by Marlan Moore | staff editor
New animation distribution company Maiden Japan has acquired the rights to shojo horror series Vampire Princess Miyu. They will be releasing the series on DVD and digital formats with fellow distributor Section23 Films on March 12, 2013.
Vampire Princess Miyu tells the story of half-vampire, half-human Miyu Yamano, who is stuck as a teenager forever. She also happens to be the Chosen One – humanity’s last defense against the forces of Darkness (demons, vampires, all that good stuff). With the help of Larva, a Shinma (demon), this half-vampire princess tracks down and snuffs out supernatural forces that look to do harm to mankind.
At the same time, however, Miyu’s undead side calls her to the Darkness, and she must feed on human blood to stay alive. The only way she can get human blood is if someone gives it to her freely, so she has to choose her targets carefully.
Maiden Japan calls the series a “death-dance of undead predator and prey.”
Vampire Princess Miyu originally ran as a 10 volume manga by Narumi Kakinouchi and Toshiki Hirano before making its way into anime as a 4-episode OVA in 1988.
Where the OVA had Miyu as the daughter of a human father and a vampire mother in post-World War II Japan, the more well-known 1997 anime series that followed gives the demonic role to the father and the human role to the mother. This 26-episode version of Vampire Princess Miyu also changed the setting from post-WWII Japan to pre-WWII Empire of Japan. It’s this version of Miyu that Maiden Japan is bringing to DVD in North America — something that hasn’t been done in 10 years.
Maiden Japan’s DVD and digital media release of Vampire Princess Miyu will feature both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English audio track, and will be available starting March 12, 2013. Mock-up of the box art can be found below.
Any fans of the series ready to reacquaint themselves with the Vampire Princess?