Let’s talk about the Undertaker (version 2.0)
The next chapter is only one week away so I was rereading the Campania and Weston arcs (since UT was the villain for these two arcs) in order to refresh my memory about the mortician and his bizarre dolls.
The thing is, as much as I love people theorizing wildly, I love canon even more, so this is just a “what do we know again” post about him to help whoever wants to speculate about him. :)
First of all, here’s a timeline I did months ago about the Undertaker, it might be useful. Then you have…
1) The Bizarre Dolls project
- Why did he start it?
He left the Shinigamis around “50 years ago” (we’re in 1889), so maybe he watched the cinematic record of someone with an interesting life and couldn’t comprehend why death would come so soon to this person, hence the beginning of his curiosity which led to his departure.
- How does it work? (Campania version)
Shinigamis stop the cinematic records and collect souls, which means that while the Undertaker can act on the records (within the body), technically he isn’t supposed to have any souls in his possession.
=> For people who think he might be giving Vincent/Claudia’s soul to drink to Ciel in ch108, please consider this part carefully.
- How does it work? (Weston version)
Johan Agares was his “masterpiece” because he “was full of episodes” (of good quality I suppose too).
- What are the limits of the Undertaker’s knowledge?
=> People who think he’s making Ciel swallow his father/grandmother’s soul in ch108, please consider the panel above (especially since that scene of ch108 is very probably a flashback that happened before he went to Germany).
Also, if it’s impossible for dead corpses lusting after a soul to “make another’s soul theirs”, don’t you think that means it’s even less possible for a living boy who still has his own soul? :)
- So why is UT still trying to revive the dead?
Many of us speculated that the Bizarre Dolls project was helping UT not only in his curiosity towards humans but also maybe to bring back several people he met since he left the Shinigamis and who are now dead.
And indeed, it seems to be the most logical explanation so far.