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I feel as though nothing is moving the plot, except that we get some needed answers and also pretty good words from Dee. He probably knows what it was like to be just a younger son, bearing the same name except that he was never destined to inherit. And neither would anyone consider him to be.

I just get the feeling that there is some guilt preventing the Earl from giving a balanced account. This balanced account is quite rare, and especially for the Earl, he may have a serious complex thinking that he is trash, or probably worthless and a burden. Especially to his older brother. This does suggest quite a bit about his character.

And also, does answer why he wants to take his brother’s name instead. Because everyone would have preferred him instead, instead of the sickly younger twin. Who would have been unable to take on the Watchdog title. But instead this is irony, again, seeing as how the Earl proves to be a much better Watchdog. Albeit dependent on a demon but he controls him very well.

And well, although not answering much of the questions. Except that once the Earl was forced out of his shell we can see a very successful political career for him. Which sorta wants to make me write a fan fiction about when they are adults, and the Earl is the one who is a lawyer navigating the law front(since younger sons either worked in the military or as a politician or as lawyers, and military was out of the question for the Earl.) All the while backing his elder brother in any risky endeavours he has. I don’t doubt that the Earl would have been any less shrewd even without the tragedy.

But again, I do think that and hope that his name would be revealed next month. It’s quite sad to never know who he was for almost ten years. Though the most likely names in my opinion are: Aster, Cedric or Elic. I highly doubt it was John or something common.

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Nothing really happened this chapter. Except that whenever I see Vincent knowing that he had twins, I would expect him to spend the next couple of days just thinking about names. And he clearly looked surprised. 

Before: 

After: 

And during this wedding, did Frances manage to comb his hair or something. Seems as though it is possible, since Vincent would probably never let his bangs be swept back. 

Generally, nothing really happened, except that Ciel acknowledged that he had a twin. And he was his spare. That’s really all that was to this chapter. Nothing much, other than Tanaka appearing fine, and not just disappearing. 

However, I did want to know more about their relationship together. Since right now, Ciel is pretty hostile, and if he is responsible for Agni’s death. I won’t see a pretty ending coming. 

As for what the Earl did on that day, when he was taken by the cult. Perhaps he had done it intentionally and causes Ciel to be the one who was sacrificed on the altar, or perhaps it is the Earl who wanted to escape. But it does suggest a lot more than survivors guilt, remember, this manga is dark. And Yana would love to subvert this and present a twin relationship that ended in one sacrificing the other, and one coming back by brutally killing one of the Earl’s companions. I would say forget about good brotherly relationships. 

As for why Ciel could come back, the way Sebastian mentioned that he never seen someone like this. Perhaps it is someone who has lost their soul yet managed to be standing and normal. Since chances are, Sebastian ate his soul as the price for him to come to the Earl. 

Well, I do want to know what the Earl’s real name is. Chances are, it is one of the older names Yana thought of using. Or even an anagram of Ciel, but I’m curious. There is a crack theory that Vincent may have called the Earl, Earl Ciel. But I’ll leave it up to the next chapter. 

 

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This chapter is what some have been waiting for years. The confirmation of the twin theory. Where Real Ciel actually shows up, while Ciel is lying. And now, I feel as though the next chapter would be hell for Ciel. Since he would be facing all his fears, all he likes coming crashing down onto him. And for one, I do care about whether he can even pick himself up from this. 

Sebastian nonetheless seems surprised at this turn. Which suggested that he may have a hand in how Real Ciel died and left. While Ciel chose to take the duty of the Watchdog. And I do admit that there would be a difficult rivalry between them, a difficult time. Chances are, they will oppose each other and showdown each other instead. 

Because Ciel might not be as innocent as he says he is. He may have a hand in killing his own brother. And his brother might be quite a jerk, since he was the one who told Lizzy when she was young that he didn’t like scary women. And that was why she began to loathe swords. All the while Ciel might have been the second son, the one who was not meant to inherit. I could see a lot do jealousy, a lot of complicated emotions that would make a happy reunion out of the question. 

Even more so when this is black butler. When have anything been so simple. And the way that Real Ciel actually treats his brother, the way he brings up all his weaknesses the moment he meets him. I’m inclined to believe that he feels Ciel is inferior. 

