Ciel Phantomhive and his demonic butler, Sebastian, are back! And this next case has Ciel and Sebastian treading some rough waters. Aboard the luxury liner Campania, the two investigate an illegal human experiment that involves resurrecting the dead. But the closer they get to the truth, the closer they are to their own deaths! Will this be their final case or will one hell of a butler keep them afloat?
As expected of Kuroshitsuji, this movie has an outstanding animation and story line. Definitely worth watching it at the theatre. In this movie you could see more of Ciel's back story through Sebastian's eyes. The scenes were really heartbreaking. We could also see more of Elizabeth's backstory and we get to see another side of Elizabeth that was never revealed before (spoiler: she's a secet badass ^o^). Also, there are lots of badassery shown by many characters in the movie. This movie definitely contains a lot more action and fighting scenes than The Book of Circus. The only thing I didn't like about this movie was the fact that they didn't show the scene where Ciel and the butler Tanaka met again at the hospital not long after Ciel and Sebastian made their contract (this scene is present in the manga). I feel the scene was very touching and is quite important to the storyline later on, especially when Tanaka bowed in front of Sebastian asking him to take care of Ciel. I think the scene should have been incorporated into the movie. Other than that, I think this is a gorgeous piece of art and it is a must watch for Kuroshitsuji fans everywhere. ^o^ P.S. a couple of people have asked me where did I watch the film (because the film is so recently released and it is still not available online). I'm currently studying abroad in Japan, so I watched The Book of Atlantic at the cinema a couple of weeks ago^^
**ALERT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** The movie begins on a professional note as Ciel and Sebastian prepare to combat a rather eerie situation where doctors conjoined in efforts with beings called "Shinigami's" are planning to bring the dead to life- at the cost of infecting the world with soulless creatures or walking dead. Only later we come to realise that this was a project with a rather bigger picture in mind- creating animal weapons of war and establishing a new reign of terror. One of the most stunning aspects of the entire film is the character development. One of the first characters to be developed was that of Lizzie (Elizabeth), fiance to Ciel. Only gradually do we come to know of her true self- a sword genius, and in literally no time she transforms into a sword dancing enchantress from a little, soft, pitiful cry-baby. The next instance was when Sebastian stops Elizabeth from getting into a combat with Grell Sutcliff. A move to prove he wanted to be his only contender ? *shrugs* though he waved off his reason as one in which he didn't want to further trouble the young lady, I have my doubts. The third and the most prominent was undoubtedly that of Sebastian himself. Was he always the meek and admirable ideal butler to Ciel that he is now? No, he wasn't. Infact, up to this point it was hard for me to digest the fact that he was. No matter how hard he craved Ciel's soul at the end of their contract, it was impossible for me to imagine that he would have risked his life in more than several situations as he did, to save Ciel. Another example of a hungry demon we know from beforehand is Claude Faustus. Was he likewise debonair to Alois? Yes, at first. But his craving got the better of him and he devoured his master before the end of their contract. Why didn't Sebastian do the same ? Contract or not, a demon is a demon. The answer is very plain from this particular character development. He wasn't always as posh, as kind or perfect, at first. He was in fact bent on thinking that he was hooked to a rather insolent brat. However with time, their bond grew to be something more than that of a master and demons servant. They began to teach each other skills that they would need to sustain themselves in the future. And in it they exchanged more than just master servant association. P.S. I loved the part where Sebastian punished Ciel for a wrong translation by a slight spank on his hands :P With time Sebastian grew to understand that he needed not just to devour the soul of Ciel but he felt the need to grow with it and help to sustain it and help it to acquire its desired revenge. And that no doubt gave a rather personal touch to their contract. And its clear as day Sebastian is more than just a "butler" to Ciel. Remember the episode where there was a camera that showed people's favorite (but dead)person in the picture of themselves. Sebastian sneakily clicks a picture of Ciel and guess who's in the picture with Ciel ? Not his parents, but Sebastian. It is also cute how Ciel cares for Sebastian when he is hurt and asks him to take rest when they get back. The fourth and the last one in the scope of this review is that of the Undertaker. It is later revealed that he is the Shinigami himself and that in an attempt to create perfect animal weapons- with no souls, no cravings, no desire, only the one for human souls, they were unstoppable unless the enemy knew the trick to kill them-- the Undertaker had put several innocent lives at stake and caused havoc, and that the experimenting doctors themselves were under his command. All in all, kudos to the production, kudos to the entire team and I love you all beyond any reasonable imagination :) <3
Going into this knowing it was Black Butler I knew that i was going to be entertained in the theater, but also knowing that it was Funimation made it a safe bet. In the movie you see all the framilar faces: Elizebeth, Grell, and yes even Snake. But if you have havent seen/followed the series most of the characters outside of the main will confuse you for the first 1/3 of the movie. Since the movie starts directly in the rising action, without any leading up or anything. which makes the first third of the movie very fast paced. The CGI at times is spot on, but a majority of the time is something that seems very under expectations for Funimation. Outside of that the animation was pretty good, but in contrast to the series animation seemed a few notches above. The story for the 2/3 is great and has a "realistic" feel to it, but it seems like there was a multiple people in directing this movie since this was the best part, excluding the very end. So if you are a fan of the Black Butler series you will definitly enjoy this movie, but if you are a casual fan that doesnt know anything other then the premisis of the series you'll be somewhat at a losss for the begining.
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