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  Welcome to Manga Monday! Manga Monday is a meme hosted by Alison over at Alison Can Read where bloggers can share their passion for reading mangas. It's a great place to get new manga titles to try and to meet new bloggers. I'm still catching up on the Black Butler manga series, I'm about two volumes behind.

Description: Whispers turn into screaming headlines in Earl Ciel Phantomhive's morning paper as word of the dead being resurrected takes society by storm. But when the unsavoury details of the business reach Ciel's ear, he and his superlative butler, Sebastian, book themselves on a luxury liner to look into these alleged miracles and the "Aurora Society" conducting them. As the waters lap and crash all around the vessel, mysterious individuals gather under the banner of the "Phoenix." Ciel and Sebastian may be one step closer to the truth, but have they sealed their fates by conducting an investigation on what could easily become a floating coffin...?

Review: Volume 11 of Black Butler wraps up the Sherlock homage mystery story arc from the last two volumes and prepares us for a new arc for later volumes. In the last volume, the young Arthur Conan Doyle saw that Sebastian was really Jeremy (who I later found out was a real actor who played Sherlock Holmes) and that he was obviously not dead. The first two chapters details how Sebastian pulled everything off and why. I liked how Toboso took time to explain all the twists and turns as there are some of the surprises I figured out ahead of time while there were a few surprises and there were questions that weren't completely addressed in volume 10.  The next big reveal is Ciel's surprising choice for a new footman and I'm curious to see how this new footman will get along with the other workers at Ciel's estate. 
  Towards the end of this volume, we are introduced to a couple new characters and a secret society called  the Aurora Society who claims to be able to resurrect the dead. The notion of resurrecting the dead seem far fetched even for Ciel and Sebastian, but it does make them curious. Following the news of the mysterious secret society is Elizabeth, Ciel's betrothed, with the news that her whole family is going on a three week cruise and she wants Ciel to come. Naturally he doesn’t want to accompany clingy Elizabeth until he learns that the Aurora Society is on board so he eventually agrees and takes Sebastian and the new footman  with him. Infiltrating the society was simpler than one would have imagined with plenty of comedy and eyebrow raising events. And of course Black Butler wouldn't be complete without some creepiness, the volume ends as a Frankensteinesque creature pops up and is about to devour the characters in a cliffhanger ending.
  The art is simply gorgeous as always. Toboso has obviously done a lot of research regarding the science of trying to bring the dead to life along with naming a hospital is also a nod to another horror story of this era. I am looking forward to volume twelve.


Words of Caution: There is some strong violence and some crude sexual humor. Recommended for older teens.

If you like this book try:  Black Butler Vol. 12 by Yana Toboso, Pandora Hearts by Kazue Kato
1 Response
  1. This sounds like a fun arc. I just started reading Sherlock Holmes's stories since I love the TV show. I should get back to Black Butler.


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