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Kyuketsuki Miyu
(Vampire Princess Miyu)
"Kogoeru Toki"
(Frozen Time)

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

This is the final episode of the OAV series. Himiko, troubled by a disturbing childhood memory/dream, has traveled to Kamakura, where she visited for a few months as a child, to confirm or deny the images. However, when she reaches the hilltop which is so vivid in her mind, she ends up encountering Miyu.

Miyu gives Himiko an account of her past prior to, and the events leading to, her becoming the guardian of the Shinma. This episode answers many of the questions which arose in the previous episodes. That she was once human, and of an event which she will never forget.

[ capsule review ]

The final episode of the OAV series brings us full circle, giving us insights to the origins of Miyu's responsibilities and how her life and Himiko's seems to be inexplicably intertwined. Personally, I felt that epsiode 2 was the strongest of the series, primarily due to its strong scripting. Episode 4 also delves once more into the metaphysical: What might happen to a human is he/she was granted immortality? The stretching of our imagination is what animé does best; Miyu does this better than most. Music, direction and plot more than make up for the dated animation. One of the weaker elements not noticeable in previous episodes is the limitations of Watanabe Naoko' acting abilities. The role demanded a lot, and I felt that Watanabe came just a bit short. Still, I consider Kyuketsuki Miyu a great piece of work, perhaps even "timeless." - AN

This is the final of the four OAVs and is the best of the four. The story is excellent, as is the music. The animation is definitely not the best but it is well suited to the OAV series. Here we are told of Miyu's life up to the point of her becoming a vampire and why she is hunting the Shinma. It is a poignant tale of how she was once a normal human girl until the vampire blood awoke and she could not control it. Perhaps a bit frustrating is that we don't know what she wants to tell her mother as this is not well explained in the animé. This is hinted at a bit better in the manga series however. - JYN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 4 stars 4 stars N/R
Direction: 4 stars 4 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: 4 stars 4 stars N/R

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