Anime Reporter turns an inquisitively raised eyebrow to Black Butler, (or Kuroshitsuji), the live-action film. Based on the manga of the same name reviewed here many times, this film version plays around with the formula just a little bit, shifting the story from 19th Century England to an alternate, none-too-distant future set in The East, one of the two world powers at play in this world. The protagonist is changed from young boy Ciel Phantomhive to a young woman, Genpo Shiori (played by Ayame Goriki) whose public face is the boy, Genpo Kiyoharu (who pretty much just looks like a young woman with a short haircut).
The story begins with one of a string of deaths in which the victim is mummified with only a mysterious card depicting the devil left to provide any clues as to the nature of the death. While these deaths take place in the East, they attract the attention of the queen of the West, who orders her faithful watchdog Shiori to get to the bottom of it all. Shiori is aided somewhat in her investigations by her socialite aunt and her butler, Sebastian (played by Hiro Mizushima), who also happens to be a demon bound to follow Shiori’s orders until she dies and he can claim her soul. (Try to guess which one of her allies is the more helpful of the two).
Shiori dutifully connects the dots, following up on every lead to solving the mystery of the mummy-murders but also generally keeping an eye out for any clues about the people who murdered her parents in front of her when she was a Read more ›