Thursday, August 2, 2012

Black Butler Season One

Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) Season 1~Anime

 “I am simply one hell of a butler.”

Set in the Victorian Era, Ciel Phantomhive seeks revenge after his family’s murder. Twelve year old Ciel strikes a deal with a demon, Sebastian: Sebastian will serve Ciel and assist him to avenge his parents’ deaths. Afterwards, Sebastian can feast on the young master’s soul. Now with his demon butler by his side, twelve year old prodigy Ciel searches for the ones who murdered his family while fulfilling his duty as the Earl of Phantomhive, and as Queen Victoria’s personal watch dog.

Rated: TV-14

My Rating: 4.5/5

To be honest, Black Butler was extremely confusing at first. (It didn’t help that I was trying to finish my homework while watching it either…Yay….Procrastination) However, as I continued watching it, it began to make sense. The storyline is very intricate and it questions your beliefs. Would you trade your soul in order to avenge your loved ones’ deaths?

This anime cleverly mixes mystery, action, and a hint of comedy together. One moment you will be staring in awe as Sebastian fulfills his duty as the butler (He’s like a Japanese Alfred! XD), then you will be crying a river of tears as the storyline progresses. After, you might be laughing like a maniac while the people around you stare and move away from you.

Unlike most animes, the ending did not fail to meet the expectations of the viewer. However, I feel that the creators shoved too much new information in the final episodes. You had to really pay attention to fully understand what was happening. Still, at the end of season one, all of your answers would have been answered.

In my personal opinion, Black Butler cleverly allowed the viewers to take “breathers” after a serious scene/episode by adding an omake-like scene/episode that made the viewers get rid of the tension (and laugh their guts out).

In addition to the awesome storyline and characters, the voice actors were fabulous! The accents were perfect and the characters sounded their age! (Sadly, some animes fail to do that -.-,)

All in all, Black Butler was an amazing anime that I recommend to all. This anime will have you falling in love with the characters before the first intermission.


Ciel Phantomhive- The twelve year old head of the Phantomhive family, Ciel is an extremely prideful and somewhat arrogant character. However, he is a prodigy who always seems to think one step ahead.

Voice Actors: Maaya Sakamoto, Brina Palencia

Sebastian Michaelis- The demon who stroke a deal with Ciel, Sebastian takes the appearance of a tall mall human. He tends to be sarcastic, sadistic, and malicious at times. He is a very loyal butler, and responds to all of Ciel’s commands.

Voice Actos: Daisuke Ono, John Michael Tatum

Finnian (Finny)- The gardener of the Phantomhive estate, Finny has superhuman strength and will do anything to please Ciel and Sebastian. He tends to have a child-like (LOLI-SHOTA!) personality. His back story is revealed in the final episodes~

Vocie Actors: Yuuki Kaji, Jason Liebrecht

Baldroy (Bard)- The chef of the Phantomhive Estate, Bard tends to cook with flamethrowers and blowtorches (ergo, his cooking his …. questionable -.-,) However, he holds love for cooking! …and warfare…. He holds great respect for Ciel and Sebastian. His back story is revealed in the final episodes~

Voice Actors: Hiroki Touchi, Ian Sinclair

Mey Rin- The maid of the Phantomhive Estate, Mey Rin is extremely clumsy. She has amazing vision, but she impairs them with broken eyeglasses (she doesn’t want to part with them because they were a gift from Ciel). She is always in a cheerful attitude, and it is implied that she has a crush on Sebastian throughout the anime. Mey Rin holds great respect and loyalty for Sebastian and Ciel. Her back story is revealed in the final episodes~

Vocie Actors: Emiri Katou, Monica Rial

Opening: “Monochrome Kiss” by SID

Endings: “I’m Alive!” by Rebecca Hollcraft
               “Lacrimosa” by Kalafina

I hope you have much fun watching Black Butler! Well, I’m off to cry over how tight my tennis team uniform is TT.TT XD ELECOPTER AWAY!!! ~Lynn

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