Kuroshitsuji II [review]

Synopsis: http://myanimelist.net/anime/6707/Kuroshitsuji_II

Story: 5.5/10
Truth be told, the storyline is not good. I’d have much rather preferred the ending of the 1st season to have been the ultimate finale. It would have left a better impression. This second season is more for very loyal fans than the odd viewer. The plot puts an unexpected twist to the 1st season’s ending, and has an unexpected ending itself! Though I didn’t like the main story, the ending was not so bad. Here is a very brief summary of what happens:

Due to the loss of Sebastian’s arm with the engraved seal, he was unable to eat Ciel’s soul and it becomes stolen by another demon Claude. Sebastian steals back the soul but Ciel forgets everything. Ciel thinks pretty-boy rival Alois Trancy killed his parents so seeks revenge. Alois’ butler Claude wants Ciel’s soul too. Alois gets jealous. All out battle between masters and butlers. Hanna another demon steps in to help Alois with his revenge. Everyone dies…or do they??? o.O

Lol, obviously there’s a bit more to the story, but you can watch it yourself. Another disappointing feature of this season is the absence of some of characters from the 1st season (i.e. the Phantomhive servants – man, they were awesome!).

Characters: 7/10
New character designs were impeccably done as per usual. By far, the stand-out character for me was Hanna. Not only was she hot, but her role in the story was surprisingly unpredictable. And the new butler, Claude Faustus?…not so much. It might just be me, but I think his looks are fairly similar to the shinigami, William T. Spears, thus lacks originality. I didn’t really like Alois Trancy. Yes, he is a pretty boy, but Ciel’s still better.  The personas were developed well enough for a 12ep season.

Animation: 6.5/10
Animation was per usual as well (when I say this, I mean it has the same standard as season 1’s = i.e. as good). Nothing out-there or extraordinary to note, really.

Sound: 5/10
Same-same, though I reckon I liked the EP of season 1 more. Kalafina also sings one of the EPs for this season (they are awesome!).

Enjoyment: 5.5/10
The first episode wasn’t too bad, but everything went downhill from there, until the last episode where, though slightly confusing, things become resolved with a likable ending. I found some scenes particularly disturbing (and unexpected…). Bit of a pity really, because season 1 was so awesome and all.

Overall: 6/10

~wind.

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