Black Butler Movie Review: A live action that goes beyond the anime

Black Butler is yet another live action adaptation of an anime series which will be shown exclusively by SM Cinemas beginning July 23.  Ranne and I were lucky to have been invited to be part of the exclusive premier screening for this movie. The premier was held at the SM Megamall Director's Club CInema, and together with us are other Otakus like Rayan Posadas of Anime PH, Jilian of The Cosplay and Anime Cafe and the peepz at Anime Pilipinas.

Black Butler movie is a live action movie based on the manga and anime series Kuroshitsuji.  THe manga is written and illustrated by Yana Toboso and debuted on September 16, 2008 while the anime adaptation premiered in October 2008 with 24 episodes.  There were also a second and third season for the anime with the second season in 2012 with 12 episodes and the third one's first episode aired on June 10, 2014.

The movie adaptation of Black Butler run under the same premise and basic concept of Kuroshitsuji.  The main character, Kiyoharu Genpo / Shiori (Ciel Phantomhive in the anume) made a contract with the Sebastian (a demon) in exchange for helping her find out who killed her parents and exact revenge on them.  After accomplishing that mission her soul will be consumed by her butler, Sebastian.

Anime and Movie Adaptation First Impression

If you will be watching Black Butler live action you should consider it as something new and different and avoid comparing it with the anime.  There are some variations with the anime including the story about the main character.  In this movie "Ciel" was depicted as a female which returned as a female dressed as a boy.  The name had also been different, as well as the family from Phantomhive to Genpo.

The time setting of the movie was also different since it is set in 2020 Asia compared to the anime which is set in 19th century England.  Based on my research the main reason for changing the time frame and setting is because of the producer, Shinjo Matsuhashi having problems casting Japanese actors for the film.

I will not dwell so much in the anime and movie comparison since honestly I have not watched the anime and I would be too assuming to say that I know about it.

The True Connection Between the Anime and the Movie

Now, did I just tell above that I will not dwell so much on this?  However, just as I was about to conclude this article I found the answer to the question, "Why is the movie and anime different?" and here is the answer.
In the movie adaptation, "Black Butler" is set in the year 2020, this is a 130-years leap after the events of the manga and anime.  The movie brings in a brand new adventure of Sebastian returning to assist a descendant of the Phantomhive family.  Sebastian's new master is Kiyoharu,the young leader of the Genpo Group, whose real name is Shiori because she disguised herself as a man to protect her status as heir to their family's estate.  Bound together by an unbreakable master-servant loyalty, Shiori traded her sould for Sebastian's service.  Both of them carry out secret missions from the Queen.  When they are assigned to look into an ongoing serial murder case, Sebastian soon discovers a world that humans should never enter.  - SM Cinema.
So technically, the movie is independent of what is happening in the anime.  This also explains the background on the movie which says that the family adopted Genpo after they settled to the new place.

Movie Quality of Black Butler

Black Butler exceeds all my expectations for a movie.  In fact even if you hate or love anime, a fan or not or have even known the anime of Black Butler it does not matter.  This movie created something in its own.  It is like a brand new movie which you would watch at theaters and then come out fulfilled in terms of every single aspect of it.

The dialogue was superb, the acting of each character was magnificent, the fight scenes were surreal and the flow of the story was so smooth and engaging that you will not dare move your eyes out of the screen.  I ranked two movies of Mel Gibson, "Braveheart," and "The Patriot" as the best movie that I have ever watched however, after watching Black Butler they overtook them without even a single reconsideration.

Black Butler has strong moral message

The movie dwells much in human morality and the realism of the world.  It dwells with the basic reality of the 7 deadly sins of man, most specially greed and vanity.  People would do everything to achieve what is best for himself and this film shows just that.  It will begin by debunking the existence of God and yet in the end reminding everyone of the goodness of humanity and the relevance of God in this world.

Though Black Butler is a made-up movie, it dwells so much on what we fail to see in our everyday life.  "Humans are the real demons," as quoted in the movie is but a realization of what exist on this earth and can surely be applied to what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 which killed 295 people and the massacre of civilians including women and children in Gaza.

