Plot Summary:Mina Tepeş, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants her race to stop hiding from the humans. Using her vast wealth, she has paid off Japan's entire national debt and by doing so, gained the right to create a district off Japan's coast that is to become the future haven to vampires worldwide. But when she finally attempts to make public the existence of vampires to the world some politicians, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina before she has a chance to get Japan's and international recognition for the Vampire Bund. Now she must rely on her strength, cruelty and those closest to her, while trying to make a normal life. -Anime News Network summary
Well, I wanted to write a proper review of this anime, but the fact is there isn't much to talk about here, unfortunately. In fact, it turned out that I went into this one expecting way too much. That is not to say Dance in the Vampire Bund isn't enjoyable, but it isn't something to write home about either, and is ultimately on the forgettable side.
Not only is Dance in the Vampire Bund about political posturing and manipulation, it is also a mildly bizarre, Lolita-style love story. (Mina chooses to live in the body of a child, but in fact she is centuries old with her bloodline dating back to the man himself, Vlad the Impaler.) Not only that, but it should be noted there is at least one other mini arc of sorts that is disturbing in that it focuses on an inappropriate relationship between an older, recently turned teen girl and a seemingly under age boy. Long story short, there is a lot of nudity, and quite a bit of sexual material, sometimes subtle, and other times not so. Admittedly though, the one thing that annoyed me was how much focus was put on the characters' eyes - so much so that it disrupted the flow of any given scene, even fight scenes.
I give Dance in the Vampire Bund three stars because it isn't terrible, but it isn't nearly as good as it should be. It does leave room for a second season however, so maybe this will change.