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Vampires seek a homeland and acceptance in animated Japan.

7/10
Author: suite92 from SoCal, USA
22 June 2014

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Take the TV-MA rating seriously.

Mina Tepesh presents herself as the queen of contemporary vampires. She appeals on television for a Vampire Bund, that is, real estate where vampires can be free to be vampires. As a being who has had a long life, and who understands things like compound interest and capital appreciation, Mina's personal and family wealth is enormous. She uses this to pressure legislators to go along with her plans.

There are humans who are in favour of the proposed Bund, and those who are opposed to it. Similarly, there are vampires in favour, and vampires against the proposal. This goes back and forth throughout the series.

Mina has a connection with Akira, a teen-aged human. Akira is also a werewolf, and sometime earlier in his life he vowed to protect Mina as best he could. About the time Akira took his vow, he also lost a big chunk of his memory.

So, the series is about the conflicts mentioned above, about Akira protecting Mina, and about Akira regaining his memory. Toward the end of the series, the elders of three ruling vampire clans descend upon Mina, and force her to own up to a promise she made to the clans in the past.

As the series draws to a close, everything is revisited, and everything cast into doubt. The clan leaders set up a fight between Akira and their own chosen assassins. If Akira wins, Mina can continue; if not, they force her into submission about rule of the vampires.

So how does this pan out?

-----Scores-----

Art/Animation: 7/10 Quite a bit of the art was fabulous; some was a bit too abstract and weird.

Sound: 6/10 Typical action stuff, but neither great nor poor.

Voice Acting: 8/10 No particular problems. Often good, sometimes a little screechy.

Story: 6/10 There are a number of issues, mostly about motivation. Just what was the reason that Akira is so devoted to Mina? The suggestion that Mina might not be the 'real' vampire queen was not resolved. The reference to cloning was interesting, but I would have liked to have seen more detail about that. The strong, repeated statements that there was another queen candidate in the wings was never quite brought to fruition. The comedy vignettes about the maids shown after the credits were usually pretty funny.

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Entertaining Vampire Anime

7/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
29 July 2010

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When I started watching this on Funimation's YouTube channel I thought it was rather strange; the opening episode opened with a television debate about whether or not people believed in Vampires, at first few of the panel of so-called experts believe and as the debate goes on that number decreases... until a girl, Mina Tepes, appears claiming to be the leader of the vampires. We later learn that she has being preparing to go public for some time; founding a prestigious school and saving the Japanese economy so that they will have little choice when she depends a small area of land to establish the Vampire Bund, a country for Vampires to live. One of the students at her school, a boy called Akira who unbeknownst to him is a werewolf, he is destined to become her protector. The vampires are not united and many want to prevent the Bund from succeeding and even after it is established Mina's problems aren't over as the heads of the 'Three Clans' have sent their assassins after Akira and whoever's assassin kills him get Mina.

At first I wasn't sure if I'd like this anime but grew to enjoy it fairly quickly, the characters were well designed, the story was fascinating even though it was only a short series. While there isn't too much fanservice it isn't totally absent especially in the 'pool episode' where the female vampires wear some fairly skimpy swimwear. I believe some cuts were made to avoid showing too much of young Mina. The story had a good ending which left things open for a possible second series but wrapped up enough plot threads to form a good conclusion if there is no more. Don't switch off when the end credits start as there is a short comedy sketch, 'Dance with the Vampire Maids' after most episodes.

These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

If this anime were a vampire, it would be severely malnourished...

3/10
Author: H. from United States
3 August 2012

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Dance in the Vampire Bund isn't a complete and total bomb, but it wasn't anywhere near a success either.

Firstly, and I think this is many people's problem with this anime, is that it was overly sexualized. I myself don't have any particular problem with some nudity in anime; but too much and it gets distasteful and overshadows the plot. Unfortunately, that is the case here. Hate to say it, but it's almost animated child porn (because the vampire princess inhabits the body of a 9-year-old).

Secondly, there are areas of the story which, in my opinion, lack development. There is somewhat of a love triangle between Mina, Akira, and Yuki. I'm not a big fan of love triangles in the first place, but I do feel that they could have done better with this one. Yuki is in love with Akira, but Akira loves Mina...why? He made a promise to her when he was 7, and while I understand the loyalty of his character and unwillingness to turn his back on his promise, this still isn't a justifiable reason for him to love her. Not enough focus was put on developing Mina and Akira's romantic relationship.

Lastly, there were loose ends I felt needed tying up. What exactly did Akira do to himself when he stumbled upon the True Blood Legacy? What exactly IS the True Blood Legacy? Akira is a werewolf/shifter, yet they never explain the background for this. There is mention of "three clans," but not much more detail is put into describing them.

Not much appealed to me about Dance in the Vampire Bund; it might to other people, but I'm sure there are many other anime shows out there that are much better than this one.

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6 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Well-intended, but doesn't quite reach high enough

4/10
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark
25 January 2010

Having seen three episodes of the "Dance in the Vampire Bund" series already, I am not really hooked. There is something very confusing about the wholesome feel of the series.

Most of the characters are lacking depths and personalities, and it is hard to keep track of whom they are and what their motives are. Had they done more work of the characters it would be better.

There is somewhat of a storyline in the series, although it is continuously disrupted to irrelevant pieces of sidestory.

I do like anime and manga, but there are a lot out there available that are far better than this series.

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