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Ultimate Box Set (6) [Import]
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
Top Customer Reviews
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).
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?
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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2009 by Alain Bourassa
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by Jason Williams
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... Read more
I thought that the anime in the DVDs is very good and anime fans would enjoy whatching it. Although the episodes contain alot of unnessisary violence and a very repetitive plot. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003