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  • Grim Reapers of Kuroshitsuji

    Grim Reapers of Kuroshitsuji

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    AKA: Shinigami

    Primary Power: Soul collection

    Identified Divisions and Departments: Main Branch, General Affairs Department, Personnel Department, Dispatch Management Division, London Division, Grim Reaper Staffing Association ,Human Resources Department, and Collection Division

    Grim Reapers Abilities: Enhanced Power and Speed, Enhanced Endurance, Animal Communication, Soul Collection, Cinematic Record, and Rewriting the Present

    Background

    Grim Reapers are divine beings that have supernatural abilities. They basically decide whether you live or die. The idea of Grim Reapers or Shinigami’s are very popular in the anime world. Kuroshitsuji is no different. In the series, four have been introduced so far. They handle the reviewing and reaping the souls of humans. There is a list that they use to review these souls. The Grim Reaper Dispatch Society is the place this all occurs. People from other departments give these lists to the Grim Reapers. These lists are handed out before the human actually dies, so this entails that they can foresee somewhat into the future. Grim Reapers are not allowed to kill anyone not on the list. The Personnel Department is in charge of telling the Grim Reaper what location to go to. They do this without being seen by the Grim Reapers. They also hate demons and have for a very long time. This is best known when William T. Spears interacted with Sebastian Michaelis.

    The Killing Process

    A Grim Reaper must remain emotionless to humans as well as being neutral overall. Most humans are allowed to die unless they have further business on Earth that is beneficial to mankind and Earth. When they are done with a kill, they must fill out a report as well as a reflection letter. This is then sent to the Main Branch back at base. There are those who do break rules though. Punishments are set into place to prevent this. There are no known details other than Grell saying it involved a demotion and possibly having their scythe confiscated.

    Grim Reapers and Their Death Scythes

    The main purposes of a Death Scythe is a weapon and to collect souls. The slice of a scythe can sever the link of the human soul and their memory. It basically ends their life. It can cut through anything including other Grim Reapers, but not another Death Scythe.

    Each scythe looks different for each Grim Reaper. Some do not even fit in the time era of Kuroshitsuji (ie. the chainsaw). They may not modify their scythe without permission.

    They can be used to look at the humans Cinematic Record. This how they decide whether or not that person should live or die.

    What is this Cinematic Record?

    The Grim Reaper may view the person’s life by viewing the Cinematic Record. This how they decide whether they live or die. When it is showing, it is basically a movie of their life. It documents all of their fondest and worst memories. When the person dies, their record ends as well. Their is an ‘end mark’ that appears in their Cinematic Record at their death. It can be manipulated though. One can make fake records for any human. This leaves the human soulless most of the time. Not only can Grim Reapers view them, but Angels and Demons as well. Demons are shown to have a Cinematic Record as well.

    Death Bookmark: Another Useful Tool

    This is a bookmark that Grim Reapers use to stop a humans events from further happening when placed into the book.

    Identified Grim Reapers

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    Grell Sutcliff

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    William T. Spears

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    Ronald Knox

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    Eric Slingby

    Alan Humphries

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    Lawrence Anderson

    Ludgar

    Sascha


  • Black Butler: Book of Circus (Anime) Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus Anime Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    Ladies and gentlemen welcome! This is the humble yet awesome review of Black Butler: Book of Circus. Please enjoy the show!

     

    Prologue Book of Circus

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The story follows the exploits of the young Ciel Phantomhive at the sunset of the XIX century London. The city whose apparent light is the diamond of the Royal Queen Victoria. A creeping darkness lies behind that light and Ciel, together with his devilishly impeccable butler Sebastian. They investigate and solve various secret cases given by the Queen that require a certain “modus operandi”. The young man’s soul is filled with vengeance, his family betrayed and pride tarnished, Ciel plans on discovering the truth behind the death of his parents. After the gruesome case of Jack the Ripper, the duo are ordered to investigate a mysterious circus and the mass disappearance of children. It seems that under the curtain, someone wears a jubilant mask to hide sinister intentions.

    Did you all take your seats ? Then let us begin ! The review will analyze various aspects of the show according to: Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.

     

    Animation and Art of Book of Circus

    Score: 8/10

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    The first and second seasons were released respectively in 2008 and 2010 and the animation was highly satisfying for these two, the same can be said for Book of Circus. Even though it’s not a vast difference there is a visible improvement, especially in the use of lights and fast movements. The show really shines because of its prestigious artistical values, costumes and backgrounds. One of the few sequels of the 2014 that surpass its predecessors in animation quality and production values.

