Ciel’s best supporters :p
oh my god I didn’t even read this chapter because I literally do not care anymore I just
I REALLY MISSED YOU
Oh hi apparently you like persona and the phantomhive servants
you are in luck because this is almost all I post
I heard phantomhive servants fandom and dwj and came running
sorry about the like spam (kind of embarrassing! ack) but your blog is really nice and so is your art!
haha thank you!
phantomhive servants fandom is that a thing? Can that be a thing? Like, can we subtly distance ourselves from the wank and broodiness and elitism of the kuroshitsuji fandom and just have an offshoot servants fandom full of hijinks and general adorableness? Please say yes.
Also don’t think I didn’t see your tags on the reblog of the Servants fic rec post and I am torn between wanting to know which one you wrote and not wanting to know in case I was one of the ones I was slightly douchey about. :<
if the phantomhive servants fandom is not already a thing, it certainly should be. population: at least two. doneski. (I haven’t actually ventured far into the Kuro fandom…last time checked in, deviantArt was the fandom hub. is it…still full of those very same thirteen year olds? Something tells me this is so.) Of course I say yes to a community based on servant hijinks and feel-good adventures! we are brought together by our mutual affection for background characters and cutie patooties and background characters who happen to be cutie patooties.
oh my gosh, hahaha, I was hoping that’d go unnoticed, I don’t write too much fanfiction anymore and thatwasyearsago oh geez. I’m slightly embarrassed but mostly flattered. don’t worry, you were not remotely douchey when assessing it!
I don’t go deviantArt much anymore since that one time I picked up a nasty virus from one of their ads (!!) so I only know what I see on Tumblr, which is mostly roleplayers, cosplayers, and people complaining about elitism and general meanness amongst the roleplayers and cosplayers. (And thirteen year olds.)
And, wow, I just want to talk and doodle and read excellent fanfic about cutie patooties and sometimes I spend my entire shift at work writing essays in my head about these precious idiots and then I get home and sit down at the keyboard and realize nobody c a r e s
It’s really v. sad on my part.
ANYWAY haha yeah thanks for this it’s very affirming everytime I meet another servants fan.
oh man, yeah, deviantArt’s kind of a hole now, best you don’t look back. Anime fandoms have a weird presence here on tumblr because I find a lot of them go about business as usual as if tumblr operates like deviantArt and Livejournal (sourced art? what is???) and a good portion of it is kind of catty. As with everything, though, there are some swell people and parts to the community!
it is not sad, it’s what we all do on occasion! who doesn’t want to gush about the things they enjoy? I just wish there was a bigger representation of fans for the trio, but I guess the main draw for people to read Kuro is not dumb cuties! (fair.) Anyway, aaah, I am glad we got to start a dialogue about this, thanks for humoring me!
No thanks for humoring ME everything you have said is excellent and makes me really happy
A++ would fangirl again
I am literally the only person who gives a shit, why would I even post this.
So I got to see Ian Sinclair (Bard’s VA and the director for the overwhelming majority of the series) at Go!Daiko-con last weekend and he was amazing and I was a giggling schoolgirl the entire time it was really embarrassing.
This, in addition to the English release of Black Butler Vol 10 (laskdhf;asklhdf babies) has given me a wicked wave of feelings for these idiots, so. I’ve been collecting Servantsfic for a while and I still only have like, 5, so I don’t know if this is indicative of the popularity of the characters within the fandom or the overall quality of Kurofandom fic because a lot of the ones I’ve seen are really just overwhelmingly not good. Some of these I would also probably classify as not great (Homestuck fandom has spoiled me for really good fic, some of those guys are amazeballs, I am not even kidding) but I was able to finish all of them, so. Here are some servant-centric fics.
