3:14 PM: Good afternoon, everyone. I hope you all had a pleasant holiday!
3:14 PM: Today I’ll be covering a show that’s a little further from the comfort zone.
3:14 PM: At the same time, I’ll no doubt be bringing on the wrath of countless fangirls, as I cover the first episode of Black Butler.
3:14 PM: But before I bring on the pain, I’d like to get the essentials out of the way.
3:15 PM: Directed by Toshiya Shinohara (Gunparade Orchestra, InuYasha movies 1-4)
3:15 PM: Created by Yana Toboso
3:15 PM: Music by Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann, Persona: Trinity Soul, R.O.D The TV)
3:16 PM: Animated by A-1 Pictures (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Persona: Trinity Soul) & Aniplex (Kara no Kyoukai, Blood+)
3:16 PM: Released by .@FUNimation
3:16 PM: Ending theme: I’m Alive! by Becca
3:16 PM: Opening theme: Kiss of Monochrome by Sid
3:17 PM: And, without further ado, here we go!
3:17 PM: Opening with… feathers… and religious banter >_> With a naked man… wat
3:18 PM: Apparently, this person made a contract with a demon… or something. >_>
3:18 PM: Ruffle of feathers and opening credits. Could… be interesting. Maybe.
3:19 PM: Lots of shots of sexy butler man and some pirate kid.
3:19 PM: At least he might be a pirate O_o he’s got an eyepatch… and eyepatches are freaking badass.
3:20 PM: Anyway, credits are over… and we’re on a number of nice landscape shots.
3:20 PM: “It’s time to wake up, young master :3” …wat?
3:21 PM: Some kid waking up… and his butler dressing him…. :| kay?
3:21 PM: Butler = sex. Gotcha.
3:22 PM: “You’re right, Sebastian :3” so we have a name for Mr. Sexpot. :D
3:22 PM: “My butler is an able man ;3” … … … wat :|
3:23 PM: Breakfast game for the master: HEAD DARTS! Nailed some poor guy with a dart. XD
3:23 PM: “What was that for? ;-;” “You should have seen that coming.” Poor guy.
3:23 PM: Who has a name now – Finny, he’s apparently a gardener? o_o
3:23 PM: And fujoshi-looking maid = Mey-Rin
3:24 PM: She’s got the hots for Sebastian, it seems. Fun.
3:24 PM: And sexy yet rugged chef = Baldo
3:24 PM: “Tanaka :D” “-Tanaka drinking tea all :3-” “You’re fine as you are.” …Tanaka’s the freaking man
3:25 PM: Sebastian takes his job seriously.
3:25 PM: And pirate kid has a pimp cane. He just needs a wide-brimmed hat
3:26 PM: Wow… Sebastian manages to be sexy in everything he does… >_>
3:26 PM: And the rest of the help hates him, I see. :D They’re fun already
3:26 PM: They’re trying to outdo Sebastian… while Tanaka just sits there being epic
3:27 PM: And pirate kid wants his parents’ portrait taken down. “I’m head of Phantomhive :3” someone has a big head >_>
3:27 PM: And the help just screwed up big time… why don’t they get fired now? o_o
3:28 PM: They’re freaking incompetent! O_o
3:28 PM: …Sebastian has a solution. It’s MacGuyver time! Or something
3:29 PM: ….Smart man – turn the ruin into a Zen garden. O_o
3:29 PM: …Wow. I’ve heard Engrish, but not butchered Italian before.
3:30 PM: And phase 2 of the MacGuyvering begins!
3:30 PM: As pirate pimp kid talks business with the guest… while playing games. >_>
3:31 PM: Kid has no interest… sounds like he’s wasting his time
3:31 PM: …This is a morbid board game O_o
3:32 PM: “Once you’ve lost something, you never get it back T_T” …Morbid kid
3:32 PM: And Eyecatch
3:33 PM: Mid-show analysis: …in one word: “wat,” in two words: “PRETTY MEN!”
3:34 PM: … … Wow. Crisis averted by Sebastian again as clumsy maid almost ruins ANOTHER set of china. >_> She still works there WHY?
3:34 PM: “How many time have I said not to run in the mansion? :3” “O//o” Oh boy… fangirl
3:35 PM: …And Sebastian treats them like children. I can’t say I blame him. –; they’re boobs.
3:36 PM: Looks like it’s dinner time… and pimp kid is pissing off his guest.
3:37 PM: Sebastian can sell even raw beef. Good salesman o_o
3:38 PM: Mey-Rin is failing in her duties… again >_> Again – WHY HAVE THEY NOT FIRED THESE PEOPLE? D:
3:38 PM: “Isn’t Mey-Rin acting wierd? :3” …she’s horny.
3:38 PM: And she spilled a bottle of wine… into the guest’s lap? o_o
3:39 PM: Sebastian saves with MAGIC! well… sleight of hand. :D
3:39 PM: “He merely did what was proper as my servant :3” Kid keeps speaking in double entendres D: wtf
3:39 PM: “I am merely one hell of a butler :3” in more ways than one :D
3:40 PM: Apparently, the kid wants to finish his morbid-ass game >_> wtf
3:41 PM: Burn. Sebastian and pimp child bash Italian tea… which I agree – it does kinda suck most of the time >_>
3:41 PM: “Let him enjoy the Phantomhive hospitality to the fullest :3” … …. … They’re gonna murder him
3:42 PM: And the guest is apparently trying to screw ’em hardcore. :D Now the games begin, I guess
3:42 PM: SHIT BE COMIN’ OUT OF THE PAINTINGS! :O
3:43 PM: …Looks like he’s lost. I would be, too >_>
3:43 PM: Guest sees dead people.
3:43 PM: Aw… Maid seems both regretful… and horny. >___>
3:44 PM: Looks like the guest broke his leg… ouch.
3:44 PM: I see… the game’s coming to life now.
3:45 PM: And Sebastian’s hunting him like an animal.
3:45 PM: Ohp… he’s in the oven.
3:46 PM: And he’s dead… >_>
3:46 PM: And acting none the wiser to the other help. This guy is a freaking beast. >_> But he’s no Tanaka still
3:47 PM: And the evidence is as good as destroyed.
3:47 PM: I see… he wasn’t killed… just badly burned. And the kid realized he was being screwed from the get go. How Machiavellian.
3:48 PM: And the kid broods… >_> there goes the fun
3:48 PM: All while Sebastian goes about HIS duties… and flashes back to the past.
3:49 PM: And credits.
3:50 PM: Verdict: It’s “OK” – Sebastian is awesome, and Tanaka’s the freakin’ man. The rest of the cast though? They’re not funny or very useful.
3:51 PM: They seem to just weigh down the major story of Sebastian and the kid, right now, as does the amount of angst from pimp kid.
3:53 PM: Still, when Sebastian gets even, shit gets REAL.
3:54 PM: So, I guess It’s fair to say it’s half-baked right now, but… it could definitely turn into something fun later on.