Ok this little project was almost a total failure, I guess I’m less approachable than I thought. But as I am a man of my word, I present to you the meager offerings I have. Anyway onto the requests.
Request: My Thoughts on the Demons of Black Butler
I admit the demons are something of a mystery to me. Black Butler never exactly explained how most of its supernatural stuff worked and the demons in particular are a bit of a mess. Also it’s been a long time since I watched the show, so that doesn’t help. The only absolutes with regards to demons are that they eat human souls, must obey any order their summoner/master gives them when they have a contract, and contracts are more powerful the closer the seal of the contract is to the summoner’s eye. I seem to recall, perhaps incorrectly, Sebastian saying demons couldn’t lie, but the demons in the second season definitely lied to their master so that may just be Sebastian’s personal policy. Or it could have been true in the manga but have been dropped in the anime. The most baffling thing about the demons however is how they are summoned. There isn’t a specific rule or ritual as is typical of demon summoning in fantasy. For example Alois, the blondie from season 2, intentionally summoned his demon after wandering into its hideout and speaking with it. Ciel on the other hand summoned Sebastian without even knowing about demons. The only common link between Alois and Ciel is the trauma they were exposed to as children and having some level of interaction with supernatural beings before making a contract with their respective demons. The demon contracts and behavior draw most of their traits from the tale of Faust, tempting and serving humans in exchange for a chance to devour their soul. It’s also implied that by forming a contract and working with the demons, the summoner’s soul becomes more ripe/tasty to the demons, which is why they bother with the contracts at all. The demons are very hit and miss as characters. Sebastian is great, Alois’ demon is in violation of serious Sebatian copyright infringement and is therefore less interesting, and Hannah and her three servants confused the hell out of me back when I watched Black Butler season 2 because Hannah’s behavior was distinctly different from that of her fellow demons. I think the demons would be more interesting if we knew more about them, if you look at both seasons, because otherwise they raise too many questions and it hurts your immersion in the show. If we limit it to season 1 it matters less because Sebastian did not really need to be explained the way demons as a whole do, it was always pretty clear why he was working with Ciel and why Ciel needed an amazing demon servant. Anyway, with the demons addressed I feel morally obligated to tell any potential readers of this post to watch season 1 and only season 1. Maybe you can try out the Carnival one since it was retconned into season 1 but I never watched it so I can’t vouch for it.
Request: Take an Analytical Approach to Explain Kimimaro and the Bone-style Kekkei Genkai and how it works with Chakra Control, Body Manipulation and Matter Conservation.
Well in true Naruto fashion, the reason why Kimimaro has this ability is because his clan inherited it from Kaguya. But to because I was asked to do this analytically, you bet your ass I’m going to. The three things mentioned in the request were chakra control, body manipulation, and matter conservation with regards to Bone-style. Let’s start with matter conservation. In the show chakra is basically just treated as an energy source and the laws of physics are never addressed, but if you pay attention it usually acts like super dense matter. Take for example Neji’s Kaiten, Hinata’s Twin Lion Fist and the Rasengan. All three moves use raw chakra and in each one the chakra easily deflects or smashes physical objects, even though the objects are usually larger than the jutsu. In this sense chakra can be thought of as very dense matter. This would also explain the huge increases in physical strength seen in Rock Lee. In Lee’s case the huge surge of extra chakra translates to a huge increase in the density of his body, therefore he can deliver blows far too heavy for a normal human. It also explains why the 8 Gates puts so much stress on the user’s body, if you demand your body to move super fast despite being much heavier than normal, thanks to all the extra chakra, you will suffer serious damage the same way an elephant would if it ever fell down moving at full speed. As for elemental techniques, they can be thought of as chakra that has been given a specific type of charge. Different types of charges will affect the way the chakra changes in surface area and density, it may also govern how it moves.
Body manipulation is nothing new, Choji has been doing it since the Chunin exams and several other characters like Jiraya and Juugo have demonstrated the ability to change their bodies. Body manipulation also works with how chakra is super dense matter. In Choji’s case, his techniques essentially allows him to convert the very dense matter of chakra into the less dense forms of matter found in the human body, which in turn causes his surface area to expand significantly. Jiraya and Juugo use a similar technique though they also seem to do more than just adjust the surface area of their bodies or hair. In fact most body manipulation is far more involved than Kimimaro’s, involving changes to flesh, size, and bone structure. For Kimimaro the only thing that changes is his bones, though he can manipulate them to a far greater degree than most forms of body manipulation. Which bring us to chakra control. I think the best explanation is that Kimimaro and his clan evolved a chakra vein network that was completely concentrated in their bones instead of flowing near their major organs. If their chakra flow was limited in this way, it make their bones more chakra dense, giving them access to far greater mass in a much smaller area. All of that additional energy and mass, concentrated in a relatively small area would account for the drastic shifts in bone shape, mass and density that Kimimaro demonstrated during his battles. So therefore my hypothesis is that Bone style comes from a rare genetic deviation in which the chakra vein network becomes intertwined with the skeletal system instead of the major organ systems like the pulmonary and digestive systems.