Episode 7: His Butler, Travel その執事、遊行
Does this look like a happy face to you? It’s Sebby’s ‘Grrr…I hate dogs’ look!
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What’s an old lady with a pram doing by the side of the road? Finian decides to take a look, proceeds to rip the cover of the pram and reveal its surprise content to his horrified friends…and it ain’t a baby. Sebastian’s not smiling at such corny stunt.
So our merry band of travellers reached the rambling old manor on top of the hill where they’ll be staying. They meet the pale looking maid who seemed to make an impression on the Phantomhive servants…like Finian’s got the blush. Ciel’s a Chihuahua…lol. Chihuahua and Sebastian witness demented master beating pale looking maid for some trivial reasons.
Valleymoor bloke isn’t too happy with Ciel butting into his town’s affairs regardless of whether the Queen sends him or not. Maybe he just didn’t want Ciel to find out the weird leg fetish he’s having with his pale looking maid which Maylene accidentally spotted causing her to nosebleed at the odd scene.
The maid must be a pretty good actress with all that crying, asking Ciel and his group to leave the town. I’m highly suspicious of her actions. But Ciel isn’t leaving anytime soon seeing as someone’s trying to scare him with a shadow play and then the town got into some kind of commotion. Apparently, a poor young bloke was mauled to death.
An angry mob of people decides to harass a poor innocent dog for the murder of it’s master by setting of their own savaged looking dogs to attack it. Finian’s having none of it as he went slightly berserk and plough the attacking dogs with the big wooden post, causing the old lady to go dramatically demented. I think she’s just acting the part and that made me laugh.
Oops, townsfolk ain’t happy with Finian and his little group so they decided to bind them all up. This makes it easier for gorilla face Valleymoor to rid the meddling Earl once and for all. But unfortunately that’s not to be as Sebastian came to the rescue and cowed the savaged hunting dogs with his super demonic stare. Then he proceeds to unveil the true culprit behind the murder and tada, it was the Valleymoor bloke who did it. Poor Finian wept over the dead but innocent dog who actually tried to save its master.
Pale looking maid staring calmly out the window at the pale naked bloke, with a sinister smile on her face. Seems that everything is going to what ever plan she’s hatched. In the cell below, Valleymoor squirmed and scream out of fear for something and some ominous shadow got to him. That’s the end of gorilla face as his blood splattered body was slumped at the site of the dog baiting place.
I enjoy this episode. It’s all dark, spooky, demented, a little corny and emotional with some hints of supernatural elements in the plot. I really didn’t expect another creepy segment so soon after the Ripper arc. But this was well done for what seems like an anime only original episode. Foggy barren country side, spooky old lady wheeling a pram in the middle of nowhere, mysterious maid, easily incitable townsfolk in a way out town secretly practicing the forgotten banned blood sport of bear baiting or should I say dog baiting cos it’s dogs versus dog…and strange deaths blamed on the supernatural demon hound dog makes this one cool chilling story, eh.
The old run down manor on top of the hill with wiry bare trees reminds me of a scene from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Some more, master of the manor beating the maid is like Heathcliff beating Isabella…oh so Wuthering Heights. Than there’s the demented hound dog of hell element that’s probably influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of Baskervilles’. Faked demon dog with phosphorus powder…yup, a very Sherlock Holmes scene. For a moment, I was hoping that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty aide Dr. Watson would saunter into the village and make a cameo appearance…well ok, I can dream now can I. 😀 But our dear Sebastian is good enough for me. In fact, I just love how the animators gave him an interesting range of facial expressions and it’s always something I look forward to seeing each time a new episode airs. Having said that, Sebby mostly appears serious and suspicious here. One gets that he feels something odd with the atmosphere as soon as the Phantomhive’s party approached the outskirts of the foggy old town. And that half way meeting with the witchy old lady aroused his suspicions even more. She probably had a hand in inciting the townsfolk to a riot.
The demon dog arc doesn’t end with this episode just because the sadistic gorilla face Valleymoor bloke got murdered…glad he’s dead but his death is all the more mysterious and suspicious. The guy was brutally thrown out of the holding cell and I think his hands were severed or something. Maid Angela who looked as pale as a dead body appears to be a mystery as well…I got the impression that she’s not what she appears to be and she seems to know that the pale naked guy who lurks in the shadows is watching out for her. And what the heck did she and gorilla face Valleymoor had going on in the room, free leg massage? Me thinks Sebby already figured out that she’s part of the mystery that shrouded the village and the demon dog rumours.
Wow, there’s more to Finian than just another clumsy gardener side character. I like how he go all emo and angsty when he saw the poor innocent dog being attacked to the death by the other savaged village dogs. Finian’s fury unleashed some super human strength when he lunged at the other dogs with the big wooden pole which he managed to uproot from the ground. Yay Finian, you show those savaged dogs who’s boss. We’re shown a bit of Finian’s traumatic childhood past in his flashback too. It’s cute that he’s got a crush on maid Angela but really Finian, you should stay away from her. She’s got a bad vibe, no?!
The plot wraps up next episode with more Maylene nosebleed, more crazy townsfolk, more sobbing Finian, more of Sebastian’s awesomeness and ya, perhaps we finally find out the connection between maid Angela and the pale naked guy who spies on her from the grey shadows and what’s really going down in Houndsworth.