VAMPIRE BUND -- Outrageous Satire That's Way Too Icky To Handle

At times, it's so over-the-top that it's irresistibly entertaining, but I just can't stomach this much "trickiness."

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A manga about the princess and ruler of all Vampires Mina Tepes.Mina has paid off a debt of Japan and doing so she gains the authority to create her own special district.

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metalsnakezeroon Oct. 3, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.

In a way Studio SHAFT can get away with weird stuff like that. I admit this kinda want a little too far in some places but that isn't really the real problem of the show. The show does go in to deep stuff about vampires but if you can't get pass the little girl stuff than don't keep watching. You gave a fair impression Tom.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 3, 2011 at 4:21 p.m.

I watched only the first episode of this series. I thought it was interesting, but didn't have enough hook to keep me coming back.

I do remember the controversy of FUNimation contemplating not releasing the series in the U.S. uncensored. I was against that idea. I pretty much oppose censorship on a moral level. I also didn't see the point of releasing this series censored when they released Strike Witches uncut. I do remember seeing some irony how FUNimation as give such flack over censoring Bund, but people keep giving VIZ Media a pass for their censorship.

chubbs21on Oct. 3, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.

In terms of lolita (loli?...) shows, I have seen worse that I couldn't watch, but I turned my brain off from that with this show and ended up really like the story. again, there are some parts in the last few episodes that I felt extremely uncomfortable with, but overall, it was good and I would like to see more if there is a followup in the works.

LifeByDegreeson Oct. 3, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.

I'm glad there is a line- for you Tom- and from an editorial perspective.

Anime crosses my line far more often than I want it to- often in a way that ruins my enjoyment of an otherwise amazing series.

It also saddens me when I don't feel I can share freely the amazing parts I do find because of this.

I hope we all have a line- somewhere. In fiction- I think we often go far further in what we consume then the line we set for the lives we live. I hope that we can live a bit closer to that line- even if that means missing out on the supposedly amazing.

So that our media leads us to be be better people- more capable, and more clear in character.

zaldaron Oct. 3, 2011 at 7:53 p.m.

Yea this one was waaay to icky for me. Much like kiss x sis or lott..

Edit after watching: yup remember that scene and it was when I stopped as well....going to have to look up the yellow thing..I expect I get what you are saying having seen the show. It is odd...some of these can be heartwarming in a kind of "moe" way. The few episodes of lotte I was able to stand had good things to say about fatherhood. I couldn't get past the "tricky" part either on that though. Sorry this one made you as uncomfortable as it did (was quite obvious in the show you were REALLY disgusted) glad I didn't recommend this one....and yeah I agree the 300 year old vampire is just a cover....a pretty sad one.

Doppelgameron Oct. 3, 2011 at 8 p.m.

@LifeByDegrees said:

I'm glad there is a line- for you Tom- and from an editorial perspective.

Anime crosses my line far more often than I want it to- often in a way that ruins my enjoyment of an otherwise amazing series.

It also saddens me when I don't feel I can share freely the amazing parts I do find because of this.

I hope we all have a line- somewhere. In fiction- I think we often go far further in what we consume then the line we set for the lives we live. I hope that we can live a bit closer to that line- even if that means missing out on the supposedly amazing.

So that our media leads us to be be better people- more capable, and more clear in character.

I entirely agree.

Username_Undefinedon Oct. 3, 2011 at 8:05 p.m.

I knew Vampire Bund by name only before this, and I don't think I'd like it. I never understood the lolita ideology and can't get over that mental wall.

Though given what you said about vampire and other monster series, I'd be really interested in hearing your thoughts on Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate (the OVAs that follow the manga closer) Tom. I just wish Funimation would figure out what they're going to do with it. I think they said that the fifth, sixth, seventh, and maybe eighth volumes would be released this year and Ultimate is one of the few series where I prefer the dub over the sub because I like hearing the regional and national accents in the characters.

Chris2KLeeon Oct. 3, 2011 at 8:39 p.m.

It is definitely stuff like this that has made anime less and less appealing for me. I'm sure there is some good stories out there, but it's getting hard to crawl through the creepiness.

ShiftyMagicianon Oct. 3, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.

Now this is interesting enough to actually post here for once. This is one of the major problems with Anime today that make it tough to recommend to people easily. Sure if people care nothing for looking around they can just dive into Naruto, Bleach or whatever large safe series and be satisfied with that.

If you want something more though you have to dig deeper into Anime to find gems with flaws like Bakemonogatari which (to a slightly lesser extent) has these same issues as this series but in fewer amounts last I remembered. At least there wasn't anything as directly cringe-worthy as that episode 1 scene in Vampire Bund, so that series is a bit more tolerable and you are rewarded with some amazing visuals.

McShankon Oct. 4, 2011 at 12:13 a.m.

