Jun Mochizuki’s “The Case Study of Vanitas” (ヴァニタスの手記) supernatural manga is confirmed to inspire a TV anime adaptation for summer 2021. A teaser visual, video and main cast are revealed.
Natsuki Hanae plays the protagonist Vanitas, the owner of the Book of Vanitas and self-described doctor to vampires, while Kaito Ishikawa plays Noé, a vampire who is ordered to discern the power of the Book of Vanitas by his teacher.
The series is directed by “Monogatari” series director Tomoyuki Itamura and animated by studio Bones. “Noragami” and “Snow White with the Red Hair” script writer Deko Akao is working on the series composition. Japanese singer sasanomaly performs the opening song “The Sky and the Emptiness”(空と虚).
▼ A celebration illustration by the manga author Jun Mochizuki
— TVアニメ『ヴァニタスの手記』 (@vanitas_anime) March 28, 2021
During a blimp ride to Paris, Noé Archiviste meets Vanitas: a human claiming to be a doctor for vampires, curing them of the malnomen which cause vampires to behave predatorily against their will. The book with which he heals, the Book of Vanitas, is connected to the original Vanitas, the Vampire of the Blue Moon, hated by the Vampires of the Red Moon who form traditional Vampire society. Noé and Vanitas join forces to heal vampires, but there lurks a threat of some unknown force named Charlatan which may be responsible for corrupting the sick vampires.
▍Staff and Production
Original Work: Jun Mochizuki [Gangan JOKER /Square Enix]
Director: Tomoyuki Itamura
Series Composition: Deko Akao
Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Yoshiyuki Ito
Sub Character Design: Chiyo Nakayama
Prop Design: Shinpei Ishibashi
Visual Concept, Color Design: Izumi Takizawa
Art Design: Shuhei Tada
Art Director: Shingo Kanai
Director of Photography: Yingying Zhang
3DCG: Takuma Miyake
Editing: Rie Matsubara
Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
Sound Effect: Shizuo Kurahashi (Sound box), Sachiko Nishi (Sound box)
■ Vanitas – CV: Natsuki Hanae
■ Noé – CV: Kaito Ishikawa