English: Vampire Princess Miyu
Synonyms: Kyuuketsuki Miyu TV, Vampire Princess Miyu (1997)
Japanese: 吸血姫美夕 (1997)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1997 to Mar 31, 1998
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.281 (scored by 5565 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction fantasy horror vampire
May 18, 2007
The series because it's longer has different strengths and weaknesses compared to the OVA.
The first 10+ (too many) episodes follow the formula of
1. Miyu + classmates and how their relationships begin/grow
2. Some shinma appears
3. bad things happen
4. Miyu and Larva defeat the shinma and
5. There are consequences
After a while it got really boring. The only excitement was trying to guess what form the shinma would take. There was reuse of a lot of the frames and the plot got repetitive and predictable, which made this less exciting than the OVA.
On the plus side, interweaved into the plot was the continuing story of Reiha, another shinma who has an antagonistic relationship with Miyu. In fact the character background episodes for Larva, Reiha and Miyu are easily the best episodes in the series. Notice how good I am at not really giving out any spoilers ! <(^.^)>
Tension builds up until the last 2 episodes (the climax) which are easily worth a 9 in plot/story. The ending was much better than the entire series. However, to be fair, having had to sit through 18ish repetition/boredom to watch 8-9 good episodes made me unable to rate this series any better than a 6 overall.
I really did like the haunting flute theme tho!
May 27, 2009
The action scenes are interesting, but are clearly meant to complement the character moments, not the other way around. With tinges of nihilism and a taste of inevitable suffering, I found this series had a fairly moody tone. I recommend this one for the patient. ^_^ read more
Nov 2, 2011
Miyu and Larva are such an interesting couple and you are drawn into their complex and compelling relationship. Miyu is not your typical herione, sometimes you don't know what side she is on for she seems to be on her own side. I found Miyu and Larva to be a gorgeous looking couple that creeps you out a bit.
Some viewers may not agree with this dark anime but I think you should give it a chance. The anime style is wonderful and a good soundtrack. I gave it full marks because I haven't seen an anime quite like this and able to be pulled off the way it did. It gave you a sense of reality about how humans are and that not everything ends up the way we want things to be. read more
Oct 20, 2013
The ending was a little bit of a let down for me, seem like something that should've span two or three episodes like most self-respected anime, all in all it was a good experience on the same style as "The X-Files" for example. I really enjoyed it. not to mention that in anime you can watch the entire season or run in 3 - 4 hours as opposed as, let's say, the entire season 1 of "Breaking Bad" which will take 10 hours!!!!!
A NOTE OF CAUTION, If you're in America, I got a mini Box-Set with 3 DVDs in a slim case, very well made with nice graphics, with a semi-rigid plastic cover on all 4 sides that you slide up or down, This are not original releases but CHINESE COPIES, they look good on the outside, the case is very well done and everything, but the actual screen quality is very poor, the DVD menus are poorly done and include almost no extras, compared to the original release, so please, even thought this are very inexpensive and you can get entire seasons of an anime, only buy from known brands like "Bandai", "Viz", "Pioneer", etc. that way you get the best screen quality, which is really what matters in the end. read more
May 19, 2011
Demon-like creatures seduce and corrupt humans in order to feed on their vanity and misery. A vampire-like heroine is hunting them and sends them back to the darkness… That is pretty much the story.
95% of the episodes were stand alones, playing along the usual monster-of-the-week formula. The few scenario developments left me completely uninterested as I found them cliché and predictable. And nope; no conclusion either.
Some could say that the story is good, as each episode has a very tragic story around human feelings and desires and it leaves no loose ends. But I personally consider one-episode stories to be just excuses for dragging a series on to infinity. There was indeed story potential, but it was left unattended. Pity!
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10 (spoiler alert!)
What characters? 99% of all the people in the show had only one episode of screen time, where they were either killed by a demon’s schemes or thrown into eternal bliss by Miyu. They all had a tragic story but I was completely forgetting it by the start of the next episode.
Miyu was indeed interesting as a character and could have easily been made into a cult figure if her story had developed any further than her original backdrop. Not that her story was any original, but her really sad existence boosted by some character development could have created a wonderful premise. I mean, fighting demons sounds cool. But being immortal sucks, having to see everyone around you die all the time can get you crazy, and drinking the blood of desperate people is dehumanizing. A hint of salvation or something other than these present could really have made her wonderful to watch.
