Before you go, here comes the fillers again, let me assure you that this is worth watching because of the amount of hilarity, and “foreboding” at the end of the episode. I will not spoil you too much but this is an episode I feel that “fillers can be done decently well if they know what they are doing.” The episode is obviously yet another attempt to make people go into seizures over the quirky characters of the series.
Yes, my lessened anger is due to the non-existence of the four retards. BANZAI TO IMPZ!
A man was running away with a sapphire ring from some Irish Mafia, when he was hunted down and hurled down the bridge on a cold silent night. Due to the thick ice forming, there was a market bazaar. The usual crew (minus the idiot four) visited this ice sculpture fair. Elizabeth and her butler Paula were here too secretly to buy Ciel a gift for his birthday. The Irish Mafia was also here for the festival, looking for the ring. In the bazaar, they saw a limited edition of Phantomhive’s handmade toys but it was just an imitation. Ciel explained that the prototypes were burned after the arson killing. Sebastian said that these rare toys were like the country, where only a very small group of people could survive.
In the Bazaar, they met up with a Scotland Yard officer. Ciel was taunting him for being idle, but he said he was here for a job. The man actually wanted to ask Ciel for help and reached out for him. However, Sebastian flicked his hand away, saying that Ciel is frail to touches. Aberlin brought Ciel to a chinese restaurant and said that they found a male corpse under the ice. He was a criminal, and the Yard were trying to find a sapphire ring he stole. Lau then appeared, saying that the sapphire ring has such an allure despite the deathly fate that will await anyone that owns it. Aberlin was surprised that Lau knew about the ring of hope, only for Ciel to dispel that myth. Lau is bullshitting as usual.
Ciel asked why Lau was here. It turned out that they were in his restaurant. Ciel asked Lau if he knew about Henry Hope’s sapphire ring. After the death of his mistress, the jewel was split into two fragments. It seemed that the ring was stolen after a raid during transporting the vehicle. Ciel then replied that he was interested in the case. Elizabeth was also having trouble finding her gift, and rejected Paula’s gift suggestion. Aberlin said that they can find clues by going to the Undertaker (as people die from frost). It turned out it was the same Undertaker they knew. Aberlin entered, and Ciel told Sebastian to prepare for the Undertaker. Strangely enough, a fury of laughter resonated.
Undertaker told Aberlin that he should change his job. Everyone was surprised at the outcome, and Ciel realized that Aberlin is surprisingly amazing. Aberlin asked for Undertaker’s advice and he agreed while showing them the ring. It was on a statue, and it would be awarded to the winner of an ice sculpture competition. The man who spoke of it was Viscount Druitt, the man who admired Ciel’s trap beauty. Aberlin tried to take the sculpture by force, but was told to join the competition in order to get her. Aberlin was worried and slipped off the fact that the Yard wanted to get the ring due to its connection with various kidnapping cases. Ciel now realized why they wanted the ring. Aberlin continued that the disappearance of those owning the ring was true too. Ciel was getting more interested in this case now.
Ciel ordered Sebastian to win this contest. Elizabeth was sad that she broke Ciel’s ring, and wanted to buy something to appease him. In the contest, the Yard’s sculpture was an old officer (sucks with 5 points), Lau’s sculpture was too erotic (X for everyone except Druitt who gave a 10) and Sebastian’s sculpture was clearly superior in every single way. The judges praised him for his well-thought plan. The Irish mafia knew that they could not beat Sebastian, and shouted that they would be taking the ring by force. Aberlin realized them as the bomb-blasting arsonists in the recent London cases. Aberlin told Ciel to escape. Ciel told him to leave if he wished, but Aberlin said that he could not leave any innocent citizens behind.
The Irish man asked why Ciel is not fleeing, and he said there was no reason. They then have an obviously fanservice of Sebastian ice skating around and easily dispatching the enemies. The man threw bombs at Sebastian, but he did not realize that Sebastian was skating in a circle. That caused the ice that they were standing on to collapse, and the prize (and the ring) sunk to the sea. Ciel said that Sebastian used to say that Aberlin’s naive attitude to solve everyone is stupid. However, Ciel said that such an idiot might be useful at times. Back at Elizabeth’s home, she realized it was a fake and started crying. At the end, a puppet reports to his master and told him that the fragment would go to a great owner.
I was definitely enjoying myself in this episode with all the hilarity that was present in the scenes. I actually did not realize that the idiot four were not in the episode at all until my girlfriend pointed out that none of the Phantomhive workers was in this episode. I am not sure if this is the main reason that explains why I enjoyed this episode much more than the previous one, but it is definitely a contributing reason to explain the feel-good factor in this episode. I really hope to hear what you guys think of this episode, because I might be extremely biased. As usual.
I personally loved the sustained appearances of Lau and the Undertaker, both quirky characters that are definitely hard to find in a series. I might not mention it that often, but these two characters are my two favorite characters in the series. Lau is just very hard to read because he can be downright ruthless even though he is usually used in comedy relief. I mean, who can resist someone who spoke like a pure genius before going, “So what are you guys talking about?”
On the story itself, it really tells little except as a setup for something seemingly more sinister. We still have no clue about the missing girls in the kidnapping case, and I do not think that it is mentioned just for the sake of it. It’s a nice quick fact that is thrown into the picture without elaborating too much. My belief is that they will be expanding on that, as well as the mystery puppet/master in the next episode. I could be wrong, but it seems like it will link to Elizabeth too.
One thing that I must praise the animators here is the continued animation quality. Of course, this is no Madhouse animation quality but it is done in a consistent way so that even filler material has the feel of being authentic. The story is also done nicely, playing on the strengths of the characters that are portrayed in this episode. Of course, any attempt to bring the Undertaker into the story is a job well done. He’s such a freak, even if the reason for his appearance is rather flimsy.
I also wonder if the ring is truly the second fragment of Henry Hope. I might be totally wrong on this but it seems that the first fragment of the ring is the ring of Phantomhive. If so, who is this Henry Hope and why does the ring end up as the inheritance of Phantomhive? I do not think that I will get the answer anywhere, but it’s interesting to take note of it. I also like the straight character Aberlin. His entrance to the story is very critical to show the difference between Ciel/Sebastian and the naive, even glorified belief to protect everyone. In a life where Ciel learned that protecting oneself is the key thing in the world, it is a nice contrast.
That is why I believe Ciel said something about Aberlin’s existence in the end. Without Aberlin, Ciel will be completely consumed by the devilish fire that would one day eat him whole. Nonetheless, everyone will be agreeable that Ciel showed a lot of surprise when Aberlin did not want to escape without him. I guess that is why despite being absolutely boring as a character, it enhances the quality of Ciel and Sebastian.
Oh, last thing, Viscount Druitt did a deus ex machina. True or False?