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Kuroshitsuji Book of Circus/Murder Review

Kuroshitsuji Book of Circus/Murder64811l

watched 2015

Circus:

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 10/10
Aired: Jul, 2014 to Sep, 2014
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures,Square Enix, FUNimation Entertainment, Mainichi Broadcasting,Movic
Murder: 
Type: OVA
Completed Episodes: 2/2
Aired: Oct, 2014 to Nov, 2014
Producers: A-1 Pictures, FUNimation Entertainment

The Book of Circus is the third season for Kuroshitsuji. But it is not a follow on from season 2. Season is a bullshit (noncanon) season which was no where near as good as the actual Kuroshitsuji story. The book of Circus is another Arc from the manga, as is the book of Murder. They are pretty early Arcs. It is truly a shame Kuroshitsuji couldn’t have been given an anime a year later but the producers made the correct decision in making these two arcs anyway. If you want to see my opinions on the first season, click here. 

Lord Ceil is back. With Sebastian and everyone else in co. This time he is investigating the disappearance of children when a certain circus act come to town. Cutting just a little too late into that wound of his. Welcome to the Circus and let the show begin! With old characters who are still brilliant, we are introduced to a whole new cast as Sebastian and Ceil go undercover at the circus to uncover the truth. The latest edition is brilliant and as clever as the first. Better in my opinion, though there is quite a gap in between me watching the two seasons. So the new characters.

Oh! The new characters. Such a tragic story they hold. Performers who were saved from a workhouse who are under the control of their mysterious benefactor. From Joker, the ring leader to Hansel and Greta. These new characters are a close family with one desire. Or do they? They kidnap the children on orders of their benefactor who have their ‘brothers and sisters’ hostage at the workhouse. So they work hard to protect them all and let them have a bright future. Unlike the poor souls who they have kidnapped. The benefactor who saved them from dying on the streets and paid for a doctor who give them prosthetics limbs to replace the ones which were lost to them.

Nothing is as it seems in the circus as it becomes increasingly apparent. I enjoyed meeting all these characters and though the story which was told was inspired. The ending was very sad for me, and almost heart breaking as Ciel laughs in the ruins of it all. Declaring that’s what it means to be human. Sebastian looking slightly lost for words. The season isn’t all gloom and doom though and there are plenty of comedy moments. Including Grell getting jealous as he see a soul having sex with Sebastian as he is watching her life. Also Ciel gets restrained from leaving his house several times, thanks to the nature of his housekeepers.  Oh and this moment.kuroshitsuji-book-of-circus-episode-2-26

All in all a marvelous edition to the Kuroshitsuji family. Which leads on to the Book of Murder. A two episode Ova which takes place directly after the book of Circus. Where we have a cluedo like mystery of a killer in the house during a storm. With Arthur Wordsmith (who is based of Arthur Conan Doyle) as a character.

superthumbSebastian is an amazing character and these Ova’s only reiterate that. Ciel’s acting is tested many times as the Queen, unhappy with Ciel’s dealing of the circus case, has him set up for murder. Except they manage to prove him innocent. After all, he was not the killer. The book of murder was a wonderfully spun together mystery plot which had me on the edge of my seat trying to work out who the killer was. Sebastian and cats though! Too cute! Plus Ciel’s reaction is priceless. As is the servants when they realise Sebastian isn’t dead. (Spoilers? Not really. He’s a demon, he can’t die that easily). I loved these Ovas to pieces and hope they decide to make season 4, which should be the titanic arc.

Also at the end of the book of Murder, Ciel gets a new servant, who shall remain a mystery here. Go watch! Gold.Book_of_Murder

Kuroshitsuji Season 1 Review

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) 25353l

Watched 2010 roughly 

This is only for season 1 because of the gap between be watching season 1 and the book of circus/murder. Season 2 does not exist to me.

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 24/24
Aired: Oct, 2008 to Mar, 2009
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures,Square Enix, FUNimation Entertainment, Yomiko Advertising,Mainichi Broadcasting, Movic.
Kuroshitsuji is an manga adaptation written by Yana Toboso.

Last week is seemed the generator was telling me to review all the reverse harem video game adaptations I have watched. This week, it appears to be giving me animes which were made before the manga was finished. Not to say the ending to this was not well done. Black Butler 1 was an excellently made anime. Though one known for being slightly dodgy due to the artwork and the fact the author is known for drawing Yaoi. But this is very unique anime.

Set in Victorian Britain, 12 year old Lord Ciel Phantomhive works as the Queen’s guard dog. Fixing the problems the underworld of the British empire causes without anyone knowing. How? With the help of his demon butler. Sebastian. As Ciel works, he seeks to understand and unravel the plot behind Ciel’s parents’ murder, and the horrendous tragedies which Ciel was focused to experience at the age of 10. He was a slave and sacrifice for a ritual. He was torture enough that he had enough hatred to summon Sebastian. The contact is simple, Sebastian can eat Ciel’s soul when Ciel has found the people responsible for the travesty.  Ciel has a crest in his eye which when revealed lets Sebastian see where he is. To stop him practically and also to save him when needed, and given Ciel’s job, that happens more than often your normal teenage boy.

