Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
While this is considered the third season of the Black Butler franchise you don’t have to watch seasons one and two to understand this. In fact, I’d say that you should start with this season for a few reasons. One of the reasons is that there are no fillers in this, from episode one to episode ten it’s all pulled from the manga and therefore the story has a constant flow that will have the viewer on the edge of their seat. Another reason why I’d always suggest this as the gateway into Black Butler is the simple fact that it’s new viewer friendly, and it does a much better job at introducing exactly what this property is very well.
The first episode allows new people to get a flavor for what exactly this show is, while it also allows long time fans to bask in the awesomeness.
From that point on the show centers around a mystery involving kidnapped children and a circus. Ciel, our main character, and his butler Sebastian get an order from the Queen to investigate. The information that we are given is thoughtfully placed as the viewer keeps guessing who’s the good guys, and which ones are actually in on it, but as each episode goes by you start to realize that there’s something even sinister going on in the background.
This is definitely a tragic tale, but this is also how I believe anime should be made; in short bursts/seasons to tell the best story they can from the source material, and damn it all this is a perfect story! I’m not joking, I really can’t find anything bad to say about this. The characters were all introduced well, and we got to learn more about them as the story progressed. When it came to the mystery it gave us important information at the right times, and still had plenty of shock and surprises up to the very last second of the season. The animation was spot on, and sexy, and the opening and ending themes of this season are some of the best themes I’ve seen in all of anime.
What I really love about this season is the fact that it started out so lighthearted and fun, but as the episodes went on it got darker and darker until the final reveal at the end and then you’re shouting “what the fuck!” at your screen because it gets down right brutal. The music really helps in this, and aids in the suspense that is strongly inserted into this season.
Because this is such a short series, and in my opinion perfect, there isn’t a whole lot for me to talk about. If you like the darkness, supernatural, mystery, and gore then I’d say definitely check out Black Butler Book of Circus. You can finish it in a few days and if you liked it enough you can go back and watch seasons one and two. I promise you won’t regret watching this.
+ Character introduction and setup are masterful
+ New viewer friendly that also gives more backstory to Ciel for long time fans
+ Animation and music
+ Masterfully tells a great story that has a beginning, middle, and end