This is an ongoing series so this review is likely to contain spoilers for the previous volumes and of course the current one I'm writing about.
Each volume seems to be getting more and more intense!
In this volume, we find out that the Beast of Gevaudan has returned, or so the people think. I particularly loved this element to the volume as I've researched this case for my dissertation. People thought it was like the Wolf and Red Riding Hood so a lot of stories ended up coming out of this.
It turned out that Jeanne knows the beast and was tasked as a Borreau to kill it the last time. She failed and is determined to now. Even if it means killing Noe or Vanitas if they get in her way. During this fight, a chasseur named Astolfo got in the way and was determined not only to kill the beast but then Noe as well. He's the youngest of the Paladins and the most bloodthirsty. He was a real nuisance for everyone.
The most interesting thing I found in this volume was Vanitas' reaction to Noe asking to drink his blood. He was fine with Jeanne doing it which makes me think it's due to Noe's power as an Archiviste to see into someones past via their blood.
It turned out that the beast was a curse bearer named Chloe, the hidden vampire of the d'Apchier family. There's a whole history to her story and the beast that I won't get into here. But this perfectly set up the next volume for some reveals and more conflict I think.
Name: The Case Study of Vanitas Volume Five
Author: Jun Mochizuki
Publisher: Yen Press
Have you read The Case Study of Vanitas Volume Five?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,