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Shin-Kyuuketsuki Miyu
(New Vampire Princess Miyu)

TV Episode 14

Distributed by: Soeishinsha and Pony Canyon (Japan)
Length: 22 minutes
Rating: NR, parental guidance suggested
Format: Original Japanese dialog (VHS/LD)

Based on the manga by Kakinouchi Narumi.

[ plot summary ]

Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, a young man seeks solace at a small run down aquarium where they often went. However, this aquarium has a rather unusual attraction hidden away behind some usually locked doors. The mermaid being held in the depths of the aquarium can generally only be found by the most curious seekers, and even then, the aquarium's owner/manager may not allow access. Meeting the heartbroken student at the aquarium, both Miyu and the student agree not to tell others about the mermaid. However, the young man starts to fall in love with the mermaid and decides to free her and return her back to the oceans. The manager however decides that it may instead be time to keep the boy from ever seeing the mermaid again. Will the boy heed Miyu's advice to leave the mermaid be, or will he decide to try to free her?

[ capsule review ]

Anyone who's seen Takahashi Rumiko's Mermaid series will have a certain understanding about mermaids which is also true for this story. The question of who was caring for whom in this story, manager or mermaid, is of minor interest at the end of this episode. Otherwise, one really wonders about the mental stability of the student considering how he reacts to being dumped by his girlfriend. However, the story otherwise is pretty typical for the series, and the voice acting by the student is a bit better than average. Beyond that however, the series maintains its decidedly nondescript existance.

[ café rating ]

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

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