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->''"At one time, gods and demons were as one. They were sealed away in the distant abyss of memories. The hearts of the humans who feared the darkness brought this about. For the present, let's call these beings "Shinma". Now, they have awakened from their slumber, and gathered together. On the final night of that Gathering, when the Dark, the Shinma and the Humans meet, a young girl strayed into their midst. This is her story, and her name is..."''

''Vampire Princess Miyu'' (''Kyuuketsuki Miyu'') is a Japanese horror manga series by Narumi Kakinouchi and her husband Toshiki Hirano, as well as an anime adaptation by the same creators. The anime was originally presented in a 4-episode OVA (Original Video Animation) licensed by Creator/AnimEigo in 1988, and was later adapted into a 26 episode television series licensed by Tokyopop and released in 1997. The furigana for the title indicate the pronunciation as "Vampire Miyu" or "Miyu the Vampire" - the "princess" part of the name comes from the third kanji.

The series as a whole narrate the adventures of Miyu, a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] who's been appointed as the one in charge of hunting down the Shinma (god demons) who prey on humans and cross the barriers separating the Darkness from the human world. In her hunting missions she's usually assisted by Larva, a masked Shinma whom she once defeated and enslaved...

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!!Tropes:
* ActionGirl: Yui Lee from the TV series.
* AdultFear:
** [[spoiler: Miyu's mother, the Guardian]] fears the day when her child will be old enough to [[spoiler: take her place]]. Specially considering that [[spoiler: the ones who'll demand such a thing are the Shinma... who are merciless {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.]]
** Many of the victims of the Shinma are either children or teenagers. [[spoiler: Same goes to many of the people whom Miyu exchanges blood with - almost always ''after'' they're subjected to this trope.]]
* AnIcePerson: Reiha has control over ice.
* AndIMustScream: Episode two of the TV series. [[spoiler: A bunch of vain women who want to be more beautiful consult a MadArtist about that... and they end up turned into mannequins]] Something similar happens in the second OAV: [[spoiler: If UncannyValleyGirl Ranka captures you, she'll transform you into a mannequin and keep you inside her warehourse, immobile and listless but still very much sentient.]]
* AnimeHair -- Most notably Miyu's ImprobableHairStyle. How can she do that with ''just'' a ribbon?
* AntiHero: Miyu fights the shinma not because she cares about humanity or is a hero for the human race, but because it's simply her job and her fate. [[spoiler: In fact, she often uses humans to trap the Shinma. Since she also hunts humans from time-to-time, you could make a case of her being a VillainProtagonist as well.]]
* AsiaRuneChant -- used by Himiko Se.
* BatmanGambit: In the third OAV, [[spoiler: Miyu pretends [[BroughtDownToNormal to be helpless against a Shinma]] and even reveals a part of her true story to Himiko [[EnemyMine so she agrees to help her]] free a kidnapped Larva. Turns out Miyu was using Himiko to lure Lemures, the culprit, out of his hiding place so she can fight him and get Larva free.]]
* BattleButler: Larva
** And Matsukaze, who is Reiha's in the manga.
** Aoi is Ranka's own battle butler in the manga.
** Yui has Nagi, too.
* BattleCouple: Miyu and Larva
* BigBrotherInstinct: Kayo's brother in the TV series starts as this, then becomes a KnightTemplarBigBrother and tries to kill Miyu for getting close to his baby sister. To be fair, [[spoiler: the boy was under MoreThanMindControl coming from his dog, a Shinma in disguise. It all ends tragically when Reiha [[ShootTheDog freezes the boy to death]], and Miyu has to bite poor Kayo to keep her from falling in despair.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Larva. Also Garline.
* BittersweetEnding: Many, if not most of the MonsterOfTheWeek episodes from the TV series tend to end this way.
* BloodBrothers: Miyu and Larva.
* BloodKnight: Reiha and Matsukaze.
* BodyHorror: Aside of dying at the hands of the Shinma, humans can be either turned into Shinmas or be enslaved by them. The results are NOT pretty or pleasing.
* BodyguardCrush: Possibly, Larva towards Miyu.
* {{Bokukko}}: In the TV series, Yukari Kashima
* BreakTheCutie - A pre-requisite for a blood exchange with Miyu. Lampshaded in the second OAV when Himiko comments on how Miyu preys on the very handsome Kei and Miyu unabashedly admits that she likes pretty people.
