It has taken quite some time, but finally the Japanese animation specialist AnimEigo has been able to convert the Anime series Vampire Princess Miyu to DVD and will release it in two volumes on May 29 and June 26.
The first release, “Vampire Princess Miyu: Volume 1” contains the episodes “Unearthly Kyoto” and “Banquet of Marionettes.” Is she friend or fiend? As the demonic forces of the Shinma strive to obtain a foothold upon the mortal plane, spiritualist Himiko seeks the truth in these two elegantly chilling journeys into the Occult – Japanese style!
In “Unearthly Kyoto” Himiko travels to the ancient capital of Japan to exorcise a slumbering child, only to be confronted with a wave of vampire attacks. Here she meets the mysterious, childlike Miyu and her silent, enigmatic companion. Is Miyu behind the attacks? Or does she, too, seek the real culprit? And if so, why? In “A Banquet of Marionettes,” Himiko is hired to investigate several mysterious disappearances at a school. At the site of each, a strange doll has been found. Here she again meets Miyu, now apparently a student. Miyu has designs on the body, and perhaps the soul, of the school hero, Kei. But so, it seems, does another…
On “Vampire Princess Miyu: Volume 2” you will find the episodes “Fragile Armor” and “Frozen Time.” When spiritualist Himiko continues her pursuit of Miyu, Princess of the Vampires, she does not have to look far. For Miyu comes to Himiko, and offers her a bargain – the truth about herself, in return for Himiko’s assistance in her battle against the demonic Shinma. This is the conclusion of the journey into the Occult – Japanese style!
In “Fragile Armor,” Himiko agrees to help Miyu defeat a ghastly armored monster. In return, Miyu tells the tale of how she met Larva, her silent companion. Later, Himiko learns of the tragic fate of a husband and wife. Meanwhile, a beautiful young man with a ghastly laugh circles and waits. Who is he? What is the secret of the Armor? And what of the Shinma? Can Himiko put the pieces of the puzzle together in time? In “Frozen Time,” Himiko travels to Kamakura, a childhood home. There, she dreams of herself as a child, running in terror from a mysterious mansion. Now the mansion has a new tenant: Miyu. Miyu at last tells all – of her discovery of her true nature after her first meeting with Larva, of the secret concealed by Miyu’s parents, and of the night that Darkness and Shinma gathered together. And, finally, Himiko realizes what it is that has bound her destiny together with Miyu’s… forever!
“Vampire Princess Miyu: Volume 1” will be available on May 29 in Japanese with English subtitles, and with a dubbed English track. “Vampire Princess Miyu: Volume 2” will be available on June 26, also with subtitled Japanese audio and a dubbed English language track. Both discs carry a suggested retail price of $24.95.