So, I would say a showdown between twins would be likely. As for Undertaker supporting one twin, I would say that it is highly unlikely. Since it would make no sense for him to not try to save both instead of one. So, I would say the one likely behind Real Ciel really returning would be Victoria. Since we know that she and Ciel have a strained relationship, the way he linked him to his father who died a horrible death and the way he hid Sulin from her. The way she used that murder mystery to try and frame Ciel instead. And the way she seemed to like having bizarre dolls in her army. These are all so suspicious. 

So, what about Undertaker opposing Victoria instead. Undertaker would try to break the contract between Sebastian and the Earl. All the while finding a way for Real Ciel to survive. Chances are he may be a bizarre doll. 

That would make sense why he would start his bizarre doll research once he knew this. That Ciel is being kept by Victoria who is quickly trying to remove the Earl of his position. And that Undertaker would never hurt the Earl. I know that he basically I’d an enemy of Sebastian, but an ally of Ciel. Someone who wants to save him. Not hurt him. And bringing up the twin, isn’t the best thing to go. It may cause even more trauma for him. 

And that Ciel is likened to the King, which puts us at this. Is he the king of Undertaker who is the one playing chess against the Queen? Trying to outsmart her and save Ciel. I would say, highly likely. Since he disliked Victoria, that’s important in this case. Ciel being the king would make sense, since Undertaker would use all means to protect Ciel. Be it from Sebastian or from Victoria. Because once the king is lost, it’s checkmate. Or once he knows who the culprit is, it’s also checkmate. 

But I feel the one who probably suffered the most is Lizzy. Lizzy who suffered because of the fact she has been lied to by one twin, one who she cultivated feelings for. And likely to only be used by the other. At best, wants her as a trophy wife. While the Earl respects her for who she is, for what she is. For all she represents. This makes the Earl the better choice but he lied to her for four years. 

Even at the end of it, I will still consider the Earl the better choice. I mean, just look at that incident I mentioned. He hates a strong wife, and what is Lizzy.  A strong selfless girl who is willing to make sacrifices for the person she loves. Even if they don’t know it. And his comment caused her to loathe herself for such a long time, one that his brother solved by apologizing. I would say Real Ciel is a jerk and wants to be the best in everything or control Lizzy. He doesn’t want an independent woman, I can assure you if he told that to a young girl. 

So, I would say that this entire chapter had revealed the fandom’s greatest theory. And I do believe that this being black butler, the relationship isn’t as pure as it seems. And I do think that out of them all, Lizzy suffers most even more than Ciel. Being lied to by one twin who took his brother’s identity. The other likely wanting to hurt his own brother. And she is stuck in between. No wonder girl looks so depressed the entire arc. 

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What is revealed here can say that it can be his twin. It’s really the only reason why Ciel looks so incredibly frightened, why Soma recognized him and why Lizzy chose to stay at the music hall.

And how the message is veiled subtly. “Who stole the candy from my tummy?” These does suggest that the candy is the ring, and it was taken from his stomach. Well, this is beginning to hint more obviously at the twin. Which I am fine with the twist as it is, as it brings a completely different kind of subtext to the story. 

What did Ciel do? He probably sacrificed his own brother. And his reaction subsequently make me think that he is afraid as he is guilty, and that he had wholeheartedly sacrificed his own brother. 

For this story, I won’t expect survivor’s guilt, since it is one of grey morality from the very beginning. And Ciel barely has a shred of humanity left in him, and we don’t know how their relationship had been. But I can say that the younger twin must have been jealous. Because in Victorian Era, primogeniture was the thing. And so, it makes sense why he would be jealous. He wouldn’t have been accessed to a single cent of the fortune. 

He all the more suffers from asthma, which is something that has affected him quite badly when he was a child. So, what could this mean? He could have a real reason why he would have sacrificed his brother, out of fear and eventually tried to rationalize it as everything would be for himself. 

And really, it does make the most sense among all the other ideas. So, I am more or less ready for the reveal of the twin this arc as it was suggested. 

But I would also expect the twin to be mentally unhinged and rather unstable. And with Sebastian’s reaction, it suggest that he has died and really was revived as a bizarre doll. 

But this is all my speculation and how likely it would fit if the theory is true. There is still that chance there is a completely perfectly good explanation which doesn’t include a twin(Victoria and John Brown deciding that this is the perfect chance to strike back at him, and reveals the twin.)

