Vampire Princess Miyu TV Anime, Volumes 3 and 4 (English)

July 30th, 2008

Fandom is so clever that when there isn’t a word for a thing, we make it up. In the case of anime fandom, we often borrow or adapt words from Japanese, just as Japanese fans borrow and adapt from English – and for the same reason, too, because it sounds cooler and creates more of an us/them dynamic, which is crucial for community.

However, I find myself lacking a word for what I want to talk about. Perhaps we can come up with one by the end of this post. lol

Here’s the sitch. In Volume 3 and Volume 4 of Vampire Princess Miyu, nothing remotely “Yuri” occurs but, we can’t help but notice, that for a snow spirit that professes to not care about anything or anyone, Reiha sure seems to have an idée fixe about Miyu. In fact, her gaze never wavers from Miyu. Reiha *says* that she’s concerned that Miyu performs her duty as Guardian properly (and why she cares, we don’t know yet…well, I do, but if you are only just watching this anime for the first time, then you don’t, yet,) but her interest in Miyu has long ago crossed the border of obsession.

Which made me think of how many stories – especially Asian stories – in which two warring generals, or lifelong enemies think about nothing other than each other. Ah! I have the term I need – devoted enemies. See? That was easy. I just needed to talk it out and I knew I’d come up with it. Thanks for listening. LOL

In any case, after a tiff over how much Miyu has the right to decide the fate of Shinma, Reiha once again declares herself Miyu’s enemy, hops on her broom and flys off with an oujou-sama cackle as she goes, after making her doll utter vague threats. And back with the humans, Chisato continues to circle on the periphery of Miyu’s orbit, soon to be drawn in for a collision.

Miyu continues to wade through semi-miserable and often dementedly ironic stories and we get a glimpse of Larva’s entirely Yaoi-licious backstory. Which I had competely forgotten. lol For which I thank the sponsors of today’s review – Ana M. and whoever bought me Volume 3. (Again, I apologize…I *swear* I keep all these papers together, but sometimes I’m overzealous and throw one out before everything on it has been accounted for. Stand up and make yourself known!) Anyway – thank you my fabulous sponsors!

Ratings for Volume 3 and 4:

Art – 8
Story – 6
Characters – 7
Irony – 7
Yuri – 2
Service – 2

Overall – 7

I can’t *wait* to get to the creepy lesbian doll episode…!

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    The term yu are searching for is “foe yay”:
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FoeYay

  2. Blecch. That term is a heinous abuse of the English language and wholly unsuited for something as beautiful and subtle as the idea of a maganificent obsession with a magnificent rival. Until I find something less vile, I’ll stick with “devoted enemies.”

  3. DezoPenguin says:

    Ahhh, the creepy lesbian doll episode…and as a bonus, you get the equally creepy, considerably squickier incestuous bug episode on the same volume!

    (Actually, v.5 was my favorite of the Miyu TV series before the whole thing spiraled into a sink of angsty depression and misery.)

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