This week’s episode of Black Butler probably encompassed one of my favourite parts of the circus arc. Everything in episode 3 smoothly transitions Ciel and Sebastian into the circus setting. Both of them end up joining the circus in order to investigate more about it.
Prince Soma is re-introduced back into the story. He and his butler Agni are officially joining the story here because the curry competition arc will follow shortly after the conclusion of the circus case. It’s great to see Soma interact with Ciel because that stuffy and cute little British boy needs more happy in his life.
Of course, Sebastian has no problem performing all the theatrics and acrobatics required of a circus performer but Ciel basically ends up relying on Sebastian to pass many of the circus tests. Ciel sure isn’t use to roughing it. I was really impressed with how the animation brought over the theatrics of Ciel and Sebastian’s circus initiation tests. They split the screen between Ciel’s movements and Sebastian’s tricks to show the audience what Sebastian is doing and how Ciel is faring. What’s more hilarious is Dagger and Joker’s reactions to Ciel and Sebastian’s “talents.” I’m almost certain Sebastian is having lots of fun beaning Ciel with rocks on the tightrope but probably the most difficult test Ciel had to pass was the one to SMILE. LOL. It definitely takes more muscles for Ciel to smile than frown.
The Earl and his demon end up meeting quite a strange mish-mash of characters in the circus. The most interesting of which is the practical and ever so straightforward William T. Spears, a reaper who… is here for some work apparently. I rather enjoyed how they framed and captured the explanations on the Reapers. We got a lot of great flashback scenes from the very first season with Ciel’s first encounter with the Reapers and the clips basically refreshed prior general knowledge of the Reapers.
The previews for the next episode look immensely interesting. We got to hear Grelle’s voice (I think) and lots of great animation to look forward to.
What are you pondering today?