Black Butler, Vol. 4 (Black Butler, #4)
London - the capital of the Great Empire - is once again under siege, as a string of bizarre attacks on British citizens returned from India sends rumours flying and casts a pall upon Queen Victoria's rule. Sent in by Her Majesty, young Earl Phantomhive and his most capable butler, Sebastian, follow a trail that collides head-on with an Indian youth who claims to be a prince. And this prince possesses an extraordinary butler of his own! As an intense rivalry between the two butlers begins to form, will the kitchen be the dueling duo's final battleground?!

Black Butler, Vol. 4 (Black Butler, #4) Details

TitleBlack Butler, Vol. 4 (Black Butler, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 25th, 2011
PublisherYen Press
ISBN-139780316084284
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Historical, Historical Fiction

Black Butler, Vol. 4 (Black Butler, #4) Review

  • Kalilah
    January 1, 1970
    WARNING: This is more of a rant/observation than a review directly linked to this volume.I've read a lot of Black Butler reviews and they seem to be split in two: a) the Fangirls, who squeal and coo at Ciel and Sebastian (and every male character really, but particularly the aforementioned). They are the ones that usually "ship" the devil and the child and seem to think it's super adorable or something.b) is the group that, like the Fangirls; look way too deeply into Ciel and Sebastian's inter WARNING: This is more of a rant/observation than a review directly linked to this volume.I've read a lot of Black Butler reviews and they seem to be split in two: a) the Fangirls, who squeal and coo at Ciel and Sebastian (and every male character really, but particularly the aforementioned). They are the ones that usually "ship" the devil and the child and seem to think it's super adorable or something.b) is the group that, like the Fangirls; look way too deeply into Ciel and Sebastian's interaction with each-other but, unlike the Fangirls; they find it repulsive and disturbing.I would like to point out that although I enjoy Black Butler for many reasons (especially the food and historical elements) - I am not a so-called Fangirl and would loathe to be categorised as one - but I am not one of the b-group either. I don't seem to notice the pervertedness of Black Butler described by group-b (apart from the really obvious bits, such as Grell's obsession with Sebastian, which even Sebastian protests against. And the situation with Viscount Druit: he is clearly a crook and meant to be), or find Ciel and Sebastian's relationship disturbing. I suppose that's because as far as I'm concerned there is nothing remotely romantic about Ciel's mastery over Sebastian - or his devotion to him *points to the latter then the former*. Nor do I think there is anything more to it than your average business partnership, if you will, in the sense that they are both using (note how I don't call it helping) each-other for their own goals and all things said and done are just stepping-stones towards that goal. You follow?Furthermore, as the title of this series suggests; Sebastian is Ciel's butler so it's only natural that he should attend to his every need (seeing as there're no other legal guardians around to do that job) and make sure he is in the best of health and care. People are inclined to decode this attentiveness as paedophilic, yet I can't help but feel that if he has any emotions at all towards Ciel it would be that of a paternal nature. I have watched the anime and I must admit it made me cringe at the borderline yaoiness. But I didn't notice anything quite like that in the Manga. So either I'm just very unobservant, or there really is nothing to it except what the reader invents in their own mind.By the way, I do not ship Ciel and Sebastian, or anyone else with any other, including myself. No matter how cool they might be, at the end of the day they're just images and they don't have an opinion or an ounce of intelligence more than what they're given by their creators. There's something terribly unattractive about this fact so if anything, it's the authors/illustrators that ought to be shipped.
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  • Miss Ryoko
    January 1, 1970
    Okay... so seriously, is it a requirement that all the men in this series be ultra sexy? Because I'm failing to find one that isn't. Haha!I really love the many different faces this series has. One minute its super hilarious, the next super serious, the next super mysterious. I love it! I love the story, the art, the characters and the silliness.Here is a hilarious part that I laughed for about ten years at: And no review would be complete without a sexy shot of ♥ Sebastian ♥
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I love Black Butler! But I found the supporting characters in this issue annoying. A prince from India and his servant - please, leave! I am interested in the curry competition, though.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Though I've really been loving Black Butler. The art is amazing, the characters are consistent and aren't only what they appear. There are definitely going to be more intense volumes with a thrilling and engaging plot. This volume, however, wasn't one of them. I'm ot a big fan of Prince Soma or his butler. They feel like filler. I've noticed this trend with manga. There always seem to be a few volumes here and there that function as filler. It's kind of annoying to go from the last two amazing v Though I've really been loving Black Butler. The art is amazing, the characters are consistent and aren't only what they appear. There are definitely going to be more intense volumes with a thrilling and engaging plot. This volume, however, wasn't one of them. I'm ot a big fan of Prince Soma or his butler. They feel like filler. I've noticed this trend with manga. There always seem to be a few volumes here and there that function as filler. It's kind of annoying to go from the last two amazing volumes to this one. It just fell flat for me. And good lord, there's going to be more in the next volume. I'm not excited
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  • Maria Kaye
    January 1, 1970
    I hate this portion of the story, the prince is such a boring character, ugh.
  • Iryna *Book and Sword*
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsThis one was hilarious! Volume 4 is a very nice reprieve from the gruesome fighting scenes of London underbelly. We are introduced to two new characters - Indian Prince Soma, who is a spoiled brat, but such a hottie! And his butler - Agni. The tension that ensues between Soma and Ciel is so, so funny. It's like watching a dog trying to become best friends with a cat. Highly enjoyed this one. My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG
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  • Mohamed
    January 1, 1970
    3.5, Bad ending to what could've been a great volume
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars for story, um. Maybe like 2.5 for Yen Press's translation. The scans are translated much better, which I think is kind of rare in the wide world of manga. But I still buy the volumes to support Yana Toboso, so here we are. I know it seems to be a popular thing not to like the curry arc, but it's actually one of my favorites. ... of course I don't have an arc I don't like, but I think the brilliant bits of this arc are the subtle things below the surface. At first glance it seems a bit Five stars for story, um. Maybe like 2.5 for Yen Press's translation. The scans are translated much better, which I think is kind of rare in the wide world of manga. But I still buy the volumes to support Yana Toboso, so here we are. I know it seems to be a popular thing not to like the curry arc, but it's actually one of my favorites. ... of course I don't have an arc I don't like, but I think the brilliant bits of this arc are the subtle things below the surface. At first glance it seems a bit frivolous – Ciel being a brat about his bizarre house guests and the whole thing culminating in a contest of who makes the best curry, of all things. But look a little closer and you've got a really great character study going on. Soma and Agni are really obviously foils of Ciel and Sebastian. Soma is what Ciel would be without the added trauma in his early life (that gets addressed in chapter 19), and Sebastian, despite being one hell of a butler, will never be as good as Agni. Ciel also recognizes the part of himself in Soma and bestows mercy on him; Sebastian's in the middle of completely ripping apart the poor kid's psyche and Ciel steps in to stop it, which shows that Ciel is capable of a compassion that Sebastian, as a demon, never will be. What I think is great about Soma and Agni's existence is that instead of competing with them – with the exception of the fencing scene, where Ciel is defeated for being a cheat – Ciel and Sebastian more or less just accept them. Sebastian sees that Agni is superior and yields to that fact; unlike a human character, who might end up at odds with him. He even says that Agni has a power he will never be able to defeat: the loyalty and love for his master that has given him the power of god. This is something that Sebastian and Ciel, their contract being formed from evil and hatred, will never be able to overcome. It's all really interesting and unexpected stuff, which I love. I also don't think this is racist at all. In fact I think from a historical standpoint, Ciel's acceptance of Soma and Agni is almost too progressive for the time. (Having read literature written in the Victorian era, some of the stuff that comes up about the East is kind of shocking to me in its blatant narrow-mindedness.) But then again, given what Ciel's been through, I think stuff like race and class matters less to him; he's mad at Soma for being a mooch, not for being Indian. Of course Sebastian doesn't care because he's not even human. I like that approach to the subject matter, honestly. The Victorians did have a fascination with India and all that stuff about the Anglo-Indians really happened. Yana Toboso does her research and I'm always delighted with what she does with it in the context of the story.
