Posted by psgels on 3 September 2010 with categories: Kuroshitsuji II




It’s great to see that even now the creators are still developing the entire story and coming with new twists. Last week I mentioned like this series felt like it was one of those stories in which the creators make up the events as they go along. This episode surprisingly proved that statement wrong, suggesting more like the entire series had been planned carefully beforehand.

Seriously, the twist in which it was Alois’ little brother who made a pact with Claude in order to get rid of all of the villagers was a very nice one: so Claude simply created a random reason to form a pact with Alois, blaming Sebastian who had absolutely nothing to do with it. These demons have the weirdest habits in their attempts to make their souls as tasty as possible. I also loved the reason the creators found for keeping one of the villagers alive in order to explain what happened. Also, what the heck was Ciel’s eye doing inside that maid’s throat? o.O

But seriously, though: after the initial episodes, the plot for this series turned out to be surprisingly non-linear. I mean, the plot is chock-full of fanservice, but it has been surprisingly well plotted and planned out, in order to make the story as interesting as possible. It really makes me think about whether they also have a cool ending in mind, or are just working to a scenario in which Ciel and Sebastian can live happily together.

Either way, this episode again showed how much fun the creators themselves seem to be having with this series. This episode was chock-full of those tiny details like interesting camera angles, nice ideas and all kinds of strange antics from the butlers, from yelling out loud how tasty Ciel’s soul is to pulling a bunch of film out of Claude’s servants’ eyes. Oh, and Alois returned as well… somewhat.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

7 Responses

  1. chounokoe says:

    Just to clear some small things up:

    That was not Ciel’s eye in Hanna’s throat but Alois. Remember when she plucked his eye out after Claude had killed him? Or was that after the credits and you didn’t notice?!
    Seems like Hanna and Alous have their own plot going here.

    And the roll of film did exactly come from the servants eyes. I assume you didn’t watch season 1 up the the episode involving Jack the Ripper. That was also when Grell was introduced and the fact that when the Death Scythe of a Reaper ‘reaps’ somebody, the victim releases his or her ‘Death Record’, a role of film containing every event in their life, through which the person is judged.

    I would still suggest you try watching season 1 again. I understand why it’s hard (considering the random insert episodes that also plagued this season), but at least episode 5-8 and 17-24 are really worth it in my oppinion.

  2. jak321 says:

    Yes the angel arc was awesome and deserves a watch if nothing else

  3. Anca says:

    Kuroshitsuji is awesome when the creators aren’t following the manga. The angel arc and this season are proof of this :D

  4. chounokoe says:

    Yeah, the anime was at it’s worth either when it tried to follow the manga even though it was clear they couldn’t finish that or when they were just obviously filling space that was left over.
    Many fans of the manga hate the angel arc, but I honestly liked it, mostly because the series showed real balls with what they did there.

    I even like the anime more than the manga, because it’s actually still going round and round in the treadmill. Admittedly minor characters like Elizabeth are better developed in the manga…but I would really like it if we could just arrive at some important plot point finally.

  5. Ebod says:

    I still consider the Circus arc to have the most “balls.” Oh please let us see that arc animated.

  6. chounokoe says:

    Hmm, I never actually liked the Circus arc. The conclusion was okay, but the characters didn’t really interest me and it was just another sidestory without much relevance to the overall plot (except what it revealed about Ciel’s father).

    But I don’t see that one getting animated anyhow, as they would have to retcon almost every information we got in the first season.

  7. Ebod says:

    To be honest, the only reason why I read Kuro was for the art (which isn’t all that special either), so the circus arc hit all the right points for me because it didn’t give a wimp ending where everyone lived happily ever after. It’s in the circus arc that you really see how messed up Ciel is, mentally.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t impressed by the first season at all, or by the manga much, but the circus arc ending was one of those “HOLY HELL YOU DID NOT JUST GO THERE. YES. YOU WENT THERE. AWESOME.”

    Yeah, I know it won’t be animated, but what’s wrong with wishing? :/

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:51 PM)
    But seriously I only watched this sequel because I was told to. From now on if I don’t like something at a glance of its plot summary/promo material I won’t watch it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:48 PM)
    And I also want to added to what I said about the latest psycho pass episode by mentioning that ridiculous fight scene with shisui, arrows vs guns.
  • Mikey
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:47 PM)
    Psycho Pass: So basically there is no season 2 of Psycho Pass.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:59 PM)
    @Bam, Visionary? Ain’t exactly seeing anything new here. fanservice is bad, anime is making people mindless drones. Been there done that.
    You are giving Anno too much credit man. I honestly think he just fires this shit out and laughs as fans try to find an “interpretation”
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:57 PM)
    It took me a little longer to start shaking my head a Mika’s role in the series in comparison to other viewers and I thought there may have been something salvagable, but no such luck there.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:55 PM)
    At the beginning I saw some potential in this sequel, although it was kind of slow going at first. Initially I was able to get behind the silly gore as dumb entertainment, at the start I liked kamui more than Makishima and I liked the way they had Akane as a stronger character too here.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    And Kamui’s final moment, that shot was pure fujoshi baiting I don’t care what anyone says, add to his last stand being fairly underwhelming. Another unmistakable Mika moment too later on in this episode. This is the kind of thing that leaves me depressed at it whereas previous episodes I could just laugh, raise an eyebrow or stop caring.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    Really Togane, is this all you come down to and amount to, an oedipus complex mess, the last nail in the coffin after you spend the show dragging out the buildup around him and killing the intrigue around him. Then giving him those silly flashbacks, now in this episode giving him a ridiculously cartoonish performance.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:01 PM)
    @Bam: Well put together it is and I actually like the music, the last three minutes stood out for me particularly.
    I also noticed the Eva reference slipped into the video.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 02:14 PM)
    This is the gratuitous fan-service done for a purpose that people argued for Kill la Kill, which quite frankly just wasn’t there, but there is no denying that even in this music video some value of the fan-service is sheerly the eye-candy.

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