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After millennia in hiding, Mina Ţepeş, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Ţepeş 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 Ţepeş before she has a chance to make her world-changing announcement.
(Note: The Special translated by Lust subs on 9/11/11 is actually a crossover special with Dance in the Vampire Bund and Asobi ni Iku yo! by KAMINO Okina)
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I'm surprised that this is good.
I find the complaints about the ecchiness a bit odd. There's quite a bit of nudity, but it never felt pornographic to me. Most ecchi beats your head in with 'LOOK AT THESE BOOBS! HAVE A PANTY SHOT!'. Here it just seems incidental and entirely appropriate given the subject matter.
... Last updated on July 28th, 2010, 12:57am
Something new in the vampire genre
Dance in the vampire bund caught my interest because of its new approach (or at least for me it was new) to the vampire genre. It isn't the same old story of vampires existing in the shadows, one human discovers one, and they enter in a love-or-hate relationship. The author presents us with the reality of today but adds a twist of vampires coming out of hiding and seeking world recognition. The story is in the perspective of the vampire queen as she creates a place in the world for vampires. Of course, like in reality, there are always people who want to stanch this influx of change and at times this is like a body guard manga, albeit 'the principle' is just as strong as her body guard. There are some ludicrous ecchi moments in the beginning but that was probably for the market appeal.
The main characters in this manga all have feeling. There is a third dimension to the main characters. Every main character has their own personalities and reasons. Unfortunately, as of what's scanlated, the side characters have not had the time to morph into a other than adjunct role. The romance is present and clearly shown to the reader, (really minor spoiler, about the current stage of the romance)
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but as of now it remains nothing more than dramatic irony.
That means it's a side focus and it most likely will blossom as the series continues.
The art is on the upside of mediocre. There are some characters drawn to not only add depth to the narrative but serves as fan service material—two birds with one stone I guess. The author also does a great job depicting the characters in their temperaments especially Mina (the queen). Mina's change in persona is reflected in his art style. Also, the author has an imaginative and acute sense of style when it comes to the vampires' style of clothing. This is usually seen on Mina's dresses as they never stop to amaze me.
I like it. Other's also like it. So go read it. 4 out of 5 stars. --Wufu aka Kwally
... Last updated on August 14th, 2009, 5:14pm
This series seems dedicated to giving you as much vampire entertainment as you can possibly handle (with some werewolves on the side). If this were a movie, it would be one of the summer blockbusters that doesn't win a single award but entertains millions of people all the same. Whenever I'm itching for vampires I catch up with this series and never left unsatisfied. (insert lame pun here.)
However, it might leave some to be desired for those looking for a more philosophical work and if you're tired of vampires you might want to leave this series be for a a while. You can also see how this series goes out of its way to sexually appeal to both genders and how some plot twists are simply thrown in for shock appeal. Basically, it's what you would expect from this kind of series.
Better than Average, to say the least
Like what others have said, the manga is refreshing in the way that vampires are portrayed differently in this manga. I don't mean portrayed differently as in they change everything about the vampires (weaknesses, body composition, SPARKLINESS for cryin' out loud! Ugh!), but in that they the vampires are seeking acceptance along with trying to establish their own nation and such.
The plot itself of the manga is deep and pulls the reader in. The story is not overly complicated, and the characters are indeed three dimensional. The only problem I have with it is the ridiculous ecchi moments. By putting those scenes where Mina voluntarily takes off her clothes made it seem forced and unnatural. However, that clears up after the first volume.
Overall, I've come to respect and like (if not love) this manga. Before the Loli/Shota scare, I wouldn't have heard of it at all.
My favorite Vampire Manga
I originally had watched the anime and loved it. Then I read the manga and found the story went further. I started wondering after ch.48 was scanlated, how long before more chaps come out. Then I found that it was not only licensed already, but the licensed version was already ahead of the scanlations. I have up to vol.11 and am looking forward to vol.12 next month. The story keeps growing but you can see the end drawing closer finally.
