At the behest of the Queen, Earl Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish dinner party attended by several of the finest members of polite society—as well as struggling author, Arthur. But as the party reaches its high, a terrible murder takes place and none other than the Earl himself is suspected of the crime.
As a violent storm rages on outside, the death count continues to climb. The Phantomhive household and their eminent guests find they must cooperate in order to solve this mystery before they too fall prey to the mysterious murderer. However, it seems that not even the perfect butler, Sebastian Michaelis, is safe from this horror.
Synopsis of Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
Dive into the world of the Victorian era with Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder, a two-part OVA series that forms part of the beloved Kuroshitsuji franchise. Our protagonist, Ciel Phantomhive, is a noble boy tasked with solving crimes in London’s underworld. Not alone in his endeavours, he is accompanied by Sebastian Michaelis, his reliable demon butler gifted with inexplicable prowess and uncanny class. The series spins an intricate web of mystery, suspense, and dark humor centered around a murder mystery that unravels at a banquet hosted by Ciel.
As the curtains of the night descend, the invited guests fall, one by one, to an unknown murderer. The maze of mystery and horror deepens as each character, with their unique personalities and dark secrets, come under the spotlight. The duo of Ciel and Sebastian must thread together the various odd happenings to reveal the murderer’s identity. Uncover the truth as danger lurks around every corner in the eerie and ethereal nights of the Phantomhive mansion.
Review of Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
As an esteemed anime critic, it is my absolute pleasure to review Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder, an anime that harkens back to classic whodunit stories while infusing them with a unique gothic charm.
Stepping right into the nitty-gritty, the first thing that springs into attention is the incredible art style. The inky dark hues swaddled in Victorian motifs give the series an atmospheric feel. The animation is fluid, with a particular focus on creating stunning, elaborate backgrounds that one can’t help but appreciate. Moreover, the characters are drawn with a flair for the dramatic, each accurately portraying their designated roles with flair and finesse.
In terms of character development, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder shines. Each character, regardless of their screen time, has a well-defined backstory and personality. Our unflappable duo, Ciel and Sebastian, remain the stars of the show. The viewers witness not just the clever, calm, and sometimes comical aspect of their personalities, but also get to glimpse their hidden vulnerabilities.
The storyline is masterfully crafted as well. There’s nothing like a good murder mystery to bring things to boiling point, and indeed, each episode leaves you eagerly waiting for the next. With every murder, the tension tightens like the string of a bow, the plot twists leaving you breathless.
The music, too, deserves a nod. Dark, eerie, and haunting, it perfectly complements the overall tone of the anime, lending a chilling edge to the mysterious proceedings.
In conclusion, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder is a gorgeous blend of mystery, horror, and a tinge of black comedy that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. It is a must-watch for every anime fan, whether they’re part of the Kuroshitsuji fandom or not.
Whether you decide to rent, buy or stream it, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder is definitely worth your time. However, buying the series might be the best choice. Not only will it be a worthy addition to your anime library, but it also provides the opportunity to dive back into the murky, mesmerizing world of the Phantomhive mansion whenever the whim strikes. So get ready for chills, thrills and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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