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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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Cross Game [review]

Synopsis: http://myanimelist.net/anime/5941/Cross_Game

Story: 8/10
I’m a sucker for slice-of-life stories, and this one was no exception (especially because it also contained action and romance = ++fav). The (not-so) subtle references to the past gave the anime a nice emotional aura to it (in fact, some scenes were so subtly emotional that I teared). Being my first sports-related anime, I found it to be surprisingly interesting, with a lot of suspense and excitement, particularly during the baseball matches. I was not content with the ending (but I won’t spoil that for you). I felt that it was rushed… especially the some-what cliche romance at the end. I was also a bit let down with the 160k/hr fastball pitch as I was expecting a MUCH more exhilarating execution. Pity.

Characters:7.5/10
At the beginning of the first episode, I was a bit put off by the character design (majorly monkey-like ears), but the less appealing features gradually wore off during the anime (slight inconsistency by the animators?) and the classic designs started to grow on me (even that of Mizuki Asami, whom I initally disliked because of his very similar features to the main male character Kou Kitamura). Development of the personae was impeccably done and so you end up loving even the minor characters. As I mentioned before, I was not entirely happy with the romance at the end. It left me puzzled as to why the mains thought the way they did, e.g. why she said he was ‘the most hateful person’. Bad subbing? I doubt it… SubSmith did a pretty good job… (though ANBU was better, pity they only subbed the beginning eps) Reckon I’ll have to rewatch that last episode to fully understand.

Animation:7/10
The clean subtlety-ness of the art enabled the watcher to focus on the story, instead of getting distracted by itty-bitty-irrelevant stuff in the background. Not much to say about the background designs, evidently because they weren’t the standout feature. The ‘omg’ factor was in fact the depiction of the baseball players. Despite keeping to the simple character design, the mangaka (Mitsuru Adachi) was still able to superbly portray their physical movements and that was an essential part to the anime.

Sound:7/10
The OPs and EDs suited the anime very well. However, by far, the best song in the series was ‘Koi Kogartete Mita Yume’ by Ayaka. Slow-paced and sweet, even though I don’t understand japanese, the melody made me reminisce about the past… and cross game, of course.

Enjoyment:8.5/10
Without doubt, this is by far one of the best animes that I’ve seen in a long time. Being a huge fan of Rumiko Takahashi’s works (i.e. InuYasha, Ranma 1/2), having similar character designs to her definitely put Mitsuru Adachi on the must-watch list, and now that I’ve seen his work, I can safely say that he’s also entered the fav-mangaka list as well.

Overall:8/10

[Side Note: this is my first ever anime review… i promise to refine my skills~ (b)]

~ wind.