Atop A Manor Wall I Saw-by Kantayra
Anime. Post season 2. Ciel and Sebastian pay a visit to the manor, incognito. I’ve accepted this as canon. It’s the only way I can cope with the end of the anime. This isn’t servants-centric as much as it is what I’m accepting as a fans apology for the way the characters were treated in the anime on behalf of the writers. (Can we please discuss how awful is was for Ciel and Sebastian to be like “WE’RE OUTIE” and leave them to fend for themselves GOD I am still so mad about that.)
His Butler, Mirthful-by Nimori
Anime. -“Oh, shut up. Ankles and a smile. Is that all we have?” Bard looked at each of them, then a scowl dropped over his face and he slammed the mallet against the counter again. “This is unacceptable. We serve the Phantomhive household too. We deserve better than ankles and a smile from him. We deserve glove-to-skin contact! We deserve a laugh!”- Everyone in the house has a raging awe-boner for Sebastian. They take bets on who can get him to laugh.
Winter Roses-by Kantayra
Manga. -“Don’t tell me you didn’t get Wordsworth anything for Christmas?” Finnie’s eyes widened in alarm. “Or Keats, or Brontë, or Wilde, or Oscar, or Emi—” Finnie’s eyes widened even further, and he thrust Wordsworth back into Snake’s hands. “Don’t worry! I’ll take care of it!”- Finny decides Snake and the snakes need a welcome/belated Christmas party. This is not the world’s greatest fic, but it’s pretty fucking cute, regardless. Also, I’m not sure knitting works that way, but I’ll let it slide this time. If you haven’t ever considered shipping Finny/Snake you probably will by the time this is over.
You are Subject 12-By Madmoiselle Eva
Manga. -You are Finnian, and you are confused, and you are frustrated, and you are incredibly scared that they are going to decide you are too stupid and send you back to being Subject 12, and you can’t stand that thought.- *claws face and sobs everywhere* I wrote about this fic before, but as;kjb;asd I really love it? It never got finished, and as such the third chapter is weirdly out of place but geez. Please it has Finny struggling to function like a normal human being and then he looks at Bard and Mey-Rin and wonders if this is “what family feels like” jesus take the wheel aauuughhh.
Safety in Numbers-by Wolf-of-Words
Anime? -Ciel, who had been leisurely enjoying his Earl Gray and his novel, suddenly found himself not enjoying these things.- I started this one skeptically—there’s a lot of “lol servants are bad at their jobs” fics that are really bad and there is nothing under the surface— but this has a lot of really genuinely funny turn-of-phrase and even though it’s brief and typical, plotwise, it still made me laugh.
Nighttime, Downstairs-by GoodbymyHeart
Manga? -“We’re very lucky, we are. We’ve got our own rooms, and good food, and a wonderful little Master, and a butler who knows what he’s about. We’re looked after, ain’t we? Got people what loves us!” Her smile grew wider. “And that’s more than can be said for many servants in these grand old houses, these days.”- This one isn’t anything special really-it’s short, just a bit of reflection, no plot, and I usually don’t go for those- but go on, see if you can refer to the Phantomhive household staff as a family and not give me gurgling helpless feelings.
Fool’s Suspicion-by Cat in my Fridge
? -“Sometimes Mr. Sebastian throws the young master looks that - that I would probably throw at one of his cakes.”- Sebastian/Ciel, kind of sort of implied Bard/Finny. Finny has some ideas about Sebastian and the young master. I definitely made an effort to stay away from outright shippy stuff because all of it is actually terrible, but I like the way it’s handled in this one. The servants are not terribly socially inept individuals, and if they’re going to paired off in fic, I like it to be as awkward and uncomfortable as humanly possible. Honestly, it’s really blink-and-you-miss-it here anyway.
Ever since I drew that picture of Finny in the cat-maid dress, I’ve developed the headcanon that he just secretly really likes to cross dress.
Like he squirreled that dress away after Elizabeth went home and sometimes he puts it on and blushes at himself in the mirror and is like “wow, I am…really cute.”
