Sunday, November 24, 2013

Manga Review: Black Butler, Volume 12, by Yana Toboso

Rating (Out of 5): ~4-4.5
Publisher: Yen Press
Publish Date: January, 2013
Volumes: 17+
Spoilers?: Yes.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The decks of the Campania run red with blood when the corpses brought back to a semblance of life by the Aurora Society's "absolute salvation" turn on the ship's passengers in a ghoulish farce. With their investigation waylaid by this primitive struggle for survival, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his exceptional butler, Sebastian, are trapped at the mercy of both the unnatural and Mother Nature herself. For even as dead feet shuffle along the opulent decks of the luxury liner in search of living prey, in the distance there looms before the cursed vessel a massive iceberg that glows and crackles eerily in the gloom of night...


Ohmygod, this was the best volume. It was just everything I wanted to happen. What I’ve been waiting for. And it was even better than I thought it’d be. I’m so happy I finally continued this series, and that I have more books after this one ready to be read. Because I am so ready for this, you guys.
Ok, so. Zombies are what Ciel and Sebastion are dealing with.They haven’t put a name to them, really, but that’s what they are. There’s a lot of them, too, because this guy, working for some (at the moment) unknown company, is transporting them, after claiming to be able to bring people back from the dead. Well, turns out, he can. Only they’re not really conscious, and they want to eat people. And then, to make matters worse, the ship hits an iceburg.
Ciel is stuck with Elizabeth and Snake and Rian, the guy behind the zombies. Sebastian is checking on Elizabeth’s family, who are just fine because they’re swords-people. Then the grim reapers show up (Ronald Knox and Grelle Sutcliffe), and they’re collecting souls and killing zombies, and sometimes fighting with Sebastian, who is then trying to prolong the sinking and/or save Ciel and company.
Ciel is getting a little sick, because he’s got a weak body. Elizabeth and Ciel end up separated from the others for a while, and they’re just so sweet. Elizabeth is scared, and trying to stay strong and cute for Ciel, and Ciel is worried but doing his very best to keep Elizabeth safe (awww!).
And then! And then something really awesomely huge happens with Elizabeth. It has even more depth than I thought it would, and Elizabeth is awesome and badass and knows more than anyone gave her credit for. I love her. And I’m so very excited to see what happens with her (and everyone else) in the next book. 
This battle is just awesome. There’s so much happening! And so much badass-ness, with so many different characters. I’m loving it.

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