Or that John Brown and Victoria also has something to do with the Blue Sect(Even though that pointed to Undertaker more due to the Campaigna and the blue star liner), but I think that Victoria closing her eye to this and only bringing up now has a point, and Ciel to her isn’t of the best image. 

So, I think that this chapter revealed a lot and made me think that it’s the twin theory slowly coming to life. But I don’t know, maybe there are other explanations. Maybe there is a whole new twist. But I would expect a brutal faceoff should the twins meet each other again. 

Pandora Hearts 


I really like this manga, due to its pacing and the way it has managed to handle everything and end it quite nicely. All the while losing some characters which to me developed to be quite a favourite. So, to me this manga has been a much better one as compared to others. 
To me, the pacing of some mangas can be a little better. But here, everything is revealed at the right time and slowly builded a completely different picture. And well, twists came when I really least expected it. Really really least expected. 

And well, the entire premise is at first quite unclear to me. About the abyss and time warping. Which was handled really well and gave a fantastic story as it went along. To me, characters development and even deaths were as well done as they were supposed to be. And the ending to me, was perfect for such a story. 

So, for me Pandora Hearts was quite perfect in many ways. The plot, the characters, the foreshadowing and slowly the revealing. And despite it having a hero at the center, this hero is quite different. He after all, suffers from having quite a difficult family background which is also balanced by having some pretty good people there with him. 

The way Alice and Gilbert eventually went on to become very important, and all the twists associated with them is quite unexpected to me, yet I had the feeling that it was coming anyway. 

Eventually, all the characters have a part to play. And most aren’t just an addition, even sometimes for powerless characters they all have their own abilities. And well, all characters got what was coming for them in the end, though most villains redeemed themselves at the very end. Including the villain which you won’t really see coming until a while later. Then the entire situation becomes really weird and at the same time making a lot of sense from afar. Such as what Oz is, and why Jack also inhabits his body. And also what Alice is. 

And well, this was a pretty perfect manga to me. With a proper ending, well at least I won’t be left waiting for an end to this. Do I recommend it? Well you should just check it out and see whether it is to your taste. I can assure you, it has a bit of comedy which balanced out the pretty dark moments in this manga. 

Chang Ge Xing (Manhua) 

I know I have posted a post about this with the same title. That was a drama while this is a manhua. I really enjoyed this work, even though right now it is on hiatus. To me, the real selling point on this work was how Chang Ge was thinking about her own identity, her revenge. And eventually finding a path for herself. Also, there is a sense of slow romance here. I sense that the ending for this series is Chang Ge marrying towards the Turks at the end, seeing as how she barely even left a name in history. All that she is known as is by her surname, and nothing else. So, chances are the author wouldn’t be able to make her name in history but still give a suitable ending which is that she married a Turk in the end, or she left the country which I think would the best way out. 

Despite crossdressing initially, the author added a lot of layers. Such as her struggling to identity with being a man and a woman at the same time. Whether her path was on revenge or to help Tang. Those were the moments which I savoured very much, about Chang Ge. 

Eventually, it also went towards her Heritage. Chang Ge is born to an Uighur mother, and her father. Both have some impression on her. And both leave a mark on her. It doesn’t feel as though it was either her father or mother, both sides have made her who she is. And well, I really liked this as well. 

As for Ashina Sun, depending on how you view it. He is someone who lives by his own heart and he isn’t a savage. He simply makes decisions based on his heart and feeling, and doesn’t let it down ever. It is clear given how he treats Chang Ge, even after finding out that she is a woman. And really, the way that he always tries to protect his tribe, those that were under him makes him not so much a ruthless commander. Just one who is stuck in a terrible situation, after he was taken from the Khitans. 

I admit that the historical context is really well done, and the art is glorious. Given that this is just at the beginning of Tang, I wouldn’t expect much on its riches. Since it is before Wu Zetian, where Tang reached its peak. But the Khitans, the Uighurs and the Turks especially all resided near the Tang Dynasty at the point. 

And Chang Ge’s decision to become one of the princesses who would marry outside the country, to me was realistic. There were so many instances which happens depending on the situation, Emperors either married their own daughters or someone close to the family. Not just random women of their clan raised to the title of Princess. 