As you watch the movie you will have a lot of realizations and you will surely relate to the movie.  It shows the true emotions of a human being and the sarcasm of "demons."

Recommendation on Black Butler Movie

You should definitely watch this because failure to watch this will surely be something you will regret and I mean it.  This is probably the best anime live action I have ever watched and you will surely agree that it will also be among your top favorite.  For me it surpasses even Ruruoni Kenshin and Hunter X Hunter for sure.

Well we did enjoy the movie and here are some shots to remember this one a kind movie experience at SM Megamall Director's Club cinema.


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Cosplay Fashion Run, Not Your Usual Cosplay

Cosplay Fashion Run wants to give cosplayers and everyone a feel of a one of a kind event where a new experience will surely be created.  From P499, the organizers decided to give a general admission with a P149 pass to everyone.  This lowered pass excludes the singlet.

If you want to avail of the singlet and other special items then you should get the P499 pass.  P499, seems to be so much for a cosplay event and general reactions from cosplayers would definitely bee, “that’s too expensive.”  Most of us are accustomed to joining conventions situated in malls where there are general entrance fee ranging from P100 for general admission to as high as 1,500 pesos for VIP tickets.  You get to see booths, buy items, get to know cosplay celebrities and more.  Did you know however that a P499 registration fee for a fun run is in fact very affordable?  COSPLAY FASHION RUN 2014 is an attempt to diversify a cosplay event which is worth supporting and joining.

Cosplay Fashion Run organizers, Great Events said that the fee already includes a singlet plus some freebie items from sponsors of the event.  Attendees can also join the Amazing Cosplay Fashion Runway and Ultimate Cosplay Party to be conducted at the same day.

You will get a chance to party with DJ Superman and his custom EDM and dance to the rhythm of known Otaku bands.  Famous singer, model and international Wushu astist Janice Hung will also be there to present her newest single Cruel, also do a personal meet, and greet.

Listen to custom anime EDMs from DJ Superman, a former game master and now a businessman and is also known for his famous EDMs

Get to meet and know more about Janice Hung, a beauty with a heart.
This first ever cosplay fun run for the benefit of St. Leonards and Mary’s Foundation will be happening on August 23, 2014 at the Amoranto Stadium.  Families, high school and college students, call center agents, social media followers and running enthusiasts are also invited to attend.

Although cosplayers are highly welcome on this event, this is more than just an event for cosplayers since it is a fun run open to the general public.  Being in costume is highly encouraged however if you do not want to wear a costume just use the singlet for the event.

Another worth participating is the Cosplay Fashion Runway.  The organzers has yet to publish the mechanics for it but by just the sound of it seems to be very exciting.

Cosplay Fashion Run is co-presented by Naruto Cosplayers Philippines (NCPH) together with Anime Cosplay Colors PH as official group partner.  Media partners includes :  Hero TV, Inquirer.net, My Channel Now, Wheninmanila.com, Activshow, DZDD, DZME, RMN DZXL, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, Anime PH, The Cosplay and Anime Café, Filipino Cosplay Scene (FiCS) Magazine, Anime Forever and Forezine Digital Anime Magazine, JereraldUy.com, Otakuplay, Ranneveryday, That Hikikomori Guy, and The Products Blog.

If you are a company who wants to really be part of something new then this event will be something worth considering and supporting.

For more information you can check out the Cosplay Fashion Run Community Page at www.facebook.com/cfr2014 and follow the hashtag #CosplayFashionRun

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Tokyo EDM Invasion hits Manila, don't be left out

If you want to experience something new, refreshing and definitely something you would remember then you should join and come to one of the best events ever, TOKYO EDM INVASION 2014.  This unique event will happen on August 2, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia from 8:00pm to 4:00 am.

This will be the first time that Tokyo EDM Invasion will held here in Southeast Asia. Countries like the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Shanghai, Macau, Hong Kong has already experience the fun of The Love and House world tour.  Once you join, you become part of history.  Remember that unlike any other  Japan’s forces are going to be led by Geisha’s, Ninjas and Sumo Wrestlers.