* BrokenBird - Oh, ''Miyu''.
** And Yui Lee.
* BuryYourGays: ''Subverted'' in the TV series, surprisingly.
* CatchPhrase: In the TV series: "Shinma, return to the Darkness!"
** And to a smaller degree, "May you sleep well in eternal happiness..."
* ChekhovsGun: The good-luck charms that Miyu and Chisato get in the TV series. [[spoiler: These are some Shinma trinkets that prevent Miyu to sense Chisato's Shinma inner power. Chisato herself didn't know what they were for until she finally awoke to her Shinma blood, which happens after her brother Tokiya dies.]]
** ChekhovsGunman: The artist who sold the charms to the girls. [[spoiler: He's a ''very'' powerful Shinma in disguise, who ''knew'' what the trinkets were for and tricked the girls into buying them]]
* ChickMagnet: Kei Yuzuki is so handsome [[spoiler: that even Shinma women fall for him]]
* ChineseGirl: Yui Li from the TV series.
* ClearMyName: Miyu has to do this in the TV series, when a Shinma impersonates her.
* CoolMask: Larva, and Aoi from the manga.
** Lemures wore a spiffy half-mask in his true form.
* CreepyChild: Miyu, specially in the OAV. Also, little Aiko from the OAV.
* CreepyDoll: TV series!Matsukaze. Oh ''God'', Matsukaze.
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler: Chisato's older brother, Tokiya. His death triggers Chisato's awakening and FaceHeelTurn.]]
* DarkMagicalGirl: Inverted: Miyu is the ''main'' character and she befriends others out of her own will, more than being lured out by them. Reiha from the TV series is a more traditional example.
* DeadManWriting: In the episode "Woman Priest".
* DeadpanSnarker: Himiko from the OAV's.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Larva towards Miyu. Sorta.
* DissonantSerenity: OAV Miyu calmly smiles and speaks very softly as she ''burns Lemures to death'' [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend as punishment for kidnapping and harming Larva]].
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Miyu tends to go barefoot when hunting stray Shinma.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Ranka, Reiha
* EldritchAbomination: Both Miyu and the Shinma.
* EmptyShell: If you exchange blood with Miyu, your mind is in a LotusEaterMachine and your body ends up like this. She almost exclusively does this to [[BreakTheCutie to people who have more or less good looks]] ''[[BreakTheCutie and]]'' [[BreakTheCutie have had terrible losses they'd rather block out of their minds]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Miyu and Larva have ''two'' in the first OAV. One, when they quietly watch the crime scene in Kyoto from afar and walk away. Later, when they pull a BigDamnHeroes to save Himiko from the monster, but Miyu then asks Himiko to stay out of the whole deal.
** Himiko's inner monologue at the beginning of the same OAV counts too, and so does her WhatTheHellHero towards Miyu for [[spoiler: exchanging blood with Miyahito.]].
* EvilLaugh: Subverted: In the OAV's, while Miyu's laughter is more like a soft giggle, it's still creepy enough to send shivers down your spine.
* {{Expy}}: Garline from the TV series is an Expy of the OAV's Lemures.
* FaceHeelTurn [[spoiler: Chisato, in the TV series.]]
* FailureKnight: Miyahito, who couldn't save his girlfriend Ryouko from being slain in the first OAV.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Miyu sorta tries to be this in the TV series. Emphasis on ''sorta''.
* GoodIsNotNice: Reiha is not evil, but ''God'' can she be a bitch.
** Similarly, Miyu's work is not to protect humanity but to keep Shinma out. Sure, sometimes she will help victims out and show empathy, but in the end her priority is not to give humans a hand.
* {{Guile Hero}}ine: OAV Miyu is not only a strong DarkMagicalGirl, but also extremely manipulative.
* HarmlessFreezing: Subverted with Reiha and her ice powers. They look harmsless when in action, but they're NOT.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The Dub of the TV series contains several well-known voice actors and Actresses in guest roles, Many of whom are established Anime actors (like SteveBlum) and some never working on another one again. The English dub of the OVA's have Miyu voiced by [[YoureUnderArrest Yoriko's actress]].
* HimeCut: Miyu's hair, albeit it's brown and always worn up.
* HumanoidAbomination: Miyu.