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  • Ashley Chen
    January 1, 1970
    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!How do I put this? This volume was PERFECTION! It kept me entertained with only one fighting scenes! First I would like to praise Yana for staying in character and writing to the atmosphere. It really feels like the air around this series has this "British feel" to it. She crafts this by creating posh dialogues but without the feeling of forcing or faking. And I neglected to mention this random thing: I ADORE THE FASHION! *drools* Gosh, Yana's art skills are impeccable! The WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!How do I put this? This volume was PERFECTION! It kept me entertained with only one fighting scenes! First I would like to praise Yana for staying in character and writing to the atmosphere. It really feels like the air around this series has this "British feel" to it. She crafts this by creating posh dialogues but without the feeling of forcing or faking. And I neglected to mention this random thing: I ADORE THE FASHION! *drools* Gosh, Yana's art skills are impeccable! The aristocratic fashion she creates...ME GUSTA! I totally want them all! Okay, let's go back to this volume.First thing I want to mention, THE COVER! NOSE FUCKING BLEEEEED! I mean, Sebastian, why do you tease me like this? Ahem, right Ashley, get a hold on yourself. Okay. I am good.This volume starts the new arc about "Anglo-Indians". It begins this very interesting, yet silly arc. We meet Prince Soma Asman Kadar and Agni, both of them, GORGEOUS. ♥A♥ Both of them are interesting characters. Agni is very similar to Sebastian; he is a servant and is very talented. He is like Sebastian 2.0, so how can I not fall in love with him?! And as for the prince, he is not like Ciel. Ciel is calm, cold and serious. The prince can be very goofy.The events that happened in this volume are definitely fun to read. I was never bored with anything. From Agni getting the servants under control to fencing to finding out some secrets, everything was super enjoyable. This volume also had emotional parts to it. You get to see the relationship between Agni and the prince. The bond they share, the faith Agni has and his beliefs. Everything was beautiful. And I mean Agni' shy smile is ADORABLE!Oh yes, in this volume we saw a little bit of Ciel's disturbing past. O__________o Um...I don't know how to interpret it, I guess you can read it many different ways, especially when not much info was given. Yeah...ahem...anyway, this volume was a WIN!
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  • K.
    January 1, 1970
    Soma is a fabulous character if only because he irritates Ciel so much. That boy needs to loosen up. I do enjoy the contrast between the realistic linework and their exaggerated chibi reaction figures. This mangaka has excellent style, no doubt about it.In the last chapter we discover a bit more of how Ciel came to meet Sebastian and strike his disturbing Faustian contract, done with both intense artistic flair and horrifying background context. This was inserted into the narrative much more coh Soma is a fabulous character if only because he irritates Ciel so much. That boy needs to loosen up. I do enjoy the contrast between the realistic linework and their exaggerated chibi reaction figures. This mangaka has excellent style, no doubt about it.In the last chapter we discover a bit more of how Ciel came to meet Sebastian and strike his disturbing Faustian contract, done with both intense artistic flair and horrifying background context. This was inserted into the narrative much more cohesively than the scene in Volume 1 with Elizabeth and the Phantomhive ring; that was a little too crass for my tastes. Ciel softens a tiny bit in the telling (lord knows the kid never really shared his trauma with anyone but those who dealt it out) and Soma is given new purpose.Onward and upward. Or downward, given we're speaking of demons.
