Artificial Continuum

Monday, February 8, 2010

The second Anime worth watching this winter season: the anime version of Dance in the Vampire Bund is a tad different from the manga version, but it seems good so far. As for the opening sequence I decided I'd rather not talk about it rather it trigger my H-thoughts/darkside


The story focuses on Mina Tepes (Vlad Tepes?? hinthint), princess-ruler of all vampires, and her "protector," Akira. Like other vampires, she 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, "The Bund", off the coast of Japan by paying off the national debt of the Japanese government. Mina then reveals to the world the existence of vampires and her desire for both races to live together. Tensions, however, run high as fearful humans and extremist vampire factions begin to interfere with Mina's wish for peace with the human world.


Off the start this anime is a bit different from many of the other vampire anime out there (cause heaven knows there's a lot). Mina shows the world, rather violently, that vampires are real off the start. The animation is beautiful, yet has a subtle grittiness to it (think Trinity Blood). Of course (considering the fact it's all about vampire's) it's violent and bloody. So far the story is simple to explain and a great concept. One of the most awkward parts of the story, however, is that it is partially a romance anime and the main protagonist is an ancient vampire who looks like an 11-year-old (can you say "excuse for lolicon" 3 times fast?). Also there is a bit of ecchi-ness here and there, but it doesn't take to much time from the story. It's actually pretty good despite all the suggestive images used to advertise it and worth the watch if you like the idea of vampires trying to get along with humans (and then there are the werewolves later . . .).
Animation: 20
Story: 20

Characters: 16
Originality: 15
(still a vampire anime)

Overall: 71
(worth watching):okay: