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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: Black Butler Volume Four, by Yana Toboso

Volume four of Black Butler is a little lighter in tone than volume three ended up being. Ciel investigates a series of mysterious attacks on “Anglo Indians” (British colonists returning from India.) During the investigation, Ciel and Sebastian run into Prince Soma, the 26th child of the raja of Bengal. The prince is searching for one of his servants, a woman named Mina, who had allegedly been kidnapped by a British noble. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Three, Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji Volume Three, Yana Toboso

 

Black Butler, Vol. 3
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We open up with a flash back and some introductions. It turns out that Madame Red has some very intense issues centered on Ciel’s dad Vincent. She had a crush on him, and he helped her get over her dislike of her very flashy red hair. She has even more issues centered on her sister, who is the one who married Vincent and still more issues centered on Ciel. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Two by Yana Toboso

Black Butler, Vol. 2The first chapter mainly involves Sebastian’s various adventures fixing the problems created by the servants. As much as he is exasperated by them, they seem to be there to make the results of his endeavors seem even more exceptional. (Incidentally, we learn that Bardroy has a fixation on guns, and that Finnie is as strong as he is inept at gardening.) In this case, Sebastian attempts to make a giant chocolate statue while the servants create disasters all around him. At the end of the day, the statue has lost its head, and the person at fault is none other than Ciel, who apparently wanted a snack. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume One, by Yana Toboso

Black Butler, Vol. 1The Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler manga is a bit darker and less angel-infested than the first anime season. (There is also a marked lack of giant hell hounds. I feel that this is generally a good thing as I can’t stand Pluto.) The relationship between Sebastian and Ciel is a little more adversarial–in the first chapter Ciel sends a martial artist after Sebastian, and then gives him lemonade that Tanaka made with MSG instead of sugar. Also in the manga for the first few issues, he has a nearly perpetual evil smirk. (Ciel in the anime is a much more somber kid, though he has his evil smile moments as well.) Continue reading

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