Minnie: The subs for this anime are so slow… that’s my only complaint for now. Anyways, the fourth episode starts off with Ciel in his usual carriage ride. The Queen has a task for Ciel it seems. Soon, Ciel returns home, noting that London is far too crowded today. Sebastian gives the reason of moving as an explanation to why. The two of them hope for a peaceful time at Ciel’s London townhouse since the four workers are not around. Instead, they find Madame Red and Lau, looking around for tea. What a noisy bunch! Poor Sebastian and Ciel indeed. Now, I am curious. Is this going to turn out to be a funny episode? Or an action packed one? Or both? All I know is that I like Madame Red and I can’t wait to see more of her.
Minnie: From watching this episode, it is an odd mix between humor and horror. The action is not seen for the most part, which can be either a bad or good thing depending on your taste. Anyways, this episode deals with “Jack the Ripper”, a serial killer who murders prostitutes. I love how the Queen left such a task to a child like Ciel. Then again, Ciel is no ordinary child. This is the reason why he’s in London anyway so he can investigate the situation himself. Lau makes fun of him for this because well, people go mad when they see such a bloody crime scene. Still, Ciel’s unaffected. We get a scene of him visiting the most recent crime scene, only to be dismissed by the Scotland Yard. Oh darn. However, we all know that Ciel doesn’t give up that easily. Little did those investigators know, he has his own investigator under the name of “the Undertaker”. That’s his name I think. Or at least, it’s on the sign on top of his building.
Minnie: The Undertaker is a very strange man. Why? Because he greets his guest while coming out of a coffin. Even stranger, if you want information out of him, you need to make him laugh. Lau is up first and he tries a lame pun. He’s out. Madame Red goes on with a dirty joke. I laugh even though I have no idea what the dirty joke is. She’s out. Last, but not least, Ciel must make hiim laugh. Look at the kid though. He has a continuous scowl on his face. How can he make anyone laugh? Sebastian comes to his rescue and sends everyone out of the house. The Undertaker almost dies from laugher from Sebastian’s joke. I really want to know what it is now. Anyways, the clue he gives them is that the Jack the Ripper always surgically remove the female reproductive organs from his victims. From this clue alone, Sebastian is able to figure out that the suspect must be a doctor, who has no alibi for the suspected time, and part of the black cult. The bad thing is they must find out the perpretator before the week ends with everyone returning home. Have no fear! Sebastian is here!
Minnie: Did I mention that Sebastian is amazing? He has a list of culprits ready, find out about the parties they are attending, narrow it down to one suspect, and make tea in time before the rest of them come home? Greil and Madame Red are impressed. Too impressed. I guess they suspect nothing. The next scene is the one in which Loli female Ceil comes out of a marriage as Madame Red’s niece. Can you ‘fanservice’? I hate to say that Ciel’s too cute for comfort. Oh, and Sebastian is ‘her’ tutor. Madame Red is taken in by the party while the other two look around for the suspect. There is one problem though. Ciel’s fiancee Lizzy is attending this party too and her cute-dress detector spots Ciel. Ciel, as a boy, would rather die than have his future wife sees him like this. Sebastian agrees.
Garrick: I really couldn’t add anything previous to this… since… well, you got it all. Mainly, I’ve been captivated with this episode as soon as I saw Ciel as a girl. Sorry, Elizabeth. You can’t dress guys in dresses for squat compared to Sebastian and Madame Red.
Minnie: I am beginning to see why people think this series is shounen-ai. It is definitely NOT shounen-ai, though it pokes fun at the concept like Ouran. There is a bit of shounen-ai goodness in Sebastian dancing with Ciel to get closer to the suspect Viscount Druitt. It sucks that it doesn’t last very long due to Ciel’s stamina. On the plus side, Ciel has gotten attention of the Viscount instead. Sebastian takes his leave. Now, if you have a sense of humor, you’ll find this deliciously delightful. How can anyone not laugh at the aspect of a pedophile flirting and molesting a loli, but really a shota on the inside? I must say- my respect for Ciel skyrocketed with this scene alone. He is very mature and determined to hold out this long with this bastard. He even flirts back to get his motives done. Bravo! However, Lizzy spots Ciel again and this time, there’s no escape because the dance has ended. I wonder if anyone saw this coming- Sebastian saves the day again! Except, this time… as a magician? Where in the world did he get that box?
Garrick: Ow. That’s got to hurt. At the head?
Minnie: Moving on from the magic show (I laugh too much for comfort there), the awful pedo leads Ciel to a dark room where the scent makes him fall asleep. Again, this next scene is either a hit or miss with the audience. It’s a very interesting yaoi dream Ciel has with Sebastian. But it’s not really a yaoi dream no matter what it sounds like. The dream can be explained as Sebastian putting on the corset for Ciel earlier that day perhaps. When Ciel wakes up, he’s being aunctioned to the black market. It’s a good thing the pedo didn’t touch him to make sure he’s a girl. Thankfully, Sebastian is able to come anywhere at any time so Ciel calls for Sebastian to save him. Within a flick of candelight, Sebastian manages to knock everyone out and rescues Ciel. Hurray!
Garrick: Man, Sebastian is amazing. Although… really, at this point, I’m not surprised. I had that whole thing totally thought out. I knew what was going to happen… so, yeah. When the time comes that Sebastian gets beat at something, I’ll like this anime more. Not that it’s bad now.
Minnie: In the entire episode, this is probably the most interesting scene. Ciel and Sebastian talk about the contract between them. Apparently, Sebastian is unable to escape Ciel even to hell. And vice versa. The thing is Sebastian cannot lie to Ciel either. So, none of this is Sebastian’s fault since he’s only doing whatever Ciel is telling him to do. Ciel tells him to find the suspect- Sebastian did just that. The episode ends with Sebastian carrying Ciel bridal-style out of the window and onto the roof. Lizzy’s senses are tingling and she almost catches them. The next day, on the newspaper, Jack the Ripper strikes again. Does that mean the guy they thought was the suspect was innocent? What is this? Sebastian is not perfect?! I love this resolution!
Garrick: It’s the newspaper’s fault. I bet. But, it does make sense, since, after all… Ciela’s (Ciel… =P) “uterus” wasn’t sold, but her as a whole. It’s a difference that stood out. So… yeah. Maybe that’s it. It seemed a bit too obvious for me to believe that it’s the only reason Sebastian made a mistake.
Minnie: Again, Kuroshitsuji is very well-done in how it blends horror and comedy all into one. The action is not as apparent and I’m leaning more toward humor than horror on this one. Still, I find this episode well-done and cute. I don’t know why but the horror in this show doesn’t scare me. They make me laugh instead. I wonder if that’s good or bad? I love Sebastian and I love Ciel. Greil and Madame Red are good with me too. I’m beginning to enjoy Lau more as well. The cast is awesome. The plot is actually going somewhere now. And I can’t wait for the next episode more. Good job. Nice episode.
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 7/10
Garrick’s Rating for Episode Four: 6/10 (But, it could be like… 8, just for Ciel)
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 10/10
Garrick’s Anticipation Scale: 7/10
-Minnie and Garrick