If you had been following for a while now then you guys have known that I had watched Black Butler before, around this time, I think, last year. I really enjoyed both seasons though I did find the 2nd season a bit iffy because of its non-canon story.
Now, I got a chance to watch the next anime installments of the franchise, the Book Trilogy, and bruh, I like them over season two.
For today, I will be sharing with you guys my thoughts about the trilogy. To be able to share them fairly, I will be dividing my entry into 3.
Now, for the first book,
Black Butler: Book of Circus
Full of wonder and excitement, the Noah’s Arc Circus troupe has captured audiences with their dazzling performances. Yet these fantastic acts don’t come without a price. Children have mysteriously gone missing around London, correlating to that of the groups’ movements. Unsettled by these kidnappings, Queen Victoria sends in her notorious guard dog, Ciel Phantomhive, and his ever-faithful demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, on an undercover mission to find these missing children.
Trying to balance their new circus acts with their covert investigation under the big top, however, proves to be quite a challenge. With the other performers growing suspicious and the threat of the circus’ mysterious benefactor looming overhead, what the two discover will shake Ciel to his very core. (MAL)
Out of the trilogy, this is my least favorite. I guess because I find this series a bit of a slow burn, in terms of story. It wasn’t as exciting as the other books. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it like the others, I just prefer the latter ones over this one.
Just my taste, really.
I really like the plot of this book, it was full of mystery and the build-up to the end was worth it. But like I said before, it seemed the story was stretched out too much of my liking as I felt bored in the first few episodes. It was a chore watching it and I keep on convincing myself that it would get exciting later on. And it really did. The climax made me drop my mouth to the floor. I didn’t expect to see and know more about Ciel’s past during his torture days. I mean I predicted that the antagonist would be connected to it in some sort but not like this. Damn, no wonder they made an adaptation of this book, it’s really epic.
One of the things I love about this book was the memorable supporting characters. I can’t really remember much of their names (I’m bad with names) but I could still remember every little thing they did in this book. I am sad that some of them weren’t able to live, but I guess they are now freer than ever before.
For the antagonists, both of them sure are sick bastards. They deserve what happened to them.
Compared to the 3 books, this had to be the least best-animated book anime. However, that doesn’t mean this series wasn’t amazing, it really was. It was consistent until the very end. The character designs were very consistent with the previous seasons and that’s nice as I adore them. I really don’t want this franchise to go through the “Fairy Tail” or “Haganai” way.
The first book, Book of Circus, lived up to my expectations. I really enjoyed it. It’s also a good arc to start before tackling the other books in the trilogy.
Unto the next.
Black Butler: Book of Murder
At the behest of the Queen, Earl Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish dinner party attended by several of the finest members of polite society—as well as struggling author, Arthur. But as the party reaches its high, a terrible murder takes place and none other than the Earl himself is suspected of the crime.
As a violent storm rages on outside, the death count continues to climb. The Phantomhive household and their eminent guests find they must cooperate in order to solve this mystery before they too fall prey to the mysterious murderer. However, it seems that not even the perfect butler, Sebastian Michaelis, is safe from this horror. (MAL)
As a huge fan of mystery stories, this book is by far, my favorite. Not only it entertained me to the core, I actually felt dumbfounded after knowing the truth. LOL.
I didn’t expect that at all. Well, I did notice some clues, but I didn’t mind them at all only later to be relevant. WTF.
I got played, along with the characters.
That’s nice, and such a well-written story.
Solid all the way
This book happened after the events of the first book, Book of Circus, so there’s a connection between arcs. Unlike the former, this only had 2 episodes which helped a lot in maintaining solid pacing in telling the story. I never once felt bored and I love it. A perfect mix of mystery, supernatural, comedy, and a bit of action, this is what I’m looking for a Balck Butler arc.
I really love how they continue to play around the iconic known people and let them have a cameo in the franchise. Yep, one of my favorite authors made a cameo. I didn’t realize it until the latter half of the last episode. Epic fail on my part, I was enjoying this OVA’s too much.
It’s also through this book where I can definitely say how amazing Sebastian is as a butler and a demon. Heh. I can appreciate him now with all my heart.
