Kuroshitsuji – Book of Circus: Episode 02

“His Butler, Taking the Stage”
“Sono Shitsuji, Sutēji o to~tsu” (その執事, ステージを取っ)

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And now we’re onto the Noah’s Ark Circus storyline of the series and what a visual treat it is with all its colour and mystery and stunning characters. This was such a fun episode and beautiful to watch and I thought the opening sequence was so gorgeous. I’m always thrilled by the circus theme because when done right it can be magnificent and I really feel like Kuroshitsuji is really maxing it out and taking advantage of all it can do.

The Plot

The episode starts out with Ciel and Sebastian leaving the manor on a request by the Queen. She’s sent Ciel a letter regarding the Noah’s Ark Circus, who have been linked to missing children in each of the town’s they’ve visited. With the circus in town, Ciel and, by default, Sebastian are meant to look into the matter and discover where these children have gone and what, if at all, this mysterious circus has to do with any of it. But first, who knows better about underground dealings and potential dead bodies than the Undertaker (Junichi Suwabe) who is his usual creepy, gothic and cryptic self, and who never does anything for nothing. Whatever Undertaker made Ciel do behind closed doors did require some removal of Ciel’s clothing so…I’ll leave that up to your imagination, haha! ;) Besides Undertaker’s bordering-on-paedophilic overtures, he did have some ‘useful’ information or lack thereof depending on how you look at it. He had neither seen nor buried any of the missing children and as such Ciel deduced that they were either still alive or had been killed elsewhere. This leads the duo in the direction of the circus, where much shenanigans ensue.

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Noah’s Ark Circus seems like your typical circus except this time we get up close and personal with its very beautiful, attractive and lush members and I was just sitting there watching in awe at how gorgeous a lot of these characters were. As funny as the actual plot was, a lot of the time I was just captivated by how pretty they all were, with all their makeup and the clothes~ It was very happifying to watch and Komorebi was very pleased. ^^ Baaack to the plot, though, Sebastian makes himself known to Joker (Miyano Mamoru) by getting completely enamoured and acquainted with one of the tigers, which was HILARIOUS and adorable by the way. This was probably my favourite part of the episode, because Sebastian getting bitten TWICE by a tiger is one thing, but his deadpan reaction of “ah” to it had me in stitches. Ciel’s internal response, of “Crap! Tigers are cats!” was just the icing on the cake. Later on, though much to a very vexed and allergy-prone Ciel’s luck, Joker comes after Sebastian to let the circus doctor check him over for any wounds or injuries. It wouldn’t do well for business, after all. Or, perhaps he had other designs? Who knows? ;)
In the tent, Sebastian meets the doctor and learns that pretty much every single member of the circus has a prosthetic limb or two – made of ceramic, apparently – that he tends to and keeps in good shape for them. Sebastian of course gets a little too excited, getting waaaay too close and personal with Beast, the owner and tamer of Betty the tiger, who already doesn’t hold him in very high regard. After a fabulous display of Sebastian’s own act as one heck of a butler, Joker offers him a job at the circus, which Sebastian happily accepts, supposedly being quick sick of his current employer. Back in his carriage, darling, bratty little Ciel has a cute sneeze as his wily butler happily informs the troupe that he’s got another ‘friend’ who might just be interested in joining their circus.

After all’s said and done, though, Sebastian takes a little detour around the tents, moving on a feeling of ‘something’ that isn’t quite right with the place. Blocking his path and preventing him from going further, though, is a deceptively nonchalant and quietly dangerous Snake, who stoically informs him that he’s traipsing into a restricted area. Gee, I wonder what they’re hiding~ Alas, we’ll have to wait for the next episode to find out! 

The Characters/Episode Highlights

It was awesome to meet a familiar face of the past and the Undertaker is just as delightfully creepy and pervy as ever! I’ve always thought Suwabe does an exceptional job at voicing this character, who is so unlike his usual, deep-voiced good-looking male archetype. He deserves a big applause for this performance, I think!

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I am pretty much in love with nearly everyone from the circus troupe. Joker is played by my favourite Mamo-chan, and it’s such a Mamoru character to play with that light, bouncy and whimsical timbre to his voice and the happifying lilt he’s famous for. Ironically, his character is quiet similar to Yogi from Karneval, another pretty series, but unlike YogiJoker has a somewhat suggestively dark and cruel side to him. I’m not sure whether his current cheerful personality is real or a mask, but I’m very interested in his character. Then there’s the stunning and silent Doll (Takagaki Ayahi), the domineering Beast (Kaida Yuko), the enigmatic Snake (Terashima Takuma) and the boyishly sweet, pretty-faced Dagger (Okamoto Nobuhiko), who has a blatant crush on Beast. There’s also the trapeze twins, Wendy (Shintani Mayumi) and Peter (Tai Yuuki) who haven’t really made much of an appearance but are quite cute.

I am just so giddy about this series because everything about it is just so exciting and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the plot progresses. It’s already received a lot of commendations from viewers who are applauding the fact that it’s “just like the manga,” which is usually a good thing in these cases! :)

The Verdict

I’m really enjoying this show, as you might be able to tell, and it’s only the second episode. There’s just so much potential this early on for the plot, and I’m just really excited to see what direction it’s going to take. I must admit that I’ve been suckered in by such intriguing and enigmatic – not to mention beautiful – characters and combined with the delicious cast of the first series, I really feel like it’s going to be a blast! With lovely art, lovely characters and pretty music – I’m in love with the OP – this is gearing up to be one heck of a show!

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2 thoughts on “Kuroshitsuji – Book of Circus: Episode 02

  1. this is already the third season, but suwabe still manages to AMAZE me with his performance as the undertaker. also, i am really loving okamoto this season so it was such a treat listening to him in this episode ^^ although, the character was far more cheerful than i imagined it to be. lol mamo’s character really is similar to his karneval character now that you mention it. he’s got a kansai-ben going on here, hasn’t he?

    • Me too! I just can’t wrap it around my head that it’s Suwabe haha! Okamoto is really making the rounds this anime season and I’m really enjoying his characters! Haha, yeah, he’s got the whole kansai-ben going on, and I think it’s the first time I’ve heard him put it on! :O

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