How old is Ciel Phantomhive

Character analysis: Earl Ciel Phantomhive from "Black Butler"

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Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) is an anime set in London in the late 19th century during the Victorian era. As heir to the industrial aristocratic family Phantomhive, Ciel led a carefree and carefree life, which one day would suddenly change. His parents were murdered and the villa burned down. He himself was kidnapped by a sect until he made the pact with Sebastian, who is a demon. He wanted to serve him in exchange for his soul until all those responsible for the death of his parents and what they did to him have paid with their lives. Since then, Ciel has been the head of the Phantomhive family and successfully runs the toy business. In addition, he is called the “Queen's watchdog” because of his devotion and fulfillment of certain tasks for the Queen.

Ciel was a happy child who laughed often. He grew up in well-groomed company. He also often played with his family and with Elisabeth, which he is prescribed. Like his mother Rachel, he had asthma and therefore could not go out like his older twin brother.

On his tenth birthday, when the fire broke out, Ciel ran through the property and saw his parents and dog die. However, while trying to escape, Ciel was attacked from behind and kidnapped. After that it was put up for sale. His kidnapper said he was „rare “and worth more than two people. When he cried, he said that he was hurt and dirty and that he wanted to go home. However, he was chained and locked in a cage with his brother. Masked adults looked at them and announced what a “wonderful evening” they were going to have. Ciel wondered why there was no one to help them. One of the masked adults then put the real Ciel Phantomhive on a table for his victim and stabbed him.

Ciel used to be a very happy child and had laughed a lot, which of course changed after the tragedy. Certain clearly childish traits remained in him, but over time he became colder and colder, a bitter tactician who suppresses every smile and clings to the hatred that is hidden in him. Nevertheless, he shows pride and looks at the people around him like chess pieces. These “chess pieces” have only a certain value for Ciel as long as they fulfill what is required of him.

Ciel is always very loyal to the Queen and wants to avenge every murder that happens in England. He also takes it very seriously when someone speaks ill of them or does not obey the law.

You can watch “Black Butler” on Anime on Demand. Seasons 2 and 3 for purchase or loan, as well as the film. Unfortunately, the first season is currently not available, except in English on Youtube. There's another character analysis here at ScreenFlash next week.

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