Episode 6: His Butler, At the Funeral その執事、葬送
おやすみ Madam RED!!!
This episode marks the end of the ‘Madam Red/Jack the Ripper’ arc and it began with a recap of what’s been happening in the last two episodes. Then we have the continuation of the battle between Grell, the death God and Sebastian, our lovely demonic Butler. Ok, admittedly I spoke too soon when I’d previously remarked that the studio probably cut out the scene where Sebastian got slashed by Grell’s death scythe and he began relieving some comical memories. They didn’t of course. I’m glad they left that bit in because it is hilarious watching those in animated form. Again, I thought the humour and the darker moments of the episode sort of blends in well together. The action scenes though were just average as the movements weren’t that fluid. But the important thing is that Sebastian came through and beat Grell just as he promised Ciel he would. That butler is just too cool to be defeated.
Grell is so gay for Sebastian, wanting to have his child…lol…which so disgust our proper and loyal butler. And now we know the name Sebastian is given by Ciel that forms the binding contract between the two.
The battle continues. Grell with his almighty death scythe has the upper hand and managed to slash Sebastian across the chest. He thought that was the end of our demon butler and expect to extract what he thought would be Sebastian’s sordid memories. He was sorely mistaken. Grell certainly didn’t expect something so mundane…what’s with all the domestic scenes…where’s the dramatic memories…lol. I burst out laughing when Tanaka’s face pops up. Well Mr. Death God, our dear Sebastian is a butler after all, isn’t he and you know he deals with those bumbling household staffs.
Despite getting slash at multiple times, suffering all those gash and wounds, Sebastian finally decides to get serious. Eh,what? He wasn’t serious before? Definitely had me fooled. Anyway, he managed to clog the chain-saw scythe with his coat and ta-da, pounds Grell to a pulp after taunting him…lol. Pathetic Grell really isn’t much without his scythe now isn’t he? Just before Sebastian deals the death God with his own deadly weapon, it struck a long metal pole which suddenly appears from the sky. It so happens that Grell’s supervisor, the appropriately named William T. Spears, was dispatch to apprehend him for breaking the rules and acting on his own without following procedure. Nice catch by Mr. Spears too when Sebastian purposely threw that scythe behind his back.
Love that snippet with the children wondering what’s going on at the church and the Undertaker practically scares them away. Well, my screencaps won’t do justice to Madam Red’s funeral scene simply because they can’t capture the beautiful orchestral piece and the children’s rhyme that was used as the background music for that scene. So I put up a clip showing that part which I thought was beautifully animated. Ciel’s VA did a great job capturing the emotion here too. Ciel’s right. No other colour suited his Aunt more than red. Red is what made Madam Red stood out.
Once again, the Yard is thwarted in any further investigations concerning the Ripper’s case. Poor Lau lose a friend in Madam Red but seems content to pursue his underground business activities despite receiving a veiled warning from Ciel. I wonder if that’s the last we see of him.
Ciel had requested the Undertaker to provide a grave for the last victim’s of the Ripper which seems to give him the impression that Ciel is showing signs of kindness…which he denies saying that he failed to save her when he could have because he puts priority in the capture of the Ripper. The Undertaker certainly has a weird way of showing his support to our little brat. Seems that Ciel has a problem in dealing with kindness which prompts Sebastian to question why the brat didn’t pull the trigger on his aunt to protect himself when he had carried a concealed gun with him. He replied that it was Sebastian’s job to protect him, that he relied on him totally as part of their contract and orders Sebastian not to betray him. Once again, it’s been hinted strongly that Sebastian disliked the arrangement and it is apparent in his interactions with Ciel. I hope they’ll reveal more about the contract part and whether there’s some kind of connection between Ciel’s father and Sebastian.