Yay! KUROSHITSUJI is back on the telly again!
私はあくまで執事ですから. Oh how I miss hearing this phrase. No one, I mean no one can voice Sebastian the way Daisuke Ono does. It’s good to have Kuroshitsuji back on the small screen in the way I like it best, back to its roots. This time round the anime is animating one of the better arcs from the manga known as the “circus arc”. To get things going, the introductory stand alone episode eases the viewers, old and new alike back into the wonderfully weird and mysterious world of Kuroshitsuji where nothing is ever as it seems.
His Butler, Presenting
The opening episode of the new anime comprises of bits and pieces from Chapter 23 of the manga but otherwise, the story is mainly anime original material. I like how seamlessly everything flows because the essence of Kuroshitsuji is very much intact. It could have just been out of the manga itself. The scenes at the beginning reminded us of Ciel’s contract with Sebastian and reinforced the nature of their relationship and its relevance to the main theme of Ciel seeking revenge. The dark undertones is ever present. The character designs and animation are spot on. Music wise, Yasunori Mitsuda did a good job conveying the mood and tones of the first episode. I look forward to hearing more. I thought the OP visuals are stunning though it is used as the ED for this episode. We’ll probably get the actual ED next week. OP theme “Enamel” is once again by SID who also sung the opener for Season I. If you weren’t into the AU sequel before, you might want to check ‘Book of Circus’ out because it brings back the elements of what made the first half of Season 1 works. All in all, I quite enjoy what I have seen and that’s coming from a manga reader. Looking forward to seeing Joker and his troupe in action next episode.
The episode proper kicks-off with a typical day in the Phantomhive household which is a great way to re-introduced the main cast of characters to the viewers and clues one in to the eventual event of the day (see newspaper clipping).
Then we meet the rest of the Phantomhive household servants. Yup, Meyrin, Finny, Bard and Tanaka are back and are still their usual incompetent selves with the exception of Tanaka who doesn’t seems to do much aside from drinking ocha. LoL
Sebastian’s day isn’t complete without the servants causing some kind of mishaps or ruckus. Well, what’s the worst that can happen when Ciel is expecting a guest for the evening… Plenty it seems! But no worries, the Black Butler is there to save the day or so it appears to be.
As the evening draws near, the main event is about to begin with the arrival of Ceil’s guest(s), Brandel-san, a tea merchant. Who else do we have in the mix? It’s Lau and his loyal playmate Ranmao. Lau is as sly as ever. And Brandel-san, he’s about to learn why no one who crosses the Phantomhive is ever seen again.
There’s a reason why the Phantomhive is appointed as the Queen’s Watch Dog. They are able to sniff and snuff out trouble before it even begun. Poor Brandel learned that he has been outwitted even before he steps into the Phantomhive’s domain.
And he is about to get a wicked end. The evening concludes with Ciel receiving free tickets from the Queen to catch a circus show that’s coming to town. It’s nice to get a glimpse of Charles Grey and Charles Phipps too. Will we see more them…well, we’ll just have to wait and find out won’t we.
The circus finally comes to town. It’s awesome to see Joker and the rest of circus players in animated form. Miyano-san is the perfect choice to voice Joker. I can’t wait to hear & see the rest of the circus cast. Bring on the circus show.
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