It’s a shojo manga styled version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – complete with excerpts from speeches.
At first, I was uncertain about the Hamlet character – he seemed awfully young and fragile. But this choice also made the King more threatening. For the first time, I believed that Hamlet might actually have been killed before he exposed the murderer. Poor wispy Ophelia, she is such a nice girl. It’s more pathetic than tragic when she dies.
I did not think the SF accouterments were necessary to the story, especially since the characters were dressed in pseudo-Medieval outfits for the most part.
It was actually an enjoyable and successful experiment, I think. The story is much less weighted by literary and theatrical history, and turns into a cat-and-mouse thriller.