Black Butler, Vol. 5

by Yana Toboso | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0316084298 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 4/28/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, April 28, 2011
I really enjoyed the first couple of volumes of Black Butler (aka Kuroshitsuji) - not to mention the anime, which I have on DVD - so I pre-ordered this one as soon as it was listed. The series is set in a slightly alternate-reality Victorian London (cell phones, magic), and features the adventures of a 12-year-old boy trying to run his family business while catching criminals for the queen - all with the help of his demonic butler. (Sebastian certainly does beautify a book-cover {grin}!)

In this volume, the author continues the tradition of ornamenting the inside front cover with a variation on the cover-pic; here, Sebastian changes from a butler opening a bottle of champagne to "Black Chef", a sushi chef forming a hand roll!

This volume opens with a rather charming domestic sequence: Sebastian is concocting a curry dish for dinner, only to find that it doesn't meet the expectations of houseguest Prince Soma, who proceeds to explain the difference between bottled "curry powder" and genuine Indian curries. Sebastian does his best to follow this advice, but Soma's very picky - and Sebastian isn't used to being criticized for his cooking!

Turns out all this preparation is for a big curry contest in the city, in which Soma's devoted servant Agni will be - however reluctantly - competing *against* Sebastian, while his master helps him. And the contest is very Serious Business indeed, as a royal warrant goes to the victor...

Lots of charming scenes in this one, from Finny's excitement at seeing his first elephant to the confrontations between Agni and Sebastian - in which mutual respect enhances both characters, even though one of them is a demon! And when we find out what's behind Agni's defection, and he and Soma reconcile... oh, that one's worth the price of admission.

The curry battle is perhaps my favorite episode of the series so far, and is just as much fun in the anime adaptation. And after that, there are some really lovely bits in which Agni helps the Phantomhive servants with their chores, and bonds with them in the process, learning about their loyalty to Sebastian. Sweet! Except for that "demon" thing...

The volume wraps up with a hilarious scene in which Agni keeps trying to confess to some past misdeeds to a man whom Sebastian and Ciel are trying to bring to justice for his own crimes. The ways in which Sebastian thwarts Agni are hilarious!

[For more about the manga and the anime adaptation, see the TV Tropes page - but beware of spoilers! Also, note that the plot of the anime departs rather drastically from that of the manga, though that happens later in the series than this volume.]

Previous volumes in the series:

Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three
Volume Four

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (12/14/2016 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm adding this to spacedog's Manga/graphic novel bookbox, which will be on its way soon. Hope someone enjoys it!

*** Released as part of the 2016 TV Series release challenge. ***

Journal Entry 3 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A way to a man's heart

is through his stomach,
curry is an odd choice though.

Journal Entry 4 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, March 31, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (3/30/2018 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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I actually have this anime. :)

I really like it! The butler is a really fun character. The manga aren't bad but the anime clearly is more suited for it. ;)

Now it's time for this to find a new reader! :)

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