Sorry ya’all for the late upload – I was on a three-day ski trip with my friends but I’m back now so it’s all good. So my BIG anime project for the winter season, if some of you didn’t know, is Dance of the Vampire Bund. Perhaps a runner-up to only DRR in terms of anticipation, the first episode of Dance of the Vampire Bund did not disappoint. In fact, it was decently excellent despite the lack of location and scene changes within the premier. There was no OP sequence, just a crappy ED sequence which I’m pretty sure that they’ll change… hopefully.
So the episode takes place in a talk show, where the topic of the day happens to be… well, what do you know? Vampire attacks in the city. There is a number of people on the talk show panel, including a professor, a vampire know-it-all, an actor who plays the role of the vampire in the simulations, and several others. Most of them, if not all of them, don’t believe that vampires exist. In fact, many of them disregard the vampires as a fictional race – typical depiction of vampires in a vampire-set story. If they needed to explain the vampire-scenario, they couldn’t have done it any better with the talk show, although the fact of vampires is nothing new to many of us, thanks to a certain Edward Cullens *cough cough*.
Yes… yes… no… no… they don’t exist.
Vera, supposedly the ruler of the vampires, comes onto the show to point out the existence of vampires. When the panel still isn’t convinced, she points out that some of the attacks have been caused by a lower-class vampire in the room – the actor himself. At this point, the actor rips his own arm off, attacks a girl on the panel, and transform into… a… hmm… killer frog? Haha I’m just kidding. I don’t know what he is, but he’s a rebel vampire apparently. He tries to attack Vera, but fails. Heads for the roof where he is surrounded by various people, including a blonde girl from the audience. Hopefully, the villains of this show will have better designs next time, because frankly, this guy’s design was crap. Yes, crap.
(I have nothing to say for this caption – wow.)
The blond girl reveals that a vampire’s heart reveals the vampire’s true form. Oh so that makes sense, since we can guess that the guy’s heart is pretty… crappy as well like his design. The girl reveals herself to be MINA TEPES, THE TRUE RULER AND PRINCESS OF THE VAMPIRES. She stops the actor’s attempts to attack her and commands him to kill himself, which he does. After this, she looks at the camera and points to a land in the distance, where she says she will be establishing the VAMPIRE BUND.
So the episode was good as a first episode, but we should expect more from later ones. The lighting was well-done around specific points, and the artwork was excellent. However, I’m confused at how SHAFT will take the approach of the rest of the episodes on this 12-episode show, so that being said, I’m going to continue watching this. It’s fun, it’s gruesome, and it’s obvious why it’s one of the better anime this winter season.
“Keep watching, otherwise you die.”