Title: Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 5
Author: Nozomu Tamaki
Publisher: Seven Seas
May Contain Spoilers
Akira is on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the deadly assassins that the vampire lords have unleashed to track him down and kill him. He’s playing a twisted game with simple rules: whoever kills him can claim Mina as his bride. What weird courtship rights vampires practice! Akira has only one goal in mind, and that’s staying alive, killing his pursuers, and protecting Mina at all costs!
This was the best volume so far. The action elements kicked into high gear, and the rapid fire pacing keep the pages turning. Akira spends most of the volume trying to keep from getting killed, and he’s not getting very many breaks. Outnumbered and injured, things are definitely not looking good for him when the cavalry rides to the rescue. His new accomplices are a group of fangless vampire kids who possess an intense loyalty for Mina, and who remember a kindness bestowed on them from Akira.
I liked the addition of the kids more than I though I would. They are wise beyond their years, but they look at Akira’s trial as a game. They know the Bund, with all of its mysteries and secret hiding places, better than anyone, and as they lead Akira from one place to the next, their confidence and sense of adventure drive them forward. Their presence lightened up the suffocating tension that permeated Akira’s frenzied attempts to stay alive and made the entire episode much more enjoyable for me. I hope we see more of them in future volumes.
The art was also spot on for this volume. The lines in the action sequences flowed with a convincing flow of motion. Muscles tense and bunch during chaotic battles, and there is always a frantic urgency to the fight scenes. I am not quite so fond of the cover, though, and think that Mina looks a bit anorexic.
I am finding Dance in the Vampire Bund much more enjoyable than I would have ever believed possible. In addition to the kick ass action, the story is starting to blossom. The vampire politics are fascinating, and the personal relationships are giving the plot more depth. I just ordered volume 6, and I can hardly wait to get it.