Chloe was certainly a piece of work, wasn’t she? The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 4 plans to unveil more about the mysterious vampire. Let’s see what happened in this review!
The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 4 Overview
The Case Study of Vanitas, or Vanitas no Carte in original Japanese, is a supernatural, historical, and vampire show based upon a manga written by Jun Mochizuki. It follows the human-vampire duo of Vanitas and Noe as they try to find out the perpetrator behind the recent impurity in the vampires’ hearts. This episode is also called Vanitas no Carte Season 2 Episode 4, The Case Study of Vanitas Part 2 Episode 4, and Vanitas no Carte Part 2 Episode 4.
This season of Vanitas is being brought to the medium of anime by Studio Bones, a giant behind classic anime shows such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and My Hero Academia. The season is being directed by Tomoyuki Itamura, who also directed part 1 of the show, alongside several shows of the Monogatari series. Click here to read the review of the previous episode in the series.
– Vanitas Part 2 Episode 4 Review does not contain any spoilers –
The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 4 Review- Is This Canon?
If you grew up watching the “Big Three” of Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece, you are probably very familiar with the concept of fillers. Fillers are essentially anime-only adventures that showrunners are forced to insert into a long-running show once it starts getting too close to the source material. Whenever the show started running out of manga/light novel chapters to adapt, the show usually turned towards filler episodes. While nowadays you are most likely to see the series skip an episode or entire seasons instead of filling the airtime, that wasn’t the case back when there wasn’t enough anime to go around.
The filler episodes ranged from wacky slice of life adventures like Goku and Piccolo learning how to drive a car to entire storylines that furthered numerous characters, like the Bount Arc in Bleach. This also meant that they differed highly in quality, both from each other and the source material. While a show like Naruto is often chided for its weak filler arcs, Bleach’s filler arcs aren’t seen as being that bad due to the show attempting several distinctive things in them.
Taking this back to the show we are talking about, the latest episodes from The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 feel like they are filler stuck in between canon arcs of the show. Before I start making connections, I would like to clarify that it is not inherently bad. Fillers have their charm and can be very entertaining in their own rights. What they are not is canon, meaning all the characters gain from them has to be forgotten or retconned to make way for canon character development.
Think about it- Vanitas and Noe are on a new adventure with an old friend that is based around someone the old friend knew. One of them got kidnapped, and we saw the not so interesting origin story of that particular character, alongside motivations that are big enough not to feel minuscule but small enough not to leave much damage to the universe when the real canon starts. The characters don’t get developed in any meaningful way, and the pacing is all off, exactly what you would expect from someone who didn’t write the source material.
The Chole D’apchier and Jean-Jacques arc doesn’t feel interesting enough to be a main arc of the show. The characters aren’t as strong, the plot can be convoluted and circular at times, and the show doesn’t have as much behind it as it once did. Take it as an indictment of the current arc’s quality or the show in general, but this arc feels like filler. Even the animation, which still looks great, appears dull when animating these plotlines. I hope that we get done with this and move on to the meat of the show soon enough, but I still enjoyed The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 4 for what it was.
The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 4 was decent if a little repetitive. The current arc of the show is duller and less engaging than the first season, and the show needs to pick up the slack.
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