Yana and editor K’s tweets about the Circus arc, Musical (2017) and GFantasy
Yana: 8 years have passed since I wrote the Circus arc. I’ve just remembered that while drawing it, I tried to elaborate on the theme “there are certain things that don’t turn out well no matter how hard you try” (which is actually an improper theme for the entertainment industry) as well as the theme of “the seemingly reversed right and wrong”. Even though Sebastian [a demon] is the main character of this series, all arcs of Kuroshitsuji are supposed to be a paean to human beings.
Circus crew were mercilessly eliminated by the servants. You might
feel sorry for them but actually, they came to kidnap [a child]. Be
it the manga, anime or the musical, I received the feedback that
people rather empathised with the Circus crew and thus felt
distressed [by their fate]. I guess Sebastian and Ciel really must
have looked like the bad guys. Though, actually, they’ve never
really been good-hearted to begin with… (lol)
Editor K: That scene in the musical [version of the Circus Arc] where Sebastian and Ciel laugh at Joker, who has just threatened them [to kill anyone at the manor]… They had such “bad guys” vibes, I was really surprised!
Yana: Oh that scene! I’m so thankful to Mr. Furukawa [*Sebastian’s actor] and Mr. Uchikawa [*Ciel’s actor]. They looked very evil indeed (lol) I mean this as a genuine compliment, of course! In that moment Sebastian and Ciel were actually the heroes who punished the serial child kidnapper… …at least in that very moment…
It was shocking to see how an adult and an actual child were laughing in the same evil way.
Yana: The Circus arc is an arc where even I as the author can’t judge who was right and who was bad. Back when it was serialized in the GFantasy magazine, anime season 1 was airing in full swing. I’m really grateful to Square Enix for greenlighting this story *under such circumstances. [*Note: Since the atmosphere in the Circus arc was much darker than in the anime, it could have led to confusion for the new audience who got into this series through the anime.]
Editor K: They immediately reject the slightest depiction of underwear, but on the other hand, give full approval to a dark plot like that in the Circus Arc. The GFantasy [editorial department] is such an interesting place, isn’t it?
Yana: Come to speak of it, the drawers and corsets which I always draw so enthusiastically have never been rejected either. GFantasy really is a nice place.
Editor K: Indeed!!
might be amused by the human beings who fight to protect their own
world, and laughing at them from a demon’s point of view in the
current musical version of the Circus arc. However, in the animated
movie of the Luxury Liner arc, which will be released in January next
year, he’ll find himself rolling over the floor and vomiting blood
due to his self-imposed challenge to maintain the aesthetic [of a
butler], so please look forward to it, too. *advertises bluntly*
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