I love Kuroshitsuji (anime, I almost never read any manga) and when I saw a Kuroshitsuji poster when I was out, I literally stopped mid-track and let out a shriek.
Fu was all concerned going, “What? What???”, which immediately turned to a cheh-face when I told him the source of my excitement T_T
But upon closer examination, I can’t say I’m excited about the casting choices, specifically the butler.
This is the manga/anime version:
Ciel Phantomhive (the young boy) is head of a noble family and he is served by his butler, Sebastian Michaelis who is in fact a demon. Ciel has formed a demonic contract with Sebastian, and when Sebastian has helped Ciel finish all of his tasks, including avenging his parents’ deaths, Sebastian will be allowed to consume Ciel’s soul.
I first watched the anime in 2008 I think, and I am rather attached to Sebastian. He is confident, smug, highly skilled, ruthless and manipulative, yet fiercely devoted, loyal to the death, not to mention extremely smexy :3
Let’s take a look at who they casted for the movie:
Ayame Gouriki actually gives off a decent Ciel vibe, so not much complaints there.
The movie IS called the Black Butler, so it’s quite superfluous to say that the butler is the pivotal role in the series. But looking at the poster, I am not inspired in the least.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Hiro Mizushima, and loved him when he played the butler in Mei-chan no Shitsuji (Mei-chan’s butler):
But Mizushima as Sebestian? This is one butler he is not suited to play.
Sure, he looks the demon part all right. But that’s about it. From what I see in the trailer, he’s too effeminate for my tastes. I also don’t feel the overawing sense of power in the fight scenes. Nothing hooks my attention and leave me with bated breath.
He lacks the mysterious, dangerous aura. That certain charisma and power that Sebestian commands. That overflowing feeling of smexiness that Sebestian radiates.
I’m one very disappointed fan :(
If I were to cast, I think Gackt would make a very good Sebestian indeed. At the very least he would look the part.
Wouldn’t you agree? Even if you know nuts about Kuroshitsuji, WOULDN’T YOU AGREE this guy here would make a good demonic butler???
Well, back to the movie. The official website can be found here and the trailer, as follows:
The movie opens today (Jan 18), but I probably won’t be catching this in the theatres. I don’t even know if I will be ever watching it…