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  • Yue
    January 1, 1970
    It's official, I love Sebastian. He is the coolest character I have read so far, the most elegant, the most handsome, the most mysterious (the anime does not do justice to his beauty). Sadly, in this volume there is not enough action, except when he has a duel with Agni.As for the prince and Agni, I do not like them very much. The Prince is funny, but I liked it more when he wasn't in the house.And poor Ciel, such a cute little boy and with such a dark story! He is so alone in the whole world :(
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  • Ladiibbug
    January 1, 1970
    #4 Black ButlerCiel Phantomhive is called to duty by Queen Victoria when British citizens returning from India are attacked. Uber butler Sebastian and Ciel's investigation leads to an Indian claiming to be a prince. The "prince" has his OWN extraordinary butler! Sebastian and the other butler become strong rivals -- will the kitchen be the battleground?!Love it!
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  • Kelsey Hanson
    January 1, 1970
    I found this one to be more confusing than anything. Maybe it's the fact that I couldn't tell what was happening in some of the panels, but I got kind of lost trying to understand the relationship between the prince and his butler. Still, I do find it interesting how they combine historical British history in with the story including topics like colonialism or the Jack the Ripper case.
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  • Gabi
    January 1, 1970
    I love these new characters!!! Agni and Prince Soma are amazing! I must know more.Reread: And this is where we first meet Prince Soma and Agni!!! ACK!!! Their characters are so lively and unique!
  • Achillia Herondale
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't a big fan of this arc while watching the anime, still enjoyable though. Sebastian x Agni duel was so beautiful made.... I love Toboso's art way too much.
  • Moriah Venable
    January 1, 1970
    Around Britian, there have been attacks against Britains by Indians. They are stripped and hung with a note on them. It is up to Earl Phantomhive and Sebastian to figure out who is doing them and stop them before it happens again.While walking around London, Ciel and Sebastian get threatened by a group of Indians, who have been forced to live in the slums. Two suspect that this group are the ones responsible. Before they are able to do any harm, the two male strangers we saw at the end of the pr Around Britian, there have been attacks against Britains by Indians. They are stripped and hung with a note on them. It is up to Earl Phantomhive and Sebastian to figure out who is doing them and stop them before it happens again.While walking around London, Ciel and Sebastian get threatened by a group of Indians, who have been forced to live in the slums. Two suspect that this group are the ones responsible. Before they are able to do any harm, the two male strangers we saw at the end of the previous volume shows up and "saves" them. They are Prince Soma and his servant Agni who has his right hand and forearm bandaged which is said to be called the Right Hand of Kali. The pair are looking for a young woman who was taken by the name of Mina. Because he saved them, Some and Agni, makes themselves in the Phantomhive manor, despite being told numerous times to get out. On first impression, Soma seems to be a brat and immature, viewing his world in Indian as the way it works all over. Not realizing that different places have different customs. And not everyone is going to bow down to him. Soma is very devoted to Soma, and sees him as a God, because he took him away from his old life and gave him a new one. While searching for Mina and the person responsible, Ciel tells Soma that had he not been kidnapped and tortured, he would be just like him. Immature and believing the world revolves around him. They discover that Agni knew where Mina was along and was working for the person that took her into order to protect Soma. He was the one responsible for the attacks. With Agni on his side, the man knows he will win the Royal Warrant and the Curry Contest. It is discovered that Agni's Right Hand of God, is not called that because of its strength but because of its god like ability. Sebastian is going to enter the contest too to hopefully win the Warrant for the company.I can already tell next volume is going to be really interesting.
