Having had its first performance yesterday afternoon, reviews are in on the Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) musical.
Described as being dark and stylish, the musical adaptation of the 2006 manga and 2009 anime series by Yana Toboso, titled Black Butler – The Most Beautiful DEATH in – The World – The Thousandth Soul Fallen to the Death God (Kuroshitsuji – The Most Beautiful DEATH in – The World – sen no tama to ochita shinigami [「黒執事」－The Most Beautiful DEATH in -The World－千の魂と堕ちた死神]) has been met with a great deal of success. For those unfamiliar with the plot, it takes place in 19th century England, where Ciel Phantomhive searches for his parents’ killers so that he may seek revenge. To do so he makes a deal with the demon Sebastian Michelis, who is “one hell of a butler” and agrees on the condition that he will eventually devour Ciel’s soul. Of course, there are death gods who hope to stop that, mostly out of jealousy.
The musical follows the same plot and sees the 19 year old actor playing Sebastian making his first major performance. When he was asked about how he felt about the role after the premier, he said that he had felt some pressure, as it was only his second time around being on the stage. To make sure he could fulfill the role accurately, he read the manga and viewed the anime to better understand Sebastian as a character.
A great deal of detail was similarly put into the costumes and set to ensure they felt as if they would fit the 19th century. The music was composed by Taku Iwasaki, and carries a pro-rock feel befitting Ciel and Sebastian’s character. To help ensure it would be effective for the stage’s acoustics, though, much of it was set at a simple monotone. Rather than be a downside, however, it helped save the show from being two dimensional.
The show itself will run until May 27 in Tokyo, then move to Osaka for a run from June 8 to June 9.