Joe and Jenny Recommend – Black Butler by Yana Toboso.

Jenny and Joe work at the Central Library and they LOVE manga and anime! They are going to share their favourite books and films on the Swindon Libraries blog, so watch this space for more great reviews in coming months!black butler 3

This month’s manga review is of Black Butler, by Yana Toboso, published by Yen Press.

The story starts off with Ciel Phantomhive, a twelve year old aristocrat, who is the heir to a toy and sweet company. To go along with his lavish lifestyle, he has a butler called Sebastian who seems to be able to do anything for him. His abilities range from picking the perfect tea first thing in the morning, managing staff to present the perfect evening, to dispatching his young master’s enemies with nothing but the silver cutlery. As the manga progresses it becomes more obvious that Sebastian is more than what he seems under his polite demeanour.

Joe’s opinion – When I first found the series I must admit that I wasn’t expecting to like it as the style and storyline weren’t typical of the manga I usually read. But after reading the first 3 volumes, I am hooked to find out what happens next. One of my favourite bits being Sebastian expertly pulling a full length tablecloth from under a laid table before a huge stain is noticed.

Jenny’s opinion – I love the contrast between the detailed, delicate art style of this series with the dark tones of the plot. In particular, I would recommend this series to anyone with an interest in Japanese Lolita fashion and if you don’t know what Lolita fashion is, this manga is full of gorgeous examples!

We can’t recommend anything similar to Black Butler, as it’s truly a unique series, but we have the first four volumes of this manga which you can reserve through the library catalogue. (And remember, the more you borrow, the more likely we will buy more volumes!)

We both give this manga 5/5 teacups!


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At ReCon 2012, Central Library.