So. Dance of the Vampire Bund 01 is a talkshow. Since this is Shinbo(kastel) I guess this is to be expected. I already had my reservations about it, but this pretty much solidifies my worst fears about it.
To be clear, I’m not a hater of Shinbo’s works, but there are some times I wish he doesn’t try so hard to give everything an original spin. I have been following the manga way before the anime project was announced and I am quite a fan of it, so I guess I am pretty appalled and weirded out at how he kicked off the show.
It’s true in the manga the vampires publically announce their existence on national TV, but it was done via official means, with press conferences and statements by the vampires and the government. Now instead, Shinbo decided to make them appear on some trashy Japanese variety TV programme to lure out a wild vampire and make a great big mess out of it. I don’t think that will translate to good PR for the vampires at all. In fact I just think the whole exercise is an excuse for Shinbo to use cheap cuts and cinematography, with the second half of the episode descending in to cinéma vérité style.
While I didn’t like it at all, I guess fans of Shinbo will probably like it better. I am just hoping this doesn’t happen for the rest of the season. DitVB is a nice manga, and I would like to see it being given a proper adaptation. Then again, I guess Shinbo can get really creative with the censorship….. time will tell.