Ranka, disturbing shinigami style?
Hypothesis: This episode is likely to suck because the last episode is so awesome that they have to blow it up.
Result: The hypothesis is not supported. Episode rocks.
Elizabeth came to give Ciel a gift she bought for her birthday. However, she saw the ring that she broke totally untarnished, and Ciel told Elizabeth Sebastian fixed it. When she realized that, she made an excuse that ladies should not give presents freely and ran off without giving the present. Sebastian suggested that it is probably for his birthday, and asked whether to make a party. A flashback showed the happy past of Ciel and his parents, only for the burning flame to kill everything off. The end of the flashback was with a cult who left a deep scar on Ciel. Back to the present, Ciel said it was a worth of time.
On her way back to the house, Elizabeth asked Paula how she can be so cheerful. Paula apologized for that, but Elizabeth said that she was just admiring her. Paula started muttering to herself, only for Elizabeth’s ring of hope to shine. The puppet then appeared with the tune of “London Bridge is falling down.” She chased the puppeteer to a doll store in a back alley. The puppet said that she was not the rightful owner of the ring, but she had beautiful eyes. However, he said those eyes were filled with sadness. She told the puppeteer about Ciel’s incident. The puppeteer said Elizabeth can choose anything in the room as a gift. However, he corrected himself by stating that a gift to someone important had to be special. He then told Elizabeth, “How about giving yourself to him?”
Ciel was informed of Elizabeth’s disappearance. It seemed that the case of the missing girls was linked to the Ring of Hope because they were given that ring of misfortune. The puppeteer asked his master what he should do to the “latest doll”, and that man simply sang, “Follow what the master wants, do it now, do it now. My fair lady” in that creepy London Bridge tune. Ciel told Sebastian to accomplish everything in three hours, while he had something “unimportant” to do. As they reached the place where Elizabeth was reported to be missing, Ciel was somewhat slighted over bringing Pluto. Sebastian told Ciel to bring Pluto, so he could escape.
Ciel asked Pluto to sniff Elizabeth’s gift to track her. Amusingly, Pluto ignored Ciel’s commands and was having horny rushes toward a female dog. A voice then resounded out about Pluto’s behavior and his love for redness. It was Grell. Grell mentioned how he no longer had a master, and he was restricted due to the Madam Red incident. Grell described how William was a total bastard, but he loved his cold and sadistic look. Grell asked if Ciel wanted revenge, but there was only a dog and a child. Pluto charged forward and growled. Grell thought that he was going to be attacked by the hot “man” and was ready, only for Pluto to run ahead of him. They have found that doll place, and a doll strongly resembling Elizabeth was on the display counter. At the back door of the doll house, a creepy looking castle loomed. Ciel realized that Elizabeth must be in the house.
Ciel asked Grell to protect him, and he would accept any request. Grell said he was not a filthy woman that could be bribed with money. However, Grell readily agreed when Ciel promised to give Sebastian to him for a day. Grell asked if he can do anything like a kiss, even below the waist (Impz: I wasn’t in time to cover my ears), and Ciel agreed. Obviously, Grell accepted the proposal. The puppeteer was hymning with an unconscious body of Elizabeth. Entering the castle, Ciel was assaulted by a “doll” resembling one of the missing girls. He was strangled, and he tried to seek help from Pluto. However, Grell said that Ciel was looking for the wrong person to protect him, as he broke the doll’s hold. He explained that his chainsaw was confiscated, as he only had scissors. Grell happily cut through the doll with his scissors, despite Ciel’s warnings that it might be human. It was really a doll of clay.
The puppeteer said that it was a failed product, and sang that it would be better to make dolls of steel. Ciel gave Grell and Pluto orders to play with the steel dolls, while he moved on ahead. Grell said that Ciel was heartless, but Ciel said he did not want to hear that from a death god. Ciel was worried because he feared that Elizabeth would become a doll like those beings. The puppeteer said a special person like Ciel deserved a special doll. Ciel asked about Elizabeth’s whereabouts, but he was ignored. The puppeteer continued and said that he would use a gold alloy for the doll. Ciel rushed to find Elizabeth, only entering a room with speaking masks. At the end of this room, he opened a door just to see Sebastian at the window, with the symbol of the cult on the floor. Sebastian said that Ciel’s birthdays always reminded of death… Elizabeth was going to die in his birthday.
Ok, for all the dark feel in this episode, I strangely only remember the comedy sections of this episode. For the first thing I will mention, it is the welcome return of Grell, the disturbing and disgusting piece of crap that generally illuminates the show with his appearance. I mean, who can tolerate the fact that he explicitly mentions what he wants to do with Sebastian.
My eyes and my ears were too slow to react as I absorbed the full impact of his sexual profligacy. I laughed so hard when he describes whether he had the approval to go down there too. I nearly died of laughter due to the obvious yaoi vibes that were made to sound so damn stupid.
Also, who in the living hell managed to make Pluto stupid enough to be funny? I applaud you for doing that because I am totally amazed how the dog’s natural behavior is funny enough to make me laugh. Maybe it is because it managed to tick off Ciel so much, and the chibi scene with Sebastian just ups the factor in why I loved Kuroshitsuji so darn much. It is the nice mix of humor and rather dark gothic themes that make it brilliant. I am glad that the series is returning to its very roots to fix the shit they gave us in the middle episodes.
I personally think that the three servants are a detriment to the series, and I mean it that way because they do not even contribute to make Sebastian awesome. Since Sebastian is already awesome, there is almost little need for them to be there. Other than Takada who really provides decent comical relief, the other three just grates on annoyance to outright useless paper-thin characters that offers nothing to the Kuroshitsuji plate. It is of little surprise that the better “filler” episodes of the series did not involve them at all. I hope to hear some arguments for them, so I might understand the situation better.
On the issue itself, it sounds like Ciel’s parents were killed by a cult that hated them. I do not really understand it since it is mentioned so rarely and in an arbitrary way. I do hope that they give some happy ending for Ciel at least because it will be a really haunting thought for Ciel to suffer another painful loss. He already lost so many loved ones, and I really do not wish that Elizabeth will become a doll.
The problem is that the show has proven that it has the ruthlessness to kill off main characters if they wish to. I cannot assume that Elizabeth has the main character protection. If the doll appearance is any indication, we might speculate that Elizabeth is already dead by now. I hope not, because I love a happy ending for Ciel. I know that his eventual ending is one of eternal hell, but I wish for him to be happy at least once in his birthday.
To end off, what do you think about my comment of the three servants of Phantomhive? Is it justified or mere petulance on my part? ^_^