* IHaveYourWife: In the OAV's, Larva is kidnapped by his StalkerWithACrush Lemures to force Miyu fight him. [[spoiler: The other Shinma captured Miyu's parents and put them into a ConvenientComa to force her do their dirty work.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The otaku from the TV series, Akiko-chan from the OAV.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Horribly subverted]]. A woman sacrificed herself to the Shinma to bring her husband BackFromTheDead, but he CameBackWrong as a servant of said Shinma and without any memories. Miyu noticed this and deduced that the now-Shinma wouldn't stop killing people and wreaking havoc unless he remembered his past, so while fighting him she showed him visions of his past and tried to make him remember. And he did... but since he was now a Shinma, he was shot to death by the police.]]
* IKnowYourTrueName: In the OAV, Miyu can't seal her enemy away without learning and writing its name with magic.
* IllGirl: Subverted quite cruelly with Aiko from the OAV, who was thought to be in a ConvenientComa due to DemonicPossession, but Himiko later discovered that [[spoiler: she summoned the main Shinma in despair after blaming herself for her parents's death, having survived the accident that caused their demises.]]
* ImprobableHairstyle -- Miyu. See AnimeHair above.
* IronicHell [[spoiler: Himiko chased Miyu around because she wanted to hunt the vampire girl down. Turns out she was the person with whom Miyu first exchanged blood, when she was a little girl.]]
* JamesBondage: Larva gets hit pretty bad with the DistressBall in the third OAV.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Japanese Vampire]]: Quite the subversion, actually. See the main trope page.
* KabukiSounds: The second OAV and the flashback episodes of the TV series.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: The three first OAV take place in Kyoto and some characters speak in Kyoto-ben. In the first one, a pretty and young HouseWife who's in an old textile store uses "''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansai_dialect#Well-known_Kansai-ben_words o-kini]]''" to thank the owner; the word is actually an abbreviation of ''oki ni arigatou'', a kinda old-fashioned way to say "thanks" in the Kansai area. (But few seconds later... the poor woman is killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek.)
* KissOfTheVampire: Miyu's blood exchanges and the consequences.
* {{Kuudere}}: Miyu, though more in the TV series.
* LadyOfWar - LadyOfBlackMagic: While not a swordswoman, Miyu sure is ''very'' graceful when she fights.
** So is Ranka, using puppets and RazorFloss.
* LesbianVampire: There are some homoerotic tensions between the girlish vampire Miyu and the shamaness Himeko who attempts to fight against her.
** In the newest ''Vampire Princess'' manga, which seems to be an AlternateUniverse set in ImperialJapan, a Miyu {{Expy}} named Yuu Kamui has quite the LesYay with another girl, a LonelyRichKid named Yui Shugakuin. [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/Vampire-Princess/c1/10 See]] [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/Vampire-Princess/c1/12 it]] [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/Vampire-Princess/c1/13 yourself.]]
* LivingShadow: The Shinma that appears in ''Sepia Colored Portrait''.
* LostAesop: The deal about lies and living in fantasy, in the OAV's.
* MadArtist: Roh-Sa from the second TV episode.
* MadLove: Ranka and Kei, so much
* MagicFeather: Cruelly played with in Miho's episode.
* ManipulativeBitch: Miyu, in the OAV. Also Lemures and several Shinma.
* {{Meganekko}}: Hisae Aoki from the TV series.
* MonsterMisogyny: In the first OAV, all of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Shinma of the week]] victims were female: two schoolgirls (including Miyahito's girlfriend Ryouko), a college student, an OfficeLady and a HouseWife. [[labelnote:And we actually see two of the deaths on-screen]]: Ryouko's (the Shinma leaps on the girl and wraps itself around her, then it leaves and when Miyahito reaches for Ryoko, she falls dead in his arms) and the HouseWife's (she's picking some silks in a store, the nearby window's glass cracks a little, and all of a sudden we see her dead on the floor.)[[/labelnote]] Supposedly, that's because [[spoiler: the little girl "commanding" the Shinma considered herself a vampire after her parents's death and her life sort-of "ended" when she made the DealWithTheDevil, therefore the Shinma believed he had to kill other women since they had the lives that Aiko couldn't aspire to anymore]].
* OffWithHisHead: Happens to some Shinma in the TV series [[spoiler: Including the {{Face Heel Turn}}ed Chisato]]. [[spoiler: Reiha]] combines this with LosingYourHead.
* OlderSidekick: Larva.
