The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Review: A Rocky But Fun Ride

In a world where vampires don’t shine but are just as lustful, The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 promises just as much if not more bedlam than the first season. Let’s check out the latest season of the show in this review!

The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 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 season is also called Vanitas no Carte Season 2, The Case Study of Vanitas Part 2, and Vanitas no Carte Part 2.

This season of Vanitas was 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. We covered this series episodically, and you can check out those reviews here for revisiting purposes!

– Vanitas Part 2 Review does not contain any spoilers –

The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Review- The Plot

Chloe The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 3

Watching the second season of Vanitas was an exercise in frustration for a variety of reasons, the most annoying of them being just how much potential was wasted. While the first season was in no way perfect, it set up an extremely interesting world with a variety of dynamic characters and even better relationships. All the second season, or part, had to do was continue doing just that, and it was going to be great. It did do some of that, and the latter half of the show was extremely engaging television, but the former half went a bit awry.

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That particular half told the tale of the Beast of Gevaudan, and it was the most befuddling and confounding piece of storytelling to ever come out of this show. Not only was it horribly paced, but it felt wholly unnecessary for the story the show set out to tell. It felt like a filler arc in a show that had caught up to the manga and was just trying to pass the time until there was more canon to cover. It did not benefit any character involved in it and acted as a stopgap to the more interesting part of the show.

Noe vs Vanitas The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 11

While the stories of Chloe, Jean-Jacques, and Astolfo were fine ones to tell, they were too convoluted and paced sluggishly across 8 glacial episodes. Vanitas and Noe didn’t feel as involved as they should have, and even Jeanne, who should have played a much more important role, didn’t get her moment in the sun. The arc also failed to answer any questions the viewers already had and only raised new ones that will take a good while to be answered. All the different factions coming together in this arc and the sheer number of characters involved in it also felt like a cluster instead of what the show was going for.

On the other hand, the second arc, which sadly lasted way shorter than the first, was exceptionally entertaining and the best the show has ever done. It went into Vanitas’ past for the first time, and the wait was worth it. It was every bit as emotional and devastating as most people imagined it to be and introduced one of the best characters in the show so far. The action and comedy here were on point, and it made use of the unique and fantastic dynamic between Vanitas and Noe perfectly to deliver a masterclass of a finale. The inconsistency was real in Vanitas Part 2.

The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Review- The Characters

Jeanne The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 7

This is where the strength of Vanitas lies, and the show did not disappoint on this front. Alongside the characters that we all know and love, the show also introduced several new ones, most of which were solid fundamentally and made sense within the context of the show’s universe. While this may seem the opposite of what was said in the plot section, the problem with those characters lies within their usage and not their existence.

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Chloe D’Apchier was a great tragic character, and she and Jean-Jacque formed an interesting dynamic that wasn’t explored very well yet still remained a highlight of the episodes it featured in. Astolfo’s character felt unnecessary in that arc and was yet another participant in an already convoluted and packed to the brim plotline. They still weren’t a bad character and had a unique personality. Some other minor characters like Roland also made their presence felt in the entire season, and their presence, while limited, was highly entertaining.

Misha The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Episode 11

The second arc introduced Misha and the Vampire of the Blue Moon, and they both can stake a claim for the highlight of the entire season. Misha was a wonderfully written and well-designed antagonist that could unfurl Noe and Vanitas’ psyche in a manner no one else could before. The Vampire was a highly anticipated sight and one that was executed wonderfully. Dominique, Noe’s childhood friend, also had some backstory which was well done.

However, the highlight of Vanitas Season 2 and the entire show were Vanitas and Noe, and both of them tore the house down in the latest season. Vanitas was able to switch from serious to comedy within a heartbeat, and Now was the perfect companion to his antics. Them not being together was also a big reason for the Gevaudan arc not being as good, but the latter episodes made up for that with the phenomenal confrontation between the two. Vanitas and Jeanne also make for a great couple, but the romantic situation in this show is weird so let’s leave it at that.

The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 Review- Animation and Music

The show looked and sounded nothing short of amazing throughout the 12 episode runtime of Vanitas Part 2. Bones is a reputed studio with a huge legacy of fantastic shows, and Vanitas looks like its pedigree. The frames are extraordinarily detailed in some scenes that call for them and animated just enough to get the comedy right in the others. The show gets the balance of the two right and is a treat to your eyes as well as your funny bone.

The music and art style both get the era the show depicts to a tee, and the wonderfully periodic setting comes out looking and sounding pristine. The classical piano songs that the show jazzes up and key-changes sound angelic. The opening and ending themes are also great just like they were in the first season, making a case for The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 being as high quality as anything currently on our screens. The show has caught up to the source material, and don’t expect a Vanitas Season 3 anytime soon, no matter how sad that thought is.

Verdict

The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 was a highly entertaining watch that was dampened a little by weak pacing and convoluted plot threads. The ending raised the bar for the show significantly, and the wait for a follow up is going to be depressing.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

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SUMMARY

The Case Study Of Vanitas Season 2 was a highly entertaining watch that was dampened a little by weak pacing and convoluted plot threads. The ending raised the bar for the show significantly, and the wait for a follow up is going to be depressing.

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