Vampire princess Miyu ≫ Vampire Princess Miyu vol 06 The last Shinma DVD

Vampire Princess Miyu vol 06 The last Shinma DVD

Vampire Princess Miyu vol 06 The last Shinma DVD

Vampire Princess Miyu vol 06 The last Shinma DVD

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Product details
Adult All ages
Department video / DVD
Publisher MVM
Series Vampire princess Miyu
Shop Manga & Anime
Spoken language English , Japanese
Primary language Japanese
Subtitle language English
DVD region 2
Product Code MVM-VPMV0006
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"A wasted opportunity." by V. Krätke (Netherlands) on Jan 10, 2006

Nothing is sadder than squandered potential, which makes the Vampire Princess Miyu TV series downright tragic. Before this TV series was produced, Miyu had already starred in a series of four breathtaking OAVs. Sadly, the TV series displays none of the style and atmosphere that made the OAVs such a rich experience. A crippling flaw of the TV series is its goofy portrayal of the Shinma - the antagonists that prey on human souls. In the OAVs, the Shinma were depicted as indistinct, Lovecraftian entities who only offered some brief glimpses at their bizarre true forms. However, the Shinma of the TV series are all too willing to step into the limelight. And when they reveal themselves, it turns out that they look like people in silly monster suits. These Shinma wouldn't seem out of place in an episode of Sailor Moon or Power Rangers, that's how hokey they are. A good example would be a scene in episode 23 where a young Reiha encounters a bog-standard Shinma in a forest. The monster in question looks like a cartoony lizard creature with bulging eyes. You could easily imagine him as cannon fodder in a Super Mario game. I'd rather watch the sinewy, writhing shadows of the OAV series any day. With such goofy monsters, the TV series simply cannot generate a creepy, menacing atmosphere. All we're left with is a lot of meaningless build-up for some anemic fireball battles against silly monsters-of-the-week. The final episodes on this disc are the most compelling ones of the lot, but that admittedly isn't saying much. The last handful of Shinma to confront Miyu are all based on birds. You'd think the bird motif would lend itself well to some sinister imagery, but this opportunity is equally wasted. Throughout the five episodes on this disc, there were no more than one or two somewhat chilling moments. The rest was just cartoonish silliness peppered with failed attempts at atmosphere. The art and animation quality were serviceable, though you can tell the staff were struggling with budget constraints. Ultimately, the TV series falls flat because one expects some good chills from it -especially if you've seen the excellent OAVs- and it delivers precisely none of that. This is not the series to check out if you're looking for a good, creepy show.