Okay, this actually upset me. IT’S A SPOILER! We don’t find out about this until the Bizarre Dolls arc! It’s a complete shocker too.
Not really, this shot was in the manga too. It was more of a hint about the future; it’s not till the Campania we actually get to see his face, death scythe, and fighting capabilities. It’s nice foreshadowing.
The first season of the anime on the other hand…the part where it’s said he’s a reaper pissed ME off, because it’s just breezed past. “Oh, he’s a reaper too, moving on!”
I don’t recall the close up on the eyes. I thought he was still wearing his glasses and it’s not as blatant as here because with the anime we have color and can see the similarity going on.
We do not speak of the first season past the Curry arc. We end at the Curry arc. The second season is decent for fanfic fun. But we do NOT speak of the god awful Angel arc. That is AU land.
Book of Circus is canon land. Safe canon land. No matter what the fuck summary it has about it being an AU. It isn’t, it’s canon.
If you take a good look at all the shinigami eyes in the manga, you’re able to tell they all look extremely similar. We may not have to thrill of color, but you can see the connection. (I’d post a pic here but I’m not sure how on my phone)
Eh, I didn’t think the rest of season 1 was so bad, though I hadn’t started reading the manga at that point (SO glad I did, or I’d have missed the epicness of Campania). I prefer to call it AU land as well. At least it gave a glimpse of Bassy’s demonic high heels! :-D
We don’t speak of season 2 in my house. That was just…no. Dear God no…
I loved BOC, it was a nice return to what I loved about the series. Who’s calling it an AU?! It was stated to take place after the Curry Arc! It’s a midquel!
I did a re-reading of the Kuroshitsuji series up to the end of Campania and posted meta on it on what was going on. I don’t recall seeing a shot of Undertaker’s eyes until the moment of reveal during the Bizarre Dolls arc. Then again, the moment of Undertaker’s shot in the manga I was more focused on the medallion chain he had and the date and name on it.
You can find my meta on my re-read here: Fist arcs chapters 1-22; Noah’s Circus arc chapters 23-37; Murder Mystery arc chapter 38-51, and Bizarre Dolls arc chapters 51-66.
I’m current working on the public school arc then will be working on the current werewolf arc. I just got distracted by RL issues and other things. It’s fascinating how much we missed we were first reading them.
After I catch up to the end of the current arc (since we seem to be heading towards a conclusion soon) I plan on going through them and combining them top-half of the metas in which we get information on what is going on in the series and major conclusions and speculations we can assume from that.
I started reading the manga right around when the Curry arc started so I’ve been reading this for many years before the anime started. Which is why how season 1 ended pissed me off. I in fact waited until last fall to watch season 2 because of how pissed I was.
I like season 2 for the slashiness. As a Sebastian/Ciel shipper it was hard to not be pleased. Although the ending of it was a bit of a let down.
I’m still uncertain how Sebastian feels about Ciel at times it feels like he really is doing all of this for the tasty meal at the end (and his aesthetics as a demon)… But then there the moments where he really does seem to care and be protective/possessive of Ciel. There also moments when Ciel is in absolute despair (or when Ciel was crowned Earl) and he attempts to eat Ciel but holds back and Ciel reveals something new, unpredictable, and unique about himself and his reactions to everything and Sebastian is so tinkled pink that he kept Ciel alive.
If there is anyone that Sebastian could love I think it’s Ciel an I think at times he really doesn’t want to eat Ciel’s soul because he will miss out on what Ciel could have done next and he will genuinely miss him.
Like with the werewolf arc, it wasn’t he got the letter that he made his reluctant move to eat Ciel. He seemed hurt Ciel didn’t recognize him and he didn’t seem to like the way Ciel behaved so weak. However he never made the attempt to eat Ciel. He waited. He played the game to learn more about their enemy. Which is more than what he would have done after the first few months of them knowing each other which shows growth and actual signs of care and feelings from Sebastian for Ciel. Yet, still he waited until there was no other choice in the matter. And even then he was mostly convinced that HIS Ciel would come back to him.
If I recall, there was a summary of Book of Circus from AnimeNewsNetwork about it being an AU from season 1 after the Curry arc that is loyal to the manga. It still used the term AU to describe it. I like that, ‘midquel’ fits it perfectly. And Book of Murder is a sequel to the midquel. :D
We definitely NEED the Bizarre Dolls arc. We learn so much about the Midfords and how badass they are and more about Ciel’s past. Not to mention the Undertaker reveal.
I think Undertaker has been working for the Phantomhives for the past 50 years since around the date of death of Claudia P. and I think his entire evil plan with the Bizarre Dolls has something to do with the Phantomhive family and protecting Ciel.
