Anime Watch: Black Butler

I used to be obsessed with anime, before it became cool amongst geeks. I even had a website devoted exclusively to the North American dub version of Sailor Moon. But as time passed, I slowly grew weary (because let’s face it, there’s as much bad anime out there as there is good) and I watched less and less of it.

Occasionally, though, a series catches my eye. Such is the case with Black Butler.

This series was recommended to me by Netflix, based on my love of dark comedy and bizarre movies, I guess. And it pretty much fits the bill on all of the above.

Based on a manga that was serialized in Square Enix Magazine, the Black Butler series follows Sebastian, a demonic butler who is bound by a supernatural contract to serve Ciel Phantomhive, the 12-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family. In return Sebastian will obtain Ciel’s soul when Ciel has finished all of his tasks including getting revenge on the people who killed his parents.

Black Butler is pretty new to North America, having just begun airing earlier this year, so you may not have yet heard of it. But you should watch it. It’s macabre and funny and hits the right note of weird that I am finding it highly entertaining. There are two seasons, although I’m still in the middle of the first.

To give you an idea of the sort of “humor” this show entails, the episode I watched a few nights’ ago featured a butler-in-training who never seemed to get anything right. Each time he screwed up (which was EVERY time he tried anything), he would try to kill himself. I am probably not doing it justice in my description, but it was strangely funny.

In fact, those two words “strangely funny” sum up what this show is all about. Check it out, if you get a chance! It’s available now on Netflix Streaming.

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