There's no hiding my addiction to the anime adaptation. I've seen every episode at least three times, I cling to my crack OTP theory like it's my life, and I write original fiction...based on Black Butler. But, simply put, volume one doesn't perform as EXCEPTIONALLY as I expected it to, but it still holds the merit of Toboso's clever writing and plot development. It's fast-paced, reliably humorous, and dark and eerie in small sections of pages that practically beckon you towards volume two, almost as if Black Butler is promising to elaborate if only you just get through the soul-sucking (pun intended) character introduction. I'm just assuming the manga provides some real action later, but for now, the domestic adventures of the Phantomhive household will do nicely enough.