I think that the second season of the anime Kuroshitsuji (黒執事 / Black Butler) based on the manga series by Toboso Yana (枢 やな) is the most hated anime season among fans of the manga.  That’s what I observed, at least.  Why?  Because it completely veers off from the manga’s plot.  Rather than a faithful adaptation, it’s more like spin-off; a completely original story separate from the manga.

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Kuroshitsuji (黒執事 / Black Butler) Season II

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 (4 out of 5 grins)

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I understand why many manga fans are disappointed, even furious, about Season II.  But I think that they shouldn’t be surprised because the anime already changed quite a chunk of the original Kuroshitsuji plot in the first season.  It just continues on in Season II.

I know many people who prefer anime that faithfully follows the manga.  I’m one of those people (most of the time), but I also like to see some divergence from the usual loyal anime adaptations for the sake of creative expression.  I’m very interested to watch anime that veers off from the manga.  I want some originality.  I’m curious whether they succeed or not, and whether they make the series better than the manga or whether they make it worse with the divergence.

I think of the manga as the standard.  The anime can choose whether it wants to stay completely within the manga’s standards (following the manga’s plot loyally), or whether to be more ambitious and veer off from the manga.  Whether it fails or succeeds is another issue, but I personally admire those anime that have the guts to veer completely away from the original plot of the manga.  That’s a huge gamble, especially when you add fans into the mixture who can either make or break them.  I’m not talking about fillers.  Fillers are an “addition” to the original plot, that’s why they’re called “fillers”, not an “alternative”.

Kuroshitsuji II is an alternative to the original plot of the manga, not a filler.  Know the difference.  Anyway, I rated this anime season 4 out of 5 grins, quite high as you can see, because I truly like it.  Although I admit that I was disappointed when I first learned that it completely veers away from the manga, I quickly got over my disappointment and became gripped by the show.

I like the addition of another master-butler duo, Alois Trancy and his butler Claude Faustus, to mirror the relationship of Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis.  It’s not really mirroring in the sense that their relationships are the same; rather, it’s more like a contrast.  Ciel and Sebastian have a more, let’s say “trusting” relationship, compared to Alois and Claude who have a more “obsessive” relationship.

Alois is your typical detestable yangire character, who makes you want to slap across the face numerous times to teach him a lesson.  He’s an insecure sadist that was already detestable as a little kid.  Usually, when antagonists’ often trafic pasts are revealed, you begin to understand their motives.  In Alois’ case, however, I immediately concluded that he’s a total psychopath since birth.

His butler, Claude Faustus, is unsurprisingly hot.  But I still prefer Sebastian over him.  Team Sebastian all the way!!!  I’m not going to describe him in every little detail, but I want to say that when it became apparent that his presence is a threat to the relationship between Ciel and Sebastian, I couldn’t help but like Season II, regardless of it veering off from the manga.

claude vs sebastian - kuroshitsuji - black butler

What I enjoyed the most in this season is the rivalry between Sebastian and Claude.  Sebastian finally finds a rival over Ciel’s soul.  Although I think that the premise of two hot guys fighting over an extremely tasty human soul is so overrated, it still managed to kindle the embers of my fujoshi heart into a roaring fire.  Ah, just look at the two of them trying to kill each other.

I think that this rivalry forces Sebastian to show his vulnerable side.  His reasoning is twisted by human logic, but I love that he’s not willing to hand over his prey, namely Ciel, to any other demon.  Sebastian is willing to fight to the death just to keep Ciel by his side.

This rivalry is so exciting for me to watch.  Their battles are not the best compared to my favourite action-packed shounen battles, but they’re aesthetically appealing to my fujoshi heart.  However, their overly dramatic obsession over Ciel borders on being pathetic.  I’m not too impressed that much emphasis is given to the value of Ciel’s soul.  It’s like watching Twilight all over again; with Bella’s yummy blood that no vampire could resist is similar to how Ciel’s soul is portrayed.  Ugh.  I still enjoyed Twilight, though.