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  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth volume in the Black Butler series. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the previous three books, this was still a very entertaining book. It is beautifully drawn and very intriguing as well as humorous and entertaining.In this book we meet a young Indian prince and his bodyguard; they are looking for a young woman named Mina and would like Ciel’s help. Ciel is called to act in his role as protector of the crown when Anglo Indians are found stripped and hung upside down fr This is the fourth volume in the Black Butler series. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the previous three books, this was still a very entertaining book. It is beautifully drawn and very intriguing as well as humorous and entertaining.In this book we meet a young Indian prince and his bodyguard; they are looking for a young woman named Mina and would like Ciel’s help. Ciel is called to act in his role as protector of the crown when Anglo Indians are found stripped and hung upside down from shops in multiple incidents. This manga continues to be very well done. We find a bit more about Ciel’s history and how Sebastian ended up serving him. We also learn a bit more about the Phantomhive business interests and how they are connected to the crown. All of it was very interesting and fun to read about.This book wasn’t quite as good as the last two books (it ends up being a bit more silly) but it was still highly entertaining. The manga is beautifully drawn and has a lot of wonderful detail throughout.Overall an excellent addition to the Black Butler series. I would recommend to those who enjoy manga with both historical and paranormal elements. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
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  • Yvensong
    January 1, 1970
    It is winter in London, and the Earl Ciel Phantomhive has returned, with his Butler, Sebastian, at the Queen's request to investigate a rash of humiliating crimes against Anglo-Indians. Someone has been assaulting aristocrats and military personnel who have returned from India, stripping them and leaving them hanging upside down around London. Can Ciel and his demon Butler solve these crimes to the Queen's satisfaction?In the midst of the intrigue, we find a story with quite a bit of well-done h It is winter in London, and the Earl Ciel Phantomhive has returned, with his Butler, Sebastian, at the Queen's request to investigate a rash of humiliating crimes against Anglo-Indians. Someone has been assaulting aristocrats and military personnel who have returned from India, stripping them and leaving them hanging upside down around London. Can Ciel and his demon Butler solve these crimes to the Queen's satisfaction?In the midst of the intrigue, we find a story with quite a bit of well-done historical research, making for an interesting tale, alongside entertaining characters and a captivating mystery.
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    The beginning of the curry arc wherein you meet the Indian Prince Soma and his loyal manservant, Agni. It's khansama Agni with his mighty 'right hand of God' versus Ciel's supernatural butler, Sebastian! Who will triumph in this fencing duel?
  • Julia Sapphire
    January 1, 1970
    *3.75* I enjoyed this. I really adore all the characters and love the tone of these. (view spoiler)[... That young Prince stays in the Phantomhive Home. Ciel wants a royal warrant. (hide spoiler)]
  • Maverynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Horribly racist with a plot that will end with the Indians being put in their place by a British person making the perfect curry, because who makes curry better than a bunch of conquering murderers.
  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    Manga is good so far. Prince Soma is so sweet, and handsome..
  • Leigh Louise
    January 1, 1970
    **Contains Spoilers**This Manga featured the Indian storyline with the Indian Prince and his Khansama (think I wrote that right), searching for Mina, the Princes ex-maid.I can see that once again the anime stuck pretty close to the Manga however, there was a major difference between the two with this particular storyline. In the Manga, Ciel and Sebastian visited Lau in his underground opium den as soon as they had been summoned to see the bodies hanging in front of a store window with a note att **Contains Spoilers**This Manga featured the Indian storyline with the Indian Prince and his Khansama (think I wrote that right), searching for Mina, the Princes ex-maid.I can see that once again the anime stuck pretty close to the Manga however, there was a major difference between the two with this particular storyline. In the Manga, Ciel and Sebastian visited Lau in his underground opium den as soon as they had been summoned to see the bodies hanging in front of a store window with a note attached to them. In the anime, this part was omitted and instead, they featured Sebastian getting side-tracked by his love of cats (this wasn't in the Manga). In the anime, they chose to have Sebastian and Ciel visit the opium den at a much later date, towards the end of the first season.Another change they made was, in the Manga, because they had visited Lau prior to visiting the East End, Lau was with them when they faced a group of Indians looking for a fight. But, then Lau disappeared while fighting - everything else about this scene appeared to be the same with the Prince and his Khansama, swapping sides half-way through the fight, then leaving them too it. But, in the anime, Lau wasn't with them at all and they went alone to the East end.Everything else about this storyline however, the anime stuck to pretty well, with just some wording changes here and there. Sebastian still got a chance to be in awe at the Princes' Khansama's efforts at cooking and organizing the staff, and Sebastian still got his moment to tell the bratty prince off - my favourite part lol! And the sword fighting also went down the same way between the two platforms.I thought this storyline was the weirdest storyline both in the Manga and in the anime, but I enjoyed it nontheless.Now onto Volume 5!
