Manga Review: DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND, VOL. 3 BY NOZOMU TAMAKI

Title: Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 3
Author: Nozomu Tamaki
Pages: 208
Publisher: Seven seas
ISBN: 1934876151

After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes 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 for vampires from all over the world!

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 Tepes.

REVIEW

The front image of the series usually gives us an idea of what the topic of the stories will be. In this case, the story will evolve around Nanimi after she was turned into a vampire and Mina’s attempt to “save” herself and the people she love with the help of some loyal friends.

Looking back in Vol. 2, Nanimi was turned into a vampire and is missing. Yuki is now helping Mina with the student council, issues resolve around them. Akira’s loyalty is also known from the last volume and that incident will determine how the story of both Akira and Mina will progress. So moving on. The chick above looks awfully familiar right? You’ll get to know who is she as you get into the story more.

The next pictures is a snippet of a characters memory about from Vol. 2

So here we are shown that Nanimi is still alive but not so well and at the second picture you can see that a new character is being introduced.

The next series of pictures shows that Mina is once again in danger from enemies that wants to annihilate  her for good but with her loyal subjects at her side the task will be harder to accomplish as it seems. Look at the last picture in the series, those band of men on the right side is a group of men who are the best of the best and is called the Elite Eight. 8 good looking experts to protect our dear Mina and accompany Akira to Mina’s safety.

Remember the new evil chick I mentioned a while ago? It seems like she goes by the name Hesterica – overly dramatic right?- and it also seems like Vera knows her and has a past with her. Ohhh cat fight!

To summarize the rest, Hysterica will be destroyed and Mina and her subjects is once again saved but we all know that it will not stop there! 🙂 Ok, this last picture I know is not for younger readers so make sure that you are alone reading it. Remember Nanimi? It looks like she is in love with her neighbor who is actually a kid (look above) but what Mina decides with Nanimi and the kid is for you guys to find out.

Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 3 is as awesome as the first 2 books but I feel like there’s something lacking here. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two but Vol. 3 is really a story changer. New characters are introduced and destroyed here so I can definitely say a lot happened and Vol. 3 is not lacking in the action area but for me it’s not enough. It’s hard to compete with the first two books but I am excited on what will happen in Vol. 4 I can’t wait!

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Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 2 by Nozomu Tamaki

Title: Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 2
Author: Nozomu Tamaki
Pages: 192
Publisher: Seven seas
ISBN: 1933164816

A special district for vampires has been set up in Japan by Mina Tepes, the Vampire Queen. Mina’s extensive preparation even include arrangements for a school that she herself attends, along with her servant Akira in tow. Amidst student backlash and clandestine activities by the Japanese government, the president of the student council disappears. Mina and Akira’s new battle has begun!

REVIEW

Vol. 2 of Dance in the Vampire Bund series was as intense as Vol. 1. Now we go deeper in the “kingdom” that Mina is in but Vol 2 shows us a different side of Mina. Mina in Vol. 2 was a bit softer and kinder and this shows us that Mina isn’t just a vampire ruler who wants to dominate but rather a princess who cares about her people and the people that she loves.


This is an unexpected turn in the story. Princess Mina wants to be part of the community and would like to study in the high school located in an area that is controlled by both the bund and the Japanese government. Image below shows the administration of the school presenting Princess Mina as a student of the school.

As the story progress, issues surfaces between vampire and humans. This is were the student council president is being attacked by vampires – is it Princess Mina’s order or someone else?
This part of the story just shows Mina’s cunning ability. Brutal but genius. I have to admire her here –
Okay let’s see some action shall we?
 
This manga is really not for younger readers because of the nudity and the fighting scenes included in the stories (see picture above)
The last pages is really nail biting! Mina and Akira fight each other in order to know where Akira’s loyalty stands. Basically Mina was jealous of  Yuki so Mina wanted to know if Akira will pick her although her ways are a little bit drastic.
So there you have it Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 2 is as exciting as the first volume and from here it seems to get better through the next volume. Watch out for Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 3 next week.

Manga Review: Dance In The Vampire Bund, Vol. 1

I have never read manga, this is my first time reading and reviewing one so I hope I do this review any justice. 🙂 I am still searching for  materials since I am not initially familiar with manga (manga fans, any suggestions? I am not a picky reader) and I happen to find this series which is about vampires. I won’t pretend that I know these stuff but I’ll do my best and forgive me if I don’t include technical terms at first, I’ll do a thorough research these coming days about manga I swear! Enough babbling, let’s discuss Dance In The Vampire Bund, Vol. 1.

Author: Nozomu Tamaki
Pages: 192
Publisher: Seven Seas
ISBN: 1933164808

The most original vampire story in centuries!

After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes 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 for vampires from all over the world!

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 Tepes.

I don’t know if reading Dance in the Vampire Bund was a great choice for a first time reader like me but there were no regrets here. 🙂 I enjoyed reading through the pages in spite some things that most may find uncomfortable. Like most vampire and paranormal stories, Dance in the Vampire Bund will tackle werewolves, vampires, intricacies between the two worlds and the issues imposed with their life and how they manage to co-mingle with humans. Princess Mina decided to create a bund or haven for vampires where in they can live peacefully together.

This is the first page, so basing from that picture alone with Mina on the right, you’ll probably have an idea on what to expect in the next few pages. Akira is supposedly Princess Mina’s knight/protector/partner or whatever you want to brand him. Basically, he swore his life to her forever.

This is their first time meeting again. Mina seems to be a harmless kiddo here – old vampire in young children’s body is not a new concept. I believe Anita Blake (Laurell K. Hamilton’s heroine in the Anita Blake Series) first encountered an old vampire who was in a young girls body.

This is an example of why some may have an issue of reading this series. It’s the idea of Akira and Mina together, I believe the exact term is Lolicon? Lolicon according to Wikipedia:

In Japan, the term describes an attraction to underage girls (whether prepubescent, pubescent, or post-pubescent) or an individual with such an attraction. In Japan, the term describes an attraction to underage girls (whether prepubescent, pubescent, or post-pubescent)It is also commonly used when referring to lolicon manga or lolicon anime, a genre of manga and anime wherein childlike female characters are often depicted in an erotic manner or an individual with such an attraction.

Indeed there is a lot of nude scenes and “inappropriate” manner but remember that this is very common (or so it seems) in manga (or in this sub genre of manga) so I wasn’t too bothered reading it and if you are very familiar with vampire novels and paranormal, that is also used commonly.

Another thing I found very fascinating in manga or anime is the Japanese fascination with sexy ladies having big bossoms. 🙂 The picture above is when Akira captured the culprit, trying to save Princess Mina’s life.

Another idea I loved in this series is the idea of “fangless” vampires (yes I have read books 1-8 so I apologize for the spoiler) which will be introduced more as the story progress. An to top that, aren’t these fangless kiddo vampires cute???

Anyway, it was a very exciting read. The story line was intriguing and very promising plus it was a new concept regarding vampires. Granted that it is only 192 pages but I have devoured this volume in less than an hour, that was how exciting it was. I couldn’t put it down. The artwork was amazing as well. I knew that Japanese artist are very talented when it comes to anime but I now have a new appreciation with manga – manga that never did interest me before. I can definitely say that I am a new fan of manga and I hope my journey to discovering new reads is as exciting as reading Dance in the Vampire Bund.

And did I tell you that there’s a side stories as well in the last 2-3 pages titled Dance with the Vampire Maid(s).

QUESTION: For avid manga fans, what are your recommendations for me as a newbie to the genre? 🙂 I have Amazing Agent Luna waiting to be read and reviewed but I’d like your opinion very much.