Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Vampire Princess Miyu - Ultimate Set |
Complete Series + CD
Genres: Anime & Manga
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 l... more »
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The stories are where it's at...
Michael Valdivielso | Alexandria, VA | 10/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Vampire Princess is 26 twisted episodes. Disturbing and twisted, with suggested relationships and unhappy endings. I loved it. This is what vampires are all about. Oh, there is violence and some nudity, but you can find that ANYWHERE. And while the voices of Wendee Lee, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox and Steve Blum are always a delight you could also find them ANYWHERE.
But what made it for me was the stories. The endings were rarely happy ones and most never even came close to being fair ones. Even for the Japanese these stories were sad, in which good guys, bad guys, victims and even bystanders, were either hurt, killed or had their lives destroyed. Bird-demons, giant spiders and flesh eating mermaids turn dreams into nightmares. Nobody ends up happy or untouched and it really makes me think how much BETTER horror movies could be if it was more like this.
Miyu has some feelings for close friends, but also she is a vampire and seems to feel no strong feelings for those outside her inner circle. She allows dozens of people, if not more, to die before taking action against the Shinma. Is she slow to stop the Shinma because she needs proof or because she just doesn't care?
A must for vampire or anime lovers."
The Bottom Line: Is this worth your money?
Michael Valdivielso | 01/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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?"
A GENTLE VAMPIRE ? MAYBE
J. Balconi | 04/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Different from the OAV, but very good
J. Balconi | Michigan, US | 02/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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)."