Biggest shock of the episode: Ciel loses to a bunch of stray cats.
An unknown woman was trembling in fear, as she was going to be the next Jack the Ripper victim. Jack the Ripper was not caught yet. During a chess game, Ciel told Madam Red that he would do anything to take revenge against those who caused the death of his parents despite Red’s insistence for Ciel to rest his grievances. Later that night, Ciel wondered at his bed who the suspect could be. It turned out that Sebastian deliberately followed Ciel’s instructions strictly, and did not mention that there could be other suspects that were “not human.”
They finally established a link between all victims and rushed over to the remaining possible victim. As expected, the victim’s screams were heard and a man appeared from the door. It was Grell, the butler for Madam Red. Grell was in fact a shinigami in cohort with Madam Red and Grell’s personality completely changed. From a “docile man”, Grell turned to a narcissistic love female shinigami fiend. That transformation disgusted Sebastian as she continuously tried to flirt with Sebastian. Being an outsider, Sebastian was surprised that Grell actually worked with a human.
Actually, Ciel had considered Madam Red to be a suspect but her alibi was perfect. However, since Grell was a shinigami, it was possible to kill the victims beyond human capabilities. The victims were all patients who had undergo an abortion in her clinic. Ciel said he was going to capture them, but Madam Red was ready to silence our heroes before that happened. Grell, with his death scythe modified into a chainsaw of doom, was clearly having the upper hand in the battle against Sebastian. On the other hand, Ciel was struggling against Madam Red as he was cornered. Ciel asked why Madam Red would do such a thing despite being a doctor who was supposed to save lives. Madam Red said that he would not understand, and should not be in this world.
When Madam Red was about to stab Ciel, Sebastian ignored the strike by Grell to charge to Ciel. Only a scream from Ciel prevented Sebastian from killing Madam Red. It was clear that Red was unable to kill her nephew, and her reluctance was deadly as Grell stabbed her chainsaw into Red’s body. Grell cruelly said that she did not want to work with a normal woman like Red anymore. The finishing blow resulted in a dramatic flashback of Red’s life to surface.
We see the flashback of Madam Red with her sister. It was clear that she hated her red hair, but she was praised by Ciel’s father for that. She loved her sister and fell in love with Ciel’s father. However, Ciel’s father fell in love with her sister. She was jealous but she never hated her sister for taking her love. She eventually found someone to love and marry, but was robbed of her happiness when her husband died in a tragic accident. In order to save her own life in the accident, she was unable to give birth anymore. In addition, the image of the crimson flames burning Phantomhive’s house etched in her mind. Hence, she hated those prostitutes who were willing to kill their little lives when she could not reproduce anymore.
She then killed one of them, only to be spotted by a crimson red shinigami (Grell). A few months later, she met up with Ciel but she personally lamented that Ciel’s father could not come back like Ciel did. With that, she fell and died. Ciel then ordered Sebastian to eliminate “Jack the Ripper.” Grell asked if a devil can beat the gods, but Sebastian simply said that he was ordered to beat him.
Warned by the readers to get a shock in my previous entry, I still did not expect the plot twist to go into total chaos with everything thrown out of the window, ceiling and stratosphere. I will never be able to imagine Madam Red and Grell being the perpetrators of the crime since they seemed to be clear cut allies. In addition, nothing has prepared me for the sudden serious and rather “emo” scenes in this episode. That said, I applaud the anime for making such an amazing plot twist.
The transformation of Grell from a totally incompetent butler to batshit crazy disgusting psychopath is another top draw from the Kuroshitsuji staff. Grell’s disgusting digs at Sebastian just feels totally hideous and her attempts to seduce (albeit in a malicious manner) is done in such a detesting manner that you hope that Sebastian will really disfigure that transvestite’s face. The character portrayal of a totally sadistic personality is done in an extreme manner that leaves nothing to chance, and it is good to surprise the audience after a rather mellow four episodes.
Madam Red’s fate is sad to be honest, and I can understand why the many tragedies in her life might have pushed her to the state of oblivion. You can always ride the high horse by saying that she is just making excuses to kill people (and murdering people is always a sin), but there is only so much that a woman can take in her life. Madam Red’s life is so tragic that her deviant behavior is just a total blob of hatred to those prostitutes who treat abortion like nothing happened.
I must really add that this is an episode where we did see the limitations of Sebastian. He is powerful as a demon, but he seems rather over matched by the prowess of Grell. He was literally struggling against the sheer strength of Grell’s attacks and I actually like the fact that Sebastian’s powers have a limit compared to other similar series (Neuro being one) where they just deus ex machina out of battles. I know that I am not supposed to take Kuroshitsuji too seriously, but it is the limits of the characters that make Sebastian’s nonchalant and confident attitude in stark contrast.
Episode 5 also showed that Ciel is still a child in terms of emotional strength. For all his bravado, he is still a dependent because it is clear that he is unable to attack a woman that is his relative. Even though Madam Red never truly had the resolution to kill Ciel, Ciel looks like he is in total shock from the revelation that his enemy is his aunt. Ciel really fits on the “All bark and no bite” type of character. However, without Ciel’s strong exterior and weak interior personality, Sebastian’s charm in the show will be much lessened.
Lastly, anyone found the scene in the motivational poster to be hilarious? I know I did because it is so out-of-character for Sebastian to be so engrossed over a bunch of cats. As a parting question, do you feel any sympathy for Madam Red?