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  • Kari Trenten
    January 1, 1970
    A series of pranks is leaving certain unsavory businessmen with connections to India hanging. Literally. Once more Ciel Phantomhive, child earl and the queen’s guard dog finds himself investigating, Sebastian at his side. Taking care of this problem may not be so easy this time. Not with a certain Indian prince and his khansama (servant) involved. This khansama, Agni, may be as strong as Sebastian and his strength comes from a very different source. Has the devil of a butler finally met his matc A series of pranks is leaving certain unsavory businessmen with connections to India hanging. Literally. Once more Ciel Phantomhive, child earl and the queen’s guard dog finds himself investigating, Sebastian at his side. Taking care of this problem may not be so easy this time. Not with a certain Indian prince and his khansama (servant) involved. This khansama, Agni, may be as strong as Sebastian and his strength comes from a very different source. Has the devil of a butler finally met his match? A bit lighter for a major part of the book, the first half is almost comedic with Ciel dealing with Prince Soma and the prince’s determination to get involved with Ciel’s life, leaving Ciel’s schedule a mess. The story takes a much darker turn when Ciel revisits the memories which made him a very different person from the carefree, spoiled prince he finds himself interacting with, along with how Sebastian came to him. Soma himself becomes a less light character when the prince is abandoned by the two people dearest to him and he realizes how little we know about either of them. Soma makes an amusing foil for Ciel while Agni is the closest thing Sebastian has encountered in this manga to a rival. Agni is able to achieve miracles with the Phantomhive staff Sebastian didn’t think possible, giving another layer to Baldroy, Meyrin, and Finnian. For overall story, character development, and an art style which has developed into something more distinctly beautiful, I give this four stars.
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  • Liberty Arrow
    January 1, 1970
    This volume follows episode 13 of the anime as well as half of episode 14. Major leap in the anime there… I’m guessing episodes 7-12 are all anime original? Although, I would’ve loved to see versions of the episodes in the manga; seeing that on paper would've been really cool.Nevertheless, I really liked this volume. This arc isn’t my favorite by any means, but I still appreciated it nonetheless. I especially enjoyed the scene towards the end with Sebastian putting Prince Soma in his place and t This volume follows episode 13 of the anime as well as half of episode 14. Major leap in the anime there… I’m guessing episodes 7-12 are all anime original? Although, I would’ve loved to see versions of the episodes in the manga; seeing that on paper would've been really cool.Nevertheless, I really liked this volume. This arc isn’t my favorite by any means, but I still appreciated it nonetheless. I especially enjoyed the scene towards the end with Sebastian putting Prince Soma in his place and the flashbacks to Ciel’s past. I always enjoy seeing more of his life before he had Sebastian at his side.One thing I noticed, a smaller detail, was that they made Chief Inspector Abberline look much younger in the anime than he does in the manga. That was kind of interesting; I genuinely pictured Abberline to be a young adult trainee type of person, but… Oh well! Also, the Formula 1 references in the end pages made me laugh since I’m a fan of Formula 1 racing myself and seeing the gang in that setting was really odd, haha!I’m looking forward to picking up the next volume pretty soon! :)
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  • TheGracefulReader
    January 1, 1970
    THE GOOD Ciel: Finally a little more insight into Ciel's admittedly horrible past! While we knew the mansion was burned down, I had always thought the fire was cause of death... we were wrong. And my heart hurt for little Ciel when he stumbled across his dog and parents murdered, then saw Tanaka attacked before his eyes. Wasn't that surprising to hear that he was kidnapped, but it was the treatment after that was shocking.Soma: Not everyone seems to like prince Soma, but I found his childish in THE GOOD Ciel: Finally a little more insight into Ciel's admittedly horrible past! While we knew the mansion was burned down, I had always thought the fire was cause of death... we were wrong. And my heart hurt for little Ciel when he stumbled across his dog and parents murdered, then saw Tanaka attacked before his eyes. Wasn't that surprising to hear that he was kidnapped, but it was the treatment after that was shocking.Soma: Not everyone seems to like prince Soma, but I found his childish innocence likable, even though he is a bit of a pain. Lau: I just really love this clueless fool. Why is he so likable? THE BAD Agni; While I find the prince adorable and likable, I find myself feeling the exact opposite of Agni. It was hard to feel bad for him due to his past, and I don't see how he could have changed too much, really. However, the lengths he's going to to help the prince are admirable, I suppose.