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Black Butler (vol. 20) by Yana Toboso, translated by Tomo Kimura

Black Butler, Vol. 20 - Yana Toboso, Tomo Kimura

The Queen wants Sullivan, so Sebastian forces Ciel to snap out of it by telling him that choosing not to seek revenge voids their contract, so that means he can eat him. Ciel and Sebastian figure out that

Sullivan was actually helping to make something more deadly than mustard gas – the old crone was her mother, who lied and built a whole web of fake folktales just to isolate Sullivan and make sure she'd keep working. At the end, Ciel gives Sullivan a choice: either come with him, or he'll shoot her.

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This volume's bonus: Black Exorcist.

Okay, so the thing Sullivan's mom did was needlessly complex.

For 10-13 years, she and those working with her set up a pretend village with a genius little girl as its leader. They broke her feet so that she couldn't escape and made her think the formula she was working on was actually some kind of spell. WTF? And with no guarantee that all those years of work would pay off.

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As for Sebastian... Yeah, there is definitely no warm, fuzzy protectiveness towards Ciel in that corner. Ciel is future food and current entertainment, and that's it. It was kind of nice to see Sebastian start to let loose a bit, and I absolutely loved the artwork during the bit where Ciel broke free of his flashback loop – Toboso can do some absolutely gorgeous double-page spreads.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)