February 19, 2015 Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
I’m a huge Kuroshitsuji fan. I’m pretty open to most animes but tend to gravitate towards shoujo. However, every now and then, I find a gem that is outside the shoujo genre and I love it. Kuroshitsuji is one of them. If you’re not watching it, you’re missing out! I highly insist anime fans to watch this one!! Some of my favorite seiyuus are in it!
Sebastian = Hirato (Karneval)
Ciel Phantomhive = Haruhi (Ouran High School Host Club)
Prince Soma Asman Kadar = Tomoe (Kamisama Hajimemashita)
That is just to name a few! Anyhow, I really like this dark adult anime. Some people are under the impression that anime is just for kids, but I have to disagree. This one is a good one that adults would enjoy. There is drama, action, a little bit of comedy, and a supernatural element in this anime/manga. I think it’s a good one to watch. There is no romance in it, but the story and plot is great and it keeps the story going forward. Plus, some of the characters (ahem, Sebastian) are just hot. If you like the servant and master relationship too, you would like this anime. However, what is great about this anime is that sometimes it feels as though Sebastian is the master.
If you’re reading the manga and haven’t watched the anime, I have a few thoughts on this. Basically, the manga was so popular that season 1 came out. However, since the manga was not fully developed and is still ongoing, some of the episodes in season 1 never take place. Season 2 is just crap and was basically fan service because it just got that popular. That being said, season 2 of Black Butler was awful. None of it took place and it was bad fan service at that. Book of Circus basically acts as though season 2 never even happened and picks up where some of season 1 leaves off. When I say “leave off” I mean that in season 1, everything happens in the manga as it does in the anime up to about episode 16, albeit some episodes are filler episodes and also did not take place in the manga. After episode 16, that is when Book of Circus picks up. Therefore, here is my suggestion to those who want to watch Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji.
Watch Season 1 up to episode 16. After episode 16, watch Book of Circus. After Book of Circus, watch Book of Murder. Then you can go back and finish season 1 and watch season 2. However, if you’re a big fan of the manga, you’ll be really disappointed. The end of season 1 wasn’t terrible..but the free license they took with the storyline was awful. Queen Victoria’s character is just so whack and not like the manga at all.
I just hope that after Book of Murder, there will be a season 3. I don’t know if I would enjoy the campania arc though. The school arc would be okay and interesting to watch..but that would mean the campania arc has to come first Too many plot holes and too many missing characters…I mean, what will they do with the Undertaker?!
Book of Murder just came out with English subtitles and unlike Book of Circus, this one is being released as a 2-part OVA. Therefore, it is not a full season as the others were. It makes me sad but makes me happy because Book of Murder arc was one of my favorite stories in the manga.
Overall: 5/5 stars!!!