Finally, I’ve come to review my favorite anime of all. I do have about five favorite anime, but I think this one above all is my absolute favorite. Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler, is just…EPIC! There’s more than just anime for this one, too, so I’m reviewing it all in one! There’s the manga, the music, and the anime…and a musical, which I haven’t seen yet, and a videogame, which I have yet to play.
Black Butler is about a demon, Sebastian Michaelis, who makes a contract with a boy, Ciel Phantomhive. The contract is basically that Sebastian serves Ciel as his butler until he takes his revenge against whoever killed his parents; after that, Sebastian get’s Ciel’s soul. It’s set in Victorian England. The first season of Black Butler is about Sebastian helping Ciel take his revenge. The second season is just the continuation, but introduces a new demon, Claude Faustus.
I don’t want to give anything away so that’s all I’m telling you. HA! On to my review.
Sebastian really is “one hell of a butler.” He’s attractive, but so very mysterious. He’s funny when the time’s right; I’ll say one word…cat fetish. Ciel, even though he’s just a boy, is very mature. I love his character because you don’t expect him to be the way he is. Granted, once you find out everything he went through, you’ll be more sympathetic and understand.
There are so many characters that I can’t describe them all, but I will tell you about a few of my favorites. Grell Sutcliff is my favorite character second to Sebastian. This guy is hilarious and utterly drool-worthy. Grell is a Soul-Reaper and is absolutely in love with Sebastian, or Sebas-chan as he calls him, which I’m guessing would be like calling him Sebby for short. Undertaker is, well, the undertaker, and he’s very creepy, but in a fun way.
Claude Faustus, who is only in the second season, is another demon. I know that a lot of people hate Claude and his contracted, Alois Trancy, but I actually like Claude. He’s an interesting character. I really wish I knew more about him than what the anime shows. I really do hate Alois though…he can just die! Some other important characters are Elizabeth, Ciel’s fiance, Madame Red, Ciel’s aunt, Queen Victoria, William T. Spears, another Soul-Reaper, Prince Soma, an Indian Prince, and Soma’s butler, Agni. There’s also the others who help in the Phantomhive manor: Finnian, May-Rin, Bardroy, and Tanaka. Oh, and I can’t forget Pluto, the hell-hound.
The story can be very dramatic and at times there are some real loving moments. Sebastian is devoted to Ciel in every way. You come to realize just how important Sebastian is to Ciel and it can be very heart-wrenching. One episode in particular where you realize this is the episode involving the camera. This camera shows, in the photo of a person, the most important thing to that person that has passed on to the next world.
The first season is out in English now, but the voices aren’t the best. Some of them are ok, but the Japanese version is better. Jun Fukuyama voices Grell, which is just perfect! Daisuke Ono is Sebastian, which is another perfect match. In English, the voices are done with an accent, which I think was a mistake. Finnian’s voice is the worst, Jason Liebrecht, no offense, I just think it was a bad match. Undertaker is way better in Japanese, too; it’s so much more creepy. The anime is at a total of 36 episodes.
The manga is so much more in-depth and is ongoing as of right now, 11 volumes. The anime stretches past the manga so the manga’s story hasn’t gotten to the point of even the first season of the anime yet. Usually I don’t review anything until it’s finished, but the manga is great, too. The artwork is beyond great and there’s so many more minor storylines.
As for music, in the anime, it’s so good. The opening for the first season is Monochrome no Kiss by SID, the first ending is I’m Alive by Becca, and the second ending is Lacrimosa by Kalafina. The opening for the second season is Shiver by the Gazette and the ending is Bird by Matsushita Yuuya. You’ll want to get all the songs. However, there’s some you’ll want even more if you love this anime. You’ll want to get all the character songs, too, as well as the soundtrack. The character songs are all great! My favorites are the songs for Grell, Prince Soma and Angi (their duet), and Sebastian. All the songs are sung by the character’s Japanese voice actors. I love them!!!
I can’t possibly describe all the good things about this anime, manga, and the music. I hope that the manga continues with the story in the anime and maybe past that so there can be a Kuroshitsuji 3! Watch it!!!!
