Editing to give a canon appropriate unhinged review: Again, this was made for people who didn't read that manga. People got swept under the rug. Where's Antoine? Oh wait. He doesn't exist. Number 70? Never heard of them. These people don't exist anymore. Number 70 may not be important, but Antoine was. Do we need to see Veronica talk about her and Machina? In the words of Domi: "I don't want to hear my sister talk about her weird sex life." So no. But we need that moment for Antoine. It shows Domi's self esteem issues. And speaking of removing characters, what happened to Machina in Chloe's backstory? He was in a giant bear costume. It was a funny element in such a serious backstory. But what does Machina matter when Chloe and JJ have their backstory served to us like three day old leftovers with everything good picked off? Oh but thank goodness Astolfo got a backstory. AND THAT WASN'T EVEN BONES. They called in Jun to do it because they were screwing up her story so much. "Hello, Jun. We screwed up. Fix it for us, please?" Speaking of backstory, Luna. Who cares that they have no gender? Who cares that they only have their name because Vanitas gave it to them? Not Bones. In short: Non
I watched the second part of this series directly after the first, so a lot of the feelings I had initially were carried over. I felt the first half of this one did not fit with the initial plot establised in the first part/season. It was interesting, yes, but felt too long and disconnected, ignoring a lot of what was established in the first season. It was also broken up with many flash back episodes of characters that didn't necesarily add to the plot especially when they are repeated in other episodes. The second half fit much better and was more vital to the character's development and their journey and gave the season/part a bit of tention to build a decent conclusion. It also showed more of the bond that was forming between Vanitas and Noe, which was nice. In all honesty, the first half of season one and the second half of eason two would have made a more enjoyable single season, though it would have deviated quite a bit from the series which I feel would have angered many of the manga's fans but would have also opened the anime to more specials.
Usually I would write a more detailed review, but I'm too lazy and tired at the moment, though I may update this at another time. I just finished Part II and it was pure gold ahhhh. I enjoyed this season immensely (a lot more than the first, and I loved the first, so this says a lot), can't wait for the next part. Great character development, insane backstories, a plot that reels you in to the point that most episodes feel like they are 5 min long instead of 20 something min. I especially like how Case Study of Vanitas combines dark, serious topics and emotional backstories with light-hearted humor, causing you to feel like you're dying inside one moment but then smiling and laughing the next. Few animes could ever do this to me so easily lol. Though the OP and ED songs were not as wonderful as S1's were, they were still great. I really enjoyed listening to them and the rest of the music in the series fit so well. Yuki Kajiura's compositions never cease to amaze. I highly recommend the Case Study of Vanitas, folks, you will not be disappointed. And, no, I don't care whether or not it follows the manga or leaves out characters, I judge animes by their individual content and not by how well it copies the manga's source material. This applies to how I judge book to film/TV adaptations as well. - Xen
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