john landers

Rey Jorge V del Reino Unido y Emperador de la India
Rex Georgius V Britanniarum Regni et Imperator Indiae
König Georg V. des Vereinigten Königreiches und Kaiser von Indien
King George V of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India
Roi George V du Royaume-Uni et Empereur des Indes

John St Helier Lander (1868-1944), 1934.

The biggest question in Kuroshitsuji:

Where the hell is Victoria finding all these white-haired young men. Why does she have all these white-haired young men. Is it a fetish? Does she just think they’re pretty? Does she just adopt them off the street?

Explain yourself, Victoria.


Georg Landers - The Scotland Man 
from The End of an Old Song (1972) by John Cohen

I heard Landers the first time on the High Atmosphere compilation and I was fascinated by the haunting quality of his banjo playing and singing.

“George Lander’s sense of time and phrasing can’t be imitated, it can only be wondered at and admired.”

“The End of an Old Song” by John Cohen, is a movie about Dillard Chandler an American Appalachian Folk singer and the mountain people in North Carolina. Cohen himself is know for being a founding member of the New Modal Rounders and maker of the documentary “The High Lonesome Sound”. I was surprised that I found the source of Lander’s “The Scotland Man” in this movie. Cohen’s recordings of Dillard Chandler were released by Folkway records and later reissued by Tompkins Square.

Watch “The End of an Old Song”

High Atmosphere on sportify.

John Brown is an Angel

I’ve seen people theorize that John is a shinigami but I think the manga strongly implies that he is actually an angel. I believe the main evidence for John Brown being an angel is that the things he is associated with are related to angels in Christianity and the Kuroshitsuji anime.

John Brown is a groom and is commonly seen with horses. He also loves his white horse. Armies of heaven (which would include angels) ride on white horses in Revelations.

John Brown is also commonly shown with a whip. There is an important Christian statue of an angel with a whip in Rome. This connects to the anime as well since Angela used a whip in the anime.

The most obvious connection is that John plays the role of the Queen’s closest butler like Ash did in the anime. Since Ash was revealed to be an angel, it is possible that John is one too. Undertaker was a legendary shinigami in the anime, and a deserter from the shinigami in the manga so maybe it could be a similar case with John and Ash. Ash is a fallen angel while John could be a good angel. We haven’t seen any negative qualities to him yet like with Ash (who we all know as crazy and manipulative), only positive traits such as his loyalty to the queen and politeness to others.