Black Butler, Volume 3 by Yana Toboso

Title: Black Butler, Volume 3
Author: Yana Toboso
Series: Black Butler
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: 10/26/2010
Length: 192 pages
Format: Paperback
Genres: Manga, Shonen
Challenges: N/A
Source: Library
Purchase: Paperback

Terrorizing its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken Lodon to its very core. But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhive house, lays bare the madman’s true identity, all that is left for him to do is eliminate the perpetrator in the name of the Queen and Phantomhive. But inhumanly efficient skills don’t guarantee victory when the opponent is just as supernaturally gifted! And though Sebastian may be able to save Ciel from physical harm in the the battle that ensues, will the youg earl ever recover from the emotional scars it will leave on his heart?

It starts right where the last one left off. Most of the manga is Madame Red’s story. It’s a sad story, but let’s face it: that woman is crazy. Fabulous, but crazy. She’s the only character I’ve see that would actually make for good cosplay. I have examples! I mean, how cool is that. The angular bangs and everything. Ciel is fashionable and everything, but I have to say I love Madame Red’s style. And kudos to whoever put together that cosplay. It’s perfect.

Back to the manga! One of the reasons this manga is quickly becoming a favorite is the art. Most mangas I’ve read are subtle, with sometimes undefined lines (expecially with hair). The drawing isn’t always clear, and it’s not because they’re bad. It’s all about style. The art in Black Butler is all angles and definition. It works really well for the series. It’s appropriate for this kind of storyline. I just love it. And the anime is wonderful. Seeing everything in color makes me so happy!

This manga is rated Older Teen by Yen Press.

A new favorite!

Previous volumes in this series:
Volume 1
Volume 2

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