|The Butler, Peerless|
|Japanese Title||その執事、比類 |
Sono Shitsuji, Hirui
|Arc||Luxury Liner Arc|
|Release Date||February 18, 2011|
|Previous Chapter||The Butler, In the Fray|
|Next Chapter||The Butler, In Vain|
The Butler, Peerless (その執事、比類, Sono Shitsuji, Hirui) is Chapter 54 of the Kuroshitsuji manga.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Michaelis continues to battle with Ronald Knox. Ronald compliments Sebastian, saying he's as good as he's rumored to be. Sebastian replies with a thank you. Ducking Sebastian's punch, Ronald abruptly looks at his watch and says it's almost time. He hastily makes his way to the exit, saying he's not supposed to be dawdling and is not planning to write an apology letter for being tardy. Ronald says his farewell, calling Sebastian by his despised nickname of "Sebas-chan." Sebastian is left alone, perturbed by Ronald's sudden withdrawal from battle.
The scene changes back into the threesome in the bottom freight storage. Ciel tells Elizabeth to run as the Bizarre Dolls pursued them from behind. They, however, blocked the front of the exit as well. Ciel manages to shoot one Bizarre Doll through the head as they become increasingly cornered by the abhorrent Bizarre Dolls. Ciel tells Elizabeth get on top of the luggages. As she climbs, Ciel notices that he's outnumbered. One Bizarre Doll suddenly attacks him from behind, but he is saved by one of Snake's snakes. He turns to see all the Bizarre Bolls temporarily binded by snakes and Snake grabs Ciel from above the luggages. Ciel realizes that the Bizarre Dolls could not climb up the luggages. Snake notes that his snakes' poison are not affecting them and the corpses have a detestable, putrid stench. He continues to determine that the Bizarre Dolls don't seem to have any intelligence, sense, sight, or pain for they did not react to the snakes at all, much less trying to shake them off. He also says that if they had any intelligence, they would have headed upstairs where more "food" is.
Ruling those out, Ciel concludes that the Bizarre Dolls must rely on their sense of hearing and they could use that as an advantage to distract them. To test the theory, Snake threw a plate in a different direction. The Bizarre Dolls ignore the crash from the plate and continue to surround the luggages, proving the sound distraction as futile. As Ciel analyzes how the Bizarre Dolls are able to follow them, the luggages where they are sitting on began shaking and they realize that the Bizarre Dolls are eating away at it with their teeth and nails. Snake says he couldn't stop them with his snakes since there are too many Bizarre Dolls. Ciel anxiously wonders why Sebastian's "playtime" is taking so long and hugs Elizabeth, saying he'd protect her at least, no matter what happens.
Sebastian appears, throwing knives at the Bizarre Dolls and muses how admirable it is of Ciel, to speak as how an English gentleman is supposed to. Ciel orders Sebastian to stop procrastinating and destroy all the Bizarre Dolls. Sebastian runs toward the Bizarre Dolls, aforementioning that it's not very stylish of him to but if destroying their heads is enough, he'll settle for smashing their heads is the quickest way for eradicating them. He does so as Ciel watches in awe, reminiscing how Sebastian killing them so brutally, describing the scene as "splattering crimson, a dancing demon," is the same as the he was being freed from slavery. He then corrects himself, saying it is not the same, as this time, he's outside of the cage. Ciel thinks to himself that his butler isn't killing the ones who soiled him, that "Ciel" isn't here anymore, and that he's the Earl of Phantomhive, that he is solely himself before Elizabeth distracted him. He realizes that he's panting and clenching Elizabeth's shoulder.
Sebastian smiles up at Ciel, informing he's done, surrounded the blood and Bizarre Dolls' devastated bodies. Ciel looks in horror as Sebastian tells him to come, raising his bloodstained gloves. Ciel climbs down the luggages halfway by himself, telling Sebastian to not touch him with those filthy hands. Sebastian apologizes, changing his dirty gloves into immaculate white ones, helping Ciel down. While Sebastian aids Elizabeth down, Ciel grimaces at the bloody ground, asking if Sebastian could have done it more elegantly, saying he acted "just like a beast." Sebastian then apologizes once again, saying it was an emergency.
Sebastian notes that the Bizarre Dolls' bodies are considerably weaker than typical human bodies. Ciel asks how many Bizarre Dolls they are and Sebastian, in response, aims his knives directly at where Rian Stoker is hiding, saying to ask him.
Rian, exposed, hastily makes excuses for himself, saying he hadn't planned on reviving them to such an unhealthy state. He attempts to run, but Sebastian stops him and says he is willing to listen to Rian's story leisurely. Rian blurts out that the ship is divided in the front and in the stern, with a boiler room separating them, thus, there are two freight storages. And in the front storage, he has stored ten times as many samples i.e. Bizarre Dolls as they were here. The scene then varies to show the front freight storage room, filled with innumerable coffins already opened.