Posted by psgels on 14 August 2010 with categories: Kuroshitsuji II



Hey, I’m back from holidays.

Anyway, I’m understanding the appeal of Kuroshitsuji now This episode was just so ridiculously camp and over the top that it makes for great entertainment. It’s obviously nothing really deep, but I’m having a hell of a time enjoying the creativity that has been put in these battles between Alois and Claude and Ciel and Sebastian.

Also, THANK GOD Ciel finally turned into someone more than a damsel in distress this time. Overall, I’m not sure whether the cast was any deeper in the first season, but one of my complaints is that aside from Sebastian, Alois and Claude (and perhaps that one maid of Alois), the rest of the cast is pretty interchangeable. Every episode here seems to have a bunch of different side-characters, but they all just look like each other. You could just swap all of them for the same character and it would not have made any difference to the plot. In the same way, Ciel had a pretty interesting concept with his revenge and all, but most of the episodes I’ve seen him in simply make him into someone who either does nothing or gets kidnapped.

Either way though, the side character of this episode, while he pretty much sucked as a character, really fitted its over the top atmosphere. I think my favourite pats here were when Sebastian impaled the triplet servants with a single spear, along with the actual climax of the episode. I’m not sure why, but the creators seem to be having a lot of fun with Alois. The way he’s animated, along with his facial expressions are completely different from everything else on this show. There are really a ton of characters that are overacting and chewing the scenery in this series, but he is of a completely different class here.

As for the mystery: well, it really turns out that Alois was the bad guy behind the bad guy, giving Ciel an actual reason to get another revenge. Only two major questions remain right now: why is Ciel’s soul so damn tasty? And under what kind of condition did Alois make a pact with Claude? They’re both pretty standard questions, so I doubt that this series is going to be making any more points with its mystery right now, so at this point the final number of episodes need to rely on these over the top battles, along with the interesting dynamics between the four lead characters.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Azule says:

    Final numbers of episodes? D: I always assumed this would be 24 episodes like S1

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Don’t take my word on the number of episodes in this case, 13 episodes is something I assumed. Still, we’re talking about a pretty small story here. How are the creators going to be able to make 24 episodes out of this?

  3. Sui says:

    Well Alois is the fake bad guy right? So honestly I felt a little bit sorry for him.

    Also I think the episode is meant to explain Ciel’s tasty soul. As Claude said even though his life has been full of death, blood, tragedy etc his soul is still pure and white or whatever.

  4. Just an Anon says:

    I’m enjoying it and all…but has anyone else noticed that this season has MUCH more fanservice / smut than the last? Some of it I don’t mind, but that sword scene with Hannah was just “…WTF?!” for me. o___o

  5. Anca says:

    I really need to watch the episode again, I didn’t catch the part where Alois was the Big Bad Guy. I thought the two demons were screwing around and Alois and Ciel got caught in the crossfire.

    I’m not sure you can call Ciel a damsel in distress because he puts himself into that role quite readily and without distress. He jumps headstraight into danger with full confidence that Sebastian will be his human shield if things go south.

    I’m pretty sure there will be 22 episodes. There are 22 Major Arcana in tarot, and each episode to date showed a card in the middle of the episode cut-thing.

  6. Tan-Tan says:

    lol yea…the episode scared me xD;

  7. nothing says:

    NO LEAS ESTO!!SI LO AS LEIDO COPIA Y PEGA ESTO EN 5 VIDEOS MAS SI NO LO HACES TU MADRE MORIRA EN 3 DIAS POR FAVOR HACEME CASO ES UNA MALDICIO

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 05:01 AM)
    Not bashing the film or its fans.
    I suppose it is interesting to see where the western came from however.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 05:00 AM)
    I will have to go back to this, that action scene was well directed however and it did a reasonable job on John Waynes characters relationship I guess.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:59 AM)
    Hmmm it seems that I am dozing off watching stagecoach and finding myself not engaging/following, I don’t think this is my thing, I’m evidently not used to westerns =< Got through much of it though.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:15 AM)
    @Emma I would like to think that I can admit the flaws of fiction that I enjoy, but I’m sure there are times when I’ve failed to do that.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:13 AM)
    @Aidan: Ugh…the idea of being dominated rather than being the dominator..yuck , just my opinion though.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:08 AM)
    @Aidan: Seeing things humiliated too =)
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:06 AM)
    @Realist: Good to hear you are a sensible fan of the film. Just adding that I actually do like Julianne Moore and Clive Owen and Michael Caine usually.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:05 AM)
    @Aidan: Wow…that comment kind of startled me a bit actually with its directness and assumption/implication that I was a masochist..bit shocked =<
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:04 AM)
    @Emma Interesting. I don’t hear a lot of people saying negative things about the movie so I haven’t heard much of that type of criticism. But I definitely think those are fair and valid points. I always appreciate your criticism.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:02 AM)
    @Aidan: I have no interest in being dominated by domineering characters, I’m not a masochist, I am a sadist, I want to see domineering characters doominate others not me, I want to see those domineering characters get dominated.

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