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Overview


Othello is a Grim Reaper. He is part of the Forensics Division of the Grim Reaper Dispatch.[1]

Character Outline

Othello is a lean man with round glasses and dark green, shaggy hair that extends sideways. Like other Grim Reapers, he has chartreuse phosphorescent eyes. He wears a white lab coat, dark trousers, a loosened tie,[1] and slippers.[2]

Othello is a rather laidback individual, having casually chatted with Grelle Sutcliff while the latter was working. He is not keen on fighting, and has admitted to Grelle that he has no confidence in his physical abilities and that he has never customized his Death Scythe, either.[3] Moreover, Othello is fond of the "organic scents" of the human world.[1]

Plot

Blue Cult Arc

After reaping a boy's soul, Grelle Sutcliff complains about always getting the most wretched cases and having to cancel their manicure. Othello approaches Grelle, pointing out that Grelle's nails did not last a month in the country. He, then, sniffs and comments that the human world is full of organic scents and that it is almost half a century since he last took a whiff. Grelle says that it is not often a Grim Reaper from the Forensics Division would visit a crime scene, and Othello explains that he is out there because there is no end to the cases lately and adds that his getting dispatched to the scene means that their superiors are finally getting serious.[4]

Ch115 Othello's Death Scythe

Othello's Death Scythe

Grelle, then, presses Othello for the reason why he is there, but Othello refuses to tell them, claiming that they would not understand and that they are not interested in forensic research anyway. He says that Grelle should focus on soul retrieval, a Grim Reaper's most important duty, while he takes care of his own business, and requests for Grelle's protection if he needs it since he has no confidence in his physical abilities and has not customized his Death Scythe either. Grelle is repulsed by the "unfashionable" Death Scythe, commenting that it reminds them of their training days. Othello, then, asks to look at the file of the kid whose soul Grelle has just collected, and reads that it is another case of "death by multiple organ failure caused by loss of blood," as he suspected.[5]

Later, Othello and Grelle investigate Sphere Music Hall's facility. Othello inspects the equipment and notes that they are making more progress than they should have. When Grelle asks him for an explanation, Othello ignores them, mulling over the situation. He says that, occasionally, humans acquire sophisticated technology due to a Faustian contract with a demon, but this is "a little more." He continues to mumble to himself, irritating Grelle, who calls him a "geek." Othello, then, admits that there is still plenty he does not understand, but what he knows for certain is that whoever the mastermind is they need to be chased down immediately and be given "a good spanking," to Grelle's excitement.[6]

Othello and Grelle arrive at a music hall in Bath, where Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis are. Othello says that Gregory Violet might be off the soul retrieval list because they have rescued him, and takes note of Sebastian and Ciel; he gathers samples from the latter, and is excited that he has managed to collect cells from a "living contractor."[7]

Othello observes that the machines there have been constructed using "unbelievably" advanced technology, and reveals that the men there were all suffering from renal failure; the machines were used to replace the men's thickened blood with fresh blood, and, as a result, their lifespans were considerably extended. When Ciel concludes that that must be the reason why Sphere Music Hall was collecting blood, Othello shows him the soul retrieval list, on which the men's death day entries have been overwritten. Grelle is annoyed with Othello for disclosing information to humans, but the latter dismisses it as "old news."[8]

Othello affirms that entries may be revised every once in a while, especially when there are external factors, such as a demon, interfering with the affairs of humans. He says that while the people who summon demons are usually ordinary, sometimes a brilliant inventor is among them, which would explain the machines. When Grelle refuses to help him carry one of the machines home, he says that he will take it apart first, and urges Grelle to do the soul collection in the meantime.[9]

Ciel and Sebastian leave for London to track down Blavat Sky, and Grelle complains. When Othello tells Grelle that William T. Spears will be upset if they do not hurry, Grelle decides to listen to him and work, convinced that they will reunite with Sebastian soon anyway.[10]

Later, Othello arrives at Phantomhive Manor alongside Grelle, interrupting a conversation between the Phantomhive twins. While Grelle crashes through a window, Othello comes through the door and even excuses himself. He then announces that it is now time for Undertaker's punishment.[11]

Othello and Undertaker taunt each other. Othello tosses his Death Scythe, but to no effect, since he is physically weak, to the astonishment of Sebastian, Ciel, and Grell and to the amusement of Undertaker.[12]

Othello hides behind Grelle as the latter charges into battle with Undertaker. Sebastian joins said battle in hopes of capturing Undertaker, as well.[13] When Scotland Yard barges in, Othello and Grelle take advantage of the pandemonium to escape.[14][15]

Meeting Othello at a pub, Grelle comments on Othello's conspicuousness, and the latter counters that Grelle is the same. Othello explains to Grelle that they had to leave the manor because it was impossible to catch Undertaker with the amount of people around; the damage of a three-way battle between Grelle, Undertaker, and Sebastian would have been tremendous and, consequently, Grelle would have been severely punished by the Grim Reaper Dispatch; and Grelle cannot win one-on-one against Undertaker.[16]

Prompted by Grelle, Othello reveals that Undertaker is "Reaper Number 136649" and the "Fugitive of Legend" of seventy years ago who escaped the Dispatch and half-destroyed headquarters in the process. He and Undertaker, whom he referred to as "Silver Fox," became Grim Reapers around the time; while he was with Forensics, Undertaker was with the Retrieval Squad, where he excelled.[17]

Othello goes on to say that the blood factory at Sphere Music Hall and the blood transfusion facility in Bath are proof that Undertaker's Bizarre Dolls are imperfect and constantly require blood in order to function properly; however, if Undertaker manages to perfect them, they will be practically indistinguishable from humans, which would disrupt the balance of the world.[18] Othello then dispatches a messenger pigeon to Human Resources to request for backup.[19]

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 114, page 29
  2. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 114, page 30
  3. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 115, page 6
  4. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 114, pages 28-30
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 115, pages 4-6
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 119, pages 25-28
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 125, pages 32-33
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 125, pages 34-35
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 125, pages 35-37
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 125, pages 37-38
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 141, pages 15-18
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 142, pages 4-10
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 142, pages 11-13
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 142, pages 14-16
  15. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 144, page 9
  16. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 149, pages 4-7
  17. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 149, pages 8-11
  18. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 149, pages 12-15
  19. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 149, pages 16-17
  20. Wikipedia:Othello
  21. Wikipedia:Reversi


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