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Black Butler, Vol. 14 by Yana Toboso

Black Butler, Vol. 14 (edition 2012)

by Yana Toboso

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Title:Black Butler, Vol. 14
Authors:Yana Toboso
Info:Square Enix: G Fantasy Comics (2012), Comic
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Gothic Fantasy, Graphic Novel

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Black Butler, Volume 14 by Yana Toboso



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The best part of Black Butler's fourteenth volume is not the main story. Let's be real for a moment. We all know this boat is going down and everybody is dying like Yana Toboso is reenacting the Red Wedding on the water. No, for me, what makes this volume stand out from the others is our trip down memory lane through Sebastian's cinematic record, invoked thanks to a certain shinigami's scythe. It is seeing how Sebastian and Ciel became what we know them as: the Earl of Phantomhive and 'one hell of a butler'. It's an origin story that has been books and books in the making and now it is finally here and it is great.

You can read my complete review of BLACK BUTLER volume fourteen at my blog, Nagareboshi Reviews: http://nagareboshi-reviews.blogspot.com/ ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
Sebastian, nooooo! As much as I like the Undertaker I like Sebastian more. How dare he?! Anyway those silly butlers of the queen make an appearance as does Easter. Not to mention another mystery. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
This was an absolutely spectacular addition to the Black Butler series. A lot happens in this installment and I loved every bit of it.

We start out on the ship with all the ghouls; seeing the back story of how Ciel and Sebastian made their initial agreement. Sebastian’s life is actually threatened as he goes a bit dark and crazy saving Ciel. Some of the ship sinking is based on the Titanic’s story, which is kind of fun. This is a pretty intense part of this volume.

Then things lighten up (and are pretty hilarious) as the Phantomhive staff celebrates Easter. There are some pretty fun scenes in here and it was a great excuse for Lizzy to throw a party. I really enjoyed the egg hunt and how crazy manipulative the characters got with each other in an effort to win. I also enjoyed the interaction between Ciel and Lizzy; they are so sweet and honest with each other.

After that the story moves to what will be the next big plot. Ciel is enrolled at a private boys school in an effort to solve a mystery that is there. He commands Sebastian to find a way to get on campus and Sebastian does...in a big way. We only see the very start of this story and I am eager to see how it plays out in the next volume.

Overall this continues to be a very engaging and interesting manga series. I love how Toboso slowly unveils aspects of Ciel’s and Sebastian’s personalities. I also enjoy how fresh Toboso keeps the stories and how engaging and creative this series has been. I highly recommend this manga series to all paranormal manga fans out there.
  krau0098 | Feb 7, 2016 |
Campania arc ends; odd Easter story involving bunny ears and an Easter egg hunt concludes the volume.
  LibraryGirl11 | Mar 30, 2014 |
I had thought that the scenes of Sebastian and Ciel's early days would be over after volume 13, but, happily, that wasn't the case. I loved getting to see more.

Somehow, I had thought that Sebastian had always been an incredibly capable butler, but that turns out not to have been the case. Sure, he could do amazing things, but he didn't always understand humans and he needed to learn how to be less obvious when using his demonic abilities. Seeing both Ciel and Sebastian trying to become perfect in their respective roles was a lot of fun. They seemed to relish punishing each other for making mistakes, but they also clearly enjoyed eventually getting things right.

I admit, I'm still a little confused about what Sebastian and Ciel's true feelings are for each other. Ciel has moments when he can be very vulnerable and in need of what comfort Sebastian is able to give him. At those times, it almost seems like Sebastian cares for him. Then there are times when Ciel acts like a spoiled little jerk, and I get the feeling that Sebastian will be happy when he can finally eat Ciel's soul and be done with him.

The Easter egg hunt was pure fluff – not quite as good as the fluff at the end of volume 8, but still nice. I'm really looking forward to the next arc, with Ciel and Sebastian sneaking into a school for rich young men. Ciel is either going to be bullied big time, with Sebastian coming to save him before things get too bad, or he's going to cultivate a group of minions and rule the school. I hope for the latter but suspect the former is more likely.

One last thing: This volume had me wondering just how indestructible Sebastian really is. The damage from the Undertaker's death scythe gave him some difficulty, more than any other wound ever has, but he still held up awfully well. Is it possible he might be killed at the end of the series, thereby allowing me that scene in which Ciel and Elizabeth get married and take over England? On the one hand, I'd miss Sebastian. On the other hand, just the thought of seeing an adult Ciel and Elizabeth together gives me much joy.

Inside back cover extra: Black Baseball.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Nov 23, 2013 |
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"Earl Ciel Phantomhive looks on in horror as Sebastian, his infallible manservant, is struck down by the death scythe of an unforeseen combatant. Devil though he may be, even Sebastian is not immune to the blade of a reaper's scythe. As Sebastian's cinematic record spills forth, the tale of how a devil became a butler to a little lost lord flickers to life in shades of sepia, blood, and ash...."… (more)

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