Title: Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 2
Author: Nozomu Tamaki
Publisher: Seven Seas
May Contain Spoilers
This is a tough one to call. I really want to like it, because the conflicts between humans and vampires have so many possibilities. I know that I would be a little apprehensive if an entire country of blood-suckers popped up just across the bay, suddenly exposing their pointy white teeth for all to see. Even Mina’s conflicting emotions and her desire to recapture Akira’s innocently made promise showed a lot of potential. This volume charged out of the gate, but it stumbled, disappointingly, about halfway through.
After establishing her country of vampires, Mina decides that it’s now time to go to school. Where does the ruler of all vampires find the time to attend high school? She secretly founded Akira’s high school in the hopes of fostering better vampire/human relations, thinking that if the youth of each race learned about each other, they would learn to live in harmony. Her plans quickly fall to ruin, as the student council vehemently protests Mina’s transfer there, and even factions of vampires don’t wish to live peacefully with their prey. In addition, the Japanese government is suddenly experiencing a case of cold feet, what with all of those monsters so close.
As Mina is forced to play political hardball, Akira sees a side of her that he doesn’t like. The two argue bitterly, setting the scene for a climatic battle at the end of the book. This fight is where everything fell apart for me. Mina and Akira face off, Akira in his werewolf form, and Mina in her true form, which is apparently that of an extremely large breasted, naked woman. If I was about to engage in a fight to the death, I would want to be clothed. I would like to have on plate mail, but I am probably too wimpy to move much with it on. Not Mina. She poses, leaps, attacks, and even takes time out to give an emotional speech, all while wearing her birthday suit. She’s the Queen of the vampires! Can’t she afford some snazzy duds?? I found the entire fight sequence utterly ridiculous, but I understand that I am not the intended target market for this series.
Rated for Older Teen