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“Kuroshitsuji II” Review

17 Mar

Series: “Kuroshitsuji II” or “Black Butler, Second Season”
Genre: Action, Horror-esque, and a bit of mystery & comedy of course
Episodes: 12
Synopsis: This is obviously the second season of Kuroshitsuji, so all your favorite characters are still here, and the 19th century England setting remains the same.  Alois Trancy and Claude Faustus, two new key characters introduced, look to create chaos in Sebastian’s and Ciel’s lives.
Opinion: 4 out of 5 star

First off, I’m gonna have spoilers.  There is no way to talk about this show without it.  Moving on… if “Kuroshitsuji” had dark velvety kind of feel to it, then “Kuroshitsuji II” had a dark velvety kind of feel to it splattered with blood and and intensely dark drama.  This show is not for the faint of heart.  There is eye-gouging, gut-wrenching violence from the newest star of the season, making him my absolute favorite.  His arrogance and immature behavior will eventually grate on your nerves, though, but thankfully the other new character fits into the series to a T.  Where Alois rips apart the structure of what used to be “Kuroshitsuji,” Claude slips into it quietly but gives the same intensity of change to the original series.  I’m telling you now that if you have not seen the first season, you WILL NOT enjoy the second season (and you should totally watch the first season!  Look at my review for the first season in my earlier posting).  There have been many “Kuroshitsuji” fans who hated the second season just because of how jarring it is compared to the first.  The second season has a lot more mind tricks but noticeably less of the light humor “Kuroshitsuji” is known to have.   I liked the changes because if the second season kept the same rhythm as the first, I don’t believe that it would have been as popular as it became.  So please, “Kuroshitsuji” fans, I implore you to at least give it two episodes of chance.  The first episode is a little bit misleading (like I said, mind games), but I loved the way they approached it.  So that’s my review for “Kuroshitsuji II;” I hope it helps you!

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

14 Jul

Series: “Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood”
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Episodes: 64 (complete)
Synopsis: Two brothers have endured hardships with the loss of their mother and body parts due to trying to resurrect the dead. After coming back from knowing the World’s “Truth,” they are able to perform alchemy without a transmutation circle and thus start on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone in order to regain their normal lives.
Opinion: 5 out of 5 stars

If you haven’t heard of “Full Metal Alchemist” (FMA), where have you been? “FMA: Brotherhood” is actually another adaption of FMA, so it’s not a continuation. I definitely recommend “FMA: Brotherhood” over FMA any day. The action is a lot more intense, the drama is thick with goodness, and the comedy is just as entertaining. I even dare say the art is a lot better than the original FMA series.  As with many fantasy series, the action in this series is over-the-top; for better or for worse is for your own discretion.  It’s a series that speaks to both males and females, although I do curiously notice that more males tend to read the manga version and more females tend to watch the anime.  There’s gore, but it’s done tastefully, and there’s indeed that lurking romance that we watchers know is there, but the characters as always refuse to acknowledge it until the last minute.  FMA: Brotherhood is the new classic; if you haven’t watched or read any adaption of FMA, then what are you waiting for? I recommend this anime to ANYONE, especially the people love action (boys, I’m looking at you) and the girls who love all things cute & bishi (girls, you know what I mean).  I do not recommend this series if  you really hate watching fighting scenes. (But I swear, it’s engaging!)

“InuYasha Kanketsu-hen” review

17 Feb

Series: “InuYasha Kanketsu-hen,” or “InuYasha: The Final Act”
Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: Still ong0ing as of right now, but I believe there’s 26 total.
Synopsis: This is the last series of InuYasha, picking up from where the series long ago started off.  InuYasha, Kagome, and their friends finally have the fated showdown with Naraku and decide what will become of the Shikon Jewel.
Opinion: 3 out of 5 stars

To my huge surprise, I actually haven’t heard of the recent release of InuYasha until early January. Before any of you get all high and mighty about how InuYasha is an insult to Japanese anime, it was my gateway anime and thus I believe that I should pay homage to the series that sucked me into this addiction in the first place.  That being said, this season has a much better artwork.  The earlier seasons of “InuYasha” seemed 2-D and lacking in color, while this has a more fuller look with shadows and everything.  Finally, the InuYasha series is getting somewhere since they have nothing better to do other than to hurry up and defeat Naraku, so there aren’t as many annoying filler episodes.  Yes, some of the episodes are still dumb and we could probably do without the over-exaggerated fight scenes, but I still have a touch of nostalgia upon viewing this series.

“Kuroshitsuji” review

29 Dec

Anime series: “Kuroshitsuji,” or “Black Butler.”
Genre: A bit of mystery, comedy, action all in one
Episodes: 24 (completed)
Synopsis: In a manor house on the outskirts of Victorian London, butler Sebastian Michaelis serves Ciel Phantomhive, the 12-year-old head of an English noble family.  He carries out any task required by his master with ease & perfection, because of his secret demonic lineage and Faustian contract with his master.
Opinion: 4 out of 5 stars

My personal review of the series (may contain a bit of a spoiler, but I won’t give the ending away) :  I really liked this series visually.  Since the setting is during the Victorian era, Ciel Phantomhive can be usually seen adorned in that gothic lolita outfit that I grew to love over the years of me being an Otaku.  The artwork of the series is great, and the scenic desigsn don’t disappoint.
I figured that the plot and the characters were sort of standard.  Ciel Phantomhive is being served by a demon butler, so naturally whatever Ciel wants, Ciel gets.  There are a few surprising twists that I wasn’t expecting, but the comedic relief characters tended to get old and sort of irritating to me (although they do have their own secrets!)  I recommend the series if you want to see a sort of darker anime series, but aren’t a huge fan of dark anime series.  I don’t recommend this series if you love lighter animes, want to laugh a lot, or need some super-gory scenes to make you happy.  This anime series keeps a good balance between edgy dark and light-heartedness.  If you don’t know where to stream the anime, leave a comment and I’ll post a good website.