Voices: 8 (in English); 10 (in Japanese)
Overall: 10 out of 10
This is a video of the first ending credits. The song is one of my favorites and the video is…KAWAII!
Love Monster, when you first hear it, doesn’t sound like much. It’s just another cheap titled Shojo manga. However, it does have some way of getting you to finish it; there’s constant drama in this longer manga.
Osora Hiyoko, or Hiyo, is a normal human girl who is dealing with her high school entrance exams. Her mother wants her to attend a prestigious school, but Hiyo’s grades aren’t going to get her into it. After receiving the “We regret to inform you…” letter, she receives a box explaining that she has been accepted into S.M. Academy, a private school. She finds out that in order to attend, you must have a recommendation. Hiyo is informed that her father sent in a recommendation. She decides to attend the school without knowing anything about it only because she respects her father’s wishes.
Soon after arriving, she meets the Student Union President, Tenma Kurou. During the opening ceremony, meant only for her (she’s the only new student), she is told that the school is actually Saint Monster Academy and is only meant for monsters and also that she is Kurou’s fiance. Everyone in the school believes that Hiyo is a human, but Kurou, a crow monster, knows different. There’s a legend of a white crow who is sent when the world is in turmoil and this white crow is supposed to defeat the demon king and create a peaceful world again. Hiyo is that white crow, but she has lost her memories of the time when she had her wings. The problem is, Hiyo cannot fly and has no power whatsoever in order to defeat the demon king.
There’s a lot of people who are set out on taking the white crow or just splitting her and Kurou apart. Maki, a cat-girl, who wants a crow for herself, Haine, a rival school’s Student Union President and grey-winged crow, who wants Hiyo for himself, Hiyate and Chiya, Kurou’s siblings, who want to split the two apart, L Bradford, a vampire who falls in love with Hiyo, and Miyako and Marilyn, ancient priestesses who want to kill the white crow are only a few of the characters who try to harm the white crow or her relationship with Kurou.
At first, I didn’t like Hiyo because of her childish nature, but towards the end of the manga, she began to grow on me. She’s always getting into some sort of trouble, which Kurou has to get her out of. Kurou, I liked from the beginning, as well as Haine and L Bradford. Kurou is cocky, but he’s the strongest monster in the school. Haine, at first, is the same, but he quickly changes into a kind-natured person. L Bradford seems like he’s just a child, but he’s actually older and his aging has stopped because human blood no longer fills him so he is constantly becoming weak and tempted by all those around him.
With 12 volumes, I found that there were times where I became bored with it and wanted to drop it, but it soon picked up pace. The artwork is so-so. The way the monsters are drawn, in my opinion, is a bit childish. It’s fairly easy to follow along with as far as storyline and the way it’s written. There isn’t much mystery to it, which is something I would’ve liked to have seen. Everything that was going on was pretty much expected. It’s predictable.
Ultimately, the story was fine and the characters were good, but it’s not something that I’ll remember well or want to read again. If you’re looking for something to quell boredom and want something that’s a bit more romantic, then go for it.
Overall: 7 out of 10
Midnight Secretary quickly became one of my favorite manga so far. If you have an affinity for vampires, it’s a good read and definitely a good alternative to other vampire manga/anime that deal will high school teenagers. This is for mature audiences only. There is sexual content and nudity.
Satozuka Kaya is a secretary who takes great pride in her work. Her face is very child-like, therefore, she pulls her hair in a tight bun and wears glasses to make herself appear more mature. She works at the Touma corporation as an assistant, but is transferred to the private secretarial position for the Director, Touma Kyouhei. Soon after starting, she finds out (by accident) that her boss is a vampire. He decides to keep her as a secretary since it would benefit him. She soon begins scheduling his “meals” with numerous women, but soon, after an accident with a client, he is weakened and needs blood immediately. Kaya offers herself up to the vampire and Kyouhei quickly realizes that her blood is the only blood that will satisfy his thirst from then on.
