{From Page to Screen} Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)

Posted April 21, 2015 by Bee in Memes & Features / 6 Comments

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From Page to Screen is a feature I made because I want to talk about more than books here on my blog! In this feature I’ll be talking about movies, animes and TV-shows. And not only book adaptions, everything is fair game. So if you have a movie, TV-show or anime you want me to talk about, or you have a topic related to one of those three things you want to discuss, you can submit it on this page through the contact form.

Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)

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My Thoughts

This is an awesome anime. Besides the obvious reason to watch this (*couch* Sebastian *cough*), it’s just a really cool story. The animation is gorgeous, the soundtrack eerie and gothic-ish. I’ll admit it’s not for the faint of hart because it can get quite brutal here and there. Those scenes are nicely balanced out with plenty of humor, though.

The manga is still ongoing and this anime follows it for the most part. Up until episode 15. After that (and 1 or 2 episodes before), are not from the manga, but they’re still very, very good and it leads to a satisfying ending. If you want more, you can always read the manga, or watch the specials mentioned below. Do NOT under any circumstances, watch the second season. It’s not good, completely unnecessary and ruins it. Do NOT watch.

The main characters are Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian. The Phantomhives have been “the Queen’s guarddog” for generations. They take care of all the crimes in England’s underworld. Without giving too much away, Ciel made a deal with a demon (Sebastian) when he was at a very low point in his life. The demon could eat his soul after Ciel got his revenge with the people that did him wrong.

Ciel is such a great antihero. He’s quite mean, cruel and selfish most of the time but you can’t help but root for him because you get how he feels. He does show his softer side at times, but it could all be a lie because little Ciel is quite the actor. Sebastian is the name he gave the demon he made a deal with. Sebastian is extremely loyal to Ciel and does everything he asks. Though he may state that he does that simply because it’s their deal, I like to think they’ve grown attached to each other. The trust they have in each other proves that. I also loved Ciel’s other servants and all the side characters. (GRELL <3)

Overal a fantastic anime that I highly suggest you should watch if you’re a fan of the historical paranormal thriller horror genre. I also want to recommend watching it in the English dub. It’s set in England and it fits the story the best, though the original Japanese dub is also fantastic. Just saying, English dub fits better. Just watch it.

Quotes

If it’s your wish, I will follow you everywhere. Even if your throne crumbles, and your shiny crown turns to rust. Even if the bodies pile up endlessly. Above the bottomless pile of corpses as you lie down softly, beside you I will be until I hear the words “Check Mate” !
~ Sebastian 

Phantomhive is a shadow, a phantom that exists solely to obliterate the sorrows of Her Majesty, The Queen. Step into its den, and you can never hope to return to the light”
~ Ciel

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Alternatives

I found it hard to find animes that are similar to this one. I chose Inu x Boku SS because it also features paranormal elements and the master-servant relationship and Soul Eater because of the paranormal elements and it’s just plain awesome. I haven’t seen Pandora Hearts yet, but I know a lot of people recommend it if you’re a fan of Black Butler.

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Extra recs!

Of course, if you’re a fan of Black Butler, you may have seen these two already but I had to mention them. While Black Butler has a satisfying ending (DO NOT WATCH SEASON 2), there were two more specials made. One is Book of Circus and the other is Book of Murder. These two come directly from the manga and it is fantastic to see them made into an anime. I really love them. Book of Circus is 10 episodes and it delves more into Ciel’s background. Book of Murder is 2 episodes from an hour long and it’s like Clue. Only way cooler and creepier. Highly recommended! If I had to put them in a timeline with the original anime, I’d say it takes place after episode 15. Unfortunately these two are not dubbed (yet), but like I have mentioned before, the original Japanese dub is also excellent so you can always watch it with English subtitles.

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Bookish Recs

All three of these have something in common with Black Butler. It’s either the same vibe, the same themes or a similar plot. The one that resembles it the most is of course Soulless because their settings are very similar with a lot of similar themes and plot lines. Though I do recommend all three of these, if you’re a fan of this anime.

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Clips

Instead of a clip, I’m sharing an AMV! (Anime Music Video) It’s made on the song This is Halloween, which I loooove, so check it out! You can also watch the opening from the special Book of Circus, which remains my favorite opening of them all for this anime!

Have you seen this anime yet?

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Bee

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