Monday, January 16, 2017

Manga Review: Black Butler, Volume 22, by Yana Toboso

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: May 2016
Volumes: 24+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 21. 23.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Revealing themselves to be wolves in sheep's clothing, the villagers of Wolfsschlucht nip ferociously at the heels of Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his entire household--indomitable butler Sebastian included. With aid coming from surprising corners, the company makes a quick getaway with the Emerald Witch in tow. But even as preparations are made and wounds rested for the passage to England and the inevitable meeting with the queen, word of the Undertaker stubbornly hangs over the proceedings...


Lady Sullivan gets introduced to modern life in England in this volume. After being saved from her crazy village, she has to learn how to be a real lady; how to eat and talk and sit. For half of this volume, there's a lot of easy, relaxed moments. Lady Sullivan gets new clothes, she gets training. Elizabeth visits for a while, and she's delightful even as she almost kills Ciel. We see a few other favorite side characters.
Then there are all of the serious underlying moments. We see the Undertaker again, and he hints at a possible plot thread to be explored later, something that Ciel will surely look into. The reapers also show up for a small scene, so we know they're doing something in the background at all times.
This series is both hilarious and delightful, and so dark at the same time. It's nice to see Ciel taking an adult role over Lady Sullivan, since he already knows how to act like an adult when he needs to, and she hadn't needed to calm down and handle things before. And, of course, Elizabeth. Love her.

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