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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful.
The stories are where it's at...
By Michael Valdivielso
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.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
A Must-have Addition to any Collection of Japanese Animation
By James M. Stafford III
The Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series is definitely one of the best anime series ever. The original 1980s Vampire Princess Miyu OAV Series is also great, but at only four episodes leaves the viewer wanting for more. The 26-episode TV Series allows for far more character development, and additional characters, while somewhat changing the background story for Miyu and her servant Larva (and also giving Larva a voice and a personality). In addition, the TV Series' music by Kenji Kawai (of Ghost in the Shell fame) is simultaneously absolutely haunting and exquisitely beautiful.
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.
Overall, the Vampire Princess Miyu TV Series should be seen by EVERY fan of Japanese animation, and will also make an excellent part of any fan's collection. Plus, the charm makes for an interesting conversation piece :-)
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Absolutely love this series!
I first discovered Miyu a long time back. Back when vhs ruled the video stores. I spent many years looking for other volumes of the series to no avail. I was happy when I finally found the complete series at a reasonable price on dvd.