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This fourth volume introduces 2 new characters: Soma and Agni, an Indian prince and his butler who have come to England in search of the servant that the prince is so fond of. Of course at that time weird attacks on the English returning from the Indian colony are happening and Ciel suspects the prince and Agni.Now, I'm not really a fan of these 2 new characters. Especially Soma is often annoying. Sure it is meant to be comic relief but there is a bit too much of it. Even the action bits (though This fourth volume introduces 2 new characters: Soma and Agni, an Indian prince and his butler who have come to England in search of the servant that the prince is so fond of. Of course at that time weird attacks on the English returning from the Indian colony are happening and Ciel suspects the prince and Agni.Now, I'm not really a fan of these 2 new characters. Especially Soma is often annoying. Sure it is meant to be comic relief but there is a bit too much of it. Even the action bits (though there are very few are not really thrilling but get dumbed down by the use of comic relief (Sebastian pretending to be a deer for example). If you like this series solely for its funny passages than this might be the ultimate volume for you. People like me who like this series for its demon action, not so much. Luckily it seems that this arc will end in the following volume, unless something unforeseen happens.
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  • Henrietta
    January 1, 1970
    well well well, things are certainly happening. i am very intrigued about that famous curry competition, and i really, really love agni, i wonder what's going on with him. and prince soma is like. amazing. i adore him. the part where sebastian disguised himself as a deer was definitely my favourite hghdfj i laughed so hard. i don't much like lau for some reason. i just.... don't care about him.... eh. but. is that a hint of backstory i detected at the beginning of the last chapter? very nice i w well well well, things are certainly happening. i am very intrigued about that famous curry competition, and i really, really love agni, i wonder what's going on with him. and prince soma is like. amazing. i adore him. the part where sebastian disguised himself as a deer was definitely my favourite hghdfj i laughed so hard. i don't much like lau for some reason. i just.... don't care about him.... eh. but. is that a hint of backstory i detected at the beginning of the last chapter? very nice i want more.
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  • Hawra
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of Black Butler and Toboso's Art, I appreciate the amount of research and knowledge that she puts in her work. However, I believe that some people will give this volume 5 stars but to me it was boring, I didn't like the character "Prince Soma" but still, I can see that he will be having a further and better role in the series but this volume isn't what I expect from Black Butler, It misses the darkness element that I seek in this particular Manga.Nevertheless, Sebastian had some good I am a fan of Black Butler and Toboso's Art, I appreciate the amount of research and knowledge that she puts in her work. However, I believe that some people will give this volume 5 stars but to me it was boring, I didn't like the character "Prince Soma" but still, I can see that he will be having a further and better role in the series but this volume isn't what I expect from Black Butler, It misses the darkness element that I seek in this particular Manga.Nevertheless, Sebastian had some good lines here, I was surprised.
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  • Kassilem
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this volume slightly less than the previous three novels. But only slightly and it might just be that it was a little less serious. Although there were moments. Here we do figure out some of Ciel's past, although Sebastian is still a mystery. Soon, I'm sure the full story will come out. Artwork is consistently great. Toboso does the story as well as the art so just looking at the cover art you can get a sense of the artwork inside. :) On to more.
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