It's pretty cool.
Vampire stuff doesn't exactly get old, people get tired of it. You've seen a couple, you've seen them all, that's the problem. They're mostly good, but you already know what happens.
This manga is pretty cool in the fact that it takes the vampire genre and add some minor twists- people are learning about the existence of vampires, there's strife and trouble, and blah blah blah.
What's also cooler is the relationships that are shown. There's definite romance, there's twists and turns in the plot, there's drama and horror and one or two bits of comedy spread out now and then... The presentation is just awesome.
I think it moves a bit fast, though. Like, I feel like the first two volumes could be spread to three or four, but right now it works very good. There's an anime announced, and I think it'll do very well, as long as they don't make it so that ONE chapter is ONE episode.
Check it out. You'll like it.
Enjoyable to Read!!!
Ever since I started reading this, I was totally hooked! I own volumes 8, 9 and 10 and I'm not gonna spoil any of those volumes for anyone (unless you want to know or already know). Sure it contains loli, love between two individuals that are decades or centuries apart, nudity, and boy-rape. But there is a reason WHY she is in that form (if you read the story then you'll understand). Like what Narutosuckz said, love is love. Age doesn't play a role and neither does other physical characteristics. There is nudity, no doubt about that. But it isn't a random panty shot or boobies flying around. It happens at certain points of the story when its suppose to. The boy-rape scene. Okay, I didn't like it either but it wasn't graphic and I just continued reading.
As I stated before, I really enjoyed this story. Its a shame that scanlators worked so hard to translate, clean, and etc. the raw chapters only to be ousted by Seven Seas releasing the volumes a lot earlier. I want to say thank you to the scanlators for trying their best for continuing this project regardless of Seven Seas' licensed releases. For the readers out there, if you can't find the scanlator translated chapters, then please support the author. I know some of you may say, "I don't have a store that sells that manga/any manga". My answer to that is: look online. Buy it off amazon, ebay, kijiji, bookstore website (i.e. chapters.indigo.ca) etc if you're willing to spend a little money. Its definitely worth it! If not, then wait for new translated chapters or borrow it from someone else. Your choice.
Sorry for rambling on here, this is my first time reviewing on this site
Peace out people!
I love how everyone authenticates their moral standards by demeaning those in the opposing party.
As it is, I cant say I enjoyed this manga much. Many of the reactions from the characters felt less believable and more like an excuse to get to the next point in the plot. That being said, the take on the whole vampire thing is pretty different and as far as the plot goes,its fairly original.
I personaly cldnt continue reading this because of my personal *eeww* moral compass, and because I just couldnt picture the characters as real.
I'd say to skip this manga-but, as seen from the many glowing reviews-it might be worth a shot.
I'll echo Jhno1's comment in saying that this series is so good it startled me, and its a highly original perspective on the vampire genre. I will state with no hesitation that this is one of THE best manga, or comic in general, that I have ever read. It truly reads like a novel, with fantastic artwork, likeable characters, and a storyline that both deep and easy to follow.
I'm giving this a 9 for now, but I'm really looking forward to future releases.
*Edit* Correction: this deserves a 10.I highly recommend that you read this series.
... Last updated on July 7th, 2009, 8:55am
Finished and Wanting More
Just finished the series and loved it from beginning to end. And, the way it ends, I'll be looking forward to continuing adventures in the Bund. [*crosses fingers*] I couldn't get enough of the great artwork. It's so nice to see characters that aren't all built like pre-pubescent children or stick figures. It's also great to see all age groups represented (so tired of manga where adults are conspicuously absent). Loved the vampire-werewolf ally angle; so different from how the relationship between these two groups is portrayed in film/literature. I think it's an interesting, exciting, sexy, funny, touching series and I'm sure I'll be reading it again. If I ever fall into money, it is so going into my library. I'm just glad my library system has the books for lending. I'm also hoping the anime will be re-made a al FMA: Brotherhood, to follow the manga with the actual ending.