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A must for Dance in the Vampire Bund fans
on December 25, 2013
Nozomu Tamaki has certainly found his franchise manga with Dance in the Vampire Bund. First, we have the 14 volume part 1 of the main story arc. In addition, there is a side story, Dive in the Vampire Bund (now at 2 volumes). With The Memories of Sledgehammer, Tamaki has created another side story focusing on the relationship between Seiji Hama, the assassin turned ally of Princes Mina, and government liaison Josephine Reiko Gotoh. It is also an essential bridge between parts 1 and 2 of the main story. This volume opens about three months after Princes Mina has retaken the Bund and is in the midst of rebuild her kingdom. She plays only a minor part in this volume. Hama narrates the review of what has happened in the past three months in the first chapter. The main story arc focuses on how Hama first met Gotoh and attempts by a religious splinter group to kidnap her. Akira, Mina’s werewolf bodyguard, is there to help Hama protect Gotoh, but the main plot focuses on the difficulties between Seiji and Reiko. There is plenty of flashback history of how Hama came to be working as a mercenary and a hint in the origins of his shapeshifting abilities. Gotoh future looks bright in politics, but that means that Hama cannot be by her side, as least that is the impression that I get with this volume. Tamaki adds new dimensions to this wonderful manga series and Memories of Sledgehammer is a welcome addition. Highly recommended.