Episode 8: その執事、調教 His Butler, Training Animals
I so like this spoilerish pic. Sebby and a big stripey kitty. It’s nothing to do with episode 7 though.
LOL…goodness, naked man-dog + hot springs = nosebleed! This episode is exactly that.
I expected an exciting conclusion to last week’s macabre thrilling suspenseful built-up to the mystery surrounding the demon-dog spooked town of Houndsworth. Instead….what the heck happen? The episode started well enough but descended into some kind of comedic slapstick mid way through and ends with a whimper. Gosh…I feel a little cheated for not getting my suspenseful conclusion fulfilled. I totally think the writers got carried away with the comedy bits and lost the plot altogether. Yeah, the woofie man-dog is cute and ya, we got some intrigue between Angela and her man-dog but eh…somewhere along the path, it got muddled up as there are a couple of abrupt scenes thrown in which seems a little out of place, thus disrupting my full enjoyment of the story. Then again, I laugh at Maylene’s nosebleed. How much blood did she lost from all that nosebleed?😀
I was right on the mark in saying that the mystery has to do with Angela. She’s really not what she seems to be and her being with so lovey-dovey with the naked man-dog says it all, that and Sebastian’s warning at the end. It may be case closed to Ciel but there are things that are still unanswered. Like what did she do to Valleymoor…the night Maylene caught a glimpse of gorilla face giving her leg massage? What’s the story behind his murder? How did naked man-dog came to be there? Gosh…and naked man-dog ended up being Phantomhive’s new pet? Finian dear boy, I’m saying it again…stay away from the maid. Stick to Maylene instead…haha. Maid Angela is quite devious you know especially when she’s trying play up to Sebby like that. So this arc continues next episode…I wonder just how this part is going to end.
Episode picks up from last week. Ciel, Sebby and Maid Angela rushes down to Valleymoor’s holding cell after hearing all the commotion caused by Maylene’s scream. Everyone’s puzzled as to what had happened to Valleymoor when suddenly, they heard persistent loud knocking at the front door above. It was one of the townsfolk who came to report that Valleymoor’s is found dead. Of course, the town’s people thought it must be the work of the real demon dog.
Everyone rushes to the scene of the crime. Shock, horrors, some townsfolk on their knees mumbling their prayers in fear and then thunder followed by lightning illuminates the site. Gasps! It’s gorilla face Valleymoor slump against the wall, all bloodied with the white of his eyes showing. Sebby investigate the body up close and noted that one of his arm is severed. Cue, maid Angela feels faint and falls to the ground. Pretty convincing that one.
Darn, our little bratty Earl can’t return home as planned cos he needs to stay back and find out who murdered Valleymoor. I like the scene where Sebastian was dressing Ciel for bedtime and he sort of remarked on Ciel’s faithful loyalty to the Queen (did I detect a trace of sarcasm there) and immediately I had this picture in my head of Ciel as a Chihuahua sitting proudly on Queen V’s lap barking woof! I can’t forget that lol. Meanwhile, Finny decides to check up on Maid Angela, got spooked by some scary noises down the hallway and Maylene’s sudden shriek. Maylene thought maybe it’s Valleymoor’s ghost returning to haunt the manor and they decide to investigate the matter. They spot dim light filtering from a door which was slightly ajar and heard some interesting sounds from the room beyond. And yay, peepshow ensues with intriguing hanky panky scene going on between maid Angela and a naked white hair man. Maylene nosebleeds but a shocked Finny fared worse…so much so he tore out of the house with lightning speed, bulldozing a bunch of trees along the way and some other stuff…which you’ll see later. What a way to clear a path through the wood. Good work Finny.
And the next morning… The Phantomhive servants enjoying breakfast served by Maid Angela but poor Finny looking mighty jaded, was still upset by what he saw the night before and zooms out of the house at top speed when Maid Angela tries to ask him how he’s feeling. I do feel this bit is a little abrupt somewhat…when Maylene suddenly bursting through the door with Finny in tow. Seems that Angela’s gone missing and the servants decides to mount a search. Doesn’t flow quite as smooth.
