The Magdeburg Relic

I just didn’t feel as though this was written for me. Initially, the beginning was intriguing as well as fascinating. It was written in such a way which really made me curious.

But I just didn’t care. The characters fell flat to me, with very little depth which I enjoyed or even saw among the characters. And for much of the book I was confused as to what they even wanted in the first place.

None of them had much of any motivations at all, which caused me to just be comepletely unable to immerse myself in it.

Well, this just wasn’t for me. The writing was to my taste, but the characters were particularly bland and the plot felt rather aimless.

Rating: 2 out of 5


Kuroshitsuji 124

I think plot moment is finally here. Even though the previous chapter already revealed the whole scheme of things, and why Ciel started the boy bands. It wasn’t solely for competition but for the sole purpose of having Sphere Hall slip up.  

And about the blood theory, I don’t think it has anything regarding bizarre dolls now, seeing who are its recipients (mostly old men) which makes me think about it, what are the chances of Sirius also being an old person like him. But instead, I think it might have been more to the cult which had bought Ciel. We know that Ciel was sacrificed by the cult, who wanted to summon a demon for wealth, and eternal youth. Which also makes sense here. 

As for the blue star, I don’t think it has anything to do with Ciel’s past at this point. Seeing the last chapter, and the arc titles where a butler and master duo were introduced, it always had been with a colour. 

Red Butler Arc

Yellow Butler Arc 

Green Witch Arc 

See my point. It has a lot to do with colours, and as such I think we are due for another butler master duo. 

As for the photographer, there seems to be a lot with him. And I was right, he did turn out to be a part of them if he freeloaded off Tanaka, because he’s a freelance journalist of some sort durinh that era. 

As for the photograph that Ciel was afraid for Soma to see, may not have shown a twin, instead it may have shown a really embarrassing situation for Ciel, or something that was personal to Ciel. Ciel’s mental psyche also could hint about his family since he’s more than likely to have developed some mental issues after that. So I don’t think the sole reason is because of the twin, but I do think it’s another. Or it could be the rumored picture of Ciel being put in a dress by Rachel. 

As for Abberline, definitely would expected that from the beginning. Seeing how Yana also had some hand in the anime, dropping small hints is still helping I would say it’s having a parallel the anime. Then what about Lizzy? Maybe Bravat also had another motive regarding her, seeing that she’s still missing. Which also has another parallel to the anime. Where Lizzy goes missing. 

As for Undertaker having involvement, maybe not, seeing where it’s heading. But Bravat at the last chapter is clearly doing something, and seems to have further proved his intellect. And those old men were still idiots for having believed him, and had almost no observant abilities to have knew about it. But then, what does he mean by the End? It could be a lot of things, maybe something had been reached using the Sphere Hall after all. But I’ll think I’ll work on this once I have an idea what is happening or the possible outcomes. 

Kuroshitsuji 123 

What I have seen this chapter was quite interesting indeed, since the stars finally talk. Which brings me to this, do I think now that Undertaker had a huge involvement in this? Maybe. It goes either way now. 

Because it the stars definitely seem to be completely able to have personal thoughts, and are not obsessed with souls. Which either means Undertaker really stepped up his game, or they are humans in the first place. 

Which comes to chapter 115 where we see the hand, and most say it’s that of an old man. Lord Sirius may just be extremely old, and that it may not be Ciel’s twin. To me, that has some basis and a lot of truth, but there can still be another plot twist thrown in about that one. 

As for Bravat, I’m still interested in him and his character especially his motives. He might not particularly involved with Undertaker, it doesn’t exactly point to him now given how the Lord of the stars are. But I’m still interested in why he’s doing this. 

As for the Lord of the stars, apart from Sirius, who never spoke. It seemed that they might be human after all, but possibly inflicted with an incurable disease of sorts and believe blood is their answer. I don’t think it’s immortality or vampires, since there seems to be a butler inside. Well, it might be an introduction of a new butler-master duo. As for Polaris, it might more be Lords than Lord. But they still remain incredibly mysterious. 

So, do I think that they would be new characters that just have a lot to do with Ciel’s past seeing where this arc would head and was told it would go down. Likely, as we can finally see who actually was the cult that tried to sacrifice him, as they might have been desperate enough to resort to that. But I’m placing my bets on the cult, it seems to still be the most mysterious of all, we still don’t know much about the..  

But moving on, to the newspaper reporter, it seems too suspicious that he seemed to be wearing roughly the same thing as the guy whose face was never revealed inside the Aristocrats of evil. Though he does look quite young, and my running theory is that he was just a late addition. It makes sense, since I know very little about all their backgrounds and some haven’t been revealed yet. Those we know who are involved with the Phantomhives before Ciel is Undertaker, Dedrich and Madam Red, not so much on the woman who cover her face. So the camera guy, is 90% a part of the Aristocrats of evil, I’m really thinking it. 

