Yeah… I just like The Case Study of Vanitas. I read a bit further into the manga, and I have to say it’s the type of story that is really suited to an anime adaptation. Sure, the lavish and intricately detailed cityscapes are great but I’m willing to sacrifice them for the lush animation and bright colours.
And the voice acting! Did I mention the voice acting is really good in this show. Like everyone is pretty fantastic in their part and the chemistry between actors is setting in. It really makes the story better than what it is in my head.
I actually read something pretty awesome on the net a few days ago and I can’t get it out of my head. I stumbled across an old fan theory about the true identity of the Big Bad in The Case Study of Vanitas. Maybe not Charlatan itself but whoever is pulling the strings.
Now, I think it’s pretty obvious that there’s a connection between Noé’s sensei and Charlatan. We often see the two narratively superimposed. They often mirror each other. Last week Sensei even looked a lot like a malicious formless shadow for a second there. I’m pretty sure that the connection is canon by now. And what does sensei call Noé? Mon chaton. For those who may have forgotten their French classes: kitten.
Yup, the theory was that the ultimate evil mastermind behind it all was actually Murr al along!
Now don’t get me wrong. I want this to be true with every fibre of my being. But I actually have a different, not necessarily mutually exclusive, theory about Murr. I think he’s Vanitas. Not this Vanitas. Not pretty boy jerk face we all know and begrudgingly love. The OG Vanitas, the Vampire of the Blue Moon.
What am I basing this on? Pretty much nothing but hear me out!
First of all, Murr is always there. Even in places where he shouldn’t be. If you pay attention, he always seems to pop up whenever something’s going down! He’s in every single scene of the OP as well. He never gets hurt, even though there’s nothing that says cats are impervious in this universe. And he has those weird mismatched eyes. I don’t actually have a theory about that, cats often have heterochromia, it’s not that big a deal. But they usually don’t have one blue and one purple eye!
Also, Murr seems to more or less be annoyed at everyone and everything, because he’s a cat, again nothing weird there, but he likes Noé. And Noé is one of the very few people who is openly supportive of the Vampire of the Blue Moon. Huh..HUH!?! Nudge!
Maybe Murr is the one who started this whole thing and now he’s just kicking back and watching all play out while pretending to be an innocent cat. That would make him the ultimate troll. And I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to see Murr as a troll.
Hmmm…I guess I ended up not talking about this episode at all. But I think we can all agree it was for a good cause. o. k, super short post: I liked it!