After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a "special district" off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven to vampires the world over!
Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes before she has a chance to make her world-changing announcement.
This has to be one of my all time fave manga hands down. There isn't one area where it doesn't shine. Awesome Characters, Gripping plot , loads of action , intrigue, romance , loyalty betrayal ,suspense ,and one hell of a climax .
It is intended for a more mature audience ,as some of the themes and topics aren't really suitable for younger readers. Twilight this isn't!
Personally for me I loved this manga all the way through. I watched the anime and loved it so I decided to read the manga. The manga is leaps and bounds different and it expands on so much more while accomplishing a lot more. I currently own the entire series Plus all the side stories, the new volume for the new series, and the two doujinshii collections that were released. As you can tell I over this series. The story is great and feels authentic. The characters are wonderful and have many hilarious quips along with huge personality. The art is great, being
able to convey the story that it is in with beautiful designs mixed in with other designs that seem to represent the characters themselves. Finally I would like to address the world building which is amazing, it feels sort of like the ghost in the she'll manga in how nozuma tamaka goes into all the intricate details of the world which he has created. Overall I give this a ten out of ten as it is my favorite manga thus far.
First impressions, so my first thoughts story was hmmm this looks quite interesting.
We got super natural elements mixed with politics throw in with a vampire romance going on as well seems good enough.
So dance in the vampire bund.
We have this cool idea for a setting of what would happen if vampires publicly declared there existence to the whole human race.
So the basic plot of the story is about the vampire queen named as Mina who publicly reveals vampires to be real with the intention of building a safe haven for her kind
called the vampire bund.
Which you can probably tell that isn't going to fly. Because some people aren't really happy with the idea of blood sucking monsters pretty much moving in next door.
So one of the major focus for the first part of the story line is pretty much about the political and social implications that come up quite a lot in the first half of the story.
that come up around the vampire bund.
Which was done in the quite realistic way.
For example's you got people who what to kill the Mina because they want to remove her from power, you got humans who want to become vampires so they can be immortal, you got rogue vampire's trying to cause problems by ways of suicide bombing and attacking humans left and right and then you got humans starting angry mobs to try to find vampire and kill vampires and those to help them.
So it pretty much people in both sides trying to change the status quo that has been started.
in the second half in Dance in the vampire bund is pretty much more focused the romance element going on between Mina and her knight in shining armor a where wolf named akira who duty is to protect her from all danger.
Which was pretty well done in my opinion because they also use it to open up more plot points that really do add to the story. Like how they explain about the history of vampires and some of there culture. Now just before I continue I have to say that it dose have some problems to it.
for example some love triangle elements with Yuki who is akira childhood friend who also likes him.
Like theirs literally this part where you have Yuki having an augment with mina over who the dick belongs to.
But The plus Side to this is that they both start to become close friends because of there connection with akira. Which you don't see very often in most love triangles because mostly what happens is that they will continue to have a pissing match though out the entire story.
The main character akira was some what generic in personality but his where wolf back ground did make him some what interesting.
The other main character mina was a lot more interesting in personality And back ground.
Her personality is kind of a mix between nice sweet girl and a person who will use any methods to get for own way.
The side characters are some what also interesting as well.
But there are mostly two dimensional at the most and they could be more developed.
But the problem of a that there are quite a lot of side characters. So the story doesn't have enough time flesh or development most of them.
The art work is pretty well done.
There is quite a lot of small details put in.
The art style feels a bit like plastic to me. I don't how to explain it. But the art looks like I am looking at somthing that made of plastic.
The character design are dated by today's standards.
Nothing's really noteworthy here except the monster designs looked pretty cool.
So dance in the vampire bund was pretty entertaining enough.
I found it some what interesting.
Like for example how the vampires work and how the they do things and also the implications of how vampires can have an effect on human society.
But one thing that really did bring the manga down for me was the parts where we got loli con nudity which really brought down the story a bit for me.
If your looking for a good vampire story then this will be the manga for you.
But if your turned off by gore and loli con nudity then stay away.
When it comes to the the supernatural, you'll have to admit that blood suckers we commonly know as vampires, would have to be one of the most romantic creatures to grace the pages of fictional history. From Bram Stoker's immortal Dracula to the modern vampires you see on movies to the TV screen.
Dance in the Vampire Bund is no exception if your after a seinen tale of romance, action and most of all the supernatural. Whilst there are common traits to which some may already know as vampire lore, there are also a few changes that give the story some originality and aimed to
please any fan of the weird and supernatural.
As you get deeper into the tale you will find there is an underlining to the story of prejudice and betrayal in the vampire world, and that although most vampires may see humans as livestock, there are some who actually reach out in friendship.
If there was any room for complaints or disappointment, it would have to be the artwork. Coming from a creator who is well known for Hentai, I may have have had a little too high of an expectation from his work. Not that I have that much to complain about, but after following the mangakas previous works, I was left pretty impression-less when looking at Nozomu Tamaki's current work.
I have given this manga a 7 for the depth and character development which has transpired so far since chapter 1. I believe there is room for improvement in some departments but all-in-all its a worthwhile read.
I know there have been mixed reviews on the adaptation, but if you liked the anime, then I definitely recommend reading the manga as you will see how the adaptation changes from the anime whilst sticking to the plot giving you a different outlook.
If you'd like a fresh take to a much loved/hate character of the supernatural, Dance in the Vampire Bund is a manga worth having on your list.
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