Kuroshitsuji – Book of Circus: Episode 09

“His Butler, Serene”
「その執事、従容」

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The Phantomhive servants make quick work of the remaining circus members, Beast and Dagger – whom I adored because he was just so pretty so that makes me sad – and Joker is left to mourn the loss of his family as he dies in Kelvin’s dungeon. It’s a very dark episode that showcases the morbid and desperate child inside of Ciel, as well as portrays the warped loyalty between him and Sebastian.

The sick mentality of Kelvin and all his deeds manifest themselves even more when the circus doctor arrives, surprised at seeing them all there. He’s so crazily calm about the entire situation and even reveals to a distraught Joker that all the prosthetics Joker and his family have were made out of the bones of the kidnapped children, which was why they functioned so well for them. Joker breaks down at the news, horrified and betrayed by Kelvin and wrought with guilt of his own actions in bringing innocent children to be used this way.

When the doctor openly kills another child in front of them, Ciel snaps and orders Sebastian to kill him and burn the whole place down, despite the queen’s orders to bring back the children alive if they are. But Ciel is too haunted by his past and the lost innocence of the children that he goes against the orders. We see a very intimate moment between Sebastian and Ciel, who doesn’t want to witness the scene of destruction around him, and Sebastian smiles as he caresses his face and closes his eyes for him and sets the place ablaze as he carries Ciel out. There are so many moments where the relationship between Sebastian and Ciel just go a little…more than simply master and butler and it’s hard not to sometimes be a little disturbed by it, and yet there are other times where you’re grateful that Ciel has someone like Sebastian to protect him. It’s a weird dichotomy of feelings but, well, I take refuge in the fact that it’s only a story, regardless of how invested I get in the characters.

So the mansion goes up in flames, the children die, Joker is left to bleed out inside and this series went from a whodunit to a strange, supernatural, psychological attack on everyone’s sensibilities.

While at the time I wasn’t too keen on it, now that I think about it, it gives you a lot to think about.

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