Monday, February 23, 2015

Manga Review: Black Butler, Volume 19, by Yana Toboso

Rating (Out of 5): ~4.5
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Volumes: 20+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 18. 20.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In accordance with the wishes of Queen Victoria, young Earl Ciel Phantomhive embarks on a jaunt to Germany with his elite butler, Sebastian, in tow. Gruesome and mysterious deaths are occurring on the continent, and along with the fear of contagion that permeates the air there are also rumors of witches and werewolves running amok. When Ciel's party heads right into the heart of a cursed forest where supernatural creatures are said to dwell, they run straight into a witch! In fact, several of them! And the village head is none other than a little girl who appears as though she's stepped out of a fairy tale?!


The end of the last volume had me curious and wary, but this volume… Just took things to a whole new level.
So apparently the werewolf threat is more serious than everyone took it. Especially for Ciel. I won’t spoil what happens, but it’s bad, and very surprising. This took a huge backstep for Ciel, and it’s clearly hard on Sebastian, as well as everyone else. And it’s just plain hard to see Ciel like this. The poor kid. And it's nice to see how much Sebastian really does care for him.
Before all of that, it was interesting to meet the little girl, Lady Sullivan, and her cohorts and town. She is surprisingly naughty, and hilariously so. And after that, we even got to see some of sweet Finn’s history, who I’ve always loved. He’s always been a sweetheart, but to really see what he’s been through and what Ciel did for him. Just aww.
And while I’m just plain curious about the werewolf thing, and what Lady Sullivan is going to do about it, I want to see what happens with Ciel more. It just hurts to see him like this.

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