Kuroshitsuji Episode 20 – The Butterfly Dream


Episode 20: その執事、脱走 His Butler, Escaped

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There is a pain , so utter
It swallows substance up
Then covers the Abyss with Trance
So Memory can step
Around, across, upon it
As one within a Swoon
Goes safely, where an open eye
Would drop Him, Bone by Bone.

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Impressions:
What’s with the butterfly motive appearing (nearly) everywhere recently? I’ve watched 3 different anime episodes and butterflies appear in them. I supposed the butterfly metaphor is making a come back in story telling. Even Gundam 00’s opening features a butterfly.

At the beginning of this episode, Lau was seen quoting famous Chinese philosopher, 莊子 Zhuangzi‘s ‘butterfly dream (莊周夢蝶)’. But he used the name Zhou because that was Zhuangzi’s given name. I thought it sounded familiar and I looked it up.

Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.

In Lau’s case, he probably used it as a metaphor to infer that he sought to grasp what he thought was within his reach and that he is taking a different path from the past by going against the grain, so to speak. Unfortunately for him, he’s too deep in the game to change course. In other words, he’s still a game piece no matter what direction he chose. Ash Angela made sure of that by playing on his greed and offering him freedom to operate independently. You would think the coppers could have arrested him a long time ago but he’s still able to ply his underground trade freely…until he attempts to become the player by going against Ciel Phantomhive.. And the field of red poppies…ah, he was lured into the drug trade by the colonialists.

It’s sad that Inspector Aberlain died. Ever since Aberlain’s character appeared, I thought he always seemed sympathetic towards Ciel. So now we know why. The plot calls for him to try and change Ciel’s direction. Ciel reminded him of himself. His death did stir doubt within our litter Earl’s heart and that made Sebastian angry. In fact, I am of the opinion that Sebastian was unhappy that Ciel took a long time before calling him and he purposely let Aberlain take the blow in retaliation. And I was right in saying that Ash Angela was trying to trap Sebastian and separating him from Ciel. Angela having a go at trying to break the demon down only makes him more resolute in taking Ciel’s soul. There’s pleasure in the pain but likewise pain in the pleasure…Lol. I can’t help thinking that Sebastian will go on destructive spree later on against those who sought to prevent him from his goal…and Ciel, it’ll be interesting to see how the little Earl reacts to the turning tide.

From the next episode preview , it seems that we’re finally going to learn how and why the Phantomhive servants came to be employed in the first place. Looking forward to that.

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Sebastian enjoys making fun of Lord Randal even when he’s cuffed to the wall.  Poor Earl missed his afternoon tea and imagined Sebastian was serving him when it was actually Aberlain.

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Lau jumps ship, decides to sell out the little Earl and sold his territorial rights to another underworld gang. Aberlain reminisce on his past and that can never be a good thing in anime because it usually means you’re going to bite the dust.

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War of wills between Angela and Sebastian goes on whilst Aberlain got on Ciel’s good side. The maid has an apparent thing for hawt bods …she certainly enjoys poking Sebby’s bare chest before whipping him up.  Interesting how Sebastian know Ciel’s thoughts and felt confident but…

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It’s the Funtom candy making the rounds. Poor Aberlain doesn’t know it yet but him getting close to Ciel does not bode well for his bride to be and baby.

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Kids and gun do not go together…no, no.  Is the gun suppose to look so modern in that era? Ah…gruesome death doth the jail keeper and torturer suffers at the hands of our demon. Noted Sebby was not pleased that Ciel took his time in calling for him.

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Sebby’s surfing on a canon ball…pretty cool move.  Lau smells that his decadent time is at an end.

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Lau opens his eyes…whoah and is able to deflect bullet with sword. Sebastian figures out in an instance what Ranmao’s weakness is and floors her easily…lol. Butterfly dream is over for our resident Chinaman. Time to flee the scene.

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Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.

Fare thee well, Inspector Aberlain!

6 thoughts on “Kuroshitsuji Episode 20 – The Butterfly Dream

  1. This is my favorite Kuroshitsuji episode. Thanks so much for this, Just found out about the butterfly dream thing tonight. Lau is probably my favorite…. so sad.

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  2. Gosh.. ii
    Poor Aberlain, he was too good. >_<
    I’ll miss him, he was the ‘pure one’ xD I liked the way he protect people, even the bad guys \o9

    ps; from Brazil o/

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