Otakuplay = Anime + Cosplay and Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) will officially cover the event for everyone.  

Why is Tokyo EDM Invasion different?

  1. Cosplay Party to the Max.  You get to join a real all night till morning party while in cosplay!  It is a celebration of Japanese culture that allows you to be totally in character and at the same time feel the rave of the party and drink a bit.
  2. Japanese EDM.  This is a chance for you to hear and party to the sound of Japanese EDM.  Electronic dance music (also known as EDM, dance music, club music, or simply dance) is a set of percussive electronic music genres produced primarily for dance-based entertainment environments, such as nightclubs. This is the rarest chance to meet DJ Dantz, the best DJ in Japan and he has produced music for international artists and famous DJs gaining a name for himself with music on the top charts. He has toured Europe and rocked crowds of up to 100,000. He’s also the resident DJ of LOVE&HOUSE WORLD @ WOMB ranking No.2 in the world according to U.K. magazine, MIX MAG. 
  3. Unlimited Alcohol and Free Drinks.  You can just but the General Admission ticket at P950 and you will get 1 drink from Jack Daniels or enjoy unlimited drinks plus food when you buy an SVIP ticket worth P5,300.
  4. Ultimate Nakama Party.  This is an ultimate party for your friends.  Get to drink and party the Japanese way.  GA Nakama Package only costs P1,350 for 3 and it comes with 1 drink from Jack Daniels (saves you P1,500).  For those who want an ultimate party then choose the VIP Nakama Package which entitles the ticket holder to get 6 VIP Tickets + Standing Table and each ticket comes with 3 shots of Jack Daniels (saves you P6,400).
  5. Get paid to use a taxi.  Yes, that is right if you use GrabTaxi to get a cab and go to the event, they will refund you P150.  Cool right?

For more reasons on why you should be part of Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014 you can read this article, "7 Reasons Why Tokyo EDS Invasion Is A Party You Can't Miss?"

Who to expect at Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014?

Here are the line-up of Japanese Artists:
  • DJs:
  1. DANTZ - EDM
  • Taiko drummer, Makoto Yamamoto
  • Dance Crew, Kai-Zen
  • VJs, Tsubasa and Dynamo
Meanwhile there will also be local (Pinoy) artists at the event.  Here are they:
  • Dj Ace Ramos
  • Deuce Manila
  • Curse and Bless
  • MC Sam Rhansum
  • Philippine All Stars
What to expect at Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014?

  • Modern Geisha's welcoming you to this all out Tokyo Invasion! 
  • A Geisha House as your SVIP Area, with Unlimited drinks and Sushi Platters for everyone. 
  • The Neon Strip Lounge as your VIP area that showcases downtown Tokyo with drinks and Sushi Platters for everyone.
  • One of the best Taiko Drummers in Tokyo, Makoto Yamamoto, to add more BASS to your Club Music! A mixture of traditional Japanese Culture, with a modern way to party! 
  • One of the most sought after choreographers / dancers, Kai-zen Crew, giving you Ninjitsu Technique showcased in their dance moves!
  • 2 VJs to rock your visual experience & take you out of this world! 
  • It's an ALL JAPANESE clubbing experience like no other! EDM at it's finest.
So get ready and be part of TOKYO EDM INVASION 2014 on August 2 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia.  Remember that this fun party is only open to ages 18 years old and above.  Do visit and like their Facebook page.

You can win tickets to the TOKYO EDM INVASION 2014 via www.narutocosplayers.com and Ranneveryday.

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Bela Padilla talks about cosplays at malls and jumping at an escalator

GMA 7 artist Bela Padilla was suddenly at the receiving end of commentaries from cosplayers and the Otaku community as she tweeted, "Maybe it's not good idea to have cosplay events in malls.  I saw a sword in my peripheral vision and I almost jumped off the escalator."  The said tweet was later on deleted and she then promoted her show on June 19 entitled Day off were she cosplayed, "human barbie doll," that is according to her.

After receiving some replies and commentaries, including a tweet from yours truly, Bela managed to make a bunch of conversations which does not add up to what she said in the beginning.