* OneWingedAngel: Several of the Shinma. Subverted in the TV series: [[spoiler: when she's turned into a Shinma, Chisato's appearance remains the same.]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Miyu poses around as one, specially in the TV series. She also has three Ordinary Schoolgirls as friends there. [[spoiler: Turns out one of them is anything ''but'' ordinary.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Miyu has control over flames.
* PluckyGirl: Himiko.
--> '''Himiko''': My happiness is not so trivial that it can be found only in a dream!
* PunBasedTitle: The Japanese word for "vampire" is ''kyuuketsuki''[[note]]Even though the word in English is more commonly used in Japanese[[/note]]; however it is normally written 吸血鬼 (literally, "blood-sucking {{Oni}}") in kanji. In the title, it is rendered as 吸血姫, with the 姫 ("princess") kanji instead of 鬼 ("Oni"), without prejudice to reading (this also results in {{Woolseyism}} in the case of the international title).
* PuppetPermutation: [[spoiler:Ranka]] does this to her targets.
* RazorFloss: Used by Ranka in the 2nd OAV.
* RoleCalled: Look at the title.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:In both media, Miyu looks like a pre-teen girl not older than 13 but is actually an adult woman. Justified trope: the other Shinma specifically granted her [[NotAllowedToGrowUp eternal youth]] so she can take all the time in the world to catch the strays.]]
* SecretKeeper: Miyu's friend Akiko from the OAV and the otaku from the first TV episode.
* ShadowArchetype: Miyu and Reiha.
* SharedUniverse: ''Vampire Princess Miyu'' had two creators, who collaborated but had different visions of the character. One had more control over the anime, the other over the manga, and the OVA is a blend of the two.
* ShootTheDog: How Reiha views her killing of humans when they get in the way of her or Miyu's hunter goals. An example is [[spoiler: when she kills little Kayo's brother, who is under MoreThanMindControl: as the kid attacks Miyu, Reiha freezes him to death, and when Miyu is upset at that she lectures her.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Miho Arisawa from the TV series.
* StepfordSmiler: Kei Yuzuki from the OAV. He's polite, handsome, popular, from a rich family, and seems to lead an almost perfect life... but is terribly bored of everything and feels that he will never live up to his more book smart siblings. He hides it under his ShelteredAristocrat facade, until he gets involved in Ranka's plans and later in her feud with Miyu.
* SpinOff: One of Miyu's 'victims' goes on to have her own series, ''Vampire Yui'', which crosses over again during the ''New Vampire Princess Miyu'' manga. ''The Wanderer'', another series, spins off from Yui. All were partially translated by Studio Ironcat.
* StarCrossedLovers: Subverted in the OAV [[spoiler: with Kei and Ranka, who find a way to stay together.]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: That goes without saying.
* TeamPet: Shiina from the TV series.
* ThePromise: Larva promised Miyu [[spoiler: to kill her when she's tired of her destiny.]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys These Two School Girls]]: Hisae and Yukari from the TV series.
* TranquilFury: "I will not return you to the Darkness. ''You, I will burn to ashes!''"
* UncannyValleyGirl: Ranka from the OAV. [[spoiler: Chisato becomes one after her FaceHeelTurn]].
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Carlua
* TheUnfavorite: In the TV series, Reiha hates Miyu because [[spoiler: her father called out to Miyu in his last words and not to her]].
* VictimOfTheWeek: The first half of the TV series and the two first OAV's.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: More like violently protective mistress, but you get the idea.
* WinterRoyalLady: Reiha, in the manga, out-ranks Miyu to the extent she has the right to kill her any time she feels like it.
* WomanInWhite: Miyu's most iconic attires include short white kimonos, with either red (OAV) or purple (TV) sashes.
** Ranka wears a white kimono in the OAV.
* YouCantFightFate: In the OAV's, [[spoiler: Miyu's mother tries to save her from being forced to become the Guardian. She fails.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko: Ranka, in the manga. She can pull off the look very well in the OAV's; in fact, she and [[spoiler: Kei]] met for the first time when she was walking around clad in a white kimono.
** Also, Miyu's mother in the OAV.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Chisato, after her awakening as a Shinma]]. Arguably, Lemures was a male example... towards [[HoYay Larva]]
* YourVampiresSuck: People keep trying traditional weaknesses on her, such as garlic, holy water, and others, and they never end up working. "Holy water. How nice." "I love garlic!" Of course, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent she is different]].
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