When Dance in the Vampire Bund first came out, I, like many others, was really excited for it. However, soon after the first episode aired, the general consensus seems to be that it fell short of the hype. Having only finished the first arc, I have few opinions on some of the criticisms Vampire Bund faces. However, although I have not made up my mind on the series, I can already appreciate the biggest controversy surrounding Vampire Bund, Mina Tepes.
As the princess of the vampires, Mina is elegant, arrogant, conniving, seductive, and loli-looking. Of course, these are all the cute traits I love so much about her. However, such provocative teases from a loli can be a bit suspect.
Consider this short scene.
By the way, she is only a child in appearance not in age.
I consider myself to be pretty open-minded when it comes to sex and fetishes. At times, I think I may even be a bit of a lolicon. Yet when I watched this rather awkward scene, my face was completely flushed. Mina Tepes undoubtedly makes a lot of the audience at least mildly uncomfortable.
It was particularly interesting to see such a blatant display of pedophilic intentions. The anime is even so bold as to have Mina remind us of her childish physique in a sexually suggestive tone. Moreover, Vampire Bund goes further to show us her nude body. There are no convenient fogs or shadows. Her body, flat chest, and breast buds are all clearly shown. Indeed, this is a very delicate scene. Perhaps Akira’s initial clumsiness mirrors my own first impressions to this scene. I was really not sure how to react… Is this scene really supposed be this erotic?
In the US, this is probably one of the worst things imaginable in media. From law enforcement to soccer moms, responses to any form of pedophilia tend to be overreactions. Indeed, Funimation deemed certain scenes inappropriate and will release only an edited version of Vampire Bund. This is an understandable decision. Catering to a culturally different audience means making certain changes. I am guessing the gel rubbing scene will not make the cut in Funimation’s edition, which is kind of unfortunate.
Despite the awkwardness, I enjoyed this daring scene. Furthermore, I applaud Vampire Bund’s audacity. The anime holds no reservations in portraying Mina’s character, both her personality and her appearance. Whether that scene was mere fan service, a necessary character development, or even an artistic statement on human forms, I loved it.