Vampire Princess Miyu TV Vol. #2 (Mania.com)
By:Abraham Chinchilla Jr.
Review Date: Friday, May 17, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2001
The second volume of Vampire Princess Miyu shows great improvment from TokyoPop. The mistakes made in the first disc have been corrected.
This disc provides two audio options, a Japanese Stereo track, and an English Stereo track. Neither language tracks had any disortion or drop-outs. On the note of subtitles, a second subtitle track has been added, "Signs Only" (no more overlays!). The sad thing I noticed about the subtitles is that they are centered more the the right of the screen, so my TV, some words ran off the screen (not a problem on the RCA TV in my living room).
The picture was fairly good. There was little artifacting in the more darker scenes, and some rainbowing. I didn't notice any bleeding. Though, there seemed to be some jiggling.
Tokyopop uses great Japanese cover artwork for the front of the cover. Matches the episodes provided on it nicely. The cover features Reiha, Miyu's "rival". The back features a summary, and short synopsis on the four episodes. The insert also has the cover presented in it's "border" which was on the original Japanese covers. A four-page booklet is also provided, with comments from the Shinma designer on the Shinma designs.
Tokyopop has Nightjar doing their menus, which look very good. The main menu features an image of Miyu with four selections, Play, Set-Up, Scenes, and Extras. The sub-menus uses some of the design sketches of the Shinma which are featured in the booklet. The scene menus are done very nicely. All six chapter stops are listed.
Aside from the four-page booklet, we have another image gallery of very nice artwork. Thankfully, since the opening had been redone with the still shots that didn't have credits overlapping on them (no credit-less version was made, perhaps), the original Japanese Opening is included.
As the Miyu TV series gets more episodic, there is some pretty good things going on. Miyu is still hunting down Shinma, and we now meet a girl who seems to be Miyu's "rival".
(Potential Spoiler Warning)
In episode 4, we are introduced to a young girl named Reiha. Reiha is actually an ice demon, posing as a young girl. She carries a doll with her, who can actually talk, Matsukaze. While Reiha seems to both like and dislike Miyu, Matsukaze completely hates her. Reiha does clue Miyu in on a Shinma, who is letting them stay in it's home. Miyu has a talk with the Shinma, and she claims to only have animals as her friends. Miyu believes this, but the next morning, she discovers she had been decieved.
In episode 5, Miyu and her friends meet an old man. The old man had made a film that their class had watched. The girls feel that the man was lonely, and believed that it was because he never saw the female lead in his film again. Chisato, Hisae, and Hikari do make a surprising discovery though, and Miyu discovers a Shinma has hidden itself in the man's film.
In episode 6, an imposter posing as Miyu is going around sucking the blood of humans. After an attempt to attack Chisato, Miyu figures that it's a Shinma's doing. Loosing some trust from Reiha (who believes Miyu is the one taking blood from humans), it will be hard figuring out who is the real Miyu.
In episode 7, Miyu meets a homeless girl and her older brother. The two seem to have psychic abilites. The brother is able to read the minds of people and animals, while his younger sister's powers are still growing. Whenever the girl feels her brother is being hurt with all the bad things people say about them, she goes into rage and attacks people. The boy finds a dog, and learns that it has been abused on the streets, so he takes it as his pet. The dog soon orders the boy to kill Miyu.
While the series, as I said, is being quite episodic, we do learn more about Miyu, a little about her past, and her cold-hearted "rival", Reiha. This series continues to be great. The English dub has also improved slightly. Wendee Lee voices Reiha perfectly, and Miyu's VA, Kimberly Brown, is improving.
Philco 21" TV, APEX AD-1500 DVD Player
Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: TOKYOPOP
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Vampire Princess Miyu