Black Butler - Season One Part One - Limited Edition
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The year is 1888; Ciel Phantomhive, the adolescent heir to a vast British estate and lofty title, has struck a deal that binds the demon Sebastian to him as his butler. And he needs the help: his other four servants are knockabout clowns who make the Keystone Kops look effective. Based on the manga by Yana Toboso, Black Butler (2008) is a weird mixture of Gothic horror, bishonen fantasy, and slapstick comedy. Ciel describes himself as "the Queen's Guard Dog," and he solves mysterious, often supernatural crimes--but Sebastian does all the work. The first episodes involve Jack the Ripper, and the still-unsolved case of the notorious mass murderer turns out to concern an effete, renegade Grim Reaper. Another adventure involves a sort of werewolf. The filmmakers can't seem to decide if Black Butler is supposed to be the anime equivalent of an old penny dreadful or a sophomoric comedy. Often grotesque violence is juxtaposed with heavy-handed gags. After the werewolf/"demon hound" savagely kills an evil nobleman, Sebastian defeats the creature with dog biscuits. The English dub, with American actors trying to do what they imagine are British accents, is painful to listen to. Black Butler is every bit as much fun as a dropped ice-cream cone. (Suitable for ages 16 and older: violence, violence against women, animal cruelty, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, sexual situations, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. His Butler, Able, 2. His Butler, Strongest, 3. His Butler, Omnipotent, 4. His Butler, Capricious, 5. His Butler, Chance Encounter, 6. His Butler, At the Funeral, 7. His Butler, Merrymaking, 8. His Butler, Training, 9. His Butler, Phantom Image, 10. His Butler, On Ice, 11. His Butler, However You Please, 12. His Butler, Forlorn) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story is not completely faithful to the manga but has some episodes which are taken from Yana Toboso's original work. The episodes which are events only in the anime adaptation are interesting and do not at all drag on. In my opinion, despite what many other people have said, the English dub is very well done. There are some characters with poor voice acting (such as the Phantomhive estate's gardener, chef and maid) but you get used to them and they are more than made up for by the excellent voice acting of the other characters (Sebastian, Grell and Madame Red among others).
The box set released by Funimation is a limited edition and in my opinion is really cool. Instead of their usual two thinpaks in a cardboard slipcase, it is a very hard and sturdy chipboard slipcase that is big enough to hold four thinpaks, so that when you get part two you can have all four thinpaks in and display it as a 'complete season one' box set. So when you get the set now it comes with the two part one thinpaks and a filler box to take out once you get the second part. It was quite expensive, but in my opinion was worth it.
I hope that everyone who reads this review will pick it up, because it is a great show. Part two is out in march, so let's hope for season two to get an english dub as well!
And don't get me wrong, I can honor someone else's opinion, but it isn't meant to exist in this sort of thing.
The product description should DESCRIBE WHAT THIS BOX SET IS, not pick at some things that someone just didn't like from it.
With that said, this series is AMAZING! I have both Season 1 and 2 in the original Japanese release and from what I have seen of the English dubbing it's just as awesome. I love the fact they actually gave them English accents AND seperated the accents by class (aka. lower servants have a different accent then the lord or higher stationed servants) it gaves it a feeling of authenticity, in accordance to the research put into it by it's creator, that usually lacks in anime set in England and dubbed by the Americans. That with the over all feel of the series, the beautiful animation and lovable characters it makes for an great watch!
My only complaint however, and the only reason I am waiting to buy this series dubbed, is that for the price we should get the WHOLE season not just 12 episodes of it. I mean come on Funimation! That's a little steep don't you think? That's nearly $3 an episode for just the one set! Then if we want the whole series we got to fork out the same amount again?! It wouldn't seem so bad if we got more episodes in the set. The whole point of box sets is to get the seasons/series cheaper then you would if you bought the disks/episodes individually (or at least it is in the case of most of Funimations releases- why is this one so different?)
I still give it 5 stars (would be more if it was possible)because,reguardless of the packaging, as the series is definately one of the best to ever be released in the last few years. I was acutally getting bored with anime and was almost ready not to follow any more new series when I stumbled across this gem.Read more ›
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I liked the art. I totally disagree with the other reviewer saying it was hard to recognize Sebastian in the anime. Seriously? What? Are you partially blind or something? Animation and drawings are completely different, so there obviously be some differences. I enjoyed both greatly.
I've read up to the most recent chapter releases of the manga, in Japan and I can't tell even begin to tell you how far way this anime strays from the plot of the manga. Though I suppose it'd be boring for both the anime and manga to be completely the same. Yes, there was some slight fillers in the first season, but nothing too bad that made me even begin to dislike the series. I wasn't a big fan of where the plot went at the ending of the series though, mainly because it got sort of dumb and freaky.
The characters are amazing in BOTH the anime and manga. I love all the characters, (okay, all of them except Lizzy) and think their personalities are shown very well.
I'd highly recommend this series. Especially if you are a fan of BL (there are some nice hints). I LOVE all of Yana Toboso works, and will be a fan for a very long time. While this series has it's -.- moments. I still very much enjoyed it.
Ps. I haven't purchased this product but I plan to. I just wanted to leave a review that this series was very good, since it got such a bad review.
There are a few questionable yaoi moments, but it doesn't overtake the anime and it's mostly noticeable only if you look into it. The 'yaoi' of this anime is probably over advertised and isn't used nearly as much in the actual anime. So it's just however you wan't to look at it.
I would recommend watching it in Japanese though, it sounds right and it's worth reading the subtitles.
Overall it is a must have.