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Kyuketsuki Miyu
(Vampire Princess Miyu)
"Moroki Yoroi"
(Fragile Armour)

Distributed by: Soeishinsha and Pony Canyon (Japan), AnimEigo (North America)
Length: 35 minutes
Rating: NR, parental guidance suggested
Format: Original Japanese dialog (VHS/LD), subtitled (VHS/LD)

Based on the manga by Kakinouchi Narumi. Screenplay by Aikawa Noberu, directed by Hirano Toshiro and produced by AIC. English version directed by Michael House.

[ plot summary ]

volume 2

Something has happened to Miyu's servant Larva. Some sort of magical seal has been placed on him, keeping him away from her. Unable to remove the seal herself, she asks for Himiko's help to free him, in exchange she agrees to tell Himiko a bit about herself and Larva and the Shinma. Who exactly put the seal on Larva in the first place, however, and why can't Miyu battle the strange suit of armour which accosts Himiko and herself?

[ capsule review ]

Up to now, we've only had fleeting glimpses into Miyu's background. In this episode, we finally get to find out who her mysterious and silent servant is, and where he came from. This episode also expounds further on a theme which is prevalent thorughout the series -- the negative aspects of denying the truth, and living a lie. I thought that this was the weakest of the four episodes in the OAV series; it's fascinating nevertheless. We get a better understanding of the moral limitations in which Miyu operates, and that she does not get involved in human affairs indescriminately. Once again, superior music and direction will captivate you right to the inevitable tragic end. - AN

This episode gives us further insight into Miyu's character and background. Who was she? More importantly however, who is this Shinma who claims to have been Larva's friend? The story is again well written with a decent plot of mystery and discovery and we see Himiko's character start to change (slightly) in attitude towards Miyu. Once again the background music is excellent. There is a minor consistency problem in this episode with respect to the Shinma's name. It starts out as Lemures and changes to Lemuria. (Note: In the manga, Lemures was Larva's very close friend and had a twin brother named Lemunia). - JYN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars 3 stars N/R
Direction: 3 stars 3 stars N/R
Acting: 3 stars 3 stars N/R
Animation: 2 stars 2 stars N/R
Music: 4 stars 4 stars N/R
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/R
Overall Rating: 3 stars 3 stars N/R

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