Welcome to the 2nd day of my Halloween Special. After tackling a tv series yesterday, I will now dive into anime.
Today, I will be talking to you guys an anime I recently watched that I never knew existed. That anime is Dance in the Vampire Bund.
On live television, Mina Tepes, the ruler of all vampires, reveals the existence of her species to the world and states her plan to build a sanctuary in Japan for vampires, called the Vampire Bund. Using her family’s wealth to pay off the nation’s debt, they have agreed to let her build this safe-haven for her fellow creatures of the night. But not everyone is so easily swayed by Mina’s influence, as her announcement brings about conflict with humans who believe that the queen’s quest for peace is a façade.
Akira Kaburagi does not believe in vampires and gets uneasy whenever they are brought up, although he has yet to realize why. Apart from suffering a head injury a year ago, he lives on blissfully until he meets Mina. She triggers within him memories of a life he had long forgotten, and he soon begins protecting her without understanding why. But Akira’s secret is far stranger than he could have ever thought possible—he discovers that he is a werewolf, sworn from birth to protect the vampire queen, even if it costs him his life. Now, as these two dance a rondo of death in the Vampire Bund, Mina and Akira find out just how deep their bond goes. (MAL)
This anime surprised me.
Dance in the Vampire Bund was an anime released last 2010, a time when I was slowly getting back to anime. I never got a chance to cross paths with this. I guess it’s destiny. Lol.
Anyway, unto the review.
For my Halloween special, I researched on the internet animes I should watch. It was through that I got acquainted to this anime. Blindly, I watched this head-on, not even researching about it, and damn, I am disappointed. This was a lackluster anime. Heh, pretty harsh but its the truth. It had the elements of an interesting premise.
Vampires exposing their existence…
actually building a palace infront of the humans…
a love story…
a haunting mystery…
Those elements are hella interesting. What went wrong then?
For me, it was its execution.
Too much plotholes
As this anime was originally from a manga, its understandable that the anime cut some details out to be able to fit everything in one cour season. However, the anime writers weren’t able to write a proper flowing story as there were too many plotholes, too many questions left unanswered. I am not sure if they were also well explained in the source material, but if it so, then I might check the manga to find answers.
One big plothole in the anime would be the romance between the main characters. Yes, I know that I should just piece together the stuff shown to me, but bruh, don’t you think they resolved their fight too quickly? What fight, you say? The conflict mid-series between the main characters. I was invested with the buildup already then boom…lackluster conclusion. You guys might think I’m nitpicking this, but I am not satisfied with this.
What I do find interesting with this problem was its pacing. Even with a lot of plotholes, the pacing of the series was really stable from start to finish. How come? Well, rather than taking it time, the story just breezes through all the plotholes like they were intended or something. I can’t really explain it properly, but it’s like a big guy in a huge crowd in a hallway. The crowd is the plotholes, and yet he just walks straight past through all of them like they are nothing. It was interesting.
SHAFT’s mediocre work
From the first few moments of the first episodes, I immediately recognized Shaft’s handiwork, it was too obvious for me to ignore.
I’m not really a fan of SHAFT’s work, but I am not a hater. I do appreciate their work, but its not my taste. Still, I could proudly say that this anime is not their best work. Compared to their previous works, this anime’s art and animation were just average. There wasn’t any outstanding scene that left me breathless or speechless, I guess except when the main heroine shows her true form, but other than that, none. The color scheme was too dull, the characters were to stiff, and the cuts from scene to scene was sloppy, I was tempted to click fast forward, but I didn’t. The action scenes were almost to nothing like the production team didn’t have time to make them or something. It was disappointing for me.
Despite it, I do want to commend SHAFT for their on-point character designs. I am not a fan of the main heroine’s child stature, but at least, they blessed us with her amazing true form, so I’m good.
I really like the main characters, especially Queen Mina Tepes. But damn, the supporting casts sure lacks personality. I do understand their lack of development, but some of them were like…just there.
The villains didn’t give much of anything too. I mean, its quite clear that there’s a formidable villain soon but the anime was just full of tease. This resulted in having an anime about nothing, really. It’s just about Mina Tepes and Akira and an intro to the real story.
Before I end this, I would want to say some good things about this.
First, Mina’s true form. Yep, it’s a good point. Why? Well, in the early episodes, they keep on mentioning about the true form of vampires and how they are ugly and all. Because of that, my expectations of Mina’s true form were really really low, but dang, she blew me away. I want to see more of her in that form.
I also love how they were able to point out the real reason why Mina needs to maintain her child form even though it’s quite clear she’s a legit lady already. The reasoning was definitely disturbing and sad, and it made me love Mina more. SHE NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED.
Another point was the huge twist in the end. I didn’t expect that secret at all. It made me really curious about how everything would go after then end of the anime. And yes, the twist is a huge tease for the soon villain (I think…) and dropping that bomb near the end definitely spiked my interest. I might check out the manga soon.
The last thing would be Yuki’s involvement in the series. She’s the only human who could roam around the Bund and not get bitten. Amazing. Maybe because she’s now a close companion of Mina, but her involvement definitely shouts trouble. I am curious if ever it would backfire in the future. I really need to check out the manga.
Even with alot of negative points, I could still say I fairly enjoyed watching this series. Dance in the Vampire Bund was an interesting ride. It had alot of elements to be an amazing series, but fall short with execution. Going blind on this one definitely made me uneasy, but I guess I don’t regret watching this one.
I still had fun.
Would I recommend this one? Uhhh…not really. This series is not for everybody. But if you guys want to check this one, feel free to do so.
I think that’s it for now.
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This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!!