黒執事(Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler)

Based on the manga of the same name by Yana Toboso, Kuroshitsuji live action is set in the year 2020 in an unnamed Eastern nation. Mizushima Hiro comes back from his retirement to play the role of Sebastian Michaelis. Replacing Ciel Phantomhive from the anime, Ayame Goriki plays Earl Kiyohara Genpu (Genpō Shiori), the Queen’s Watchdog.

Before the movie was released, people have been complaining about how Mizushima Hiro does not look like Sebastian Michaelis at all. And I was also one of those who disapproved of Sebastian’s new unkept, unflattering hairstyle but after a while,I realized, it’s ok, it’s Mizushima Hiro! *biased*

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Nanba Senpai didn’t have the most sophisticated hairstyle either but that didn’t stop him from convincingly portraying the playboy dorm leader in Hana Kimi. So he’d be just fine pulling off an obnoxious, good-looking demon. He’s also got some butler know-hows thanks to Mei chan no Shitsuji.

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Mizushima Hiro proved his naysayers wrong. He was perfect for the part!

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He is,in fact, the saving grace of that movie. I wouldn’t have sat through it if weren’t for him.

Kuroshitsuji’s trailer showed some badass action scenes that heightened my expectations but I must say that even though I enjoyed some parts of the movie, I still find it quite lacking.

I’ve seen the anime and have enjoyed it. I love it when Sebastian expresses his utter amusement of watching Ciel in misery. Ciel would counter with an adorable sense of authority. And Sebastian would comply by saying “Yes my Lord.” I don’t know why they the movie had to change that famous line when Hiro could speak English fluently and his voice is swoon-worthy. The bantering between Sebastian and Ciel were just a delight to watch. Those snarky exchanges proved how deep their relationship is. It’s like in real life,when we can insult our best friends the way only best friends could understand. And that’s what’s lacking in the live action. I do not mind that the setting and plot were totally not related to the manga/anime. I do not mind that Seb’s got a new master,or in this case,mistress. What disappointed me was the lack of chemistry between Sebastian and Shiori.

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Being a Phantomhive descendant, Shiori inevitably inherited some of Ciel’s characteristics: cold, revenge-driven, tough. However, Gouriki Ayame couldn’t effectively convey the bitterness and rage of her character. Somehow her actions end up being stiff and robotic; her facial expressions are too contrived and quite repetitive. Her confrontation with that ‘cardboard cutout of a villain’ wouldn’t have come off as cheesy if she were able to express her pain and move me to tears. That scene totally looked like a clichéd soap opera.

Aside from Maid Rin’s kickass moment, all the other supporting characters were underused. Tanaka is supposedly funny but his attempts at comedy are a tad tiring that I actually felt a bit annoyed whenever I see his super fake mustache. The Undertaker looked like he’s from Alice in Wonderland. Yuu Shirota is an eyecandy as always, but his character was not of big relevance.

Beautiful costume, magnificent cinematography, attractive actors, and awesome fight scenes. Overall, I’d say Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) had the makings of an epic movie turned into a missed opportunity. It looks good (as proven by the trailer), but the end wasn’t satisfying. Watching it was like eating at a buffet, only to come out hungry.

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