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Seven Seas Entertainment is expanding upon its Dance in the Vampire Blund license with the release of two collections of material originally produced for Comiket, the biannual doujinshi fair in Tokyo.
Available for the first time to the general public, Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales and Dance in the Vampire Bund: Secret Chronicles include what the publisher bills as “lost material” from series creator Nozomu Tamaki, containing “brand-new artwork and sides stories that expand the mythos like never before.”
Dance in the Vampire Bund centers on Mina Tepeş, princess-ruler of all vampires, who ends centuries of isolation for her kind with the creation of the Bund, a special district for vampires off the coast of Japan.
Arriving in June, the 192-page Forgotten Tales includes previously uncollected manga, plus bonus material. Secret Chronicles, meanwhile,features 280 pages of previously unpublished canonical short stories from Tamaki himself, plus more bonus material. It’s scheduled for release in October.
In the past few months I’ve sampled a bunch of new manga series, and a noticed a common theme in a handful of them. While they weren’t at all what one could safely call horror comics, they all took elements from the horror genre—the monsters and other supernatural entities, specifically—and repurposed them into different types of narratives. Of the four discussed below, three are action/comedy narratives revolving around the supernatural, while another is more of a romance/political thriller with traditional Halloween “characters” like werewolves and vampires.
None of these series are brand-new, but rather are new to me and, given the focus of Robot 6, I’m assuming new to a lot of primarily super-comics readers who aren’t super manga-literate. Which is simply my way of saying don’t hate, Manga-Savvy Readers, I know you probably know all about all these already, and, Not Manga-Savvy Readers? Here are some manga series you might like to try.
They are all at different points in their U.S. publication and serialization, so, for the purposes of this article, I’m only going to discuss the first two volumes of each series. So join me after the jump for brief reviews of Blue Exorcist, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Soul Eater and Witch Hunter.