DVD Kuroshitsuji

DVD Kuroshitsuji
DVD Kuroshitsuji

Rating: 6.3
Genres: Mystery
Director: Kentarô Ohtani, Kei’ichi Sato
Writers: Yana Toboso
Stars: Hiro Mizushima, Jonathan Brooks, Ayame Gôriki
An orphaned aristocrat summons a demonic butler to aid her, at the price of her soul.
Country: Japan
Release Date: 18 January 2014 (Japan)


  1. Although I love Japanese movies, I haven't seen a lot of anime (i.e., animated Japanese TV shows and movies). That doesn't mean I am not familiar with it–it just isn't something I watch very often. A few years ago, when my oldest daughter was in high school, she drug me to some anime conventions and got me to watch a few series with her, such as "Death Note", "Azumanga Daioh" and "Sergeant Frog"–but I am certainly no expert on these shows nor the printed version, manga. So, when you read my review, it is NOT coming from a rabid fan–and from what I read, rabid fans of the original TV series and manga "Black Butler" were not especially pleased by this movie version. So, for you lovers of the original "Black Butler", this review might not at all be very helpful–I'm just a guy watching a movie who has no basis for comparing it to the original.

    From what I've read and learned from my daughter, the original show featured a 12 year-old boy as the protagonist. However, here he is now 17 and a girl–and, oddly, posing as a boy in order to maintain the family title and estates. Additionally, instead of being set in Victorian times, the movie is set today. I am pretty sure these are not the only changes, but these are a few of the obvious ones.

    The back story is that years ago, someone murdered Genpou Shiori's parents. Genpou serves the Queen of the West and is one of her secret force, The Queen's Watchdog. Their job is to serve their queen and ruthlessly pursue anyone who threatens her or her kingdom. As I mentioned above, she is posing as a young man and goes by the title 'Earl'. Assisting the Earl is his/her faithful servant, Sebastian. However, Sebastian is no ordinary fellow…he's a demon who does anything she wants–including killing the Queen's enemies. It seems that when Genpou Shiori's parents died, the boy sold his soul to the Devil in order to gain the services of this demon in order to assist in his quest for revenge–an obvious variation on the old Faustian tales.

    The film begins with the pair on a mission to infiltrate a gang involved in the sex slave industry. Not surprisingly, Sebastian uses his amazing powers to wipe out the entire gang…but armed with only a butter knife!! ?? This and several other fight sequences within the film are insane–full of incredible action and which will keep you on the seat of your pants. However, what follows is not all action–in fact, in places the film can be quite talky and full of unnecessarily dull and complicated exposition by the baddies. When the film is in high gear, it is clever and intense. But, when folks start explaining things, then I felt as if I should take a shot of No-Doze! The plot that follows is amazingly cool and disgusting. It seems that there is some serial murderer who has so far made eight ambassadors turn into mummies!! One moment, they seem normal and the next they are bleeding from their orifices and the next they look like beef jerky! Obviously something horrible is afoot and it's up to the Earl and Sebastian (as well as the clumsy yet amazing maid) to save the day.

    So is it worth seeing? Well, it's not bad and I mildly enjoyed the film. As I mentioned above, the show did have portions that were just too talky and I also disliked how many times the film backed up to show you what REALLY happened–this seemed like bad writing because it was used so much. But, it's tough not to like Sebastian and the process by which folks became mummified and how is amazingly original. Not a must-see film but worth your time.

  2. I don't even consider this a review,I would say that its more of a warning. Anyone who is a fan of the anime series or the graphic novels shouldn't even think about viewing this movie.Because you are going to be very disappointed.As the fella who had written the review before mine said,and I quote "Its not a part of the story" This movie never happened as far as i'm concerned.Here is just a small sample of some of the stupidity that is this film.I don't consider this a spoiler but just in case then be warned.They changed the sex of the protagonist from a male to a female.Also,I don't remember there being any love in the series.The anime series or the manga was never a love story.But if your not a fan of the series then you might just like it.

  3. This movie is pretty much every little white girls dream on the anime and manga series spat into one big mess of a movie. Modern day setting? Check. Female Ciel? Check. Ciel and Sebastian love story? Check. I'm still scratching my head at how somebody sat down and thought that this would be a good addition to such a fantastic series and even worse at the fact that it got approved. It has no redeeming features, even if you try, like I did after the first 15 minutes, as a completely different movie not from the franchise. It is just all around bad. Want to watch a really bad movie that at least tried to keep in check with your favorite anime? go watch the death note movies. I would not recommend this even if you were on a death bed of bordem.

  4. why in the hell did they make this story of black butler into a damn dark romance why for the love of god why i wanted to see her die but No he had to fall in love with her damn it just damn it all why could this not just have Ciel in it that was the story why change it and people would have liked it more as a gay story anyway why did she change it i like the story i like the anime even season 2 i like but this movie as far as it goes for me is not a part of the story its not dead this movie never happen as far for me this movie did not happen making it into a damn romance is SO damn stupid i wish it was like the book not this please for the love of god not this

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