Posted by psgels on 20 August 2010 with categories: Kuroshitsuji II



It’s like the creators made the first episodes crap on purpose.

Seriously, the creators had pure gold with Alois, and yet for some reason they dedicated for consecutive episodes on the silly adventures of Ciel&co. I mean, this episode was awesome. It’s hard to imagine that it came from the same creators as the ones who wrote that silly random flood in the second episode.

I mean, where to begin. This episode was all about Alois’ back-story, and it fully played with the insanity of this character, and how it came to grow. On top of that, the whole backstory behind everything also reached the point in which it actually gets interesting. Alois wants Ciel because Sebastian killed his younger brother in the past? It’s quite interesting to see that he has completely different goals from Claude. Not to mention Alois ACTUALLY DYING at the end of this episode. Bloody hell!? What purpose is that ring going to make in the rest of this series?

Not to mention… Yuki Kajiura!? It’s awesome to suddenly have an insert-song of her appearing again. It also looks like this is going to be the new ED, which makes it even more interesting.

2010 really has been a major year for A-1 pictures. It’s not exactly their best year (heck, they made Birdy the Mighty in 2009), but I really like how their series have been so experimental this year: they’ve been trying out a ton of different things, not just in Anime no Chikara, but also in Ookiku Furikabutte with its unique direction, and Kuroshitsuji as well. Alois may be insane, but he’s one heck of an interesting character to watch. At this point, I somehow understand why there isn’t going to be an Anime no Chikara in the upcoming fall season, though. My guess is that it has more to do with manpower than with popularity. I mean, how many series are they working on in 2010? 7? (including the long-running Fairy Tail). I’m amazed that they kept up such a good quality for most of them: despite a number of hiccups here and there they all had their own parts in which they’re memorable (Fairy Tail excluded perhaps because I’m not watching that one anymore and Togainu no Chi because it hasn’t aired yet).
Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. Anca says:

    Those episodes weren’t crap if you watched the first season. They were creepy and vaguely disturbing because we’d been expecting something else and didn’t have a clue what was up with Ciel. They were also very necessary because we didn’t have a clue where he was character development wise.

    Kuroshitsuji 2, imho, played everything until now perfectly. I hope they can keep it up.

    (and I doubt Alois is dead XD not when they revived Ciel)

  2. foamer says:

    Yes its getting better now and a lot more ‘WTF’ than last season. I like Alois character even if he is batsh*t crazy – like a walking train wreck whom i cannot stop watching O_O

  3. DmonHiro says:

    Ok…soo…..now WHAT?

  4. Vanilla says:

    ;_____;

    He’s dead?! I think I died a little inside…

  5. Ebod says:

    WTF, this episode was EPIC.

    So, uh, second episode. Wow, what a huge waste of screen time.

  6. andrea says:

    so i think hannah is something more then the maid that alois abused… you know at the end of the chapter how he goes to him and says that she will make her master’s wishes come true or somethin like that. i think alois taking out hannah’s eye, meant something else? cause at the end she was like doing the same. i dont know if that scene means a lot, but i think she’s the one who will revive him?

  7. chounokoe says:

    I really wondered about what was going on with Hannah at the end of the episode. But considering she reappears at the end of the episode and we have the voice over of Luca over her scene at the end, I assume she will become more than just a subordinate of Claude.

    I really hope she and the three mute servants will get a background as well, because what they did for Claude and Alois was great.

    @Anca: I think it depends. I watched season 1 too, found it great (from the moment it went away from the source material) and I hated the random episodes involving Ciel in this season so far.
    For me it has nothing much to do with being connected to season 1. All the events just felt terribly pointless and forced, especially the lakeside and the train episode.

    The arsonist episode was bearable, but mostly pointless when everything in it was repeated during the ball episodes. And the ball episodes were just stretched to far and had too much forced comedy by the servants and other guys…

    I think if you love Kuroshitsuji because of the character interaction, then you might like those episodes. But for those (like me) who like it for it’s dark and macabre mood in the later parts, those episodes were understandably quite bad.

  8. Turquoise says:

    This was my favorite episode this season! It had everything I love about this series (besides Sebastian): Dark backstory, epic fights, tragic demise, and Grell!

    Alois’ back-story was so sad but appropriate. I really think the ‘certain person’ who destroyed the village was the very one Alois was trying the avenge. That would fit in this twisted story.

    Can’t wait to see what the heck the manic rooftop Ciel in the preview is about…

  9. lunk says:

    Ah, delicious episode, Alois will be missed (if he doesn’t come back, that is).
    I was considering dropping this things after it seemed that it would be about Ciel again (I dropped the first series because the servants annoyed me), but I discovered your blog and found out – hey, there are people who think Alois is much more interesting! So through your reviews I picked it up again, now reassured the fun will come back.
    I must say I prefer dirt and darkness before pureness and innocence. And I also find it much more interesting and complex.
    But it seems my favourite characters have a distinct aptitude for getting killed real soon . . .
    Good night sweet prince, olé!

  10. iFreak says:

    ALOIS is DEAD ??!! i dont want this .. this is effing horrible .. he must get up !! or the rest of the anime will be CRAP !

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    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 12:30 PM)
    @Bam, While there are people who claim that Ufotable screwed up Shirous characterisation(One fellow claims that in the visual novel Shirou was Sadistic, calculating and emotionless. Which I say “What the hell where you reading? Cause it wasn’t fate.”) and whine about not enough monologues I think this adaption is the best we could get from the source. Not sure if there’s much of a point in reading the source now. Though I am still going to after the run.
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    @Emma, Fate/stay nights Rider is handicapped by her current master who really can’t do jack besides hold the command spells. With a real master she could show more of her capabilties.
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    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 07:11 AM)
    @Bam: Aidan mentioned seven minutes were cut from an episode. Maybe that’ll be on the blurays.
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    Is there anything extra on the BD releases? Also I don’t think there were any content censored for the tv broadcast, were there?
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    @Bam: UTW have season 1 BDs up for when you do. Glorious fight scenes, and you can skip the tsundere crap. Win-win.
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