Dance in the Vampire Bund is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name, written by Nozomu Tamaki. It was produced by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. The anime ran from January to April 2010, and in March 2010, Funimation licensed an English dub of the series.
The story revolves around Mina Tepeş, Princess-Ruler of all vampires, and her werewolf protector Akira Kaburagi Regendorf. 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 called “The Bund” off the coast of Tokyo, Japan, by paying off the entire national debt of the Japanese government with her family’s vast wealth.
Following a discussion show where known vampire movie actor Seiichi Hirai (who was revealed to be an actual vampire) is killed by her during his rampage, Mina reveals to the world the existence of vampires while mentioning her desire for both races to live together as they are residing on “The Bund”. However, tensions run high as fearful humans and extremist vampire factions begin to interfere with Mina’s wish for peace with the human world. This causes Mina and Akira to defend “The Bund” from these attackers.
After a spectacular moment of broken masquerade, in which Mina actually takes out a rampaging vampire on live television, we see the school life of Akira Kaburagi, who has lost his memories a year earlier. However, he’s slowly regaining his memories.
Mina appears in this school as a student, outing Akira as her royal servant. The student council is opposed to her presence, so they started a campaign to remove her from the school. For this, they appeal to the chairwoman; but I realized that it was Mina when it was mentioned that the chairwoman has not shown her face since the creation of the school.
If I kept seeing these moments coming, I might get a large ego. Anyway, the serious politics of the princess are balanced out by the wacky school-life of Akira, as the student council has announced a hunt for him, promising extra funds and rewards for whoever catches him.
While all of this is interesting, and a lot of the plot happens later, the anime has few problems. First, it only has a single season, and the Manga actually ends in 2012. So we never get to see the real ending. Second, the vampires. Okay, so this series subverts most of the related tropes, but if it comes to a vampire story, Hellsing is still the best in my opinion.
At least it isn’t Twilight. *Shutter* (No, I cannot forget it. even after a decade.)
My suggestion is, if you want a quick story, and like the politics and wars of the supernatural variety, go watch this show, since it only has 12 episodes.
But if you’re looking for something longer or deeper, you won’t find it here. In that case, look elsewhere.
Completely avoid it if you hate vampires.
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