Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic

Alt title: Kuroshitsuji Movie: Book of the Atlantic

Movie (1 ep x 100 min)
4.294 out of 5 from 6,454 votes
Rank #156

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?

Source: Funimation

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**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

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