Reviews: Black Butler

One Hell of a Manga (sorry for the obvious joke)

This is a brilliant manga. The art is amazing, the storyline is great and most of the characters and their backstories are complex and realistic. I love the Victorian times and the whole Elegant Gothic Lolita style, so the art was a treat for me.

I got into this series because it looked a lot like another one I enjoy, Pandora Hearts (due to its many Alice references). When I first saw it though, I thought it was a comedy. It was not, though it has plenty of hilarious moments too. I remember buying and reading the first volume, and it hooked me. Those four chapters set up the characters and story perfectly, with all sorts of subtle hints as to Sebastian's true nature. And his rescue of Ciel from the Mafia was truly badass.

I do have some problems with it though. At times, some of the story arcs can get a bit silly (the best example would be the Jack The Ripper one), which is a shame when you consider that when Yana Toboso writes good, serious plots, she does them well, as can be plainly seen in the Noah's Ark Circus arc (my personal favourite). My biggest complaint though, is the pandering to the Yaoi fangirls. This is such a great manga. It could easily be considered a serious work of art, so why cheapen it by adding fanservice. And then, to cease the complaints of male readers she adds in some fanservice for them too. Why not no fanservice at all?

Ciel is a tragic and interesting character, who you can definitely feel sorry for. Sebastian manages to be the perfect butler while not becoming a Marty Stu, and while he always acts the perfect gentleman, we can all see the dark heart that lies beneath his decietful exterior. The others brange from tearjerking to humorous to a bit silly.

Overall, a great manga.

Manga - So Bad it's Good at Worst, but can be very Good

This Review is manga only

Frankly enough, Black Butler knows how to draw viewers, due to its stunning drawings and the gothic artstyle yet... let's face it, both characters and story are mediocre. Both main characters are Gary Stus: Ciel is an unsufferable prick with almost everything handled on a plate and Sebastian's a Noble Demon at best. Developed as they are, they don't have actually any positive trait, yet they always win. The only reason they are main characters? The villains are far worse, most of them horrible Complete Monster, admittedly twisted enough to be charming. The manga (and much worse, the anime) are also very sexist, potraying women always having a role second fodder to a man. Of all the character, only the Undertaker is Crazy Enough and enigmatic enough to make you wonder about his alignment, especially after recent chapters.

Even more cringe worthy is the fact now most secondary characters are pulling out of their ass Levels in Badassery in a weak attempt to make them interesting, but ends up far more an attempt to measure up to the rest of Shouned Mangas

However, what makes the series stand out? The comedy. Instead of constantly explaining the jokes, they allow the comedy to flow flawlessly. Even when you don't take the plot seriously due to the borderline Villain Protagonists, they provide an excellent comedy due to being Comically Serious , and the story are so batshit insane (improving curry with chocolate? Really?) that I can't help but roll in laughters.

One more positive traits is the art. The author clearly engages in Scenery Porn and the designs are gorgeous. You want to see more of the enviroment, and the fighting scene, despite being painfully one-sided, are dynamic and eyecatching. Lastly, the Ho Yay is rather well done, although really... they should stop focusing on the underage boy

Overall... not my type, in terms of plotting being mostly a So Bad It'sGood cliched revenge story, not my type, but worth a look