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Yana Toboso
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22 Jan 2013 Black Butler (Book 12)
A pleasure cruise turns to horror when cha­os descends upon the maiden voyage of the luxury liner Campania, the reanimation of corpses under the influence of the myste­rious Aurora Society's 'absolute salvation' going awry. Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his singular butler Sebastian get more than they bargained for as soulless loved ones return from the grave only to attack their families and other passengers on a ship that is now all but a floating coffin. And for once, even Sebastian is at a loss when it comes to the walking dead . . .

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (22 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316225347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316225342
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 12.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A no.1 New York Times bestseller! The butler of Phantomhive manor is simply too good to be true...or perhaps he's just too good to be human...

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Yana Toboso is the creator of the wildly popular series BLACK BUTLER which is currently serialized in Square Enix's magazine MONTHLY GFantasy. Her previous work was a single volume entitled RUST BLASTER.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing. 19 Jun 2013
Man, this has been a long time coming. It's been about six months since I reviewed a volume of Black Butler, and I swear both volume XII and XIII had lower print runs or something. The comic shop I order them in from had trouble getting their hands on them, and I could never find them in big bookshops like Waterstone's and W.H. Smith's.

However, I eventually got them, so on with the show. Here's the review for volume XII.

Volume XII, as a continuation from volume XI is just... okay. I mean, it's a bit of a patchwork mess, to be honest. This is around about the time where I started reading the manga every month as it came out in Japan, and reading something monthly means you tend to forget the little things that detract from the story. At least, I do. I was like: "Yay, Grell's back! Oh my god, now they're going to get the ball rolling in terms of story, and the arc is going to be awesome!"

...Except the Campania arc isn't so awesome, in hindsight. It just stuffs our characters onto the Titanic, and everything devolves into bland shounen fight scenes. Even in the slower scenes, where the characters are hiding from the zombies, or just interrogating the mad scientist who created them, it's not exactly paced very well. Things just... happen. I know that's a terrible description, but honestly, that's just the way it feels. There's no real cohesion between events in the story.

I mean, Sebastian disappears for half a chapter. We last see him activating the watertight doors in order to delay the ship sinking, then we see him climb up out of the ocean and muse on how the water is so cold, that Ciel would be very ill if he were to fall in. He's there one moment and there the next, and it's more than a wee bit jarring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cool 25 July 2013
By Heleno
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Getting better in each vol, came in yesterday I read it all I cannot wait till the next one comes
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5.0 out of 5 stars MANGA 15 April 2013
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Well one extremely delighted and highly excited grandaughter when the latest edition arrived. Brilliant teenage books - my grandaughter is very arty and loves the illustration as much as the storyline!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies! Zombies everywhere!! 18 Mar 2013
By Sarah A
Black Butler volume 12 contains chapters 53 to 57.
It is rated OT for older teens due to language and violence. (warning: there is quite a lot of blood in this volume. And I mean a lot.)

Where do I start? There is sooooo much action and character development in this volume!
Pretty much everyone knows about the Titanic but did you know that there were zombies on board too?! Well maybe not really but it makes for a great story!
I'm happy that Ronald Knox is finally getting the attention he deserves! Plus everyone's favourite shinigami returns! There are plenty of fabulous moments in this arc, giving much needed comedy during a serious time.
At the end of the volume is what made me love Lizzie. She was in need of some character development and that is exactly what we get. I did not expect that at all!

I am really looking forward to the next volume. I think that this is one of the most perfect manga series with the most perfect characters I've ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TAKES OFF LIKE A ROCKET--Black Butler at its very best! 23 Jan 2013
By L. A Walsh - Published on
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I've read each volume of Black Butler since it's US release and with Volume 12 (chapters 53-57) the action cranks into overdrive and it's the best page-turning, nail biting ride I've enjoyed in a long, long time of reading manga. I will not give you a mindless rehash of the plot or ruin the story for you...but hang on to your seats and make sure you can read it undisturbed because you will not be able to put this one down until the end--and you'll close the cover with a 'WOW!" and preorder Volumes 13 and 14. Yana Toboso--you've outdone yourself. This makes up for the filler of the 'whodunnit' arc--Black Butler is better than ever...
...however...I will say you'll get a tiny glimpse of a tiny bit of Sebastian in his demon for it!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the mad dash to the bookstore! 2 Feb 2013
By Cricket - Published on
Character development shines in this volume, indicating impressive future changes in the ways each character will react and behave in upcoming installments. The characters are becoming more dynamic, and the interactions between them changing in surprising and interesting ways. This volume left me excited about their further progression. The snarky humor still has it's place in the series and had me giggling here and there through the flurry of action and perilous situation the characters faced from beginning to end. No spoiler here, let's just say Sebastion isn't the only badass in this one!
The Titanic homage was clever without being a rip-off whatsoever. But Titanic buffs, check out the logo on the china dish :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed 29 Jan 2013
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I just love Black Butler the stories are always interesting the fashions always fun. This installment is no different, Ciel, Sebastian and company on a luxury cruise full of danger this volume of Black Butler is action packed and we learn something interesting about Ciel's fiance Elizabeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Them Coming 19 Mar 2013
By darket - Published on
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There hasn't been a Black Butler Vol. I haven't liked yet and this one still keeps fans interested. I would recommend this to any fan of Black Butler.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 5 Mar 2013
By Polka loves Polka Dancing - Published on
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Ok when I saw it was a zombie attack, I kind of groaned but this turned out to be one of my favorite stories. We get to see Sebastian as the devil he can be and Grell makes a fantastic appearance. But the end was the best part. I won't give it away, you have to read it for yourself.
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