When I found out that the live-action movie of Kuroshitsuji will be shown in the theaters in July, I was ecstatic. Written by Yana Toboso, Kuroshitsuji is one of the mangas and animes I really like for its story, its art, and its clothes. Victorian era! I have been anticipating to see Kuroshitsuji because it is the comeback project of Mizushima Hiro, one of my favorite Japanese actors, after going on hiatus to take care of his wife.
My sister and I made a deal. We’ll watch Kuroshitsuji as part of her 19th birthday whatnots. Once she got home from school, we headed to the nearest SM and watched the movie. It was a short trip to this mall but it was raining to I was partially drenched. ;A;
I put money inside my SM E-Plus card so that we don’t have to line up to get tickets. I loaded it the previous night so we’re ready to go. There’s normally a priority lane for this card and I get a free movie pass after watching five movies whose tickets I paid for using this card.
I must say that I am fairly disappointed in SM Fairview’s cinemas. The people behind the counter weren’t really rude but they could’ve at least apologized for not being able to use the priority lane because they were undermanned. One woman just pointed us to line-up and I think they called for a guard to handle the situation in case I start being bitchy. I get that there’s another counter — the normal counter with five people lined up already. I have a card to avoid lining up but in the end, I still lined up. What was the point of the card now? But meh, I went there to do what I have to do so I just lined up and bought our tickets. OTL
(Note: I will not watch at this cinema anymore; no wonder few people go there to watch movies.)
Given that the movie is an SM Exclusive, there is a discount applied. A ticket for this movie costs Php180 but with this card, I got a ticket worth P170. I originally thought that the discount would be for each ticket but no, it only applied to one. Oh well. D:
Now, onto the movie! The movie itself is only lightly based on the Kuroshitsuji manga and anime. It doesn’t follow the actual story with Ciel as Sebastian’s master. This movie is set somewhere in the future given the technology. (I’m guessing it’s around 2017 to 2024 because the parents died on October 17, 2010 and the lead character is 17 when the events of the movie happened.) The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the Victorian era merges with a futuristic era.
Shiori Genpo is the current head of the Phantomhive family, who changed its name to Genpo a few generations ago. Her parents, similar to Ciel, were murdered by stranger. Afterwards, she made a contract with Sebastian who becomes her butler. She crossdresses into Kiyoharu in order to get the power of the Genpo household because only men are able to inherit the title, the money, and the power. She is also set on avenging her parents which is done by being the Queen’s watchdog.
In this movie, she is on a quest to stop the murders of the foreign officials in her country. The victims were all mummified and left with a Demon Card. She goes through all these challenges and dangers in order to solve this mystery. Along the way, a clue about her parents’ murderers appear. She must find a way to stop the murders and avenge her parents.
If you are familiar with the world of Kuroshitsuji, this story line is totally outside of that world. Shiori/Kiyoharu is the living descendant of Ciel and Sebastian still serves the Phantomhive family. Tanaka is still there although he, too, is most likely a descendant. The maid, Lyn, is the descendant of Meirin. The cook, Baldroy, and the gardener, Finnian, A representation of Madame Red is also in the movie, Shiori’s Aunt Hanae Wakatsuki. Grell wasn’t there but Aunt Hanae has a male assistant. The Undertaker is also there but this movie’s Undertaker is more fashionably flashy than the original Undertaker.
I honestly found the story amusing although I think that Shiori is not as smart as Ciel. There were points wherein she can order Sebastian to do things to save her but she actually does not. I suppose this was done to set her further apart from the original master. I also think this was also done to build romance between her and Sebastian. You can’t exactly explicitly have romance between Ciel and Sebastian (even though it was lightly implied in the anime and many people wish for it) so a female is necessary. The other thing my sister noticed was that Sebastian never said “Yes, my lord” and would respond to Shiori with “As you wish”. Is this also done to set this further apart from the original?
I have no qualms with these differences though because I see the movie as one that stands on its own, very much apart from the original. It does, however, take snippets from the original. Some parts came out of some episodes from the first season of the anime such as the instance in Season 1, Episode 2 wherein Ciel gets kidnapped by the Italian mafia. Sebastian and his silverware action is very very similar to the one portrayed in the movie. The snippets are tied together nicely and very well.
It is not too predictable; there is the element of surprise along the way. It had great action scenes and the cinematography is awesome. The acting is totally brilliant too. The actors and actresses were really suited to their roles. (Hiro-sama is totally totally wonderful!) They also had good costumes too which are from Alice and the Pirates and Baby, the Star Shines Bright. (I want to get Lyn’s clothes… please?)
I can’t wait to own this on DVD. Kyaaa~ For now, here’s the trailer. Get excited with me, yes? :D
– MOVIE POSTER: http://www.mcmbuzz.com/2013/11/18/full-trailer-for-live-action-black-butler-kuroshitsuji-film/
– MORE INFO: HERE (Link too long~)