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Vampire Princess Miyu TV

a.k.a.Kyuuketsu Hime Miyu TV

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Genre: Action
Company: AIC
Format: 26 episodes
Dates: 10/6/1997 to 3/30/1998

Miyu is the chosen guardian whose fate is to protect mankind from the shinma, evil beings that live in the dark and prey on the weaknesses in the human soul. Together with her ever faithful guardian Larva she hunts these forces of darkness. If her tireless battling of shinma wasn’t enough, she’s constantly being challenged by those looking to take the guardian’s title for themselves. Beneath it all Miyu is a vampire, and always lurking under her surface is the disdain for humans and lust for their blood that is her heritage.

summary by Mugs

 

Reviewed: 10/20/2003 by
Grade: 54% av-Madoka

Highs: Animation and music

Lows: Plotless for the most part; Miyu never develops as a character

The television version of Vampire Princess Miyu falls prey to the same problems that plague the OVA version, including the same, tired “Monster of the Week” format and a number of episodes that are not part of an overall storyline. Although the animation is above average and some of the episodes barely manage to entertain, the majority of this series is a repetitive, boring waste of potential.

To give Vampire Princess Miyu TV some credit, the action sequences are well-animated, and Kawai Kenji’s score establishes the proper atmosphere. The opening song, in particular, is a remarkable instrumental piece that matches the dark mood of the show. Beyond the animation and music, however, there are few redeeming qualities. The first twenty episodes tend to follow the same formula and become repetitive very quickly. The shinma and its victim are the focus of the episode with Miyu making a quick appearance to find and dispatch the threat. These unrelated stories do little but showcase a different shinma and provide some action scenes for Miyu and Larva.

With less screen time than the shinma in some cases, it often seems the main character is only putting in a cameo for the obligatory and predictable finish. Most episodes at least give Miyu a chance to establish relationships with some of the other characters, but that’s the extent of her growth. Although one episode provides a quick glance at her history, the series would have better utilized the time spent on the “Monster of the Week” stories by expanding her background. Miyu has the potential to be an interesting character but is never given the opportunity in either her television or OVA incarnations to be fully developed.

The final five episodes give the show a much-needed plot, but it’s too little, too late. Wasting 75% of the show on monster after monster makes this a chore to watch… a flaw Sailor Moon fans are all too familiar with.

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