The Case Study of Vanitas is the third main series by mangaka Jun Mochizuki following her completion of both Crimson-Shell and Pandora Hearts. The series launched on December 22nd 2015 and is being published monthly in Gangan Joker magazine.
Set in 19th Century France, The Case Study of Vanitas features concepts relating to both vampires and the steampunk style, which commonly incorporates elements of the Victorian Era alongside more intricately advanced steam-powered machinery. Civilization or society has a mix of vampires and humans, but humans have the superiority after a war against both races
Vampires are a race of beings that have lived partially segregated from humans ever since a war was struck between them. Vampires were forbidden to drink human blood and thusly disappeared beyond the barrier between their worlds; however there are vampires that still choose to live among humans and are watched over by a count appointed by the Queen. The current vampire appointed to this position is a man by the name of Count Parks Orlok.
According to the fairytale Noé tells Amelia while explaining the origins of the Book of Vanitas, most vampires are born on nights wherein the moon is full and crimson, while vampires born on nights of full blue moons are considered symbols of misfortune.
Children of Ill Omen Edit
Vampires born of full blue moons and are considered to cause misfortune.
The Book of Vanitas Edit
A dark grimoire supposedly passed on to Vanitas by Vanitas of the Blue Moon himself. In the first chapter, the book is described by Noé as having a blue leather cover adorned with a bright blue gem and jet black pages. Attached to the book is a silver chain with clockwork pieces. In chapter two, Vanitas mentions to Count Parks Orlok that only he knows how to open and use it, suggesting there is a method to unlocking the book.
Parisian Excursion Arc Edit
- Mémoire 1: Vanitas In the Event of Rusty Hopes
- Mémoire 2: Noé In the City of Flowers
- Mémoire 3: Jeanne The Hellfire Witch
- Mémoire 4: Femme Fatale Love
- Mémoire 5: Archiviste Fangs That Reveal Blood
Bal Masque Arc Edit
- Mémoire 6: Altus Other World
- Mémoire 7: Bal Masqué Night of Sneering Masks
- Mémoire 8: Louis Sinking in a Pool of Blood
- Mémoire 9: Réminiscence Friends
- Mémoire 10: Salvatio Uncertainty
- Mémoire 11: Point of Departure Deux Ombres
Hunters of the Dark Arc Edit
- Mémoire 12: Pause
- Mémoire 13: Glissand Glissando
- Mémoire 14: Catacombes Where the Dead Sleep
- Memoire 15: Chasseurs Those Who Hunt Crimson
- Entr'acte: Chambre D'Enfants A Dream of the Sound of Rain
- Mémoire 16: Galop At the End of the Riot
- Mémoire 17: Cicatrice No. 69
- Mémoire 18: Dos à Dos The Shape of Salvation
Return of the Beast Arc Edit
- Mémoire 19: Serment Spell-bound
- Mémoire 20: Serment Promise (Part One)
- Mémoire 21: Serment Promise (Part Two)
- Mémoire 22: Hurler A Calling Voice
- Mémoire 23: Au Pas Camarade Pace
- Vanitas first appeared in the final Pandora Hearts artbook There is., shown waving to the main cast of Pandora Hearts as he passed by alongside Noé with his back turned so that he remained unidentifiable at the time.