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    ヴァニタスの手記

    A show about a vampire seeking a powerful book written by one born under a blue moon, and the one possessing it just so happens to be a human. There are quite a lot of secrets and sinister plots the book holds.

    Airs: Friday, July 2, 2021

    Studio: Bones

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    There once lived a vampire known as Vanitas, hated by his own kind for being born under a blue full moon, as most arise on the night of a crimson one. Afraid and alone, he created the "Book of Vanitas," a cursed grimoire that would one day take his vengeance on all vampires; this is how the story goes at least.

    Vanitas no Carte follows Noé, a young man travelling aboard an airship in 19th century Paris with one goal in mind: to find the Book of Vanitas. A sudden vampire attack leads him to meet the enigmatic Vanitas, a doctor who specializes in vampires and, much to Noé's surprise, a completely ordinary human. The mysterious doctor has inherited both the name and the infamous text from the Vanitas of legend, using the grimoire to heal his patients. But behind his kind demeanor lies something a bit more sinister...


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Once in a blue moon.

    So it begins with Noe on an airship looking for the ancient grimoire called the Book of Vanitas, named for the vampire born under a blue moon who authored it. But in a strange turn of events, the grimoire comes to him as he ends up having to deal with a lady who was cursed. In comes Vanitas, who is not the same guy who wrote the book, and he lifts it off "Amelia" and restores her true name. And then they fall out with a blue moon out in the sky, and then Vanitas introduces himself as the guy who inherited the blue moon vampire's name and grimoire, all while saying that he's a human and that vampires face extinction. Quite an impressive start to this show as knowing that the manga is supposed to be amazing and that one of the best studios in the business in Bones does the adaptation that my interest level for this show really shot through the roof. And the first episode certainly justified it as the lead characters are an interesting duo.

    As always, trial period rules are in effect, and I will decide on this show for sure after watching another episode or two.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      Don't let the book get the hook.

      Not exactly the warm welcome Vanitas and Noe got when they arrived in Paris as they were thrown into jail, but thanks to Noe's boss Orlock, they were released. While the boss was going to execute Amelia, instead Noe wants her to be kept alive and instead capture somebody who is spreading the curse that's terrorizing Paris, then use the grimoire to save them just like what Noe did to Amelia. So it's onto their next assignment to defeat the vampire Thomas. This looks like a routine job until Luca and Jeanne arrive demanding that they surrender the grimoire on the belief that it's corrupting people, which Vanitas confirmed is true in addition to restoring one's name. Those two make quite a team, and just about everything in this show is clicking on all cylinders, as to be expected for a show with strong source material and one of the best studios in the business animating it.
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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Take a bite out of crime.

        Jeanne went down rather easily for somebody with quite a intimidating nickname, but Thomas, or rather Bucolicus, was quickly dealt with by Vanitas after he took a bite out of Jeanne. And while Jeanne can still fight, any chance of retaliation was erased when Vanitas kisses her. That was just a bizarre and hilarious scene there as that wasn't what I was expecting at all. And in the meantime, Thomas is killed, and Amelia is spared from execution as Noe shows what he can do. And by biting into Amelia, he sees into her past where he finds out who the Charlatan who corrupted her is. So it's off to Atlus, though having to be dragged by the neck when Dominique comes in. Great episode all-around that is as there were some really funny moments, all while Noe got plenty of focus and this air of mystery has really shown itself. Nevertheless, Noe and Vanitas are going into enemy territory as Atlus is certainly dangerous.
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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Can't mask bloodlust.

          Vanitas sure was being flamboyant there, jumping on the chandelier to reveal his mark and let everybody at the ball know that he's the one indirectly chosen by Vanitas of the Blue Moon. But things came crashing down when Dominique's big sister Veronica arrived as she could easily tell that Vanitas is human. It's thanks to Jeanne that Vanitas was able to get away, and then a charlatan attacks and his presence causes the urge for blood to be stimulated, including Jeanne who Vanitas offers to fulfill her bloodlust. Quite an amusing relationship that Vanitas has established with Jeanne there, but nevertheless everybody realizes that the situation is extremely dire, and of course those charlatans are such a huge threat that can't be taken lightly.
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          • #6
            Episode 5

            Can't escape the curse.

            Here is a backstory episode that explains how Noe came to be as his parents were killed and he was taken into the de Sade family where he was close friends with Dominique and Louis. Things were going well, up until Mina was set to be executed for carrying the curse. And as it turns out, going to save her ended up doing a lot more damage than it was worth as Mina went berserk and Noe would have died had it not been for Louis jumping in to behead her at the last minute. And then Louis went on a rampage himself and was beheaded. That was pretty intense, and that disclaimer pretty much forewarned me to expect something like this. It only Noe could have seen his past, things might have ended differently seeing that he saw Dominique's past, but it didn't work on Louis.
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            • #7
              Episode 6

              Can't save them all.

