At a Glance: Vampire Princess Miyu
Intro & Summary:
In Vampire Princess Miyu, creatures called Shinma, which are similar to demons or evil spirits, wreak havoc, in Tokyo of all places. And who can stop them? Miyu, introduced as a "royal vampire", is tasked with sending stray Shinma, who are causing problems for humans, back to the world they came from. Though the show is set in modern Japan, many locations, and a lot of the imagery of the show, are inspired by historical Japan. This gives Miyu that "ancient vampire" vibe.
Vampire Princess Miyu
Manga by Toshiki Hirano
4 OVA episodes
It's not that creative in terms of plot. In the first five episodes, I saw plots familiar in the horror genre, such as haunted video tapes that suck people in, and haunted masks. Main characters also seem to be just simply magical girls with elemental powers. They tried to make it darker and edgier by making the main character a vampire, but it's not really all that edgy.
Miyu is not a likeable heroine. She's got a dull, emotionless personality. Often, the episode ends without victims of the Monster of the Week being saved. She leaves many people to horrible fates, and doesn't seem to care. So why should the audience care about anything happening, if the main heroine doesn't? It was too boring to sustain my interest, beyond the five episodes I watched to write this review.