Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji - Manga > Anime
I’m back to my reading critics! I was streaming a couple of books, Black Butler being one of them. Instead of going by book chapters since it is streamed, I read up to date and will express my opinion so far that I have read.
I stand by my title with Black Butler, the manga is completely better then the anime. There are far many more adventures and stories that happen in the manga that never happened in the anime. The only way to explain is to tackle what is canon in the anime series and what is not.
The manga explains all the unanswered questions that the anime never explain or didn’t explain very well with canon stories. For example, Ciel Phantomhive’s past as a demon sacrifice, the anime was more focus on the fire of the mansion then the summoning of Sebastian until we get to Black Butler: Book of Circus. The Book of Circus happens pretty early on with the manga series, technically right after the Indian Butler Arc. From there, we already know what happened to Ciel with details of his torture summons of Sebastian. We even got to know how Sebastian got his name! In that example alone, the anime is completely out of order and out of touch with the manga.
The effects of being out of touch with the manga, the only anime watchers will never learn about other important characters or extra awesomeness of current canon characters. Elizabeth Midford (Lizzie) is one of these victims that fall into not being fully represented in the anime. In the anime, she is this helpless girl that is hopelessly in love with her fiancé Ciel and just tries her best to make him happy. In the manga, she is hopelessly in love with Ciel and cares about his happiness, however she is no where NEAR helpless. Not only is she the “daughter of the head of the British knights and the wife of the Queen’s Watch Dog”*, she is considered a genius in swordsmanship. Her back story was revealed in the manga with the Book of Atlantic Arc. Now I can’t speak for the film Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic, I would hope the shed the light on Lizzie’s back story and explain her badass-ness! She deserves way more respect as a character then what the anime has painted her so far.
As much as I do not want to go into full detail of the end of the anime Black Butler and season of Black Butler II, I will mention a few things. The end of Black Butler anime goes into situations and characters that are not canon. It was as if they wanted to skip the entire manga and just do their own thing after the Indian Butler Arc. This was very relevant to the Black Butler II season being a full filler, none of the new characters exist nor the situations! The closest that the anime has come to the manga was when they did Black Butler: Book of Circus, to be honest I believe it was the best season (I started reading the manga after the anime). The anime seem to lost track of where they were going with the story of Ciel, and now they are all over the place. I would heavily suggest a reboot of the show, and have it as close as the manga as the can.
The manga really is such a better story and following than what A-1 Pictures did with it. I could not put down my phone with every chapter, and now I am anxiously waiting on the little buzz when a new chapter is up to read!
*Yana, Toboso “The Butler, Struggle” Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji ch. 57 (2006 - ) Square Enix & Yen Press