              This episode is a gut check as the Charalatan at-large causes all the vampires at the ball to become curse-bearers. And whie Vanitas has the power to save curse-bearers, it's not effective against everybody. Case in point, that girl Catherine as her flesh has rotten and has sucked out the life of her sisters that the only thing that can be done is to put her out of her misery. And then comes Dominique's sister Veronica, and her ice is quite powerful. Noe and Vanitas would have frozen to death had it not been for the timely arrival of Ruthven. Pretty humbling that all was as the mission failed with the Charalatan still at-large, all while things just didn't work out as planned as while Vanitas has a great power, he has his limits. It will be interesting to see what comes next as Noe reaffirmed his commitment to see things through to the end with Vanitas.
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              • #8
                Episode 7

                What is love?

                After an intense episode last time around, this one is pretty laid-back as there's quite a lot of comedy in it. Luca is not exactly pleased about the kiss between Vanitas and Jeanne, all while Vanitas just goes way too far with his love stuff to find out if Jeanne is a curse-bearer or not. Nevertheless, Vanitas is trying to make sure that Jeanne controls her bloodlust by offering himself to quench her thirst. And then there's Noe sucking Dominque's blood to establish a blood bond between them. An amusing episode that was seeing that there's quite a lot of serious things going on, and these guys do realize that they will need to build up their bonds and know more about each other in order to confront what lies ahead. But in the meantime I got some great laughs out of all the craziness going on.
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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  Vampire, meet vampire hunter.

                  Here it is revealed that Luca is Ruthven's nephew and that he's the grand duke of Oriflamme, which makes him quite a big target for the Charlatan. Vanitas said some pretty insensitive things there to Ruthven, and he just went ballistic, though it does confirm that the queen is no longer of this world. And then Noe and Vanitas head towards the catacombs underneath where they find the skulls of the slain vampires, and they meet one of those vampire hunters in Roland. While they appear to be getting along, the realization is that Noe is a vampire and it is Roland's mission to slay them. Things quickly escalated there at the end as Roland has those two aren't exactly in a good spot now. Lighthearted for the most part, but then there's that ending.
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                  • #10
                    Episode 9

                    Humans, vampires, it makes no difference.

                    And now the truth behind how the human Vanitas ended up inheriting a power meant for a vampire. He started out training to become a vampire hunter before he was taken to be a guinea pig for some underground experiments conducted by Dr. Moreau, who is named for the mad scientist from the novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. That's when he realized that both humans and vampires are equally corrupt, and that the vampire hunters are following orders blindly from the church. So after Noe and Vanitas get away, and then argue with each other causing so much noise that they were easy to find, they end up taking Roland hostage, and then they end up joining forces with this investigation, one that led them to Dr. Moreau. That was great to see that those two were able to quickly turn their enemies into assistants seeing that they were being blinded by what they were being told rather than seeing things for what they are. It will be interesting to see what the mad doctor has been up to and how Noe and Vanitas will deal with him.
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                    • #11
                      Episode 10

                      He's not a number.

                      Just when I thought that Vanitas will have his past explained, the mad scientist escapes and blows up the place leaving Noe and Vanitas to battle his creation known as Predateur. All that was really explained is that Vanitas went by the identity of experimental test subject #69, and he was close to somebody referred to as #71, all while Dr. Moreau kidnapped vampires and people for his twisted experiments. This goes to show that a huge conspiracy is brewing, and apparently Ruthven is in on it as shown at the end. And then there's Roland who is going against the orders given to him and covering up for those two to get away. It will be interesting to see where this all leads to.
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                      • #12
                        Episode 11

                        In the end, it's all about being a human or a vampire.

                        Vanitas goes on a date with Jeanne, all while Noe has a chat with Ruthven at a cafe. The date was pretty funny as this oddball couple sure were meant for each other in a strange way. While all seemed well and good, seeing blood coming out of a kid's scraped knee causes Jeanne to unleash her bloodlust, and it was a good thing that Vanitas acted quickly, all while Dominique and Dante were tailing those two and they jumped into action to get those two out of sight. And then Ruthven asks Noe the question of which side he picks between humans and vampires, and he answers with neither. While sounding perfectly reasonable, not in Ruthven's book as to him that's the worst possible answer, and as a penalty he gets bitten by him. Just when things were pretty chill, all of the sudden this happens. One more episode before the show goes on break.
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                        • #13
                          Episode 12 (To be continued in January)

                          His blood is off limits.

                          So after the fallout from the way the previous episode ended, it's mostly transition into the next adventure as there's a beast on the loose, and Noe and Vanitas are headed out to a rural part of France to deal with the Beast of Gevaudan. But before that, Ruthven has a warning for Noe to get him in-line after the way he responded to his question, and Vanitas has one as well as Noe is not to suck his blood and pry into his history. And then that post-credit scene there is pretty ominous to say the least. Pretty much this episode did the job in driving up anticipation for the next arc that will continue in January, and it should be amazing. This show has been such a pleasure to watch as Bones shows why they can always be counted on, all while the strong source material translated nicely. But above all, I like how the show managed to integrate all the funny moments as it does a nice job in complementing the story and everything around it. So with that, the case is closed for now, but will open again soon.
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