I really enjoyed how this work was true to its history. The Xuanwu gate incident had indeed robbed Chang Ge of not just her father, but also all of her brothers. And the reality is painted well here. 

As for the arcs, I really began to ship the two of them together, since it was rather good to see their relationship grow closer and closer together. Both have their own development, and their own personalities. The romantic tension, could be said is there yet not completely so. But I do want to see them together in the end. And despite all, they are rather independent and both accept the decisions of each other rather than fight to be together. 

Ultimately, I guess this manhua appealed to this history lover and the fact I wanted to not just read about romance. But also about war, and a lot more. Here is a very good way of portraying Chang Ge, and there are some very intelligent moments and analysis. And the male and female characters, they are all quite different in their own way, and the women despite being in a patriarchal society aren’t merely just vases. 

So, I would recommend it to those who are quite tired of seeing women objectified or wanting a different sort of work from the usual shoujo work. Though, I would warn you that the manga is on hiatus and may not be restarted for quite a while. So, don’t pick it up if you want an ending to your series. 

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Well, Soma survived. But it really seems that Agni would die, given it all. I’m more or less confirmed seeing that there was a panel where Ciel asked whether he was even breathing. And well, he’s not. The only thing I’m really sad about, is that these two characters in a sense provide some light for Ciel despite all, and well especially Agni who really is a model butler, to the degree that he would out his mother above anything else. 

So, was Yana right to have ended the chapter in the way it was, she was. Having Sebastian for once commend Agni, and even a way of saying that he was a much better butler than Sebastian was. Which was true. Sebastian only cares about aesthetic and his meal, but very little for Ciel. While Agni is willing to die for Soma. That is really the pinnacle in a sense. 

As for Sebastian, I wonder will he learn from Agni. Or will he die for Ciel in the same way. It is difficult to guess, but with his death, I can say that we can finally see some growth in Sebastian. For good or for worse though, I can’t really decide. 

More likely I want to know what would happen to Soma after this. Maybe he would become consumed with guilt and revenge. Maybe he would instead go back to India. Which I highly doubt would happen in this case. 

As for Ciel reacting, the shock can be real. Since it used to be a safe place for him, one which wasn’t always targeted given the way it seemed that Soma and Agni remained there for quite a long time. Most importantly I want to see Ciel reflecting a little bit on his own actions, and see how vulnerable he really is. 

As for the attacker, there are just a lot of possibilities. But there are definitely two assassins in this case, one which held the gun to Soma’s head and the other who took care of Agni. This suggest that perhaps it is Lord Sirius, and the other attacker might be Lord Polaris given how his room looked. Almost as though he had a pretty twisted mind, really. So, having Agni die the way he did, with multiple knives suggest really that man is a little sick. 

Well, I’m more or less curious as to who the mastermind was. Some think it’s John Brown, which does have some merit given that the Blue Sect existed for two years yet they are only being investigated now. And that, who could actually stay right behind him, Queen Victoria. And well, she is a very sketchy character from chapter 1 to allow Ciel to become the guard dog when he was only ten. And well, I’m still not surprised if this turns out to be real. 

As for the younger attacker being Ciel’s twin, I think the possibility is high. And well, Undertaker may only be just someone who took care of him, but not necessarily helped him. I mean, John Brown is really suspicious if he could travel to Germany in a single day. So, my idea is that Queen Victoria, in a sense perhaps is keeping his twin for the moment where Ciel betrays her, and then she will have a doll of sorts that she could control. A guard dog that will be solely loyal to her and would help her in starting the war that she wanted. Since Claudia, Vincent, Ciel, they all have their mistakes and their weaknesses. And even they are not fully loyal to Victoria on the level that she wants. 

I mean, look at their death dates. Vincent died on the same day as Prince Albert, effectively Ciel’s birthday. And Claudia, although not on a 14th but on a date of the 13th, like her son’s birthday. 

With this, I highly doubt it is Undertaker behind the whole Blue Sect. But another character who wants to really torment Ciel, and well use this kind of means to start driving away his allies. 

Well, enough said. This are mostly theories that I have thought up or read and seemed to have made sense to me. But, as I said only next month’s chapter would reveal something more. And well, I think we have seen quite a bit of plot progression at long last.