黒執事 XXII [Kuroshitsuji XXII]

黒執事 XXII [Kuroshitsuji XXII] - Yana Toboso My first and only KS volume of the year image

It is impossible NOT to love this volume. Since it was the characters vote for the 100 chapters, it is obvious Toboso-sensei let this influence her. And it made an awesome volume, I don't think any fan would be disappointed -entirely-.

What makes it a fabulous volume:

- That cover. I love Meyrin, specially since she is a badass character but also a comedy relief. She is not cute as Elizabeth, nor imposing as Lady Frances, but she is my favorite recurring female character in KS. At number #22, she finally gets her recognition.

- The end of the Emerald Witch arc, at least in Germany. This arc had it flaws but it ends satisfactorily. I confess I like the little girl, she is cute and sometimes very funny.

- Tanaka-san. The epitome of perfect -human- butler, when the Master is in danger! Of course, once the danger has passed, he goes back to "ho, ho, ho" XD

- The Shinigami Dispatch Society. We don't really get to know these two new Shinigami, Ludgar and Sacha, BUT... **rumbling drums** Grell and William are back! Just for fanservice though, but it was an incredible surprise that left me with a huge smile. And also, just one panel but still, Eric is shown crying while holding Alan's corpse. For any fan who has seen the musical, it is a bit nostalgic and a nice touch.

- Undertaker. He is in #3 in the character votes! (in my ranking, he is also #3, but instead of being behind Ciel, he is behind Grell image). His story with Dietrich and Vincent Phantomhive and another unknown guy, seems kinda like the Marauders. Vincent definitely was James Potter; and Undertaker seems like he is Sirius (looks like he loved Vincent the most, if we trust his tears).

- Ciel being a worrier. Kyaa, is Ciel getting, err, nicer? He asked Sebastian to save Wolfram (Sullivan's butler) and Sebastian himself tells him this, that he is worried for the girl. Of course, being Ciel he says this, and that, but we all know the truth: Ciel is getting nicer and seems like Sebastian is getting more human. It is all there in their conversations, like an innuendo but we fans know better!

- The Tutor. Back to England, Sebastian is in charge of making Sullivan a lady, to meet the Queen. That means manners at the table, good clothes, etc. I love sadistic tutor Sebas-chan. Not only he looks so handsome, but he is so... S. He never fails to make laugh with his methods.

- The dressmaker. Who we don't see since that unforgettable chapter where Ciel dressed in pink. She is such a fun, crazy character.

- The last and extra chapter, The Akuman 6, which doesn't really contribute anything to the story, but it was so much fun. They all look so polish (Grell and that outfit XD Undertaker and that hairstyle XD) and Viscount Druitt is such a fun.

Basically, all characters that are popular (including Lao, Agni, Soma, Snake, the Charles) are in this volume. Everything scream FANSERVICE! (including when Sebastian says to Ciel: If you disappear, I will be most distressed and worried. Because if my master is not here, I wouldn't be able to be your butler) but alas, since all characters are here, that means Elizabeth is also here. I still don't like her, and well, she is the reason I don't rate this 5* :(

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How in the world are Vincent in #5 and Phillips in #6! How in the world isn't William in #5 and, I don't know, Viscount Druitt in #6! **shakes head**

*My, I was inspired. Only because I am able to read one volume per year lately image*