As for the support cast, it was boring. I didn’t give a damn about those freakish aids of hers, who didn’t have a past and were there just to talk with her and give her some simple advantage in battle. Not to mention the demons that were lame to look at, were being defeated in 1 minute and whose story was just creating tragedies for humans. How lame!
ART & SOUND SECTIONS: 5/10
Gloomy, dark and depressing. They lacked any major details and can easily be seen as typical 90’s work. Nothing exceptional can be found in either motion fluidity, shadowing effects, special effects or even character figures.
VALUE SECTION: 3/10
Without anything good to stand out, it easily becomes boring to look at and you will just end up paying attention to the tragedy in each episode… that you also end up forgetting in 10 minutes. Why should someone have to watch this ordeal all over again? It’s not as if he will appreciate anything more than the first time. Maybe it was indeed interesting 10 years ago but now that several similar series have been made, it is worthy of just being the first metaphysical psychological thriller.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 3/10
I was wishing for the series to end as quickly as possible. Neither the battles, nor the predictable storytelling were appealing. Some of the tragedies I still remember were ok but they sure don’t deserve the hype the series boosts about.
The accused is found … GUILTY! … of mediocrity.
Boogiepop Phantom, Paranoia Agent, Mermaid Forest, Jigoku Shoujo, Monster, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. All these are far better metaphysical psychological thrillers. read more
Jan 24, 2013
For the most part, the "Shinma of the day" episodes don't do anything to advance the show's plot as many episodes were self-contained with their plots. The introduction of Reiha's character and a number of arcs seen in the show's second half help save the series from complete mediocrity as they help add more depth and dimension to aspects of Miyu's character and her conflicts. The mentioned "Light of the Sea" two-parter explores Larva's character with the life he led before meeting and becoming Miyu's partner. Reiha's character serves as a foil and rival to Miyu with their differing beliefs about hunting Shinma and the treatment of humans where their hostility towards one another increases greatly as the show progresses. The final six episodes are the high point of the series where events come to a head in Reiha and Miyu's rivalry, Miyu's past gets explored and some shocking events unfold involving one of the schoolgirls Miyu befriended from earlier in the series. Still for as much as these elements are engaging, the first half of the series is somewhat of a struggle to go through thanks to the "Shinma of the day" episodes and the series lacks a conclusion as Miyu is still fulfilling her duties as the Guardian by the end of the show.
Visually, the Miyu TV anime sports nicely drawn scenery and character designs that have a great amount of detail to them and have subdued color tones to go along with the show's dramatic mood. However, the animation for the series is rather subpar with reused animation frames, still shots and speed stripes. The soundtrack did its part to enhance the drama of key scenes in the series, mixing dramatic and traditional musical pieces.
Overall, the "Shinma of the day" really put a dent in the quality of this TV anime take on Vampire Princess Miyu. While the show does gradually improve in its second half when we start learning more about Larva and Miyu, the mentioned "Shinma of the Day" episodes seemed to drag the series out too much as Miyu TV would have been better either as a shorter series at 13 episodes or had more linear plot developments. While still engaging to watch, I'd still find the 80s OVA to be better to watch in terms of length and story setup. read more
Nov 26, 2012
Even though it's pretty dated now, i think it's classic more than anything, the art is elegant and sweet, while dark where appropriate.
The story is not for everyone, although most of the early stand alone type episodes are easy to watch, but the final few episodes can be pretty devastating, in an excellent story telling sort of way.
If you like watching people be destroyed emotionally and physically in a real world type setting by the supernatural then this is for you.
Also, i love Larva read more
Mar 26, 2010
I liked some of the characters and it could have been a bit shorter becouse when you get a bit out in the series it feels like it drags it out too much.
The story is ok but as i said they drag it out a bit and it's no real progress in it. It is more like a new story in each episode and some plot in it at some places. The art are good enough and sound not too bad. It focuses on this 2 main characters who is hunting down shiinma (some kind of deamons let loose in the world) But the focus is on Japan. The enjoyment is for me not that i feel i would see it over again. But for some people may like it, couse if you like a bit horror style anime and demons and don't get bothered by the bit too long drag out it's an ok anime to watch. In my oppinion if i look back on the way the episodes are it would have been a realy cool game. And that is becouse in each episode it is like a boss in the ending. And when that is said one of the best things in this series for me was the boss like ending battles couse the demons in the series are creative designed and very cool done. All of them are different from eachother and at last for those who might want to test this anime out. Just to let you get a bit interested it is a very nice twist at the end, and that one i liked pretty much. read more