Dance in the Vampire Bund anime review

Dance in the Vampire Bund anime review
Mina Tepeş, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants her race to stop hiding from the humans. Using her vast wealth, she has paid off Japan's entire national debt and by doing so, gained the right to create a district off Japan's coast that is to become the future haven to vampires worldwide. But when she finally attemps to make public the existence of vampires to the world some politicians, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina before she has a chance to get Japan's and international recognition for the Vampire Bund. Now she must rely on her strength, cruelty and those closest to her, while trying to make a normal life.

Now here is a show that is infamous for pushing the envelope as to how much nudity a preteen girl could show on modern television before fading into obscurity quickly afterwords. Dance in the Vampire Bund is a stylish and sexually charged tale about a lolita vampire establishing a vampire haven off the coast of Japan. It’s not your typical vampire anime, but that doesn’t make the series any more compelling either. From the characters to visuals to the story, nothing is strong enough to carry the anime through anything but mediocrity.

Though Dance in the Vampire Bund is willing to push people of their comfort zone with its stylishly gratuitous fanservice, it fails to turn heads with anything else. The show has decent but forgettable cast that go through a decently scripted but forgettable turmoil about vampires in civil war that comes to a decent but forgettable finale. The anime fails to have anything in between that jumps out and kicks the audience out of the show’s usual monotony.

For some reason, the usually imaginative and often neurotic Shinbo is oddly tame with this production. I would have thought that directing a show about a vampire loli would have gotten Shinbo’s creative juices flowing but his genius is largely absent. Sure, there are several of his usual flourishes, whether it be abruptly cut scenes, views of characters posing in odd angles, and scenes that simply meander. However, the anime strangely relies a bit too much on the source material, and there’s not enough of Shinbo doodling over it with his paintbrush and LSD.

Ignore all the vitriol Dance in the Vampire Bund gets across the internet. It’s most likely a begrudging bunch who were expecting a Bakemonogatari and getting something totally different instead. Dance in the Vampire Bund is by no means a bad show; it’s just a “meh” experience.

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