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Dance in the Vampire Bund: Complete Series [Blu-ray + DVD]
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Based on the manga by Nozomu Tamaki, the broadcast series Dance in the Vampire Bund (2010) centers on a vampire realm that exists in parallel to everyday life. Akira, a normal-seeming high-school student suffering from amnesia, goes about ordinary activities with his classmate Yuki at an elite private academy in Tokyo. Their world changes when Mina Tepes, a descendant of Vlad the Impaler and the reigning princess of the vampire world, arrives at their school. In the first story, she connives to build a settlement dubbed the Vampire Bund on a Tokyo Bay landfill--and claims extraterritoriality for it, as if it were a 19th-century European colony. The subsequent plots--which start and stop arbitrarily--string together violent battles between various villains and Akira, who discovers he's both a werewolf and the sworn servant/protector of the Princess. There are lots of fan-service jiggle shots, but Princess Mina takes the form of a barely pubescent girl, which gives much of the nudity disquieting "lolicon" overtones. Other story elements include an attack on students seeking safety in a church, an assault on a buxom nun, a high-school student's apparently passionate attachment to an elementary-school boy, and "Agni Blood" ("Blood of the Lamb"), a chemical rebel vampires use to turn themselves into walking bombs. Despite all the violence and nudity, Vampire Bund is a crashing bore with long Morris the Explainer scenes. Otaku will recognize the many elements the series borrows from other anime. (Rated TV MA: extensive nudity; graphic violence; violence against women and children; sexual situations, including suggested lesbianism and pedophilia; grotesque imagery; potentially offensive religious imagery; tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Prom Night, 2. Howling, 3. Teen Wolf, 4. Interview with a Vampire, 5. Shadow of the Vampire, 6. From Dusk till Dawn, 7. Innocent Blood, 8. Near Dark, 9. The Lost Boys, 10. Walpurgis Night, 11. Underworld, 12. Dance in the Vampire Bund)
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Right from the get go it becomes apparent that this is not another InuYasha or Naruto type series as it ponders the question - What would happen if the vampire race decided to come out of the shadows and establish their own nation in a corner of Japan? And the leader of the Vampire Nation is not another bloodsucking Count Dracula type character but what appears to be a pre-pubescent girl child? Who can be quite ruthless and mature as any leader must be; but quite touching and childlike at other times? The premise is quite intriguing.
Then couple this with a distinctly different style of animation that at times almost resembles an art house film with muted colours, or deliberate flare or out of focus scenes and it becomes quite obvious that this is something different. At first it was rather disconcerting and I actually thought that my BD's/DVD's were defective in spots; but no it's deliberately designed like that. Something like they did with Gankutsuou - The Count of Monte Christo a few years back; but not as bad. You do get used to it after the first few episodes and they do tone it down by the end of the series so don't let this turn you off. It's well worth watching!
As for the storyline, I quite enjoyed it. While it does have some very dark parts it doesn't really stretch out the angst like far too many anime series do. It's not a comedy yet they do have lighter moments so in this case, being only 12 episodes long may be a definite advantage.Read more ›
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This story is about a vampire queen looking for a safe homeland for vampires,the "good" ones willing to leave the general population alone,a place for those that chose not to engage in the vampire lifestyle by pulling out their fangs,etc. The adult queen has transformed her body into that of a 10-year-old because if she is of a mature age she must choose one of the three vampire family heads to marry and thus propetuate the vampire royal boodline. As she does not wish to lay down with any of them and wishes to,instead, spend her life with her chosen boyfriend,she refuses to show her mature body,which creates the tension for the storyline.
Her chosen one starts out the series as a teenager in a local highschool that has no memory of his history longer than a year ago. There is,of course, a girl that wishes to care for him,etc., but,unlike too many such storylines, this girl "matures" as the plot thickens, but,to tell more would give too much away. He,on the other hand,take forever to catch on to the multible romantics that begin to swirl around him. In other words,typical male behavior. His role in the storyline,however,is crucial to the plot.
The student body president,a female,is the principle player in a branch story that has a few surprises,especially with most anime series about students usually portraying student leaders as too stiff and unwilling/unable to mature or change. Most would,I think, will find the outcome of this sub-plot both surprising and not entirely unpleasant.
There is very limited fan service and nudity,in any form, is virtualy non-existant.
This is a very good series to get involved with and it remains up to the individual buyers if the product offered here is within their budget.
1. The anime is not the manga. so don't be disappointed. given the ongoing status of the manga series (which is highly entertaining) and the need to adapt for anime format, the story has undergone a few significant changes that give it more of a sense of resolution than the manga does. so know that you are watching a different story (and different style of art as well - looks more like Bakemonogatari than the manga).
2. While not the manga, the anime version is still quite entertaining and enjoyable. Dance, while certainly just another vampire story, does a good job mixing up the modern and the typical cast of mythical characters so that one doesn't feel like this is Blade redux. While not groundbreaking story work, i found myself pretty engrossed. the role of the Werewolves is pretty sweet.
3. as you can tell just from the cover (and more so from the opening credits), Dance plays up the loli theme pretty directly. While tame by other loli standards and not a deal breaker by any means, for those who might be uncomfortable with content of that sort, this would be good to note before investing in watching. I found it tolerable, though i had a few uncomfortable moments. and, generally, the content is pretty edgy. which is fine if you like that, but might be a turn-off if you don't.
overall, i recommend with the above warnings.