To celebrate their third anniversary, the Funtom Toy Company has hired a theatre group to stage a play for poor children. However, the ship carrying the troupe has an accident, and with no other choice Ciel orders Sebastian to ensure that the play is a success. As the perfect butler, Sebastian decides that oneself should perform any given act of charity, so he rounds up those that he knows and the rehearsals begin. With a haphazard cast of Indian royalty who can’t stop eating curry, Chinese mafia receiving "pleasurable" massages and an outlandish shinigami crashing the party, Sebastian really has his work cut out for him this time, even if he is one hell of a butler.
This OVA works as a comical side story. You still have to watch the first Black Butler series in order to understand it. There is just a simple story. As a charity action, the Funtom company group decided to perform a play for orphans: Hamlet. But the Phantomhive lead didn't preview that he'll have to play in it. The animation is the same than the series one. No point to add. The sound is the same, with the same voice actors. I appreciated their funny side. The characters shine here. They just doen't make sense and it is quite plain hilarious. You'll have the opportunity to see the cast reunited on one same scene from Ciel to Prince Soma passing through Ran Mao and Viscount Druitt and William T.Spears. Overall, this little OVA doesn't stand much on his own but is it quite an entertainement if you enjoyed the series and it's cranky characters. It definetely respect the vibe of the animated series. Score: 3.5/5. If you enjoyed the series, try this one out. Next! Tales of the Abyss and Darker than Black
The idea of using Hamlet as a basis for this story was intriguing, however, I wish they would have ran with it instead of playing it as a funny, over the top side episode. On the plus side, I loved the return of all my favorite characters especially Grell who is a treat every time he's on the show. Overall, the episode had its moments, but being a connoisseur of Shakespearian literature, I would have loved to see Hamlet acted out completely by some of my favorite characters. 5/10. Watched - dubbed
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