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Book 59 & 60

黒執事 XXI [Kuroshitsuji XXI] (Black Butler, #21)黒執事 XXI [Kuroshitsuji XXI] by Yana Toboso

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The highlight of this one is all of Phantomhive's employees kicking major butt, all of them, including Tanaka. Not all of them look as pretty as Sebastian as they do it but they tear through the bad guys (lady Nazis) like tissue paper.

That sums up this whole volume, the end of the Emerald Witch arc. It's a battle scene from start to finish and it finishes on a bit of a sad note.

We get to meet a few new characters as well, including a friend of Ciel's father who looks like a fat Hitler (eye roll) and a few German reapers.

At least Ciel had a reason to be in a dress this time.

The art really sells this manga, doesn't it?

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The Ancient Magus Bride, Tome 3The Ancient Magus Bride, Tome 3 by Kore Yamazaki

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Huh, I thought the beginning of this was confusing and I couldn't remember the end of #2. Nor could I find it (and now I see I didn't review it so apparently I only THOUGHT I read it). I'm sure if I hadn't somehow skipped a volume I would have made much more sense of the beginning of this.

It obviously takes up where #2 ended, drawing from folklore for both the Wandering Jew (as an alchemist in this) and faeries. During the battle, Chise, ends up bonded to a faerie (dog shifter) she names Ruth (in spite of the fact he's a boy) and Elias uses to much magic that he's having trouble holding his form.

And why oh why did the Chimera have to be a centaur like creature that has the body of a monstrous spider and the torso of a woman and where her pelvis joins the spider there's a vagina-mouth filled with drool and teeth (how many times have I seen this in anime/manga. Makes you wonder...)

In the aftermath, life starts settling down to normal but Elias has locked himself away because of his issues keeping his form (he's not human, others see him as monstrous. Chise doesn't but she doesn't know what he is either). Chise gets a lot of alone time, cautioned not to live her life just for him (she was abused and unwanted by her own mother so she's not sure she knows how to live 'normally') and has a few other adventures involving mages and faeries which is about all I can say without spoiling it.

This is a different sort of manga and I'm really enjoying it.

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Tags: historical fiction, manga, urban fantasy

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