Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Vampire Princess Miyu OAV

Genre: Dark, Occult
Parental Guidance Recommended
Hirano Toshihiro. (director). Kawai Kenji (music director). AIC. Sooeishinsha and Pony Canyon. TV Tokyo.

Vampire Princess Miyu DVDs
Vampire Princess Miyu Manga
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Thundersenshi's Description:
Himiko Se, a spiritualist, was asked to investigate a murder caused by the supernatural--and she is suspicious that it is the work of a vampire. So when she meets Miyu, a golden-eyed blooddrinker, and her enigmatic masked companion, Larva, Himiko is certain that the encounter is no mere coincidence. But she is to discover that there is more to this beautiful vampire than she first suspected. And the more she learns, the more determined she is to unravel the truth of Miyu's nature. The question is, how long will the childlike immortal allow her to interfere?

(4 episodes)

Goth in all its magnificent glory... >>> by thundersenshi
Vampire Princess Miyu is goth in all its magnificent glory and haunting loveliness. It's beautiful. Just beautiful. The art, the music, the guy...uhh, I'll get to that later on. I love Vampire Princess Miyu, mainly because of my fascination for these mysterious, nocturnal creatures. Well actually, blood-drinking, neck-biting and immortality is as traditional as Miyu can get. Unlike her famous counterparts (like Anne Rice's and Bram Stroker's) she can walk in broad daylight, and is unaffected by the presence of garlic and the crucifix. Despite this, however, she still fascinates me. Miyu is one of the most beautiful and enigmatic female anime characters I have ever seen. And her masked guardian, the much-drooled over bishounen, Larva--I can't even begin to explain how much I love this guy! He was, and still is, one of the main reasons why VPM is such an unforgettable experience (if you don't believe me, then ask the other female viewers!).

Though it's the closest to the feel of the manga (this series' best version) it's comprised of four episodes only, and no more than that. VPM is open-ended; it serves more like an introduction than the actual story. As someone who has fallen in love with the enigmatic characters of this anime, I feel that there was much more to expound on. But as abrupt as the ending may seem, it's actually a good finishing touch. Perhaps when this OAV was produced, the desired effect could have been that of a teaser (as I mentioned before, it is much like an introduction to a larger story), and it worked well, since I was left craving for more. Fortunately, one can always turn to the manga, or even the tv series, for more of the childlike vampire...and her companion, of course.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 9; Characters 10; Sounds 9

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