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DVD Review: Vampire Princess Miyu The Complete Collection 6-Discs

Shape-shifting monsters and vampires roam the Earth to unleash their darkness upon the human race!

Vampire Princess Miyu Collection DVD coverThe original story was written and illustrated by Toshiki Hirano and Narumi Kakinouchi for Tokyopop manga in the US, and it stands as the first of Tokyopop’s mangas to be released as an anime. Viewers will notice that the first disc doesn’t have any opening or closing credits to give the impression of a longer featurette, but after this disc, they decided to use the episodic style which many are now familiar with. For viewers this first disc will be seen as a piece of anime history.

Shinma are the spirits who stalk the streets in search of humans to feed on. And where there is an enemy, there is always a friend to the humans, and it is her duty to send them back to the hell they belong. Princess Miyu is vampire royalty and finds the stray shinma along with her guardian Larva and a strange mascot friend. She destroys the stray shinma and reports directly back to Larva, telling him how she feels about the work she does, and the children at her school. Miyu feels she doesn’t fit in with the crowd, but some want her to join in with their outings at the mall. One girl even buys her a charm so they can be the best of friends. At first this seems strange to her, but she accepts it as normal later on in the series.

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In each episode Miyu encounters a shinma, and drives him or her out of other people’s lives. Episode one establishes Miyu as the driving force of the series who pretends not to show her adventurous side to her classmates, but sees all that goes on around them. The first shima she sees is in episode two where a young man meets a woman on a train and asks her if she would like to model for him. Even though she already has a boyfriend, and he is sat next to her, it doesn’t take Einstiein to realize that it won’t go well for her, as his intentions are not exactly honourable. In episode three, Yuko tells her friends that her brother has been acting strange after her father got a mask from his trip to Africa. Since then, her brother has been melancholy, even wanting to fight others while wearing the mask. She tells them he hasn’t been himself for a while now, and needs help before something bad happens. Miyu has an idea what is wrong with the mask as she thinks it has a mind of its own. By disc two Miyu has a fellow shinma hunter in Rihou who is a shinma who decided to find and send back rogue shinma instead of going bad.

Vampire Princess Miyu Collection

One interesting quirk of the series is when Miyu executes the shinma every time she mentions that she can’t help the humans who have been trapped or seduced by the shinma, as she can’t interfere with humans in any way. She can only kill the shinma and prevent them from pursuing humans further.

Although the anime is an old one it has some well animated scenes that are surprising; the water coming from a fountain, car headlights and backgrounds. The art style and general feel is similar to Pet Shop of Horrors, the female characters are pretty, alluring and sometimes dangerous while the male ones are bishonen to put it mildly. This is a typical 90’s looking series with standard hand animated characters, and sharp sound effects when the weapons clash during a fight scene.

Vampire Princess Miyu Collection DVD sleeve

Details: 

Label: MVM Entertainment

Release date: 15 April 2013

Certificate: 12

Running time: 650 mins

Genre: Anime

Director: Toshiki Hirano

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Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.

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  1. July 9, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Vampire series nearly always have an allure for me whether they’re movies, series, animated or not. I’ve heard of this title before but foolishly never got around to watching, a complete series makes this now extra enticing, thank you for a wonderfully informative review ^^.

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  1. March 29, 2014 at 7:37 pm

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