“His Butler, Hired” 「その執事、採用」
It’s trapezes and daggers and all the good things that come with circuses (besides the animal cruelty and abuse but we’ll ignore that for the sake of Kuroshitsuji).
I really liked this episode as it really harked back to the good old days of Kuroshitsuji in season 1 – not that I don’t like season 2, I did in fact think it was pretty amazing but season 1 had its own charm, don’t you think? – with its combination of mystery and humour and Sebastian being a showoff and highly impertinent and disrespectful to his bratty master. Loved it! We also got to meet some old faces, which really made me smile. Prince Soma (Tachibana Shinnosuke) and his loyal and caring butler Agni (Yasumoto Hiroki) made themselves known and were apparently tricked into staying at one of Ciel’s family’s estates, in order to maintain it and keep up with the upkeep (sorry not sorry). Unfortunately, Ciel wasn’t in any mood to entertain them, having been informed by Sebastian that he was going to be signing up to the circus himself, and Ciel’s cold and impatient attitude had poor Soma’s babyface going strong. While we only got to see them for a couple of minutes, it was still a nice, nostalgic moment. ^^
While Sebastian managed to join the circus with absolute ease, unfortunately Ciel didn’t have as smooth an initiating. Having to throw daggers proved to be simple enough, with Sebastian’s subtle sideline help, but walking a tightrope had him in bruises as Sebastian threw no small amount of tiny pebbles in order to keep his master balanced. That’s called taking liberties, but it was so entertaining to see Sebastian’s ever-smiling face as he injured his own master. Also, the number of dog jokes he makes at Ciel’s expense should be illegal but they’re terribly funny and I do think they’re playing Ciel’s youth in this series as he’s not as savvy as the previous seasons seemed to portray him. I can totally get behind that, though; I think it makes for a more interesting dynamic between him and Sebastian.
After all the commotion, though, Joker finally agreed to let both Ciel and Sebastian join the circus. We learn about the hierarchy of circus life, how the first liners get to eat first and have better living quarters and how the rest of them keep trying hard to work their way up. None of this is to Ciel’s pleasure, but sometimes even rich kids have to rough it. ;) As for the missing children, however, there’s been no sign of them whatsoever and even Sebastian hasn’t been able to feel their presence. There is something going on with that circus, though, and Snake either has something to do with it or knows something about it, if his creepy attitude at the beginning was any indication. But it’s not only Earls and Demons who think there’s something wrong with Noah’s Ark Circus, for right at the end we get another familiar face; shinigami William T. Spears (Noriaki Sugiyama) and he has absolutely no patience for a Demon like Sebastian being there. The more pressing issue, though, is that someone’s going to die and do they have anything to do with those missing kids?
The Characters/Episode Highlights
First off, it was so nice to see Soma and Agni again as they were some of my favourites from the first season. Soma’s such an incredibly happy and sunshine and butterflies puppy and I love him so much! Agni didn’t have very many lines at all, but these two come in a pair and I’d hate to see one without the other.
Second, one of my favourite scenes was where Joker said that Ciel’s skills were good and all but he really needed to smile. As you can imagine that didn’t go over too well, especially with Sebastian snickering in the background, until he literally just forced himself to give Joker the most blinding and beautiful smile ever. It was so out of character that I laughed myself silly while feeling oh so sorry for him. ^^;;
And what kind of fangirl would I be if I didn’t mention my beloved Mamo-chan at least once? Miyano Mamoru is really kicking it off this season with awesome and diverse roles. I love his kansai-ben as Joker and his character is just really beautiful, actually. But as my dear and fellow writer Kiseki has said, he’s really having a great week with his other characters like Rin from Free! and Tsukiyama Shuu from Tokyo Ghoul. He’s really doing well in my opinion. (^_^)v
Also, I just have to mention how absolute beautiful Doll (Takagaki Ayahi) is. She literally looks like a doll all in her pure white outfit with her lovely fluffy cloud of an afro and down to her pretty white eyelashes. She pretty much stole every scene she was in so kudos for awesome character design!
And finally, how awesome was it to see Grell again, even if it was for a very brief moment? I mean, who didn’t love his flaming gayness and melodrama? Also, I just loved hearing Jun-jun’s voice again because, hello. <3
This was such a fun episode and it was so nice to see some of the old characters back again, regardless of how big a role they’re going to play in this arc. Kuroshitsuji’s back and I’m enjoying every moment of it! Can’t wait for the next episode! ^^