I actually cook curry this week. It was my little contribution to the family reunion dinner on the eve of the Lunar ‘Niu’ Year. While I was preparing the ingredients for my spicy chicken curry, a smile crept upon my face because I was thinking of Agni’s and Sebastian’s curry cook off in Kuroshitsuji’s current Indian arc episodes. Now that I am done with the traditional formalities of the Lunar New Year, I was able to take a breather and catch up on Kuroshitsuji’s curry-pan episode. We called bread with curry fillings curry bun or curry puff (curry fillings wrap with fried puff pastry) over here and this is one of the more popular traditional savoury snacks.
This arc is over rather quickly. It did not the follow the manga material ending at all. Except for the wee bits in the beginning and towards the end, the episode is mainly filled with the anime’s own original contents. I try to appreciate it on its own merit even though I had already read the manga related chapters. Therefore it’s quite hard not to do mental comparison especially when some ridiculous plot scenes were thrown in that made you go ‘Huh…what just happened?!’ And ya, why is Maid Angela a bishie bloke? Is the Queen for real…has she been struck dumb or maybe she could just be a doll in disguise. 😛 Lau’s role is seriously downgraded here because he’s actually *spoiler* much more sinister than he appears *end of spoiler*. Well, I won’t put it past the anime writers that they might do something with him in the later episodes if they choose to expose a little bit more of his character, therefore his association with Ciel. I do however, like the use of the appropriate bgm for the scenes in this arc (hope the OST will be available soon). Then there’s Viscount Druitt’s hilarious over the top reaction in judging…especially when he visualized chasing trap Ciel …and Ciel actually shivered…lol. I’m reminded of Ryou in Yakitate! Japan whose imaginative judging made me go…eh??!! So then, is this the end of the ‘devious Maid Angela’ plot?! It’ll be disappointing if that’s the case…gah!
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The Queen arrives and everybody break into song singing the anthem ‘God Save the Queen’ which is quite funny to listen to actually xD. The surprise here though is not so much the singing but the Queen’s escort…the male version of Maid Angela 😛 Angela has turn into a bishielicious dude.
Judging time. It would be even more hilarious if Ryou from Yakitate! was to judge the curry competition. Druitt is no match for Ryou. Ryou probably carries Ciel off and made him his bride…lol. Oh yeah, let’s not forget the birth of the curry-pan. 😛
Open tasting time. See Agni, Meena’s just using you. She never wanted to go back with Soma. She wants freedom, wealth and being Mrs. West. Unfortunately Meena, greed can sometimes turn you into a possessed person. The proof is in the specially spiced curry that you taste. However, Curry-pan is sure popular with the crowd. Soma likes it too. Sebastian’s creation is clearly winning votes. Ciel’s right, Soma needs to give Agni some moral support because he’s doing it all for his Prince and yet he gets bullied by Meena.
The non-talking Queen wants a taste of Sebby’s curry-pan, so says bishie Angela. Judges and crowd gasps…the Queen has got a mouth after all. Queen decides she likes the curry-pan because everyone, young and old can eat it but Meena who’s now possessed disagrees. She thinks the devil spiced curry is better (lol). The Queen’s a fool she said and proceed to go berserk and raged at the Queen’s poor taste or anyone else who has similar opinions….jkg 😛 What’s more, there are those who agreed with Meena too and goes berserk as well. Mayhem ensues. Agni and Soma made up. Soma figures out what caused Meena’s jealous rage. Agni joins forces with Sebby to try and quell the curry madness. Guess what’s the cure and who subtly suggests it.
Bishie Angela wonders why not more people is affected by the devil spiced curry. Maybe his/her plan is not working out properly or there’s another demon hand at work wonders our bishie escort. Light bulb went off in Ciel’s head. Sebby’s curry-pan is the cure…rofl (too funny). But before he could say anything, the deranged Meena suddenly rush in, about to attack him and the awfully quiet Queen. Fortunately, Prince Soma step in front to try and stop her…but she stepped on Agni’s lobster and fell before she could launch her attack…haha. To add to the humiliation, Soma stepped on her, imitating Goddess Kali’s pose…rofl. At this point, the whole episode just gets really stupendous. Ciel orders Sebastian to stuff all those possessed crowd with his curry-pan. It’s the cure!
Meena got off lucky in the anime. She and West suffered a more unfortunate fate if the anime was following the original manga material. So then, curry-pan save the day and Funtom won the Queen’s seal of approval. Queen still isn’t talking but bishie Angela seems to understand her really well and spoke on her behalf the entire time…even without her making a sound. Soma learned an important lesson and gained invaluable friendships. He wants to be a man like Ciel while sobbing and slobbering all over the little Earl. Agni calls Sebastian a friend, surprising him because no one ever calls him one before…which is kind of cute. Everyone swears off curry for an indefinite time while enjoying the sunset and the episode draws to a close.