Sunday, July 27, 2008

Manga Review: Black Butler

Set in the 18th Century, 12 years old Ciel Phantomhive is the head of the family and the boss of the famous toy company Funtom. In his household are three adorable but clumsy servants, a strange house steward, and his very effective butler, Sebastian Micheal.

Sebastian Micheal is one hell of a butler. He cooks, cleans, fights and corrects all the mistakes that the other three servants make. He also loves cats. But there is something very strange about him....

I really want to see this animated.

Black Butler / Kuroshitsuji (黒執事) may seem very cheerful in its first chapter, but it is definitely a dark series. Ciel is often embroiled in strange events and it's up to Sebastian (being the only competent person) to help his young master. The cases include psychotic serial murderers and deranged kidnappers out to get Ciel.

The art in Black Butler is very detailed. A lot of attention is paid to the background and the characters's clothes. The lines are crisp and the art is clean. Of course this means the fighting scenes are very well drawn. I really like Sebastian's weapon. XD

However the story line of Black Butler is a tad too messy. Maybe it's because I'm reading it in chinese but I couldn't understand some parts of the story.

Still, I will recommend people to read this. After all, how can anyone not like handsome butlers killing people with fanatical grins on their faces?

Black Butler will debut as an anime for the Autumn Season 2008. (see here for link) I'm really anticipating it as Sebastian looks appropriately suave and creepy in the trailer. Hopefully that the anime will keep not just the comedy but all the violence and blood. There may not be enough material to make the anime as there are only 21 chapters released as of now.

Rating: 3.5/5

Additional note: Does anyone thinks that Sebastian looks like Mukuro from KHR. In fact, I think the mangaka either used to do KHR 69 doujins or she just loves KHR a lot.


Anonymous said...

this is old, but I wanted to state I started Reading Black Butler, and I have to say it gets a 4.5/5 from me.

The first volume recently released in America starts quietly enough. It's cute... it gives a few giggles... it's pretty tame... then BOOM violence, blood, and a secret, that while you could see it coming if you read the teaser about Sebastian being "too good to be true, or at least human"... it still leaves you guessing about his true intentions and feelings.

Above all, it leaves you wanting to read the next chapter, and I can't wait till volume 2 is released later this year. I already have it on pre-order.

Anonymous said...

just got volume 2... can't wait to volume 3. I think the best part about Black Butler, is *Spoiler*

Here you have a demon... and the first chapter or two of the volume is him being a mere butler. Cooking, fixing up the incompetance of the other hired help, and taking care of the young master.

its amusing.. and again, the action that takes place as the chapters go on leaves you wanting to read more.

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