Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Manga Review: Black Butler, Volume 18, by Yana Toboso

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Volumes: 19+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 17. 19.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Their elaborate schoolroom deception at an end, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his peerless manservant, Sebastian, finally hit upon the truth behind the incident of the vanished students at Weston College. Just what tragic steps did the elites of the school, spurred on by their overwhelming sense of justice, take to stamp out the bullying running rife in the halls of their institution?! What began as a seemingly simple case of missing persons goes round and round, spinning out of control into a great menace, one capable of perplexing even a devil... 


This volume concludes the boarding school storyline, rather fittingly. School boys, you know? Much more violent and devoted than you’d think. Although it does include a decision from Sebastian that was quite sweet. His and Ciel’s relationship is so oddly nice, to me.
There’s a fun chapter in the middle of this volume, where we see Ciel thinking business with Sebastian’s help, as well as some shopping with the servants. These little chapters to break up the seriousness are so nice; the humor is just so excellent in this series.
Then we get started on the next plotline, which seems oddly reminiscent of one I remember in the anime. The group moves to a small town, where a possible werewolf curse is killing cocky villagers. That story is just getting started as the volume ends, so I look forward to seeing what happens next.
I just love this series. These storylines aren’t really getting my blood going, but I still purely enjoy it. I don’t think it’s possible for me to give this series anything less than a four at this point, either. It’s just so good.

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