Their relationship grows, but they have some inner problems. Kaya isn’t sure whether she is just a “meal” for him, just his secretary, or something more. Kyouhei believes that Kaya is only doing her secretarial duty by keeping her boss in good health, which is what she says, but he wants her to let her guard down. Kyouhei is also a very prideful vampire and it’s looked down upon to fall in love with a human.
There’s also those who try to seperate the two. Kyouhei’s brother, Touma Masaki, and a female vampire, Marika. The vampire clan becomes a big deal towards the end of the manga since Kyouhei is “losing his pride” as a vampire by loving a human and drinking fake blood.
Kaya can be very childish at times, but most of the time she’s fighting herself mentally trying to trust her boss. Kyouhei is a very dominant person. He’s egotistical and hardly ever smiles. At first, Kyouhei doesn’t want Kaya as his secretary because she isn’t good-looking, but she quickly shows him that she’s capable of doing any work he throws her way. He says that she’s the only secretary he’ll ever have and that she’s his forever. Kyouhei refuses to let anyone else have her, which causes some problems when she is transferred to another corporation.
The progression of the characters is fantastic. Both Kaya, Kyouhei, Masaki, and Marika grow so much during the course of the manga. I loved watching as Kyouhei let his guard down and Marika began to accept that his pride had only grown more.
I liked the way Kyouhei is drawn. At first, I didn’t, but after becoming acquainted with him…it fits. The men are drawn in a bit more of an old-fashioned way, but Kaya is beautifully drawn. As far as, ease of read, it is. It reads very easily and the story is easy to follow. Everything is explained in detail, from the way blood tastes different for the vampires to his weaknesses to the dealings of the corporation.
Midnight Secretary has now become part of my top five manga. I loved it! It’s a must read for anyone interested in romance or vampires. It consists of 7 volumes, 34 chapters.
Overall: 9.5 out of 10
Honey x Honey DROPS is a manga that is far from my usual genres (at least in manga). I liked it fine, but let me preface everything by saying that this manga is for mature audiences only. It deals with a lot of sexual topics and includes some nudity.
In order for me to explain the plot, I need to first explain how the school system works. Within the elite school that the main character, Hagino Yuzuru, attends, there is a class called the Kuge, which is for the Masters. The Masters are a group of high school teenagers from esteemed families. Each Master chooses a Honey to assist them through the school year. These Honeys will, for compensation, attend school for free. For Hagino Yuzuru, this is important because her family isn’t well off and her little brother is attending a private music school.
Yuzuru’s Master is Renge Kai, a boy with a bad reputation for being a player. Kai is a very forceful individual and thinks badly of Yuzuru for accepting the position as his Honey for money (even though it was him who forced her into the position); he believes that she is no better than a prostitute, therefore, he treats her like one to begin with. After a while, their relationship grows into something a bit more, but without hardships. There’s one other Master, Yurioka Chihaya, (who refuses to have a Honey) who wants to separate them using any means possible. He’ll play his part throughout the entire series while another antagonist steps in. This person is Kai’s fiance, Kayaka.
The characters are well rounded and the manga touches on the relationships of the other Masters and their Honeys as well. Yuzuru is one of those characters that I don’t usually like. She’s “ditsy” and annoying at times. She’s like a child half the time and you just wait for her to start crying again. My favorite characters, though, were Kuki Genjo, Sakuragi Nayuta, and Yurioka Chihaya. Genjo and Nayuta are Honey and Master and they’ve been together since childhood (^_^ MOE!!).
The artwork was my biggest problem with this manga. I hate how the girls and kids faces are drawn. They look like aliens because the faces are so thin and the eyes are so huge. The guys are drawn very well and I love the profiles most of all. It’s also very easy to read, too. There isn’t too many side notes or too many words all over the place to confuse you.
I had the most fun with this manga just waiting to see what Chihaya would do next! If you like this sort of thing, you should definitely check it out. It’s not something that I would read again, but I’d recommend it to anyone interested in high school drama, romance, and Ecchi.
This manga consists of 8 volumes, 45 chapters.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10