The seventh short PV for The Case Study of Vanitas released on YouTube features Murr, Noé’s cat. The PV is titled “Kawaii Ikimono” (“Kawaii Animal”), showing Murr in action, such as hissing at something or being picked up by various characters.
The Case Study of Vanitas will be directed by Tomoyuki Itamura (Nisemonogatari, Owarimonogatari, Tsukimonogatari) at Studio Bones. Deko Akao (Noragami, Snow White with the Red Hair) is serving as script supervisor with Yoshiyuki Itō (Carole & Tuesday) as character designer and chief animation director. Sasanomaly will perform the opening theme song “Sora to Sora” (“Sky and Sky”). The anime is scheduled to air on July 2 and will be split into two cours, with the second cour’s premiere date to be confirmed. Singapore-based distributor Aniplus Asia is airing the anime as part of its Summer 2021 lineup for Southeast Asia.
Other staff members include Chiyo Nakayama (Eden of the East) as sub character designer, Shinpei Ishibashi as prop designer, Izumi Takizawa (Arakawa Under the Bridge) as visual concept artist and color designer, Shūhei Tada (Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU) as art designer, Shingo Kanai (Btooom!, Weathering with You) as art director, Ying Ying Zhang (My Hero Academia) as photography director, Takuma Miyake (Noragami) as 3DCG director, Rie Matsubara (Bakemonogatari) as editor, Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (Darker than Black) as sound director, and Shizuo Kurahashi (Akira) and Sachiko Nishi (Dororo) as sound effects coordinators.
The anime’s main cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Vanitas and Kaito Ishikawa as Noé. Other cast members include Inori Minase as Jeanne, Shino Shimoji as Luca, Ai Kayano as Dominique, Akira Ishida as The Teacher (Sensei), Miyu Komaki as Noé’s cat, Murr, Tarō Kiuchi as Dante, Koji Yusa as Johann, and Riho Kuma as Riche.
The Case Study of Vanitas manga launched in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker magazine in December 2015. Yen Press publishes the manga in English and describes the story as:
Rumors revolving around The Book of Vanitas, a clockwork grimoire of dubious reputation, draw Noé, a young vampire in search of a friend’s salvation, to Paris. What awaits him in the City of Flowers, however, is not long hours treading the pavement or rifling through dusty bookshops in search of the tome. Instead, his quarry comes to him…in the arms of a man claiming to be a vampire doctor! Thrust into a conflict that threatens the peace between humans and vampires, will Noé cast in his lot with the curious and slightly unbalanced Vanitas and his quest to save vampire kind?