Review of Dance in the Vampire Bund Based on the Manga
Genre: Anime, Vampire, Werewolf
Short Summary From Wikipedia:
The story revolves around Mina Tepeş, princess-ruler of all vampires, and her protector — Akira. Like other vampires, Mina has been in hiding with her people for many years. Seeking to end centuries of isolation, Mina gains permission to create a special district for vampires, “The Bund,” off the coast of Japan by paying off the entire national debt of the Japanese government. Mina then reveals to the world the existence of vampires and her desire for both races to live together. Tensions, however, run high as fearful humans and extremist vampire factions begin to interfere with Mina’s wish for peace with the human world.
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the vampire mythology and the love story; however, there were some points lost for certain things I will mention later. I enjoyed the characters and their fight to maintain humanity, though they are in essence monsters from our deepest, darkest nightmares. I also enjoyed the love story between a pre-teen looking but centuries old, Queen of Vampires, Mina Tepes and 17 year old werewolf servant, Akira. It a true romance between equals and people who generally care about one another despite their differences. I must add that the Queen maintains a young form for reasons I can not divulge without screaming spoilers and it is best for her to do so. Together, Mina, Akira and their friends fight to create a separate nation for vampires and their supernatural allies, while navigating their own feelings. I have to give some heads up on a few things: 1) bloody violence (which actually looks cool in anime but not appropriate for anyone under 16), 2) a gag inducing romance between a pre-teen boy and older teen girl and 3) graphic nudity (realistic breasts and Barbie-like reproductive organs not appropriate for anyone under 18.)