“The Case Study of Vanitas” Features Complex Characters

Sarah Mendoza, Reporter

“The Case Study of Vanitas” is written and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki. Mochizuki is known for her intense plot twists and tragic stories. “The Case Study of Vanitas” takes place in an alternate steampunk 19th century version of Paris. The main protagonists in this story are Noé and Vanitas, and they travel around Paris saving vampires from being corrupted, demon-like beings. What I like about this show/manga is the excellent animation, art styles, and music, but what stood out to me the most was Mochizuki’s character design and the complexity of the characters.

“The Case Study of Vanitas” is about how everything is going to fall apart between Noé and Vanitas, and how they develop their friendship and how it gets destroyed. It shows Vanitas’s tragedy, and how it happened. Vanitas and Noé are “curing” or attempting to save the vampires from the curse bearers. Curse bearer is a disease that turns people into bloodlusting monsters created by Charlaton, the antagonist.

Yuki Kajiura is the music composer for “The Case Study of Vanitas,” and she is one of the best composers in the anime industry. The score makes the scenes more dramatic, and it fits into the scenes perfectly. The score has a theatrical style to it throughout the show, which makes the scenes more dramatic and impactful.

The animation for “The Case Study of Vanitas” is amazing. There’s a variety of art styles, and the way they change the animation effortlessly from one to another is perfect. Also, I love the chibi animation for the comedy; I think it fits very well. Furthermore, the scene in which the first cursed vampire slowly turns into a curse bearer, becoming monstrous and going crazy, was animated wonderfully.

As someone who read Mochizuki’s previous work, Pandora Hearts, I know that Mochizuki is popular for her way of writing and how complex her characters are. I can tell the new installment for “The Case Study of Vanitas” is going to be worth watching and reading. The way she can craft a story with so much detail in it and make such relatable characters and heavily developed and complex characters is impeccable. The author writes not only amazing moments but amazing stories, hence why the quality of her stories can only be appreciated in their completion. In the beginning of her stories, she writes a slow burn before it spirals quicker and quicker into the darkness.

I recommend that everyone should try to watch it. If someone likes a good mystery story with a bit of romance and horror, then they should definitely try to watch it.