.ND $0, WITH

THel1~. l.ove 6ROWINIS eveR DeepeR,THeY l.IVED HAPPIL.Y EveR AFTER.

Performing is the thrill of a lifetime, but months on the road can take a toll en even the hardest working stars. Sometimes even princesses need a break, and so ...

AI L.VES LOKI IN MYCATLOKI-

"ROADTRI P"

B K

TINA= RKOSKI

Bettina was born March 26, 1973 in Montague, Massachusetts_ Now residing in Plymouth, Mass, where she works as a freelance illustrator thru her busIness, Dreamworld Studio_ A graduate of the Universityof Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 1996 with a BFA in Illustration, she entered TOKYOPOP's Rising Stars of Manga 2 competition in 2003, placing as a runner-up, her work, "Axis Lumen" published in the winners' compilation. You can see more of her artwork at www.dreamworldstudio.net.

LOCATION OF AWA';!.[)-WINNING FILMG "($OOD WIL.L. HUNTING" AND "THE DePARTeD."

TAKe'5HI WOULD NEVER L..e'T YOU 60 ...

SOMeHOW I DOUBT YOU'D Be ABL.e TO DO THAT

~-M ~~ FO~~ON6! ~----

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YOU WOULDN'T seusva WHAT A ReLieF IT I~ FOR U~ TO GeT AWAY FROM THe PRe~~URe~ OF

TOURING ...

... THE' .;aFTE'R !SIDE' OF AI WITHOUT THE' MAGIC OF HSR MU!SIC!

How does Ai play with other musicians? Find out, as •••

AI L.VES ~US IN RE:PLAY-

"AI-DOL"

CHRISTV= L. JEWSKI

Christy is a dirty old lady who lives somewhere in Atlanta with a couple of cats, She likes spicy foods, Tokyo and eating spicy foods in Tokyo_ When not drawing eemtes, she plays with bali-jointed dolls, spends hours on RPGs and likes to go driving with the intent purpose of getting lost. Rumor has it she resides in a karaoke box and is made of bees. Also, she's herd u like mud kips_

You can see more of Christy's art at www_heavy-gauge_net or www_ nyanko-chan_devlantart_com_

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IF YOU L.IKe THe "1 JUST RAIDeD THe MALL-GOTH CLeARANce RACK"-L.OOK I Guess.

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AND THAT'S OU~ SST FO~ He NIGHT!

HEl.l.O AGAIN, 1'AIl.!

THANK YOU

FO~ THE INVITATION, I'M Gl.AD I ACCEPTED.

HA!

FACE!

YOU HAve A POWeRFUL.

VOice, VeRY

<STRONG... . .. BUT I

THINK YOU NeeD

TO L.eARN TO CONTROl. YOUR TONS IN'STSAD OF <SCRSAMING

'SO MUCH-YOU DON'T NeeD TO.

AND YOUR GUITAR 'SKILl.'S ARE AMAZING!

You CAN REAl.LY TELL you've PLAyeD FOR A l.ONG TIMe--VSRY expeRieNCeD!

YOU GUYS A~S ~SAL.L.Y L.UCKY. ••

YOUR LOVS FOR YOUR MUt;;IC SHOW6 THR.oUGH IN YOUR PERFORMANCE.

IT GiveS LIFE TO YOUR SONGS. YOU PLAY FOR YOUI<.6SLVEG AND FOR THE peOPLe WHO 5NJOY YOUR

~~~ WORK ..

NO ONe SLse.

I I4EAL.L.Y 5'NVY THAT.

AH ...

FAMOU'S.

PLAY WHAT YOU LOV5, HUH?

It's tough going to your first big formal

school dance, especially when you're more used to an intense dance game called '"Rhysmyth" than just bopping to the beat. But when the live act turns out to be an International super-star, sometimes hidden feelings come to the surface.

AI L.VES ELENA N RHYSMYTH"MOONLIGHTING"

ANTHONYS ANDORA=

Anthony Andora has lived in South· ern California his whole life. He grad· uated from UCLA in 2004. His hobbies are reading, collecting art and writing music. Read more from him

at takethebackseat.com and www.therevenger.com!

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Lincy Chan was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States in 1994. She has lived in the vibrant world of manga from the moment she learned to read. By scribbling and doodling diligently throughout school she was able to persevere and graduate with a BFA from SJSUin 2004,. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator. A veteran RSoM contestant, she made top 20 in her third and latest try. In April 2005 she received a strange e-mail from someone claiming to be a writer who now happens to be the ee-ereater of Rhysmyth .. You can see more of her work at www.pencilkiller.com.

I THINK 5HOWIN6-UP UNANNOUNCE'D MAKE:$ IT MORE' ME'MOAABl.E' FOR "I"He KID5.

11' YOU PAlO MOR!< ATTeNTION TO

THe COMMUNITY 5E'RVIC£' THE'Y 010 "1"0 WIN THE' CONTS"t YOU WOULON'; B.E' COMPLAINING.

THRoueHMr' GONeG ...

1 CONNECT WITH HUMANlTY. ..

BeSIDe<;, I'Ve NeVEl<. I<.E'AL.L.Y G01'TE'N AL.L. FROU-FI<.OU L.IKe THI<;

BeFORe.

1'1'-'\ i'llZ.eO Of -{OU l'-'\e~~II".\G lS"elZ.'1'i'r\11"olG UP fOIZ. I'-'\e!

BUT I NEVEtz THOU6HT. ..

NEVEtz NOTICe!)".

YOU CAN'T KE'EP

"UNNING AWAy 1..1KE' THI<;.

MY MU';IC U';UA!.!.Y BRING'; PeAce TO THo.;e WHO !.ISTeN.

MAYBe ...

BUT I KNOW TOO wsu, WHAT IT L.OOK$ L.IKe WHeN ';OMEONe IWN'; AWAY FROM A PROBL.EM .

... .;OMeTHING THAT NeVel<. $eTT!.eD voe $TIRI<.S'D UP IN YOUR. HeART AGAIN.

"AND THAT WflG E'NOU6H FOR ME:' TO FI6HT WHATeVe=R BATTL.ES I HAD TO."

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