Monday, 29 March 2010

Dance in the Vampire Bund - Episode 11

Come the end of the previous episode of Dance in the Vampire Bund, Akira found himself in a decidedly tight spot on account of vampire queen Mina Tepes, with the clans who are effectively pulling the strings behind her continued existence deciding to each send their own assassin after Akira as part of a wager to win Mina's body while simultaneously subjecting her to a degrading purity check of her own.

Thus, this latest instalment is effectively all about Akira fight to survive against these trained killers, while a message sent by himself to Mina also gives her the renewed vigour to throw her own weight into the on-going wager under the assumption that Akira will manage to survive. But, with yet more players rumoured to be entering the game it certainly isn't going to be an easy one for our male protagonist.

However, despite the action and threats on show here, the real focus of this episode soon turns to Akira's memory... or rather, his lack of it, with the one piece of his missing memories from before his amnesia hit proving to be vitally important to all those concerned, with the clans in particularly seemingly keen to know what this information might be. While Akira himself seems to be coming towards enlightenment on this matter as the episode progresses, does he really even want to remember what you can't help but feel will be a shocking truth?

All in all, this was a pretty solid episode which, as now seems to be par for the course with this series, does everything that it sets out to do but without ever really raising your pulse or interest levels to any notable degree. While the unravelling plot and the secrets held within Akira's head are interesting to some degree, it isn't enough to hold together an entire episode on its own, and unfortunately the action side of the series equally continues to be decent but not spectacular. Still, it's all still a definite improvement over much of the first half of Dance in the Vampire Bund, and with only one episode left to go everything is in place for an interesting finale if nothing else.

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