Undertaker for all his capriciousness of others is very protective of Ciel but is not above using him as a bargaining chip because he knows that Sebastian will protect Ciel. We saw this in the Bizarre Dolls arc as the Undertaker splitting the Campania apart is the only reason Ciel was able to survive and he even states that he is leaving his medallions with Ciel and will return for them and that he is leaving Ciel in Sebastian’s hands for protection.
It’s not as noticeable in the manga as it was the anime, since his scene only took up one page, while the anime we get a full singular shot to see it.
I actually posted that scene from the manga on Wednesday cuz I was looking forward to it. Should still be there if you wanna take a look.
Sounds like interesting stuff; and yes, Lizzie’s badass-ness was awesome! The Ship Voyage arc demands to be animated, and I won’t rest till it is! (I wanna see Undertaker beating the hell out of everybody! :-D)
I too believe he wants to protect Ciel, it kinda shows when he drops his locket chain. I hope to see the story behind them soon; I dunno about you but I’d like to get the story back to the city and Phantomhive manor, instead of gallivanting around colleges and forests. The school was ok, definitely worth reading to see Undertaker again, but I miss the old sets…
Huh, I see it now. But still, without the color all you can tell is that his eyes are a little bit weird. You can barely see the second line of the iris to show a secondary color. Plus I was more interested in the medallion. If we had a side by side comparison to the other the Reapers then I think I would have noticed it more.
Damn, I’m going to have re-read the entire series again to see what I missed the previous time when writing my meta. lol.
Remember how Sebastian was stabbed through by the Undertaker and it was because he wanted to see if Sebastian was worthy enough of being in Ciel’s presence and taking care of Ciel? That was awesome.
Plus we got to see Ciel when he was 10 years old and rescued by Sebastian in January (a month or so after he was taken since that happened around his birthday) and how inept Sebastian was and how much he really has. Ciel has him hiding a LOT of his power in order to not attract attention.
I like the public school arc because we get to see Ciel floundering for a bit like a normal teenager. We get professor!Sebastian which creates more kinks. We also learn more about Ciel’s father and his friendship with the Baron of Midford (who is of Royal blood) in their teens. In addition to all of that, we get to see Undertaker again.
Drat, I need to read up to that scene again because I remember something that Undertaker said or did at the Dinner being very important. But I can’t recall it is.
Well, with the werewolf arc we get to see a survivor of the previous Phantomhive’s entourage. Dietrich, he’s been hinted at since the first arc and we saw him in the flashback from Baron Kelvin’s pov of when he fell for the specialness of the Phantomhives. He was the one in the military uniform when Vincent and himself were in the chairs speaking and Kelvin walked up to them. I want to learn more about him and who he is.
I think the ones who killed Vincent and Rachel and sold Ciel to the cult is one of the members of his entourage. Because Ciel speaks of betrayal and that could only happen if they were part of Vincent’s entourage and supposed to be loyal to him.
so far in Vincent’s entourage we had a woman (I think she was Rachel but I could be wrong), we had Dietrich (stations in Germany), we have Klaus, someone else who is stations in the U.S. and brought the machine gun to Bard that we saw in the Noah’s Circus arc, Undertaker, and Lau’s predecessor. Plus I think the Italian mob guy who betrayed Ciel in the very first arc. There was a one or two others I couldn’t identify in the flashback that we had of Vincent’s entourage.
We saw Dietrich again as he was the one bitching (about Ciel and his father being unable to handle people) and having to look for something at the beginning of chapter 96 and we saw him looking at books. He was in a uniform and we know he is of a high rank because of how that guard reacted and so forth. I think he’s related to Ciel by blood (cousin of some sort) and I think he will become important later on.
Which is why this whole werewolf arc doesn’t bother me. We got to see Sebastian out of his element completely and this wasn’t an act either that he orchestrated with Ciel like they did with faking his death either. This was genuine. We saw Finny step up and be badass and then completely flummoxed when nothing he did could stop Sebastian from tossing him out of the room. We saw Snake being very worried and concerned about Smile. And we got an inside look to Ciel’s mind. Plus we saw how much Joker and Doll meant to Ciel in that they were part of his ‘regrets’ about his course for vengeance and those he sacrificed such as his Parents, his childhood self, his aunt, and them they were last ones he charged past to reclaim his self and call off Sebastian.
P.S. You having as much fun as I am discussing Kuroshitsuji like this and talking meta? I’m having a blast.
I know, I felt so bad for Finny in that scene. Poor guy just wanted to help Ciel.
Snake is awesome, he’s another reason I loved the voyage arc. He played a pretty decent role towards the end, and it was cute seeing him unsure of himself in public.
I can’t wait for Book of Murder, hopefully this means they’ll animate the rest of the manga! Or at least Campania and the school, c’mon Funimation!