"I just complimented a cosplayers costume and dised a mall, read better next time," one of her reply tweets said.  If the post was not deleted and we will read it correctly this seems to be not very accurate.  

Paraphrasing the tweet means:
  • She saw a cosplayer with a sword and was surprised.
  • Since she has a "phobia" of swords according to her own tweet, she over reacted and posted the tweet.
  • "Maybe it's not good idea to have cosplay events in malls," is not dishing the mall nor complimenting a cosplayer but rather it means "If I were the mall manager it is better not to have cosplays at malls."
She even said that this tweet was intended as a message to malls.  You be the judge if it indeed serves such an intention.

Another tweet reads, "Should have given you guys a secluded area for your event. No hate intended. #peace."  Does she mean cosplayers can't leave the event area to eat or even buy something in the mall?  Or does she mean they should remove their costume before roaming around in other areas of the mall?

Here are screenshots of the series of tweets regarding the #cosplaysword :)

Later on, @padillabela would post a photo on Tweeter with her in costume and promoting a show to be aired on Saturday, July 19.  Was the tweet intended to catch the attention of the cosplay community and serves as a marketing ploy? Looks like it to me.

No pun and no hate intended as well for Ms. Bela Padilla but her argument on this issue does not connect at all.  She should understand that by her own tweet some people would really feel insulted thus they would react negatively.  Instead of apologizing, @padillabela was also on the offensive judging from her tweets.

What do you think of this issue?

As for me a simple apology would do since it is not really responsible to say a thing like that and there are people that was offended seriously.  It might be her own opinion but she is an artist that is also well respected by many.  If she does not want to apologize then life goes on as well.  It's just her opinion any way, well, nobody cares.

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It's been a while since I have written for COSPLAYER PROFILES in this blog.  This time I will be writing a short introduction to two cosplayers who will also be featured at the maiden issue of FOREZINE DIGITAL ANIME MAGAZINE under my section under the same title.  Let me then introduce you to Taicho and Johara. 

Laurence Diolata or Taicho is one of the founders of Otaku Tanoshi and at first glance you will mistaken him for Hero Bautista.  The desire to meetup with friends and meet new friends plus the chance to portray his favorite character  by becoming the character  is what made Taicho love cosplay.

"A very effective stress reliever. It's a hobby here to stay," he said when asked about cosplay in general.  As a cosplayer he already managed to cosplay the following characters: Hibari Kyoya(Vongola Gear: Cambio Forma version), Vergil(in-game version) from Devil May Cry 3, and Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh.

One of Taicho's dream is to cosplay a Super Sentai or Power Ranger character, preferably Gedou Shinken Red.  In order to do that he plans to slim down and make some adjustments in his lifestyle.  "Future Dream is for me to cosplay Gundam Strike Freedom with mechanical hydraulics or actuators at the back to move the wing part," he added.

Johara Trissa Pescasio, Johara, Trissa or Johssa is a typical Filipina cosplayer.  She has the usual light brown complexion, a more than usual 5 feet and 6 inches height, and an extraordinary attitude of being a positive thinker.  She is also a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at the University of Santo Tomas.  Johara followed the belief “putting timidity as your front act will never get you anywhere.” 

This cosplay girl sees cosplaying as a stress reliever.  "Honestly, when I was younger I didn't see myself in clothes or costumes similar to that of the anime or online game characters. I was just invited by a friend to cosplay during the Level Up! Live event last November 2010. Then I thought "why not?" It would make a new environment for me, a new experience and let me meet new people,." Johara said.

The first character which she cosplayed was the Valkyrie Randgris from Ragnarok Online. second, the Blood Isis from Rising Force (RF) Online. She plans to cosplay more characters in the future and share her passion with others as well.

Know more about these two cosplayers and learn from them by reading the maiden issue of Forezine Digital Anime Magazine.  I am sure that you will learn a lot from them.  Please do visit www.facebook.com/AFanimag.

For those who WANT TO BwillE FEATURED HERE or in FOREZINE please send us a pm at www.facebook.com/OtakuCosplay.

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