Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 5

Title - Dance In The Vampire Bund Vol 5
Author - Nozomu Tamaki
Series - Dance In the Vampire Bund #5
Genre - Vampire Manga
Published - October 27th 2009
Publisher - Seven Seas
Format - Ebook

When Mina Tepes first welcomed the vampires of the world to join her burgeoning island nation, she knew she would experience friction from all quarters. With the wounds still fresh from the encounter with the crazed terrorist Hysterica and her minions, the last thing Mina expected was a surprise visit from the three lords of the other vampire clans. To make matters worse, it is not war that they seek, but her hand in marriage!

The lords have dispatched their best assassins in a deadly game of courtship. The rules are simple: whoever is able to kill off Mina's loyal lycanthrope companion Akira may claim Mina as their vampire bride! Now, the game is afoot and Akira is on the run. As Mina prays for his success, she must also watch her back for betrayal. 

Dance in The Vampire Bund is a vampire manga that I happened to catch the short series on Netflix a few years ago. The anime never had an end so I’m hoping to get one by reading the manga. Mina Tepes is the vampire ruler even though she has the body of a 9 year old girl. Her guardians are the earth clan a pack of werewolves and she’s taken a fancy to one young shifter Akira making him her companion. The Vampire Bund has been created at last offering a safe place to all the vampires they just have to be oathed to Mina the vampire. However someone is determined that Mina won’t lead and is attempting to have her killed. Thankfully she has Akira by her side even though I think Mina can take just about anyone. She’s also wanting to start sending the vampire children to the school where Akira was attending claiming it was built with the intention of teaching both. However the students as well as vampires aren’t so thrilled and things run rapid.

The 5th installment Mina has thwarted the assassination attempts keeping her title as Queen of the vampires. Mina is summoned to the Bund with the arrival of the tree leaders of the vampire family. They expect one of them to end up with her as their bride only thing is they plan to take Akira from her in the process. They have created a challenge in which Akira will fight against each of the champions winner gets to be king. The only thing is Akira may just surprise them all and change Mina’s fate forever. 

I find Mina an intriguing character even though she’s an ancient vampire trapped she’s in the body of a young girl which makes her seem weaker. I have a feeling she’s a
 lot more than the girl she appears to be at least so I far and I’m curious to see how she evolves. Not sure how I feel about Akira I’ve got some mixed feelings about him at the moment. I see a potential love match but hopefully Mina will grow up a little physically.

I watched the anime on Netflix but it didn’t really have a ending and that was a few years ago so I’m hopping to see how it will play out. I like the art some of the detailing is well done. The concept is interesting the idea of building a vampire city for them all to live in seems to work protecting the vampires as well as the humans. Mina is an interesting character who’s quickly growing on me with each page. The story is face paced flowing smoothly along. I’m looking forward to seeing how it will all play out at last. I’m quickly finding the series addicting it’s hard to put down the more I read the more I want to know how it’s going to play out next.

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