I don’t really care that much about Alois.  He could fall off a cliff for all I care, but I quite like that he played such a major role in the ending.  Because of him, Ciel became a demon, making him immortal.  Therefore, Sebastian is now locked on a master-butler contract with Ciel forever with no chance of ever devouring his soul for all eternity.

The ending is so sad and tragic, and I feel so sorry for Sebastian.  I’m glad that Sebastian wins against Claude, but both of them lose in the end because Ciel’s soul as a prize isn’t possible anymore.  I also wanted to rip Alois’ tongue out for what he did, but I guess it made the show more exciting and shocking in the end.

demon ciel phantomhive - kuroshitsuji

Nevertheless, Ciel as a demon isn’t such a bad idea.  I quite like it.  I wonder what will happen if Toboso-sensei decides to conclude her manga this way.  It would be tragic for Sebastian, but it would be awesome for Ciel, I think.  Hmmmm. . . Just something to think about.

Overall, I really like Kuroshitsuji II.  It can be annoying and frustrating at times, but it definitely tickled my fujoshi sensibilities.  There are so many moments that I find quite pathetic, but who cares?  I enjoyed this show, and that’s what’s important.  It’s dramatic, definitely creepy, but it’s a good show.  I personally like the ending, despite many others hating it.  But I don’t mind not liking or hating the same things as everyone else.

How about you?  Have you watched Kuroshitsuji II yet?  If so, did you like it or did you hate it?

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Published by Arria Cross

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  1. Oh god, I unshamelessly loved season 2. Although I love the manga, season 2 was like magic to me. It made me feel every emotion: happy, furious, confused, sad, etc. Like you, the fujoshi in me was melting… I loved to think theyre trapped in a bittersweet eternity together. Plus some of the reasons posted by others here were great as well!

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    1. I know, right? My thoughts about s2 exactly. Unfortunately, most of the Kuroshitsuji fans absolutely hate it if what I read online is to be trusted. And I totally agree with you abo it tjr ending that Sebastian is trapped forever with the now-demon Ciel. I can’t wait for the Book of Atlantic film! I really liked that part in the manga. I’m just a little disappointed that it’s a film and not a regular TV anime withe episodes. Thanks for dropping by!


  2. I, to be very honest, really love the 2nd season of Black Butler. Let me be blunt here, but all of the reasons I state here are all my opinion, so please no harsh replies (if there will be anyone who wants to reply to my comment tho).

    First of all, I am a fujoshi, so I like the idea about Ciel and Sebastian spend their live together forever, without any disturbances. I mean, they are my OTP after all lol.

    Second reason is that one of the anime characters that I really hate is Elizabeth, while Ciel is one of my favourite, so do you see my point here? How can I accept an end where my favourite character be with my least favourite character? Lol, that’s why I love 2nd season’s ending because that doesn’t happen (as well as 1st and 3rd season).

    If you ask why I hate Elizabeth, well it’s simply because she is too…annoying, like seriously, lol, yeah I have read the manga, I have read the voyage arc where she suddenly became one of the badass girls who can actually use sword to fight, yes I like how the character development and everything, but that arc is unsuccessful in changing my opinion about that little lady there, sorry for all Elizabeth’s fans, but that’s my opinion about her. I even prefer Ciel ends up with Sullivan rather than her (if Ciel cannot be with Sebastian lol), sorry not sorry, that’s my opinion.

    The third reason is that we got to see 2 cute new characters there, Luka and Alois, yeah Alois is all yandere type of character who wants to be loved as well, but he’s still cute. Especially when he was a little kid, he is so cute! And I pitied on him to be honest.

    The last reason is that if we didn’t get the 2nd season, means we didn’t get the OVA, “Making of Kuroshitsuji II”, and that means we cannot see those characters in casual clothing, acting as if they are actors and everything, it’s a enjoyable moment for me to watch that OVA tbh ahaha.

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    1. Oh, thank you very much for sharing your opinion. I really appreciate it. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who feels strongly about this issue. I really like Season 2, as well; that’s why I wrote this post.

      Although I don’t consider myself as a full-fledged fujoshi, I have some tendencies to be one. And I agree with you that the idea of Ciel & Sebastian spending eternity together fascinates me.

