Book of Circus: Episode 8 Review
And so the blood bath begins.
The first thing we get this episode if Grell on Reaper trial. It was very nice seeing him in Butler form. Grell choosing to wear his butler attire and act the part, makes me imagine him fooling many Reapers alone with humans about his true nature. Interesting past time I guess, but kind of necessary when you are a serial killer.
Speaking of Grell being a serial killer, I’m glad they focused on that aspect of his personality rather than using him as a creepy yaoi fanservice puppet (season 2 anyone?). So while these scenes were not in the manga, I enjoyed them alot! Also seeing Grell and Ronald interact made me nostalgic for the Campania arc.
Next we see what I’ve been waiting for the entire season, KELVIN’S FLASHBACK!!!! And yes the only reason I wanted to see this animated was to see Undertaker sitting on a pool table (what can I say he’s my favorite character). Also in the flashback we see Vincent Phantomhive looking all types of fine, Deiderich, and Kelvin’s decent into madness.
Despite being disgusting and one of the most vile villains in anime history, Baron Kelvin is very well developed.
I would say my favorite part of this episode was the beginning of the Phantomhive Servants’ massacre of the Circus trope. I adored how Finny climbs up Jumbo to reveal his FACE OF DEATH! Throughout Black Butler, Finnian has always been made out to be so kind and gentle. So to see him like this is such a glorious system shock!
Next we have Meyrin proving herself as the best sniper in history! I always loved how she used her ridiculously long range vision for shooting. Also she is so pretty and I am jealous….
I listed Tanaka hiding Peter’s body from Elizabeth as my favorite panel from the Circus Arc. It was animated very well. Also I cannot get over how beautiful Elizabeth looks in the Book of Circus! Well done animators!
MANGA SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!
After reading the Campania arc we now know that Elizabeth probably would not have been as horrified over Peter’s body but hey it’s still a great scene!
Next episode I am most looking forward to Bardory finishing up the Circus members! This is Bard’s best moment in the series and It will be awesome animated! Cause you have to HEAR the explosion!
Now that I’ve seen my glimpse of Undertaker in the flashback I am now looking forward to his soul speech at the end of the arc. Along with Double Charles of course! ^.^