By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting
There are several reasons why I think Ciel doesn’t have a twin–at least not one that is alive. Firstly, the inclusion of the second Ciel–during the Green Witch Arc/Emerald Witch Arc–was a delusion caused by toxic nerve gas. While it could be damning evidence, I believe that this is really a dream and, frankly, cannot be trusted due to Ciel’s exposure to the gas and the cure (in which Ciel was oxygen deprived). If it is to be trusted though, then we must also trust the flashback(s), in which case, the other Ciel is very likely to be dead. In fact, he was probably sacrificed first:
Also, if Ciel did have a twin, I do not think that the current Ciel is a fake, because following the poison–during his recovery–he displays disassociation (”In psychology, dissociation is any of a wide array of experiences from mild detachment from immediate surroundings to more severe detachment from physical and emotional experience. The major characteristic of all dissociative phenomena involves a detachment from reality, rather than a loss of reality as in psychosis”) not the calling for another person of the same name:
When he does start referring to another (pictures below) it is possible that he is referring to a sibling, but a sibling that has very likely passed away already.
As the story continues, we see the “end” of the second Ciel with this:
Which is why I think the second Ciel, if there ever was one (a “twin” that is), is already dead. Dead and long since sacrificed for the summoning of Sebastian.
(No idea who made the collage below, but if someone knows, please message and I’ll link them to it.)
We know from the new flashbacks, which could be a drawn up false memory by this “new Ciel” (let’s call him… Yami-twin/Ciel for the rest of this analysis), that the elder twin adores the younger twin. The elder can’t bear to separate from them for a long term of time, evidenced by how upset they are at the idea of the younger going into business and leaving their noble community, while the younger–though seemingly shy–twin has a strong independence. The younger is self-sacrificing, evidenced by their convincing the family to leave them behind due to the fever, and independent of the others often (gets a chair himself, no help from a servant, etc.). More than likely, if there ever was a twin, then the current Ciel is the real one. Moreover, the Yami-twin, the one we are shown in chapter 130, is the imposter. Possibly even a demon himself.
Here is why I am sure that the Yami-twin, and the memories he inspires, are false:
1: If we trust the flashbacks so far (and I do), then we see several repeating factors involving the night the contract between Ciel and Sebastian was made. The first is that there were several children in the cages–we see this several times, both at the beginning of the series, in flashbacks, and in the recreation of that night’s events during the Circus Arc. Second, all of the children were in rags–not the nice clothes that we see in chapter 135. Plus, in the Green Witch Arc/Emerald Witch Arc, as Ciel reaches for the other him, they are also in rags and, especially, there are no gloves, a stark contrast to the images seen in chapter 135.
1.5: Sebastain is a demon–a damn powerful one at that. SO… I’m pretty sure he would know if Ciel was lying about his name when they formed the contract. But hey, if disagree then you can disregard this point because it’s not as strong as the following point(s).
2. The reaction of the servants to the Yami-Ciel. They know that Sebastain is almost always with the Young Master during their waking hours–and when he is not, it is only for a short while. Moreover, their Ciel always wears an eyepatch. For servants that are as devoted to their master as these four (human ones) are, I find it odd that none of them thought that the Ciel before them was the Young Master they know unless they are under some enchantment. If they under an enchantment, then the Yami-Ciel has the ability to mess with the mind and the mind can be affected by many things. Finn then, who was enhanced, notices something is a little off but is still fooled into thinking that it is the Young Master until the real Ciel is present. If the Yami-Ciel can mess with the mind, especially memories of the former twin, then Tanaka–def. a human–is easily fooled too.
3. Sebastian’s reaction to the other Ciel. He is intrigued and guarded, but not like the other servants. Tanaka shows reserve and pity–as one might if they believe the new memories we are shown, in which case the current Young Master has lied to him but for good reason and he is concerned by how the two will get along now. (Also, Victorian laws would mean that the Yami-twin, even if real, is already declared dead. So our Ciel is the only “living” heir anyway and would inherit regardless of the new Ciel’s re-appearance. Even if they can re-establish this Yami-Ciel as the “true” heir, Ciel has a booming toy company that can sustain him, a demon contract, and ties to the underworld… So he is going to be fine–which reminds me, if Ciel does have a twin, the twin should have a gravestone in the back but doesn’t so lets keep that in mind as we move forward into coming chapters….) The other servants are confused and freaking out about the development, understandable, but slightly reserved. Meanwhile, Sebastian is the only one on-guard toward the Yami-Ciel.
Sebastian’s face is not so much one of shock–because he knows this is not the Ciel he has a contract with and his face is one of danger–a face we have seen when there is something unexpected and that he, Seb., perceives as threatening (the shinigami, being a prime example, in their first appearance). Following the introduction, we see this:
Sebastian has “never encountered someone like” the being he sees before him. Not that he doesn’t know what they are, but that he has never encountered their kind in his rather long existence. Again, the expressions on his face are guarded.
After claiming that, he looks to Ciel, the eye has changed expressions. Firstly, the eye is demonic now, taking a brighter color (likely red) and examining our Ciel. Sebastian is likely watching to see if the Young Master is also going to be enchanted, sure enough–Ciel is. The next times we see Sebastian, his eyes are not on the young master seen in the panel below where the eye is purposefully pointed away from the panel beside it in which Ciel is clutching his arm. Signifying that everyone except the demon is watching Ciel. The eye is also signifying that there is a threatening aura from the Yami-Ciel, since Sebastian is still guarded, looking away from Ciel while everyone else is, which is solidified by the body language he takes in the proceeding panels he is viewable from, from having now moved closer and more, notably so, in front of Ciel so that he is between the Yami-Ciel and the Ciel we know.
4. Everyone, prior to the introduction of this Ciel, has accepted the current Ciel as the real one. All of them. Lizzy, Tanaka, and all the rest that were from before the incident (the aunt too).
5. If the twin is real, the current “memories” we are seeing in the latest updates are false or, at least, twisted–shown already in the inconsistencies it has with the other memories we’ve seen (memories that definitely had commonality between them, thus establishing a certain order of events that have not been carried over into the current chapters). We cannot take the events transcribed as wholely belonging to the current Ciel either, despite the beginning narration, because there are certain memries that only Ciel has and that only the younger brother has which cannot be crossed over if they belong to one and not the other (example, Ciel stayed in bed to whine about the younger wanting to run a toy business while the younger was led out of the room, and the younger is left alone in the room while “Ciel” goes to see what happened to their parents and everyone else since the party should have started).
6. The younger twin has yet to be named.
For these reasons, I highly doubt that the twin is Ciel’s real twin brother (if there was one). Moreover, if there was one, a twin that is, then that twin was very likely sacrificed before Ciel was brought out of the cage. Which makes sense, because the contract was made with Ciel in a cage and not with him on a sacrificial table (manga wise). [P.S. I’m leaving the anime out of it because the anime and manga have really diverged. Even in season one.]
An excellent analysis of the twin is found here: https://ddreamzone.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/the-two-ciel-theory-masterpost-kuroshitsuji/ – I won’t say that a twin is beyond believability, so much as it was made really ambiguous all throughout the series as I look back.
I mean, there is some strong evidence to the idea that there is no twin–which I have not covered. But just the inconsistencies alone make it stand out as having something which fans can debate, like: we don’t see a grave for the twin, but we do see a split family tree under Vincent (bottom right of the last image):
But the closer we get to the twin’s revealing, we see more evidence of their possible existence… Hindsight is 20/20 so, once the twin is proven I’m sure we can all look back at these and discuss them differently.