Off they go to find the missing maid over the stark, foggy landscape until they came across an unusual sight. Uprooted trees mingled with rotted human limbs sticking out of the ground including Valleymoor’s hand with ring on a small mound of earth. Guess who cause this accidental and drastic change in landscape? The gang hid behind a huge rock when they heard some peculiar noises. Turns out to be the naked white hair man both Maylene and Finny saw. The gang thought maybe he is Valleymoor’s murderer which caused an excitable Finny to exclaim loudly, thus unwittingly allerting the naked bishie to their presence. But before anything can happen…in the distance, the gang heard and saw what look like a stampede headed in their direction.
This is the part where the scene gets odd and out of place…like an entire town’s people came running in their jammies offering their help. Eh?! The suspense is lost with this abrupt scene. Tsk! Finny couldn’t be bothered…me too. Better look for naked white hair guy who got away.
So the gang went to search for naked guy but ran into a huge demon dog with glowing red eyes at an abandon building site. Lol…First Finny had a dance with the fiery demon dog but fail miserably. Bard even tried to shoot a string of confetti to cheer him on but to no avail. Our boy is down on the ground facing the wrath of the demon dog. Then Sebastian steps in to take the lead and elegantly execute a ballet dance with said demon dog, tempting it with a box of doggy snacks. So bizarrely over the top and at the same time, amusing. I really feel for that poor doggy. That was a mighty swing by Sebby. Up they flew into the sunset to the sky and down the dazed doggy came crashing down, creating a massive deep hole in the ground of the ruins.
Bedazzled by Sebastian’s incredible aerial show, the gang quickly rush over to the edge of the hole, concern at their butler’s condition. Unbeknown to the gang, Sebby and demon dog inadvertently crash landed on a underground bed of hot springs. Upon hearing Sebby’s voice, a rumbling roar was heard and a huge jet of water shoots up into the air surprising everyone. Even more so, when the gang saw Sebby landed on the ground carrying naked white hair man in his arms…man-dog very please with onsen discovery and Sebastian…lick lick ….oooh cute, Maylene nosebleed at the sight.
Out of nowhere, Maid Angela appears calling for her beloved man-dog, who then ran to embrace her affectionately. What did she call him again? Pluto? Unless there’s something wrong with my hearing…naked man-dog’s name is Pluto. Cracks me up that one. Why oh why did she named him Pluto? I’m pretty sure Walt Disney hasn’t appeared in that time period. Cue maid sob story time. Maid found man-dog, fell in love cos he’s so kawaii and hid him from Master’s knowledge. But now that secret is out….plead for Sebby to take care of man-dog and bring him away from town cos folks might want to hurt or kill him if they know that he is the demon dog. A surprised Sebastian goes…NOPE, NO WAY! Ciel answered YES WAY….fierce glaring competition ensues between brat and butler…butler sighs and reluctantly complies to brat’s wishes. Man-dog Pluto is Phantomhive new pet…errr…member. Ciel is going out of his mischievous way to test Sebby about his dislike for dogs here.
Townsfolk happy with onsen discovery which made them forget murder and demon dog mystery. Instead, everyone is merrily involved in building a new hot spring resort with Ciel having the first dip…man-dog too.
Finally, case closed (or is it?). Phantomhive party can now leave for home with man-dog Pluto…haha. Bard ain’t too happy with that arrangement. Finny got goodbye kiss from maid Angela. As a parting shot, Sebby subtly warns our devious maid to stay away and gave her a cold stare. Maid Angela smiles to herself and thinks otherwise.
Next episode’s preview:
More of man-dog Pluto running around the Phantomhive household sans clothing….obviously providing endless entertainment and more nosebleed. Ciel’s probably regretting already. But he is so kawaii! Ciel should provide him with clothing though.