So I – or should I say we – was right: Elizabeth Middleford has completed a course in zombie killing (no, not literally). As we would have expected, the cute-obsessed lady has taken after her parents in the arts of the sword.
If memory serves me right, I believe that the anime over-exaggerated with Lizzie’s character than that of the manga. Prove me wrong, but I don’t recall the anime involving her parents in the series. At best it mentioned their name once or twice but even that was to a bare minimal. So it might or might not come as a surprise to some that Elizabeth knows how to fight. I, for one, felt amazed. Not surprised, but amazed – like déjà vu with Meirin’s (Mey-Rin) sniper skills.
It’s like they say, the cute can kill.
Originally depicted – and still is – as a lady in love with anything kawaii (for example Ciel), Chapter 57 of Kuroshitsuji reveals Lizzie’s hidden talent: swordsmanship. If one actually thought about her character then the possibility would have occurred, that perhaps Elizabeth Middleford was like her parents – brilliant fencers and swords(wo)mans. Boy, were we right.
To be honest, I didn’t start contemplating about this idea till about Chapter 53 in which Lizzie flinched when Ciel held a gun at point-blank to her face. Had that been animated, I’m sure Lizzie would have screamed. Really loud. But no, she just flinched.
But I’m glad that Toboso decided to throw in this idea – it indeed makes Elizabeth all the more interesting. I’m sure it wasn’t just me who thought of her as an annoying, spoiled brat at first.