Kuroshitsuji Episode 16 – Two Princes and a royal butler


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Episode 16: His Butler, Alone

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Wakey, wakey! Tea is ready, your majesties! Served by Sebastian, the royal butler.

Impressions:
Interesting story this one and I must say it was a vast improvement from the previous curry cook-off episode. I like that Sebastian wore a different outfit for a change instead of his usual butler get-up. Ciel’s estate is certainly humongous to include a haunted old rambling ruined castle. A castle haunted by the ghosts of two princes to be precise. Tsk! Shame on me for mistaking the two boys for girls in the last preview caps…well, they were drawn that way and they kinda look girly (lol). So then, this time Ciel and Sebastian went to investigate matters at an old castle that is undergoing re-construction after receiving complaints of weird disturbances from workers carrying out the renovations. Upon their arrival at the castle, the duo had a strange and unexpected encounter with a couple of royal and spectral residents that reside in the castle.

And who might the two pretty spectral boys be you asked? The case of the two boys was certainly a tragic and sad one. They were the sons of King Edward IV i.e. Edward V, Prince of Wales aged 12 and Richard, Duke of York aged 10. Edward V was supposed to ascend the throne after the death of his father but his coronation never came to pass. Edward and Richard were rumoured to be murdered by their uncle, Richard of Gloucester, who wants to usurp the throne for himself. However, to this day the murder is unproven and the disappearance of the two princes still remained a great mystery.

I’ve always love reading old unsolved mysteries and the tale of the two Princes was among the most intriguing of those from English medieval times. Kuroshitsuji certainly has the knack of drawing their sources of materials from those English mysteries…they did it with ‘Jack the Ripper’, borrowed a bit from ‘The Hound of Baskervilles’ and now this. I particularly like this one off episode spin from the anime. It certainly did a good job at sparking my interest in re-reading some of the medieval unsolved mysteries such as this. For those interested to know, Ludlow Castle is a real medieval castle that is located in Shropshire, England where the young Edward V actually resided for a time. I’d imagined the boys would want to haunt the castle as vengeance for their untimely demise and prevent anyone from trying to inhabit it. But still, sad story is sad.

Some episode images:
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My, my…what a pale and scrawny Earl we have here.

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Who goes there, asked the ghostly Prince? Just a brat and his butler you say. Let’s play a game of chess. Winner takes the butler. Loser can stay and find out how to rid castle of ghosties. Ciel loses! Lesson learned. Never play chess with a ghost…they cheat too. :-P

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Sebastian gets to dress up and play royal butler. Aww…little Richard is sooo kawaii and is so taken by Sebastian’s dedication and mannerisms. Even so, he couldn’t get little Richard to give up his skull.

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Aye, it’s the dinner gong. Ciel’s annoyed at his poor treatment and service…lol. Sebby is having fun at his expense. Well, at least Ciel managed to learn the fate of the princes.

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All this while, the Earl never learns to tie his own shoe laces. Sebby earns the right to smirk. :-D

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Sebastian gets the sparkles…lol. The nice thing about being a royal butler is that you learn about stuff like secret passages and you have the key to one. Our Ciel is jealous and stumped of course!

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The truth and their untimely deaths all those ages ago. Those poor princes deserved a proper send off and our little Earl gave them one.

Next Episode Preview:
Man Angela, Grell Sutcliffe and The Undertaker…what a nice band of trio they make eh?!
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2 thoughts on “Kuroshitsuji Episode 16 – Two Princes and a royal butler

  1. I stop trying to figure out where the studio is going with the Angela arc but I must say ‘Episode 16′ is by far the best of the series’s original episodes whereas the best canon episodes is the Madam Red’s arc. The ‘Indian arc’ was quite disappointing – didn’t like the changes the studio made…but I still love Soma and Agni, in particular.

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