Black Butler: Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Aku made shitsuji desu.
That's Sebastian's catch phrase of sorts, roughly translating to "I am one hell of a butler" or "I am a devil of a butler"
But in Japanese it has two meanings, also sounding like this:
Akuma de shitsuji desu.
That means "I am a devil and a butler"
Also instead of Grell saying "Bassy" it's actually "Sebas-chan" which in Japanese would be like a disrespectful (since Sebastian hates him) pet name.
Hope you found that interesting!
Let's start with the characters. Most people focus on Sebastian but it was Ciel who stole the show for me. He's the most complex and ruthless 12 year old ever. He's dedicated to revenge, married to his hatred for whoever killed his parents, and quite comfortable with the fact that he's going to Hell. He's the guard dog for the queen, both the supernatural and adults all but bow to him even though they do it grudgingly. You would think that a child could not be convincing as such a powerful and exacting character but Ciel is more than convincing. The scene where he sticks a gun in an adult's mouth while demanding information is made all the more chilling when he calmly says "children are not very patient". If any 12 year old could run the underworld, demand people's death, defy death himself, and make a pact with a demon, that child is Ciel.
And then we have Sebastian.Read more ›
This set includes 3 DVD and 2 Blu Ray discs. Playback, color, clarity, and sound are outstanding. The animation, scenes, and artwork are amazingly detailed and realistic, You won't be disappointed. and it all begins as follows
Ciel Phantomhive is the son of lord Victor Phantomhive who's parents are brutally murdered, and then suffers a horrible experience of his own. Wanting revenge he summons and makes a pact with demon Sebastian the deal is made and and both sides agree, Ciel is marked and bears Sebastian's mark until the bargain has been fulfilled. Sabastian is very charismatic, intelligent, classy, well spoken, and handsome he works as a servant for Ciel. This series is a mix of comedy, drama, murder, and mystery, with a dash of romance thrown in every once in a while it has plenty of action along with some great plot twists
One great example of the action content is seen in one episode where Ciel is kidnapped and held for ransome by a large group of mafia men. A letter is sent to Sabastian Mey Rin swiftly brings it to Sabastian who then sets out to rescue the young lord. inside the vast estate is when you get to see Sebastian's assassin like abilities when he uses the most surprising things as weapons against armed men with a skill that would make a ninja and samurai proud
Sebastian goes into the back room where Ciel being held by the mob boss. Ciel remains calm and seemingly uncaring while waiting to be rescued by Sebastian.Read more ›
By 2008, "Black Butler" would receive an anime adaptation featuring production by A-1 Pictures ("Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode", "El Cazador de la Bruja", "Valkyria Chronicles") directed by Shinohara Toshiya ("Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo", "Gurren Lagann", "Samurai Deeper Kyo"), a screenplay by Mari Okada "CANAAN", "Aria the Natural", "Red Garden", "PoPoLoCrois"), music by Taku Iwasaki ("Angel Heart", "R.O.D. - The TV", "Soul Eater"), character designs by Minako Shiba (".Hack/Sign", "Letter Bee", "Madlax") and art direction by "Hiromasa Ogura" ("Ghost Hound", "Aquarian Age", "Appleseed"). The opening theme "Monochrome Kiss" is by SID and the ending theme "I'm Alive" is by BECCA.
And since the release of the original manga series and anime series, the popularity of "Black Butler" has led to a musical, drama CD's, a video game and books have been released in Japan.
While the manga is still ongoing in Japan, the anime series has continued with two full seasons at 48 episodes long and now both seasons are being released on Blu-ray/DVD courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment.
"Black Butler" is a violently, dark and bloody anime. Anime production by A-1 Pictures, Inc. is well done as artistic backgrounds of London during the Victorian Era is painted with great shadowing and the action sequences are also well-done as we get several styles which include a serious to more fun and hilarious style of animation.
What I enjoy about the series are the overall character designs and the costume designs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a lazy show. There is no conflict that isn't solved by the kid basically saying do this for me and the butler saying it'll be done. Read morePublished 15 days ago by A. Poli
Hard to believe this is considered a classic. Has it been that long! Regardless this anime is just plain AWESOME! I recommend it to everyone.Published 1 month ago by Chantee M Ellis
For goodness sake I wish I could give this five stars because the show is just so phenomenal and extremely well worth the price. It is an absolute must-see!!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda