Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic / Kuroshitsuji Movie: Book of the Atlantic
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Comedy, History, Demons, Supernatural, Fantasy, The Titanic
First Released: January 2017, 100-minute film
Summary: Ciel and his butler, Sebastian, book a trip on a luxury vessel to investigate the doings of the Aurora Society, a secretive group uniting under the Phoenix banner. The society claims to be performing unbelievable miracles, and it’s up to these two to discover the truth behind it all. Turns out there is more to it than meets the eye as Sebastian gets involved in all manner of disputes. Several fighters are aboard the vessel and rumor has it the dead are being resurrected with a taste for the living.
I will admit this is my first experience with the Black Butler series. I’m familiar with the characters, but this is my first real exposure to the anime. That being said, it was an enjoyable watch. The characters are full of personality and easily distinguishable. The unique weaponry for each character was a nice addition. The action was well choreographed throughout the fight scenes, which can make or break a show. The zombies were a nice touch in the battles, especially with the creativity in ways to kill them.
You might enjoy this if: You love zombies, action, and the high seas. I mentioned how Book of the Atlantic is my first exposure to Black Butler. Watching it left me wanting more. I’m going to start watching the series now.
You might not like it if: You are averse to a to violence and gore in a comical way. There’s a significant amount of blood in the film, but it’s presented in an over-the-top fashion.
Note to the Viewer: The Black Butler franchise is expansive, consisting of two television series, three OVA films, a live-action film, a video game for the Nintendo DS, and several musicals that each had a short run in Japan.
AMV – You’ll be the Moon by Erika Shun AMV
(Warning, the AMV contains some minor spoilers and a lot of blood)