Simply once you assume somebody’s previous cannot probably get any extra tragic, anime is there to remind you that there is not any such factor as “all-time low.” Within the case of this episode, it is much less that we could not think about something extra tragic than Louis and extra that we would solely seen the tragedy by means of Noé’s eyes, when Louis’ dying affected extra folks than simply him, and one different very, very particularly: Dominique, his sister. Nothing highlights that greater than seeing older sister Veronica come sauntering into Domi’s room after Louis’ dying sporting white, a minimum of in case you’re up in your Victorian mourning conventions. Usually, the socially anticipated size of mourning for a sibling was six months, the primary two in stable black trimmed with crape, and white linen collar and cuffs, earlier than transitioning to 2 months of black silk with white lace, and eventually two months in gray, purple, and violet with white trim, per the 1879 ebook Our Deportment. That Veronica is sporting all white (the colour of brides in a world after Victoria’s wedding ceremony) whereas Domi remains to be wearing full mourning is stunning, and it completely sums up her emotions about Louis’ dying: she merely does not care.
As she goes on, explaining callously to Dominique that Louis was really her twin and was meant to have been killed at delivery as a result of twins are unhealthy luck in vampire tradition, we will see Domi crumbling as her complete world out of the blue each collapses round her and begins to make horrible sense. Louis did not dwell with their grandfather within the remoted manor as a result of he was in poor health; he lived there in order that nobody would know that the de Sade household allowed a twin to dwell, and since the selection of which twin was so arbitrary, it is not arduous to see why Domi in her fragile state may start to really feel just like the improper one died. Add to that Noé’s excessive (however legitimate) response to seeing his buddy beheaded after which complicated Domi for her brother and you haven’t solely a recipe for one very disturbed younger woman, but additionally one who internalizes her rising certainty that she should have been the one to die, which manifests in her slicing off her hair and starting to decorate like her deceased brother. She could have been pressured to alter a bit of bit afterward, however her desire for males’s clothes is out of the blue far more than only a vogue selection; it is a reminder that she needs that Louis was right here as a substitute of her.
That definitely makes her ripe for Mikhaïl’s plots. It is all too simple to benefit from Domi’s buried dying want and her certainty that Noé would have most well-liked Louis to her. (Curiously sufficient, Domi’s continued mourning is in simply as unhealthy style as Veronica’s non-mourning by the requirements of the time interval; in response to the identical 1879 etiquette handbook I cited earlier, “in fulfilling our duties to the residing, we greatest present the energy of our affection for the lifeless.”) What in some way makes it worse is that Mikhaïl is clearly benefiting from Dominique’s emotions and insecurities as a result of she occurs to be useful. He’d most likely have used Jeanne simply as rapidly, for the reason that particular person he is really attempting to get to is Vanitas, his erstwhile older brother. In reality, he solely desires Noé in order that he can affirm one thing utilizing his Archiviste blood – he desires to know why Vanitas killed their “father”…one thing he is shocked to appreciate that Noé was unaware of.
In some methods, Mikhaïl emotionally manipulating Noé into utilizing his household talent to find out about Vanitas’ previous is the cruelest motion in an total vicious episode. That is as a result of he is enjoying with Noé’s complete sense of who he’s – somebody who respects his pals and at all times tries to do the fitting factor. We noticed that amply demonstrated within the Gévaudan story arc and final season, and we additionally know that he is largely revered Vanitas’ want to maintain his previous to himself. Mikhaïl’s taunting mixed together with his management over Dominique each pressure Noé into complying together with his calls for, biting the boy to disclose his and Vanitas’ shared previous. (Whether or not his blue tattoo has unfold farther than Vanitas’ and due to this fact could also be a contributing issue to his habits is unclear however price considering.) This stands to have main repercussions for Noé’s and Vanitas’ relationship, as a result of there isn’t any assure that Vanitas will actually have the ability to take Noé’s scenario under consideration. The territory is rising more and more fraught, even with out the horrors of little Mikhaïl witnessing his mom’s dying and describing it in phrases straight out of the worst kids’s ebook in my assortment, 1884’s The Ladies at Quinnemont by F. McCready Harris.
And since we’re with reference to horrible kids’s leisure, it is so becoming that every one of this goes down at a carnival, a setting I’ve discovered disturbing for years because of the primary Care Bears film. However except Murr has a shock up his metaphorical sleeve, I believe it will take greater than some brightly coloured animals to avoid wasting Vanitas, Dominique, and Noé from this present.