      I also agree that Elizabeth is annoying. I don’t like that she’s so clingy to Ciel, but I liked the revelation that she’s actually a capable girl who can fight on her own. I still find her annoying, though. Same as you. I just treat her as one of the most minor characters, so I won’t feel too bothered by her.

      Hmm. I really disliked Alois, although I liked his character design. He looks really good.

      And yes, I absolutely agree with you 100% about the OVA. If season 2 wasn’t made, then the OVA about it wouldn’t exist. I really enjoyed watching it, as well, because it’s very refreshing to watch the characters in the modern time.

      Anyway, thanks again for dropping by. I appreciate your opinion. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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  3. Honestly I was surprised how much i liked season 2. I found it much more engaging than season 1, and I rather liked the ending. If they ever wanted to try a third non-canon season I wouldn’t mind. And on a side note, I actually liked Alois a lot, I guess the majority doesn’t.

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    1. High five! I really liked it, too. Many fans would disagree with the two of us, but I agree that I find Season 2 more engaging than Season 1. I read the manga and so many changes have been made with the first season. However, I really like that Season decided to go the original route and veered off from the manga. I feel the same way, too. If there was another non-canon season for this series, I’ll be all over it.

      Hmmm. I don’t like Alois at all. Why do you like him? However, like I said in my post, I like that he had such a big role towards the ending.


  4. I loved Season 2 the most! The story was so original and dark. What I like to see. I have noticed this a lot from the manga readers but since I was never into the manga (and never will be) I loved the second season continuation. Whatever it isn’t something new to see the heavy original manga appreciators who later see the anime freak out over divergences in the anime. Kind of annoying behavior but I aim to ignore the unwarranted opinions.

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    1. High-five, Cassandra! Yeah, that’s what I like to hear. Indeed, Season 2 was so dark and original. Loved it! I’m usually one of those manga readers who constantly compare the anime from the manga, but there are times when veering off from the manga is good. This is one of them. Not everyone share our opinion, though, but that’s okay. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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  5. I think the whole Kuroshitsuji anime–both seasons–was a kind of love/hate thing for me. The art, voice acting, music, directing, etc. was all excellent, and the story was engaging and interesting. But I think it was just too much. I enjoy the more episodic, almost detective-story feel that the manga usually has, and for me, the anime (especially season 2) was just too over the top and creepy. Not that I wasn’t glued to the screen right up to the end. . . .

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    1. That’s so interesting. 😀
      I prefer the manga over the anime, as well, but since I already watched the anime, I still imagine the seiyuu voicing the words whenever I read the manga. I hope that they create more seasons and continue adapting the rest of the manga. I would ecstatic to watch that.

      So does that mean that you didn’t like Season II?

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  6. I’ve watched Kuroshitsuji II and I gotta say that I hated it. Not really because it diverged from the manga. I actually don’t mind animes diverging from their manga sources (case in point the first FMA anime) and as you’ve said, the first season has already broken off the manga storyline midway through anyway. I didn’t like the second season because I firmly believed that season one’s ending was perfect as it was. Sebastian setting down Ciel’s body and Ciel accepting his fate was a very powerful ending for me and then to discard all that by creating a second season? It was uncalled for. I may have forgiven the second season if it wasn’t for Alois being too annoying for me to even try and attempt to enjoy the season.

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    1. I understand your points. Ciel accepting his fate in the end was a very powerful ending, that was why I treated Season II more as a spin-off than an actual continuation of the first one. By doing this, I created a mindset that separates the first and the second season so I avoid any comparisons between the two, even though their storylines are connected.

      I liked Season II because it revealed the cracks in the relationship between Sebastian and Ciel, and I just love the ending where Ciel turns into a demon. I feel bad for Sebastian getting stuck into a contract with him forever, but I think it was so cool.

      However, I agree with you that Alois was the most annoying. Ugh. I wanted to reach out and rip out his tongue from the screen.

      Although our opinions differ in this matter, thank you for sharing your views with me. It’s so interesting to hear what others think about “Kuroshitsuji II”, especially when they’re different from my own opinions. Keep on watching anime and blogging. Cheers!

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