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Vampire Princess Miyu


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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Tokyopop Pictures
  • Release Date: Oct. 21 2003
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JU84
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,677 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Although Toshihiro Hirano (Magic Knight Rayearth) directed these broadcast episodes, they lack the panache of the earlier OAVs; both were based on the manga created by his wife, Narumi Kakinouchi. This version of Miyu is less aloof; she enrolls in a Tokyo school and makes a few friends. Larva is more of a companion than a servant, and his mask conceals the face of a bishonen (beautiful boy). He and Miyu are joined by Shina, a spirit who resembles a cross between a rabbit and a Pokémon Clefairy. As the Protector, Miyu battles Shinma, evil spirits that attack humans, but the many episodes suggest she isn't particularly effective at the job she's destined to fulfill. In one episode, a Shinma uses a thug as an assassin; Miyu calmly remarks, "It's not really my concern how many people you have him kill." In "Your House," she destroys a cat-Shinma only after it's caused four deaths, and she gives several victims a fatal eternal happiness with her bite.

Two extended storylines frame the shorter stories. One pits Miyu against the snow demon-Shinma Reiha and her obnoxious talking doll Matzukaze; the second involves the evil bird-demons who are determined to destroy Miyu. Although Miyu's childhood experiences link the two plots, neither achieves a coherent resolution. The limited-edition boxed set includes a soundtrack CD and a charm like the ones Miyu and her friend Chisato carry. (Unrated but suitable for ages 16 and older: considerable violence, nudity, grotesque imagery, suggested lesbianism and incest) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Balconi on Feb. 17 2003
In this series, unlike the original, Miyu is more of a schoolgirl than a menace, but the series overall is still engaging. Just when the plot started to become predictable (mysterious happening leads Miyu to the Shinma, then a battle), the episodes started to focus on the victims of the demons. The two-part Light of the Sea was also a winner.
Great attention was paid to the details of costumes and creatures, and the DVD inserts about the monster designs are a welcome extra. The music CD is heaven itself - what a great combination of moods and styles! I've listened to it dozens of times and still enjoy it.
The addition of pretty-boy Larva was disconcerting at first, since it removed a great deal of his menace. But the character works overall. The only clunkers are Reiha and Matzukaze. Their constant taunts and threats became repetitious and their actions were predictable, and it was not helped that Miyu did not have a complete victory over her rival(s).
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By A Customer on Jan. 4 2003
The first thing to do is not confuse the TV series with the OAV. While there are similarities, there are obvious differences. Vampire Princess Miyu has these scenarios:
Scenario 1) Miyu Yamano (the protaganist) arrives at junior high school.
Scenario 2) Unexplainable events begin to occur around her.
Scenario 3) The Shinma (shape-shifting demon-gods) in the city are banished, there's a little betrayal, her past is opened up, and Miyu continues on her endless journey.
This series is pretty episodic and fans of Gasaraki and Lain will miss the "flow" and "transition" from episode to episode. VPM is a show where she waits for things to happen and doesn't make them happen herself which surprisingly works out very well in this series. The animation is rarely unsmooth and while the subtitles are not entirely accurate, they suffice. Also as add-ons to this boxset, you receive a charm and the soundtrack. I assure you, the musical score from Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell) is amazing and sets the mood beautifully.
The strange thing about this show is that in the first 75% of the series, Miyu barely has but a few minutes of screentime. Most of the episodes are comprised of development of the storyline itself, such as developing the relationship between a wife and her husband for most of the show only to have Miyu show up at the last minute to banish the Shinma. While this may seem eccentric, it works very well in this series. Just about every element is smoothly implemented.
So we reach the bottom line. Is it worth your money? If you're a fantasy fan and liked the darkness in Lain, this may just be for you. With beautiful animation, music, and storytelling, this series is well worth the bucks. But if all you like is the Ranma 1/2 and Sol Bianca approach, then the mysticism and dark of this show might be lost on you. So which are you?
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The Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series is definitely one of the best anime series ever. The original 1980s Vampire Princess Miyu OAV Series is also great, but at only four episodes leaves the viewer wanting for more. The 26-episode TV Series allows for far more character development, and additional characters, while somewhat changing the background story for Miyu and her servant Larva (and also giving Larva a voice and a personality). In addition, the TV Series' music by Kenji Kawai (of Ghost in the Shell fame) is simultaneously absolutely haunting and exquisitely beautiful.
That the Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series has finally been released as a DVD Box Set is one of the greatest triumphs for commercial releases of Japanese animation in North America. The DVD Box Set includes six DVDs (each with an insert detailing the shinma from that DVD's episodes), an official North American release of the soundtrack for the TV Series (no more need to import the soundtrack from Japan!!!), and a "Mystery Friendship Charm" like the one shared by Miyu and Chisato throughout the series. The box itself is sturdy and distinctive, and nicely encloses the contents of the DVDs, charm, and CD.
Unfortunately, the first DVD in the set ("Initiation") is not chaptered very well. Also, the first few DVDs have inserts with episode synopses, but this is missing from the final few DVDs in the set. Also, it would have been nice to have volume numbers printed on the spine of each DVD, to quickly identify each volume should they ever be placed out of order in the box. Finally, the charm does not include a keyring (as in the series) or a chain to be worn as a necklace, meaning that the viewer must instead pay even MORE money to be able to actually use the charm as anything but a small paperweight.
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By Agent Excel on April 16 2004
This is an average anime in terms of plot, animation and character development. It does have an excellent character design for Miyu. If you get a chance to rent it, do so. If you have to buy it in order to watch it, don't. Save your money for something more worthwhile.
Many of the episodes have a monster-of-the-week favor. The story usually revolves around the theme of obsession, but it is usually not too inspired. The animation quality is that which you can expect from made-for-TV animations. In other words, they are nothing to write home about. The only thing good about the series is a very alluring character design for Miyu, which is quiet, enigmatic, seductive and dangerous. In a word - vampiric!
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