Key points for The Vexations of a Shut-in Vampire Princess Review:
- “The Vexations of a Shut-in Vampire Princess” surprises with a plot revolving around the “Demon Core” and a desire for “true death,” adding unexpected depth to the typical fantasy comedy.
- While the world-building and threat from the “Inverse Moon” are intriguing, the article suggests the plot could benefit from a slightly more serious tone, with occasional dark moments feeling somewhat disconnected.
- The characters, with their complex backgrounds, provide potential for depth, but the article notes that the anime leans heavily on comedy, making it challenging to take the narrative seriously. More character development is desired for some key figures.
Honestly, this anime has no right to be as good as it is. The Vexations of a Shut-in Vampire Princess appears as a typical fantasy comedy on the surface, with a bit of Yuri added to the mix. But it is actually quite a bit more compelling than that. I won’t pretend that it is something you have never seen before or anything but, it is worth watching and it is much better than it looks.
As I mentioned in one of the previous articles, I am starting reviews a little early this season. And this is my 2nd review. Today we are talking about The Vexations of a Shut-in Vampire Princess. Let’s get started.
The plot revolves around this thing called “Demon Core”. Almost all magic comes from the Demon Core and as long as people are under the influence of the Demon Core, they cannot be killed by traditional means. There is this group called the “Inverse Moon” who want to destroy these cores to taste “true death”, so to speak. Honestly, that is a pretty cool setup. The world-building in this show in general is pretty decent. Abilities are explained well and the Inverse Moon does come off as a serious threat.
Where the plot stumbles is the execution front. The downtime in the plot is pretty noticeable and in my opinion, it doesn’t lean enough to the dark side. It just hints at having a dark side, shows it from time to time (episodes 4 and 8, in particular for example), and then hides it again. I just wish that the tone of the plot was a little more serious.
Kind of the same issue here. All 3-4 main characters so far have had pretty messed up childhoods, Sakuna in particular. But other than a few moments, the character interactions are mostly played for comedy. I don’t mind comedy, but I think this anime overdoes it a little. How can you bring yourself to take this anime seriously when the vampire queen herself is out here goofing around? Letting her generals fight for no good reason. Other than that, I wish Komari and Vill had more character development. Milicent and Sakuna got their share at least though.
Animations and Soundtracks
There’s not much to say here, the anime is average on both sides. I do appreciate the character and outfit designs though, blood-drunk Komari, especially in episode 8 looks amazing. Also, the opening theme is fun and catchy. But that’s about it.
Here are my final scores for The Vexations of a Shut-in Vampire Princess
- Plot – 7/10
- Characters – 7/10
- Animations – 7/10
- Soundtracks – 6/10
- Enjoyment – 7/10
- Blood-drunk Komari – 10/10
- Overall – 7/10
This anime would have benefitted a lot from having a little more seriousness. Not much, just a tad bit more. That way, things wouldn’t be needlessly goofy. But this anime is still really good and I highly recommend it, if you are looking for some vampire or fantasy fun. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!
Also, check out my thoughts on this year’s potential anime of the year contenders here!