When I heard that Dance in the Vampire Bund would be an anime show with a scantily dressed loli vampire that wreaks bloody havoc, how could I resist watching it? (I’ll leave it to others to decide whether it’s a good or bad thing that the loli dismembering her enemies part attracted a lot more interest than the scantily dressed part.) And since I don’t expect the smallest details to be so important to the overall story, it wouldn’t be a bad choice for me to blog, considering how much I’m lagging with the current season.
Anyway, episode 1 of Dance in the Vampire Bund, “Prom Night” (プロムナイト), begins as a cheesy live variety show whose main theme appears to be about guests arguing the truth of a particular topic until everyone agrees. And the topic of this night is whether or not vampires really exist, spurred on by recent murders where seven young women have been killed within three months, all with bite marks.
The guests generally don’t believe that vampires exist, with one guest mentioning the interesting factoid that vampire sightings increase when the economy is bad, while sightings of Bigfoot increase in a good economy. In fact, vampire sightings have been increasing worldwide with a worsening economy, although Japan is lucky enough that their economy is not so bad. I have no idea whether this correlation actually exists in the real world, but that’s what the academic claims to hold true for the world of Dance in the Vampire Bund.
Then there’s the young foreign girl among the audience who raises some serious questions concerning the legends surrounding vampires, and there’s also the special guest who claims to be the queen of vampires, who even brought the well-perserved (as in still alive) arm of the supposed vampire that had almost managed to claim the life of almost-victim Miss A. As the show progresses, the reporter Nella picks a random boy to interview on the streets, and she is surprised to recognize who the boy is, along with the young girl in the audience, who quickly turns sad when she hears the boy dismiss the idea of vampires.
It turns out that the television show was a ruse by vampires to draw out a rogue vampire that has been on a rampage for the past three months. In fact, the rogue vampire turns out to be one of the guests who was an actor acting as a vampire in a recent movie, who just couldn’t resist retrieving his lost arm that was revealed during the show as bait. The television staff appears to have been ignorant of the whole thing, with the exception of a few people: Nero, the proposer; Nella, reporter on street; the maid serving the vampire queen; and Veratos, the special guest claiming to be the vampire queen.
With the rogue vampire revealing itself, the variety show quickly turns into a improvised special news broadcast (better take advantage of how it’s a live broadcast). With another guest falling victim to the rogue vampire and the studio getting wrecked, the young foreign girl from the audience reveals herself to be the true vampire queen Mina Tepes. And she is badass: she doesn’t even have to touch the rogue vampire, she just mind controls it to make it kill itself.
This has obviously been a search-and-destroy operation so far, but Mina Tepes uses the public broadcast to do something else she had wanted to do: she officially acknowledges the existence of vampires and announces her intention to use an artificial island off the coast of Japan as a Vampire Bund where vampires can live in public. And it gives me the sense of how terrifying she must be as she makes her announcement, although it just makes a fan out of me.
I’m giving this episode high points on style, especially towards the end. I don’t expect any deep plot from this show, but if this episode is any indication, I think I might be happy with it.