To be honest, I really don’t have anything to say about this OVA series as its really good and my favorite book out of the 3. I just love it.
Yes, there might be other people out there who prefer the other books, and yeah, maybe this book is not perfect, but I enjoyed this moreover others. I can’t blame my feelings. Lel.
Now that I’m finished here, let’s proceed to the last book.
Black Butler Movie: Book of the Atlantic
The young Earl Ciel Phantomhive—the Queen’s Guard Dog—is once again called to investigate seemingly supernatural phenomena when news of miraculous resurrections begins to surface in Victorian London. Along with Sebastian Michaelis, his demon butler, they board the luxury cruise liner Campania to investigate rumors of the Aurora Society—a medical organization suspected of experimenting on the dead.
Grim reapers begin to appear on the ship, and it becomes apparent that the ship is about to be overrun with the undead as a devious plan is put into motion. Ciel and Sebastian must now uncover the secrets that lie behind the Aurora Society’s phoenix symbol, and with the help of some old acquaintances, return the undead to their coffins or share a watery grave. (MAL)
I really love this movie, but this series sure had some setbacks.
This movie seemed to be not really a direct sequel to the previous books. As I haven’t checked out its manga, I just feel like this book happened few arcs after the previous book. I might be wrong, but that’s the feeling I am getting with this.
Anyway, let’s proceed.
I’m loving the plotline
The story of this movie is so amazing.
Zombies, Grim reapers and A sword-fighting badass lady, DAMN!!!
I loved the story the moment I read them on MAL, I loved it more after watching the movie. The story was solid until the very end and was executed really well. I had no problems with the pacing, though I kinda wanted to see more of the action sequences of Sebastian and the Grim Reapers. I really love how balanced the genres of this movie was. From action to comedy to cute romance to some serious moments, uuuugggghhhhh so good.
I really love how cute and heartwarming Ciel and Elizabeth’s relationship was, I’m happy to be able to witness how their past and Elizabeth’s past. I mean, I’m not really a fan of Elizabeth as she tends to annoy me a lot in the first season, but my impressions about her definitely changed after this movie. It just shows how deep her character was. Even for a few minutes, I actually understand her and felt for her, Uuuggghhh such a well-written character. Love it.
The Grim reapers didn’t disappoint too. I’m not really a fan of them and but whenever they cross paths with the duo, its a guaranteed laughfest. I’m living for their gags and deadpan reactions, and they sure bring out the comedic sides of the duo.
For that climax, wow, I didn’t expect that at all. I mean, after seeing the previous seasons, I really thought “he” was a solid ally, but dang, all this time…he’s an enemy. Wow.
Even if I give alot of praise on this movie, its not perfect.
Why? Well, its because of its animation, specifically its 3D animation.
I am not a hater of 3D, but I want them to be used right.
In this movie, 3D animation was all over the place, and it puts me off whenever I see how horrible they were. They were standout too much against the 2D animation. It would have been nice if they were well animated. I don’t if its 3D even, as long as it’s done well. Sigh.
Despite the setback, I do appreciate the consistent character designs. From the first book to now, A1-Pictures delivered well.
I really love this movie. From its story to the characters, it had everything I would want. Unfortunately, the 3D animation sucks so bad that it even spoils my overall outlook of the movie.
Now that I expressed all of my thoughts, I want to say how fulfilling it was to be able to finish this book series.
I was never a fan of Black Butler even before. I only hear stuff about it from my college friends who were addicted to it, after watching everything it could offer in anime, I now understand why they loved the franchise. It deserves every drop of their love.
As much as I want to see more of Black Butler, I don’t think we are getting any in the next couple of years, so for now, I might check out the manga. I dunno when I could read it, but I will read it. I will make sure of that. Heh.
I think I shared my thoughts thoroughly now, time to pack up.
I would encourage you guys to watch this trilogy. If you haven’t watched any Black Butler or checked out its manga, I do hope that you guys atleast give the franchise a try. It’s not bad, I promise. It’s really good. This franchise is a good series to binge now too, as its Halloween. Hehehehe.
I think that’s it.
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This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!!