But nonetheless I did enjoy the boy band part, but here we do see it come nicely to a close. To me, I’m fine with the explanation we are given, and also some hints about the similarities between Vincent and Ciel. Both have a rather similar way of doing things, just it might be different. After all, Vincent is one complicated guy, I’m still trying to see him as a character and really thinks that there is far more than what we see. And that there might be more importance to Rachel, as Vincent could be just the red herring thrown to us, it seems suspicious to really mention the father yet not the mother. And I don’t think for a second Rachel was kept in the dark about what her husband does. Just look at Elizabeth, she knows despite only being Ciel’s fiancée.  

And I read this chapter many days ago, just waited until the English version came out. Since I’m more or less paranoid about missing out on something given my ability to read Chinese and understand it. 

Bleach 670

Okay, I’ll admit it now, I’m a full bleach girl. I enjoy the series and some characters that many of the fandom hates.

Kenpachi here attacks once more, and that he just looks so demonic. Well, Gerard being sliced in half can still survive, well it would make sense. He is the miracle who gets stronger from damage. At least he did not change into something too ridiculous.

Gerard comes back looking more like an Archangel. And possibly more Valkyrie. Kenpachi then goes on another strike before it just so happens that his elbow gets cut off.

Well, it’s realistic. Otherwise what was the need to having to train, and the next scene when Yachiru had apologized. I get it, that bankai could not just be mastered during thr first time and it would make sense that he would be as well. One thing I liked about Kenpachi’s bankai, it is the perfect one for him, simple and easy because let’s face it he’s simple minded, he’s not very rational neither would he think through fights at all. He’s like the cut first think later guy.

My main reaction would go to the later part. Where we know what happens.

More on the end where Toshiro just grows up. My initial reaction: Wait, what? I actually think he’s an okay character, just that he hasn’t Bern handled very well. And his track record is bad due to being at a disadvantage and/or it being interrupted for the sake of plot.

The theory I have about Toshiro’s current form is that his bankai. Even though I didn’t know that it had to do with hell until I read about it, and that it was Buddhist hell. For me, that was a wake up call that I really need to understand more about my previous religion like really and its eighteen levels of hell. Well, it’s eighteen levels of hell, I have seen the pictorial depictions of it, and never forgot. It was just too scary and my mother had talked to me that I just could not handle it for a while, I was only a eleven year old back at Haw Par Villa 

I have read online about his bankai theories, the one part where he would die after using it, well I don’t think so although it can be true before the time skip when his body just could not handle the strength.  Thus, once he withstood it it would be possible that he would die from the sheer strength. But now I don’t think so.

Also, the part where the ice petals run out his bankai disappears, I think it can be for when he was before the time skip. Where his bankai will disappear due to Hyorinmaru’s interference where it would just disappear or seal. However, it was never confirmed only speculated but never implied nor told. So it was foreshadowed back then. So asspull, not really. It had been something planned and foreshadowed that was put in such a way that I didn’t think about it and would have led me to think that it was a limiter.

Also, the part where he just grows up, it is possible since his power is ice, is that his growth had been stopped or something like crytostasis(did I get the spelling right?) where he stopped due to his powers. I think it had a huge link to why he stopped aging and would make sense. Thus, when his bankai reaches maturity, so does he to adjust with the sudden increase in power which is my theory and believe.

Another fight would also be the part about Harribel, he always said reaching maturity but never that of mastering it. This was another thing that had me thinking where it could also be that there could be more. Even now, his bankai may well be incomplete. Just look at Zanka No Tachi. That has four forms.

The link to hell, I could see was to do with the eighth level of hell, I see why I did not see it, because I was only seeing the pictorial descriptions of the ten levels of hell.

It is the eighth level to hell, called the hill of ice, the very function of it is to punish Cold-blooded schemers(for money or power most likely) and ungrateful blood suckers (also for money most lieu), including those who ill-treat their partners and elders, will find themselves naked in this freezing cold environment.

I highly doubt Toshiro’s powers would be like that, but I think it would make the surrounding entirely in ice or something very loosely based on this. Or his powers could be based on hell and putting Gerard in hell, like literally an ice hell.

And in the ten levels of hell, where it is used  to punish those who commit corruption, those who steal and gamblers by freezing them in blocks of ice.

Also, another one to take note of as I saw it, whilst scrolling through those morbid and gruesome images. As this also can be another power.

Although I’m not entirely sure and most of this are just very bare in details. I think I might need to pay a trip back to Har Paw Villa or look at some books on hell. Now, I’m shuddering as back to gory depictions or images. However I do believe it would influence it. But I’m holding a wait and see attitude on this.

Also, the more demonic bankais and or transformation may be due to the fact that the Shinigami in literal meaning means death gods than that, and that this also have heavy influences on Buddhism where those who guide the dead here are mostly demons and nowhere near as nice as angels. So, there is a link why there are more demonic bankais here rather than angels. From what I read on wikipedia, they were demons that made people want to commit sucide and that they possessed them. So, another reason for the more demonic bankais.