Man, I fell in love with the servants pretty much right off the bat because the first arc I read was the Noah’s Ark Circus arc, so right out of the gates my first experience with them was seeing them be unbelievable BAMFs. I suppose the desired impact was probably a little lost on me, on account of how I didn’t read the silly, bumbling comic relief stuff leading up to it first (I saw the first episode of the anime, was unable to wait until the library shipped in the first three or four volumes, and jumped right in to what I already had on hand), but it didn’t make a difference to me.
My fucking heroes, man, goddamn I love them.
Why are you Anonymous when clearly we are meant to be best friends.
This is an amazing question. Like, the comment about not caring about what happens to Sebastian and Ciel in and of itself is great, but then you ask me, “What do I do about this?” as though I have any guidance at all to offer on how to cope with the the fact that the Phantomhive Servants are actually perfect and about a million times more interesting than the main characters.
Sad fact of life, Anon: I have no idea! My current method of coping has been to re-read/re-watch every chapter/episode that heavily features the servants and to unabashedly skip anything that doesn’t. I also like to draw them a lot, which has gotten me precisely nowhere, as well as read some servants-centric fanfiction, of which there is very little. (I actually have been thinking of making a Servants-centric fic rec post. Please let me know if this is a thing anyone is interested in.) The problem I am butting up against is that I got into Black Butler very recently, and as such I had the entirety of 68 chapters of manga and both completed seasons of anime to roll around in. So I got to devour the series in one big chunk, which a hefty dose of perfect amazing servants every fourth or fifth bite. Now that I am waiting for the monthly scanlations of the manga, and the current arc has Ciel and Sebastian away from home (second in a row, actually), I honestly think I might actually die if I have to wait a year to see my precious babies in print again. Fandom Secret: I do not actually care about Ciel and Sebastian at school. I really don’t. /UNPOPULAR OPINION.
It’s not that I don’t like Ciel and Sebastian! I do! I’m just so completely and utterly fascinated by the servants; I am dying to know more about their pasts, and every time they’re shown as actual three-dimensional characters with feelings and neurosis and actual emotional attachments (do I need to link to the page of Mey Rin and Finny bawling their hearts out in the rain again no I don’t think I do) my heart skips a beat and I have to just sit there with my face in my hands for a little while.
I really, really love them.
It’s hard, anon. It’s hard and not many people understand.
The thing I have noticed about being a Phantomhive Servants fan on Tumblr is that it is actually really difficult to be a fan of ANYTHING on Tumblr that is not Homestuck. I think the Homestuck fandom on Tumblr has spoiled me utterly for other fandoms, because the Homestuck fandom is ENORMOUS and INVOLVED and people are constantly creating and discussing and sharing and talking. I haven’t had a lot of luck in the Black Butler fandom, period, because all the participants seem to fall into two categories: Role Players (of which I am not one) and people who reblog things from Pixiv (which is a thing I am always hesitant to do, unless the artist has been clearly and obviously credited). I see very little in the way of original artwork by western fans, and fanfic, at least revolving around the servants, is generallypretty low quality.
Am I just doing anime fandom wrong? Honestly I have never been a fan of Anime until recently (Persona 4: The Animation was my gateway drug from anime-influenced games to actual anime.) Is it because Black Butler is no longer news and I missed the boat? We just don’t know.
I just want to talk to people about my favorite characters! I want to know what people think, I want to share my theories. I want to talk about how Finny is the biggest, sweetest most emotionally volatile goober in the world, and about how Mey Rin is an enormous amazing creep in the anime and how I whish she was more like that in the manga, and I want to talk about Bard, at great length, because his is the one back story you can’t just kind of piece together on your own.
So to answer your question, Anon, I don’t know. I don’t know what to do about it. As you can see, I haven’t been coping well, myself.
That said, my askbox is always open, if anyone wants to gush at me, or talk, or request doodles…anything at all.
phantomhive’s down stairs
i don’t know why i didn’t reblog this the first 300 times i saw it
I’m doing it now