「Femme fatale―恋―」 (Famu Fatāru―Koi―)
It was interesting to see more of the vampire world, with our gang’s dessert at the hotel (which is decked out in colors more suitable for 18th than the 19th century) and a decadent ball (where dancers are wearing street clothes, not formal-wear). The human and vampire worlds differ in aspects other than their inhabitants, as some things, like tarte tatin (which did actually originate in France) are native to humans and only brought to the vampire world through adventurous vampires. Besides highlighting how foreign the two worlds are from each other, the tarte tatin also amusingly emphasized just how opposite Noé and Vanitas are. Hating sweets aside, Vanitas was the focus of today’s show.
Vanitas, for all his show of arrogance, is sensitive to Jeanne’s wishes and personal privacy, not disclosing her bloodlust to Luca. He doesn’t hold that over her head either and is willing to make a deal with her, trading secrecy for exclusive blood sucking rights. Again, his motivation seems to be murky-part romance and part damage control. By sucking only his blood, she always has a blood-source at hand and need not bite into a random stranger when her bloodlust is out of control.
Now that Vanitas has confirmed that Jeanne is a curse-bearer, why is he not curing her? He has the grimoire, so he could look into her name and cleanse it easily. A likely answer would be having something to do with her curse not being advanced enough for concern or Vanitas will try to use her to get to the bottom of the curse. Intriguingly, Jeanne mentioned something about medicine for her curse and not even the malady expert, Vanitas, knew of it. Who made it and where did it come from?
Vanitas may not wear his heart on his sleeve, but he does wear Jeanne’s mark on his neck. Up until now, I had my doubts about his feelings for Jeanne. After his conversation with Noé, it is obvious it is the real thing and not a pretense with ulterior motive.
What caught my attention was Vanitas’ statement that he would have “zero interest in a person who would love him”. He is aware of his ruthlessness and as the saying goes, people admire others for qualities they themselves lack. Jeanne with her genuine, caring nature is the opposite of him. While it is true that Jeanne is put-off by someone as ruthless and forceful as Vanitas, that doesn’t mean she can’t come to love him if her kindness and close interactions with him cause her to see positive qualities in him.
Jeanne may just be the one to bring out a softer side of Vanitas. Usually, it’s hard to tell what he is thinking and he often looks as if he is hiding something. With Jeanne, all his cards are on the table and he says what he is thinking. I like the added complexity of the scheming, merciless Vanitas on one hand and on the other hand, a boy in the thralls of a first love.
Between Jeanne and Noé, Vanitas is now surrounded by people who offset his cold logic with warmth and kindness into his calculations. With how friends can influence one’s mindset, I would expect that they might begin to influence him a little, to include feelings into his calculations.
Speaking of friends-with the dance scene and Noé’s desire to drink Vanitas’ sweet blood, there seemed to hint at a tease for a Noé x Vanitas pairing- for the benefit of certain target audiences, if you choose read into it that way. A tease that will remain a tease, since it is becoming clear who the couples of the show will be.
Let’s not forget our other couple in the making-Domi and Noé. Their encounter is paralleled nicely with Vanitas and Jeanne. Unlike the latter couple, Domi and Noé spoke fewer words, but their growing feelings are evident nonetheless. Domi certainly is aware of what she thinks of Noé, taking out her frustration at Noé’s density. Noé, however, still has a ways to go and is at the stage of “her blood tastes good and she makes my heart flutter”. The romantic Vanitas has given Noé food for thought and hopefully soon will graduate from obliviousness-the sooner the better for poor Domi.