Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol 10 by Nozomu Tamaki


May Contain Spoilers

I came across Dance in the Vampire Bund during a foray to a network library (yes, yes, I visit libraries on the weekend, even libraries in other cities – everyone needs a hobby!). I remember reading a bunch of them, and enjoying them, years ago, so I checked GoodReads, and borrowed the volumes I haven’t read yet. When I got home, I found that I had purchased Volume Ten, so without further adieu, I started reading it.

Let me say upfront that after seven years, I don’t remember much about the story. I kind of recall the powerful male vampires all wanting to possess Mina, and Mina staying in her kid disguise so she wouldn’t have to commit to any of them, or something like that, but that’s about it. The premise for this series is kinda creepy, and the butt shots of little girl Mina are just wrong, but I digress. 

An attack by Ivanovic has been repelled, and Mina has ordered the complete destruction of Ivanovic’s clan in Russia. She sends the wolves to wipe out his remaining people, but they encounter fierce resistance. Li has entered the fray against Mina’s forces, and the battle seems unending. Meanwhile in Tokyo, some vampires are causing havoc after attacking from the sewers. Mina seems indifferent to the plight of the infected humans, and there isn’t enough antidote for all of the victims of the attack.

But wait! Mina is an imposter! The imposter is just playing everyone, setting several plots in motion to cause maximum chaos. But what of the real Mina? She’s been captured by Rozenmann for his own nefarious purposes. Until she escapes! An exotic dancer finds the real Mina hiding in an alley, and thinking she’s an abused kid, takes her home to nurse her back to health. Now Mina is trapped far away from the Bund, starving, and unable to get in contact with her people. She has no resources whatsoever, and things are looking bleak.

I am having a hard time believing that Mina’s people, many who have been with her for decades, can’t tell she’s a fake. What is up with these people? At least Akira, a kid, has a bit of an excuse for not figuring out the truth. But when she tells him that she’s an imposter, and Akira dismisses that statement as a joke, even though she has been acting so out of character – hopeless.

I also forgot about big Mina’s big boobs. She is royalty, a reigning monarch, and she got ripped off in the cool, super hero costume department. While other freedom fighters are allowed capes, flashy footwear, and enviable jackets, Mina gets – nothing. Racing into a battle in nothing but your birthday suit just doesn’t seem smart. It’s not cool. It’s kind of silly. But then I remind myself – I am not the target market.

There are only four more volumes to go, not counting the side stories, so I’ll keep trudging through these. They aren’t awful, but my reading tastes have changed, and there are so many series on the market now it’s hard to allocate my free time to series I don’t really like. If the next volume doesn’t wow me, I might just set this one aside.

Grade: 3.5 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library (and purchased from RightStuf)

About the book:

Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 10, a graphic novel by Nozomu Tamaki
The New York Times bestselling series, now a hit anime series from FUNimation!
Lord Ivanovic is dead. Akira and the members of Beowulf have averted all-out war with the three vampire clans and prevented the Bund’s nuclear reactor from going critical and raining down radioactive fallout across the entire Kantou region. The costs have been high. Friends have been lost, and the blows keep coming.
In response to the repeated assassination attempts on her life, Mina Tepes’ policies have taken an overly hardline approach, if not erratic and unpredictable. When the truth finally comes out—that this Mina Tepes is an imposter—there will be hell to pay.