     

    Characters of Book of Circus

    Score 8/10

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    The characters are surely one of the strongest points in Book of Circus, both new and returning characters fare more than splendidly. Even though Black Butler is not known for deeply psychological and original characters, we can’t deny how they all blend so well together. Sebastian is how he should be, a massive and diabolic troll. Ciel is more developed compared to the older seasons; his exploits and funny moments made him an enjoyable character, and his personal development sees the young earl gradually become a man. The new characters were well done: great back story, excellent character design and personality, especially my favs Doll and Joker.

     

    Soundtrack and Acting of Book of Circus

    Score 9/10

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    Having a different composer compared to the past seasons, Book of Circus can boast a wonderful thematic soundtrack and a stunning voice acting that sees the return of the old glories and the debut of new. It features joyful, classical, instrumental and traditional choral themes the most, with shades of melancholy and darkness all over the soundtrack (fitting perfectly to the show’s storyline). The iconic folk tune “Over the Hills and Far Away” makes everything much more meaningful as it is important to understand fully the new characters from the Noah Circus. The old seasons fared more than well in soundtrack, and even though it’s debatable that the new OST is better or not, I can say it fits the series as well or even more than the previous ones.

     

    Storyline and Pacing of Book of Circus

    Score 8/10

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    Book of Circus aimed at continuing the original show in the point where it followed an alternate route straying from the manga, and I say it was done very well. Even though it’s just 10 episodes, the show finds a good balance between story and pacing that eventually adapt splendidly to this arc of the manga. Fight scenes, comical gags, explanatory sections, character expositions, they were entertaining to say the least. The only times where the pacing was not that perfect was the occasional “tutorials” that went back to the previous seasons.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Book of Circus

    Score 9/10

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    We’re approaching the end of the review, this is the purely objective part of it. This is the worthy score for a series of only 10 episode, where much longer series did not come close. Victorian London is one, if not, my favorite modern European period, its decadent environment, its costumes are highly suggestive and stylish. The cast has returned, the old characters were better than ever, the new ones were amazing too. Excellent balance between funny and dark parts that spiced everything up very well.The animation was not a disappointment at all. An OST that is worthy of the past scores by Taku Iwasaki and is very memorable, absurdly fitting for this arc. You will laugh, you will cry but now I must bid you good bye.

     

    Ladies and Gentlemen the show is over.

    Final Score 8.4/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • Black Butler: Book of Circus (Anime) Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus Anime Review

    Black Butler: Book of Circus

    This anime is a side story to Black Butler. To fully understand the plot and the story you should watch the first season. It is not necessary to watch the second season; however, if you watch it you might be confused because Book of Circus takes place before the second season. I was highly looking forward to this anime and had high hopes.

    I was thinking that it would be not as popular as the official seasons and it was just more like a fun season. I was also hoping that the animation was similar to the past two, and it was. To say at least, there was no disappointment.

     

    Plot of Black Butler: Book of Circus

     

    In the 19th century, children began to disappear in England. Ciel is called once again by the Queen. He is her watchdog and embarks on the mission to find the missing children. Along with him is Sebastian Michaelis, his demon butler. They focus on a circus that has arrived in town recently. There they get more than what they were searching for as well as a bit more of Ciel’s dramatic past. They start to suspect the performers and find out a huge secret of theirs. Can’t go on much more with out laying out some huge spoilers.

     

    Characters of Black Butler: Book of Circus

     

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    Ciel

    Ciel Phantomhive is the main character of the Black Butler series. He took over his father’s company at a young age. He is quite notorious throughout English for being the Queen’s watchdog. Since he had to be an adult at such a young age, he has a hard exterior that only Sebastian can see through. The heir made a pact with Sebastian when he was about to be sacrificed and through these events, they hold a special relationship. Ciel won’t let anyone see his weaknesses and often receives help from his butler. He joins the circus under the name “Smile” and acts nice to prevent his social status from being revealed.

     

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    Sebastian

    Sebastian Michaelis is a demon that also is the butler of Ciel Phantomhive. He follows all the orders that is given and gets things accomplished at a super human pace. Sebastian is protective of his master and won’t let anyone get in his way. He joins the Circus under the name “Suit” after getting too friendly with the tiger at a show. To make sure Ciel got into the circus, he performed his “superhuman” traits so confuse the eyes of people watching. He has a well known saying of “I am one hell of a Butler”.

     

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    Joker

    Joker is the leader of the circus. He is quirky and wants everyone to be safe and to have fun. He is hiding a secret not only from Ciel and Sebastian, but the other members of the circus as well!

     

    To my surprise, I liked this anime more than I originally thought. It was very strong and it impacted me on a deep level. There was more to this story then a circus or the missing children.

     

    9.5/10

    Blood and sexual thoughts are present as well as mature ideas.

    -Inufma