Funny thing happened when I took a look at the Maryuu Shinden VHS cover: It listed its' runtime as 40 minutes, despite the CAV LD release running a few minutes shy of 30. So what was inflating the runtime by nearly 15 minute?
A VHS exclusive recap of the first two episodes!
As you can see, the quality of the Maryuu Senki VHS was nothing to write home about. It doesn't have quite the same flickering problem like the rotten LD of the first episode, but it's substantially softer and just as dark, so I can't call it "better" with a straight face.