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Vampire Princess Miyu

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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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


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4.0 out of 5 stars Different from the OAV, but very good 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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1.0 out of 5 stars COME ON ALREADY!!! Sept. 8 2009
OK! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I've wanted to buy this complete series forever now,but every time I check in to see if there is a copy for sale,there never is one.What's wrong AMAZON did your supplyer run dry or what.I'm sure by now you have people for situations like this!I'll still continue to buy from you guys,BUT JUMP FOR THE BALL ALREADY!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Anime for vampire anime fans Oct. 25 2003
This is quite good and to be honest I kinda liked Miyu and Reiha but this anime was one of the best with breathtaking music , I would recommend this to someone with good tastes in anime especially those new to anime you might get more than you wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GENTLE VAMPIRE ? MAYBE March 31 2003
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This is one of most interesting anime series ever.
Its about a girl from an unsealed bloodline of vampire demons whos job is to protect earth from any demon that might escape from the sealed abyss.
This series isnt really horror,its more like dark drama-action.
She would drink blood in order to live and grant them eternal life.
A must see for all vampire movies fans.
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