Akiyuki Shinbo is not a subtle director. Take a look at the filmic influences he parades via Dance in the Vampire Bund's episode titles: From Dusk 'Til Dawn, The Howling, Prom Night. These are not the influences of a sensitive filmmaker. Nor harbingers of high-minded horror. So is it really any surprise that Bund is a lurid horror-action hybrid with all the delicacy of a sledgehammer?