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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Thirteen by Yana Toboso

Volume thirteen of Kuroshitsuji opens with Elizabeth, who has a sincere fondness for girly things that is complicated by having a genius for something that is not traditionally “girly.” Add to this her mother’s sincere desire that Elizabeth not end up dead, Ciel being a twit when he was little, and the Victorian era’s attitude toward women, and Elizabeth is in a very interesting bind. And by interesting, I actually mean she goes into hysterics because she is afraid that now that Ciel knows she can kick tail, he won’t want to marry her. Fortunately, Ciel is much less of a twit now than he was when he was even tinier! In fact, he seems to be rather flustered about Elizabeth and her unexpected talent for mayhem! He quickly reassures her, and Sebastian finds this completely amusing!  Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Twelve, by Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji volume twelve opens up with a confrontation with the Aurora Society and the rather horrifying zombies they’ve created. Rian, the doctor involved in this project of “Absolute Salvation,” takes off running, leaving Sebastian and Ciel to deal with the zombie. Then Ronald Knox turns up and offers some quick advice on destroying the zombie (headshots, naturally). Knox then takes a look at the zombie’s Cinematic Record and is somewhat appalled to see that the corpse has already been reaped. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Eleven, by Yana Toboso

buy on AmazonAt the end of volume ten, the young doctor rushes back to the manor because of a hunch. His hunch proves to be correct, and Ciel and Sebastian are willing to reveal the real secrets of the case. (Or at least a good deal more of it than you would expect.) Sebastian also reveals his real form to the Doctor, which causes him such a fright that he is inspired to continue writing. (Sebastian is the scariest muse ever.) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Ten, by Yana Toboso

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 Volume ten of Kuroshitsuji continues the murder mystery arc.

 After the latest corpse is examined, everyone once again rehashes what happened and provide or fail to provide alibis. The rehashing is interrupted by an unexpected visitor. He is a vicar named Jeremy and he is apparently acquainted with the Phantomhive family. Apparently, he was the person Sebastian was attempting to reach via messenger owl. (Insert Harry Potter joke here.) He is as first considered a possible suspect in the murder, but he is able to provide an alibi. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Nine, by Yana Toboso

In volume nine of Kuroshitsuji, Ciel is under a cloud due to the way he handled the circus case. (Dear Queen Victoria, you sent a kid being groomed into an utter monster by a demon on a mission so close to home it’s cohabitating at the rebuilt Phantomhive estate, what did you think was going to happen?) The queen’s two butlers, Charles Grey and Charles Phipps turn up to with a request to provide entertainment for a German VIP. Ciel is reluctant at first, but the queen’s butlers metaphorically twist his arm until he agrees. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Eight, by Yana Toboso

In volume eight of Kuroshitsuji, the circus arc ends. We open with Beast and the rest of team discovering that the Phantomhive servants serve as an eerily effective line of defense. Mae-Lin is a sniper, Finnie has super strength and seems fairly indestructible and Bardroy is an artillery expert. Even Tanaka has a remarkably terrifying side to him. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Seven, by Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji volume seven was almost a deal breaker for me. This is not to say that it was a terrible volume, only that this is one of the more horrifying story arcs. After this arc ended I had to take a hiatus from the series and considered not keeping up with it at all, I was that affected by the arc and the ending. I am trigger warning for abuse, murder, a kid having some fairly sever post traumatic stress, and some extremely creepy and very disturbing stalker behavior.  Continue reading

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