Thursday, March 29, 2018

Manga Review: Black Butler, Volume 25, by Yana Toboso

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 2018
Volumes: 26+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 24. 26.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sphere Music Hall, with its elaborate entertainments, has the denizens of London under its spell and at the mercy of its resident cult's nefarious motives. To snap the populace out of the trance, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his unparalleled butler Sebastian get down to business...literally! The young earl takes the fight right to the enemy's door by opening a music hall of his own. But as a new kind of battle gets under way on the stage, Othello, a fresh face from the Grim Reaper Dispatch, begins snooping around behind the curtains for reasons unknown...


We get to see the real reason behind Ciel making the boy band, which always felt like a diversion—both for the plot line, and to prolong the plot line. It makes sense, though, and I do enjoy seeing what Ciel has really made and succeeded in doing. His sneak attack leads to some quick decisions from the psychic leader of the other team, and Ciel and Sebastian are getting further in their search.
There are some underlying themes, some tension, between Ciel and Soma. While Ciel holds everyone at a distance, and acts like he doesn't like Soma, it's never rang true to me. Here, that's tested a little bit, and whether Soma needs to stay there any longer.
And then that cliffhanger. Oh man, it's cruel! Not to mention that we still have no idea where Elizabeth is, what she's doing and why. We get some discussion of her, but still don't get to see her.
I'm starting to lose patient with this plot line enough that I'm considering reading the single chapters. I really dislike buying single chapters, and reading manga on my phone, but I might just be annoyed and anxious enough to start—especially given how long it'll be till the next one.

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