I finished this series on netflix about a week ago and thought it was one of the OK animes on that damn site as most are just complete crap. It did kind of get close to certain things that usually would not be ok in any show, Mainly the main girl looking like a 12 year old, half the time wearing practically nothing and in times topless even though in reality, unknown to anyone not personally close to her that her true body is that of a 20 something that you find out about halfway through. Otherwise it was fine. I noticed though that the ending is like most animes and cuts off pretty early compared to the manga which is still being released, at least in engrish. The story for this was original in its own way and had enough appeal to hold me through the.. 12 episodes or so that was available. The characters were ok, some were kind of just randomly thrown in at times and seemed to be pretty important but you had no knowledge of them prior. I wouldn't tell people not to watch it, but i wouldn't tell them to watch it unless they were looking for something close to what this was.

sotyfan16on Oct. 4, 2011 at 12:49 a.m.

I have no problem with loli material in anime. I know all the stigma that go with it but I don't let that hinder my viewing pleasure. I only get turned off an anime if the story doesn't interest me, so I've watched some series that many turn away from automatically. I get what you are saying though, Tom. Without seeing the whole show I guess you wouldn't exactly pick up on the deeper love story within the plot. Now, the series as a whole was alright. The animation and action were good but I felt the story rushed, yet drug, at the same time. I'll probably watch the dub sometime since I only watched the censored sub version when it first aired.

PenguinDuston Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:08 a.m.

I haven't gotten around to seeing this yet. I started episode 1 but got lost and then bored. My attention wasn't really focused when I saw it. I have nothing against the loli material and have a pretty high tolerance for what makes other people uncomfortable. I'll get around to it again eventually. I'm always curious to see something different and I don't believe I've ever turned off a show because I found it too difficult to handle. On the rare occasion I do abandon a series it's because the story was hopelessly muddled or the characters' personalities were aggravating with little hope of redemption. Most of the time, I push through to the end because I can't really comment on a series until I've seen the better part of it. One episode won't do for me because there are too many shows I've really liked that started with a tepid premiere.

GrandMarshalon Oct. 4, 2011 at 12:45 p.m.
episode two is super awkward, apart from that its an entertaining series. Apart from the one scene in episode 2 there is only one other "Tricky" moment


coffeefuckyeahon Oct. 4, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.

Any show that can be bizarre as this and entertaining as this, I respect. And yes put that lolicon shit aside. I am really enjoying this series. I just wish it didn't get all confused and spread out so much. But I ask you haters, did it not get you a little interested at how FUCKING strange this show is.

Meizzneron Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.

the manga is so much better than the anime

silnon Oct. 5, 2011 at 3:40 p.m.

It's visually stunning (at times) and has some pretty cool moments. Aside from that, there's not much positive I can say about this show. The structure is clumsy, and it never seems to know where it's going, even after it gets there. And of course, there are moments that make you go "see... this is why I can't tell people I watch anime."

zaldaron Oct. 6, 2011 at 8:54 a.m.

@sotyfan16: yea I'm sorry but I'm not interested in a deeper love story between someone that looks like a 12 year old and a high schooler. I mean I can really only think of one reason people would want to watch this and those people should be put on a list somewhere..

Actually that brings up a good question. Should the people that enjoy this type of stuff and buy it be put on a list and watched to see if their "tricky" nature becomes to much for society to handle?

sotyfan16on Oct. 6, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.

@zaldar said:

@sotyfan16: yea I'm sorry but I'm not interested in a deeper love story between someone that looks like a 12 year old and a high schooler. I mean I can really only think of one reason people would want to watch this and those people should be put on a list somewhere..

Actually that brings up a good question. Should the people that enjoy this type of stuff and buy it be put on a list and watched to see if their "tricky" nature becomes to much for society to handle?

I didn't watch this for the love story. And "looks like" isn't the same as "is". Mina is clearly stated as being 300 years old, putting her well beyond pedophilia territory. Looks then become a half-assed perspective.

I don't really plan on buying this because I didn't like the show enough but I'd buy it just to be on one of those "lists". Then I'd give a big ol' "Fuck you!" to society and the world. Profiling is a big waste of time and money that can be spent on more pressing matters. Anime are intellectual property, not trashy kiddie porn. Also, if a pedophile bought this show because the girl looks like a loli, then they are a pathetic pedophile. Nothing illegal is being done by watching or buying the show and I blame society for misplacing worry on so many people with stigmas and such. I feel sorry for all the people who recently went to jail and had their lives ruined and collections taken away because others had to go be pricks about how said people had intellectual property with young-looking girls in questionable situations. There's all sorts of things wrong with all that.

Both my parents work for the DOC (Department of Corrections, or the prison system) and they deplore pedophiles. I don't support such a nature either, though. But there is a sex offender facility not far from home and you know what the prisoners get to do there? Play Wii. Yep, tax dollars go to letting them play video games while kids get a shitty secondary education.

In fact, movies are intellectual property, too, right? Why aren't people going nuts over all the iffy stuff in those?

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