Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund V 13 by Nozomu Tamaki

May Contain Spoilers

This has been the best installment of the series since Mina was kidnapped and replaced with an imposter.  There’s lots of action, political turmoil, and the build up to something big is going to happen, and happen soon. With only one volume to go, the author picked the best time to crank up the tension in the story.

Thanks to the sacrifice of the Beowulf elders, Akira and the real Mina are able to slip out of Rozenmann’s grasp. The battle in the ancient vampire capital is bloody and exciting, and proves that those old dudes can still put up quite a fight. They buy Mina and Akira the time they need to escape, and hopefully they will be heading back to the Bund soon and kicking the fake princess right off the throne. I can only hope.

Back in Japan, things are not so rosy. The fake Mina has sowed an infection of vampires outside of the Bund, and the citizens of Tokyo are not handling this new threat well. As suspicions mount, neighbor turns against neighbor, and innocent people are being murdered. Everyone is suspected of being a vampire, commerce has come to a grinding halt, and if Mina doesn’t take back her throne soon, both Japan and the Bund will suffer.

This was a great volume of the series, the best in quite a while. I felt engaged in the story again, and I care about the resolution of this story arc again. I thought things were getting tedious, especially with the fake Mina, and I just wanted someone to out her and be done with it. That’s going to happen in the final volume, and I’m really looking forward to the conclusion. I was about to give up on the series altogether, so the end of this story arc will determine whether I continue with Dance in the Vampire Bund.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

The penultimate volume of the New York Times bestselling manga series
Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a special district off the coast of Japan that is a haven for vampires from all over the world.
With Akira, her lycanthrope boyfriend/bodyguard by her side, Mina struggles to keep her rivals and enemies at bay while they seek to sabotage her plans at every turn.