Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic

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Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
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Key visual
Japanese 劇場版「黒執事 Book of the Atlantic」
Hepburn Gekijō-ban Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic
Directed by Noriyuki Abe
Screenplay by Hiroyuki Yoshino
Based on Black Butler
by Yana Toboso
Starring
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Cinematography Yukihiro Masumoto
Edited by Masahiro Goto
Production
company
Distributed by Aniplex
Release date
  • January 21, 2017 (2017-01-21)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $248,286 (US & Canada)[2]

Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic (Japanese: 劇場版「黒執事 Book of the Atlantic」, Hepburn: Gekijō-ban Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic) is a 2017 Japanese animated film based on the Black Butler manga series written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. The film was produced by A-1 Pictures, directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, featuring character designs by Minako Shiba and music by Yasunori Mitsuda. It premiered in Japan on January 21, 2017.

A few months after its Japanese release, Funimation announced that they had licensed and would screen the film in a limited theatrical release in North America later in June of that year.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Ciel,Sebastian and Snake board the luxury liner Campania on her maiden voyage to investigate the mysterious Aurora Society, who is rumored to perform experiments to raise the dead. Onboard the ship, is also Elizabeth, her older brother and parents as well. While sneaking into a meeting of the Aurora Society, where they have a short meeting with Undertaker, Ciel and Sebastian witness doctor Rian Stoker use a machine to reanimate a dead woman, who starts attacking the attendants. Ciel chases Stoker but meets Elizabeth and Snake instead in the ship's cargo, where they find several other reanimated corpses who attack them, but Sebastian appears in the nick of time to rescue them. Upon interrogating Stoker, Ciel discovers that a larger batch of corpses is stored in another place of the ship, as they also awaken and attack the ship's crew and passengers. Amidst the chaos, the ship crashes into an iceberg and starts sinking.

While attempting to escape, Ciel, Elizabeth and Sebastian are approached by Grell Sutcliff and Ronald Knox, who despite being onboard the ship to investigate the Aurora Society as well, attack Sebastian for being a demon. The two reapers distract Sebastian while Elizabeth and an injured Ciel are about to be overrun by the monsters when Elizabeth decides to make use of her fencing skills to dispatch them with ease. While the reapers give up on fighting Sebastian to look for Stoker, Ciel and the others reach Elizabeth's family as they prepare to evacuate the ship. After leaving Elizabeth and Snake with them, Ciel and Sebastian return to confront Stoker as well and discover that the whole incident was orchestrated by Undertaker, who reveals that he is a retired reaper and that he arranged for the Aurora Society to get their hands on the process to reanimate corpses as part of his own experiment.

While fighting Undertaker with the reaper’s help, Sebastian is wounded by Undertaker's death scythe while protecting Ciel, and the reaper witnesses the moment when the two formed their contract, as well as Sebastian and Ciel's training until Ciel receives his title as Earl Phantomhive. Back in the present, Undertaker makes his escape as the ship is about to sink completely and Stoker falls to his death, with Ciel snatching Undertaker's funeral lockets in the confusion. Both Sebastian and Ciel barely escape the ship on a lifeboat, but they find themselves surrounded by the remaining corpses and knowing that they will attack the other survivors should they attempt to escape, Sebastian has no choice but to fight and destroy all of them by himself down to the very last one all to protect Ciel. The next day, with all corpses disposed of, a rescue boat appears to pick them up.

In the post-credits, William appears to rescue Grell and Ronald, scolding them for failing in their task, while Sebastian and Ciel meet their friends aboard the rescue boat.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice actor[5] English voice actor[4]
Sebastian Michaelis Daisuke Ono J. Michael Tatum
Ciel Phantomhive Maaya Sakamoto Brina Palencia
Elizabeth Midford Yukari Tamura Cherami Leigh
Undertaker Junichi Suwabe John Swasey
Grell Sutcliff Jun Fukuyama Daniel Fredrick
Ronald Knox Kenn Joel McDonald
William T. Spears Noriaki Sugiyama Barry Yandell
Snake Takuma Terashima Spike Spencer
Baldroy Hiroki Tōchi Ian Sinclair
Finnian Yūki Kaji Jason Liebrecht
Mey-Rin Emiri Katō Monica Rial
Charles Grey Ryōhei Kimura Clifford Chapin
Charles Phipps Tomoaki Maeno Brandon Potter
Aleister Chamber (Viscount of Druitt) Tatsuhisa Suzuki Todd Haberkorn
Edward Midford Seiichirō Yamashita Justin Briner
Rian Stoker Kaito Ishikawa Dave Trosko
Francis Midford Atsuko Tanaka Elizabeth Maxwell
Alexis Leon Midford Jouji Nakata Jeremy Schwartz
Lau Kōji Yusa Jerry Jewell
Madam Red Romi Park Lydia Mackay

Production[edit]

An animated film adaptation of the manga was announced on the official anime's Twitter account on October 10, 2015, with the cast from the anime television returning to reprise their roles in the film.[6][7] It was later revealed in February 2016 that the film would be an adaptation of the manga's Gōka Kyakusen story arc (volumes 11-14), titled Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic, with the main staff from the Black Butler: Book of Circus anime television series also returning.[5][8] The film was released in Japanese theaters on January 21, 2017.[9] Sid performed the film's theme song, titled "Glass Eye" (硝子の瞳, "Garasu no Hitomi").[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 劇場版 黒執事 Book of the Atlantic (2017). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Funimation Licenses Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic Film for Screenings in Theaters This Year". Anime News Network. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic Anime Film's Video Reveals June Screening in U.S." Anime News Network. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ "Black Butler Manga Gets Anime Film With Returning Cast". Anime News Network. October 10, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Chapman, Paul (October 10, 2015). ""Black Butler" Anime Theatrical Film Announced". Crunchyroll. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ Green, Scott (February 17, 2016). ""Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic" Anime Movie Announced". Crunchyroll. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic Film's Teaser Video Reveals January Premiere". Anime News Network. August 8, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 

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