If you know what is going on with this season, please let us know in the comments. The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 5 was the poster child of too much going on. Let’s see what exactly happened in this review!
The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 5 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 5, The Case Study of Vanitas Part 2 Episode 5, and Vanitas no Carte Part 2 Episode 5.
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 5 Review does not contain any spoilers –
The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 5 Review- What’s Happening?
There is such a thing as “too much story”. When a plot becomes so rich in details and connections that it can’t remain coherent anymore, that’s a telltale sign of too much story. The best stories are simple and consistent, not wavering from the original premise for a moment as they weave through the intricate yet sensible details of the plot. It is safe to say that Vanitas isn’t that kind of a story, as it tries to do too much and fails to do anything at all.
Think for a second just how many subplots are in a single episode of this show. Vanitas mostly does his own thing, and Noe does the same himself. Then the show sees fit to include Jeanne among the main cast, and her motivations are altogether different. Then there’s the issue of the McGuffin of this arc, Chloe and Jean-Jacque, who’ve now had two different flashbacks over the period of two episodes. There are the church officials on Vanitas’ side and those against him. The same goes for vampires. There are the informers and Nenia, and somehow, they are all after the same figure- The Beast of Gevaudan.
Some shows manage multiple parallel plots very well, but Vanitas isn’t one of them. The episodes here are either exceptionally filler or dump so much information in one go that you are left scratching your own head. The plot points don’t flow together very well, which is a huge detriment since they are all so connected that one not being that good results in all the rest of them being fairly messy. The pacing and development of certain characters are also stunted because of the same thing.
Even the show’s trademark jovial nature and natural chemistry between the core cast serves as a downside here, as the serious nature of this particular storyline isn’t good for that kind of comedy. The comedic interactions also have awful timing, as you’ll notice in this episode. The characters will just break laughing and teasing each other after seeing their enemy go missing and their friend almost die. It is fine if it is the show’s trademark, but at least use it at more opportune moments than the show used in The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 5.
Chloe D’Apachier is an interesting character with some great motivations, it’s just a shame that she only got to share a spotlight already dominated by other pre-established characters who are much more interesting than her. She and Noe got awfully close in a short amount of time, and the same goes for Jean-Jacque. The show doesn’t give much time to their relationship, and it doesn’t plan to wither. Good things did happen here, but they were just obscured by the bad and the worse.
The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 5 was a mediocre and confusing episode of the show, which is now becoming a norm for this series. Hopefully, things will be better when this particular arc is over.
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