Manga Mondays Meme
I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 3 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Black Butler vol. 1 by Yana Toboso
In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga. (courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
I picked up this manga, because I've heard so many people say that it's a great series. After one volume, I don't know...
It wasn't bad per se, but there was nothing that captured me. I feel like I missed something. The synopsis characterizes Sebastian as a demon to whom Ciel sells his soul. But I didn't see any of that in the first volume. Presumably, it will become clear in later volumes. I'm all for a gradual build-up of a paranormal world, but you have to give me something to work with at the beginning. And I didn't see much in this volume.
Sebastian emphasizes over and over what a good and dedicated butler he is. Obviously, he's more than that, but I couldn't tell just from reading. Ciel seems like a spoiled, weak 12 year old boy who relies on Sebastian for everything. I think this is also a poor characterization, but it's what I gathered from the volume.
My main problem with this volume is that not much happened for a long time. We had an introduction to the characters, a showcase of how Sebastian can do martial arts and set a table, of how Ciel owns a huge company despite being a kid, and is richy rich. Things didn' get going until Ciel was kidnapped by the Italian mafia and Sebastian had to go rescue him. That was interesting enough, but a little silly at the same time.
What do you think? Have you read this series? Should I keep going?