Manga Monday: Black Butler, Volume 7 by Yana Toboso

Title: Black Butler, Volume 7
Author: Yana Toboso
Series: Black Butler
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: 10/25/2011
Length: 176 pages
Format: Paperback
Genres: Manga, Shonen
Challenges: 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge
Source: Library
Purchase: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★

Having successfully infiltrated the Noah’s Ark Circus in the guise of rookie performers, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his butler, Sebastian, set about gathering clues backstage as to the whereabouts of the missing children. But when a turn at snooping puts Ciel on the trail of a man whose identity is shrouded in mystery, he sets his consummate manservant to the task of investigating further. This time, however, Sebastian must call upon one of the more infamously wicked skills of his kind to solve the puzzle. As he stalks his vulnerable prey in the shadows of the fairgrounds, is his young master prepared for were the ill-gotten gains of his butler’s methods will lead?

This volume starts off right where the previous left off. I was so excited about this one because I think this story has really taken an awesome turn. I love the Noah’s Ark Circus as much as I loved Madame Red. And all the mysteries uncovered in the volume were awesome. I was so sucked in.

I can’t really spill too much because a part of what makes this series are all the mysteries and finally getting to the parts where they’re uncovered. I’ll just say this one has been much more personal for Ciel. This volume took the story all the way back to the beginning, to the events that caused Ciel to turn to Sebastian for help.

There’s a continuing theme of poor, starving children being used for evil purposes. And this series still gives me a slight feeling of melancholy for all that Ciel has to go through. He’s only twelve or something and he’s such a grown up. He didn’t have much time to be a child and enjoy life, but he kind of bad ass now. There’s the frame where he whips out his gun while some pulls a sword on him and Sebastian pulls a knife on that guy. It was the best art in the volume. I wish this story had been in the anime. It would have looked great.

Yen Press rates this manga older teen for a reason. Sebastian resorts to some seduction in this volume. Nothing too graphic, but it’s clear what’s going on. Just a heads up for those protective mommies (and daddies).


Previous volumes in this series:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6

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  1. This sounds interesting. I like the darkness this it sounds like the series has. I’m definitely going to have to check it out.


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