July 6th, 2019

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Books 51-52

Black Butler, Vol. 24Black Butler, Vol. 24 by Yana Toboso

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First off the art is, as always, absolutely lovely. It's always a high point. As for the rest, it's a bit of a hot mess.

There are some truly good and interesting things in this. A Victorian theater set up to lure in many who are having their blood drawn as someone experiments with it, figuring out blood typing a couple of decades before Karl Landsteiner managed it. We don't know what the plan is for all this blood but at least it's interesting. The power the theater holds over people is also interesting, including Lizzie who is willing to fight to the death to stay there (abandoning Ciel). What Grell and Othello (our happy grim reapers) are up to is interesting too.

But then Ciel's big plan is to set up a rival theater and it turns into the battle of the boy bands. OMG why? Surely not all the readers of this are tweens. That was eye rollingly bad.

This one also contains a Halloween one off that was cute.

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In/Spectre, Vol. 6In/Spectre, Vol. 6 by Kyo Shirodaira

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars. The author of the light novel had a letter in the back wondering if the novel with its 'heaps of exposition' would work as a manga. The answer is no. The Steel Lady Nanase arc was WAY too long. This volume is extra thick to finish it off. It was nothing, literally nothing but 200 plus pages of Kotoko going on and on making up ways of proving that Nanase isn't a real ghost to rob her of the energy of belief all the while Kuro keeps getting killed again and again. One of the people on the forum accused of her flogging logic endlessly and that's also accurate.

I was bored to tears. The good news is this volume ended that arc (and ended the light novel). So the next volume will be something different but I'm not sure I'm up to it. It started out very interesting back in volume 1. Kuro was created by his family to be immortal, unable to die, because they fed him the flesh of supernatural creatures. Kotoko was taken by the supernatural beings to be their emissary sacrificing her eye and her leg. But the story went over a cliff and half of the narrative (even before Steel Lady) was about how Kotoko wants him to have sex with her and her feelings of inadequacy (as she is now in her later teens but looks 12). If the next volume takes us back to the supernatural I'll be happy but I'm very on the fence with this one.

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