Vampire Princess Miyu follows a Japanese vampire girl named Miyu and her Shinma companion Larva who are tasked with banishing stray Shinma, a race of god-demons that manipulate and consume human souls. This OVA adaptation of the manga series explores some of Miyu’s cases in hunting down Shinma and her origins, while being observed by a Japanese spiritualist named Himiko Se.
Like many OVA titles of its era, this adaptation of Vampire Princess Miyu mainly exists to give fans a sampling of what its manga source material is like and have them buy the manga to see more of Miyu’s exploits beyond the anime. As an introduction to Miyu’s premise, this OVA does a solid job exploring our female lead’s exploits and origins within its 4-episode runtime. The first two episodes serve to explore Miyu’s encounters with enemy Shinma, while the later two explore elements of her character that include her bond with Larva and her past before hunting enemy Shinma. The series carries a haunting and bittersweet tone throughout its run to show how dark Miyu’s world is when dealing with her duties and those who become involved with the world of the Shinma, allowing the series to carry an effective sense of horror as it explores more of Miyu’s world. The animation does an effective job at conveying Miyu’s setting and characters with nice animated details and muted colors to compliment the anime’s tone. Backgrounds are a bit on the sketchy side, but the OVA does an effective job at depicting its occasional bits of action that demonstrate Miyu’s power and the dark nature of the Shinma she confronts.
The OVA does have its faults. Himiko’s character contributes little to the series as she mainly exists as a human observer of Miyu’s actions, is exclusive only to this OVA from what I gather as she never appears in the 1990s TV anime adaptation that later came out, and can be a bit grating with her protests at challenging Miyu. Plus as this series mainly exists to promote its manga source material, the storytelling within Vampire Princess Miyu is largely self-contained in each of its episodes and doesn’t give viewers much to go back to, which could limit its rewatchability with some fans wanting a longer series run given Miyu’s premise.
Still if you are a fan of old-school anime and craving horror with your viewing, Vampire Princess Miyu offers solid horror and storytelling with dabbling into Miyu’s exploits dealing with enemy Shinma and her origin story.
Rating: 7.5 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for