Black Butler, Vol. 7
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In this volume, the author continues the tradition of ornamenting the inside front cover with a variation on the cover-pic; here, new character Joker gets the cover, as the "Black Dancer" (and wearing a prince-in-Swan-Lake-type ballet costume).
The story picks from Volume 6, with Ciel and Sebastian working undercover at a travelling circus to find out who's capturing young children and what they're doing to them. There are some touching aspects to the story, as it seems Ciel might be able to make friends with his new companions - if only he wasn't trying to deceive them...
Much banter, some hilarious, some quite dark, between Ciel and Sebastian, and a VERY dark seduce-the-witness scene in which Sebastian... extracts the information he wants: the name of the person behind the disappearances. Off home go our heroes, to find Prince Soma (resident houseguest) and his very competent and loyal butler Agni very worried about them, with Agni going into a delightful rant at Sebastian for letting poor Ciel get so weak... Agni's the only human in the series who seems able to go toe-to-toe with Sebastian, who seems to respect him for this.
At the climax of this volume, Ciel confronts an old enemy against whom he has a deep grudge - and he learns the truth about the disappearing children, as does poor Joker, whose motives for helping the Big Bad are heart-breaking. But as Joker collapses he reveals that his troupe is on its way to Ciel's manor to remove the witnesses... little do they know that Ciel's trusty servants, clumsy though they seem with regard to their household tasks, are unbeatable in battle! The closing panel shows usually-cheerful young Finny demonstrating his particular talents, with a very disturbing grin on his face...
[For more about the manga and the anime adaptation, see the TV Tropes page - but beware of spoilers!]
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*** Released for the 2017 Oh, the Places We Can Go release challenge, for various places named Black (Hills, for example) or Butler (such as the Butler Glacier in Antarctica). ***
*** Released for the 2017 TV Series release challenge. ***