12 of 12 episodes seen
I wasn't even a little disappointed. Kuroshitsuji II was absolutely stunning, just as good as the first season, the addition of Alois Trancy and Claude Faustus helping in that aspect. It was a lot more of a story than season one, instead of various crimes/mysteries for Ciel and his demon-butler Sebastian to solve.
As for the opening theme: Shiver by The GazettE is an AMAZING song, one of my favorites, and the two different animations for it, one for a Ciel-centric episode, and one for an Alois-centric one, really had a positive effect on the enjoyment of that first 2 minutes of each episode, something I normally skip.
Alois and Claude were quite the characters. I extremely enjoyed their anti-Ciel and Sebastian mannerisms, like Alois' outward sadism and affinity for causing trouble, and Claude's never smiling but flashily getting the job done ways; it was a change I was very open to. As soon as I saw Alois gouge out Hannah's left eye with an insane grin on his face, and Claude do a tap-dance performance and throw the tablecloth into the air as he flawlessly set the table for dinner without batting an eyelash, I knew these weren't just your run-of-the-mill filler characters to mercilessly bash to my hearts content. They were the real deal.
I won't say anything further (so as to not accidentally release some spoilers), but I highly recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys amazing visual and audio aesthetics, an excellent story, and deep characters with fantastic histories. read more