Ciel is a young teenager noble. He’s stuck up, bratty and traumatised. His family is gone and the only family member he has left after all this, he ends up having to remove. All he can count on is a demon butler who while dutiful, likes to play games. Which Ciel is fine with because he plays games back. Ciel is one of those characters you can’t help but like, though you find yourself half to time wanting to slap him and the other half wanting to hug him.

56955Sebastian is suave and extremely skilled. He can fight, defy the laws of physics and is devoted to being the perfect butler. He also loves cats. Something which is very amusing when Ciel is allergic to them. He can charm anyone, and in true demon fashion can terrify anyone as well. His and Ciel’s relationship is one of Master and servant. Sebastian will go out of his way to ensure his Lord’s needs are met but Ciel is just food to him. He is just watching as Ciel’s soul falls deeper and deeper into sin. And Ciel’s mentality does seem to decrease as the anime progresses, however arguably that is due to the dark and gory events he endures every day. He is, after all, a child. Something which erks Ceil greatly as no one takes him seriously as result. Something which he does occasionally use to his own advantage.

On top of two very well developed characters we have some excellent side characters. All four Phantomhive servants are incompetent at their jobs but amazing at killing people. All having been hunted down by Sebastian to serve on the household. Apart from one who is the oldest servant and is completely unfazed by everything which occurs. We have  grim reapers, who hate demons. Grell is my favourite. Grell is your flamboyant gay character who is slightly obsessed with death and Sebastain. You can’t miss him, he’s the one all in red with a chainsaw as a unlicensed scythe. And many more. So watch it and fall into the deep dark depths of the Victorian underworld. Fall of politics magic and murder.

This anime is a little piece of gold in my eyes and I was very sad when I finished it. I looked forward to the 2 season and was greatly disappointed.

Donten ni Warau Review

Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds)57309l

Watched 2015

Type: TV
Complete Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct, 2014 to Dec, 2014
Producers: VAP, Doga Kobo,FUNimation EntertainmentL, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Donten ni Warau is a manga adaptation written by Karakara-Kemuri.

Laughing under the clouds is set during a time when carrying a blade is illegal. Where science is being born but there is also magic. It is the tale of three brothers fighting against people who want to change how things are. They are close and share a close bond. The three of them work as boatmen, delivering convicts to a inescapable jail which is in the centre of the lake.

The oldest brother is Tenka Kumou. Tenka is a joker, something which can be infuriating to the people around him as he is one of the best fighters. He used to work for the government but eventually quit to take care of his brothers after their parents were killed. The governments officers in the area don’t like him much as a result. Tenka loves his brothers but he is hiding his own secrets. One of which will bring about his death.

Second brother is Soramaru Kumou. Soramaru is the main focus of much of the anime but he isn’t my favourite brother. Soramaru works hard to be considered equal with Tenka, though he does love him. Soramaru has a tough road, dealing with nightmares and more but he is headstrong and steady. Willing to break into the prison to work out what is going on. Willing to beg to get the training he needs in order to fight.

Lastly and not least we have Chuutarou Kumou. A bit of a crybaby and naive but he’s 12 so we have to give him some lack. Tenka has pretty much brought him up and Chuutarou has his own good points. Though he does spend much of the time with an escaped convict so how good Chuutarou’s moral dial is, is a bit debatable.

There is one more member to the family. Shirasu Kinjou. Having been saved by Tenka, Shirasu works as the Kumou’s housekeeper and he very fond of the brothers. However he is hiding a dark past and not one you would first expect.

As the world collapses around these four individuals, we watch as the villain’s plan unfolds and watch as the three brothers rise together to stop it and save them all from hell. But situations are never as simple as they first seem.

This anime is a well told story and is not afraid to take risks. All of the characters are well rounded and their good sides and their bad. Quite literally. There are moments when actions are doubtful, when they make you want to scream with anger. But also cry from despair. The final scene with Shirasu is once such scene. When all you want to do is make him stop. But his actions are the ones which make you remember that humans are not good nor evil. That there is no such thing as black and white. That the world is made up of shades of grey.

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Ookami to Koushinryou Review

Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)59401l

Watched 2010 roughly

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 13/13
Aired: Jan, 2008 to May, 2008
Producers: Imagin, FUNimation Entertainment, Victor Entertainment,Pony Canyon, Movic, Kadokawa Pictures USA, Kadokawa Pictures Japan

Spice and wolf is light novel adaptation written by Isuna Hasekura, and drawn by Ayakura Juu.

Spice and wolf is one of those animes that if you would describe it to a friend, they were properly say ‘That sounds boring’ but its not. Spice and Wolf is one of those anime’s which take you an adventure and not one you first expect.

Travelling merchant, Kraft Lawrence is wandering from town to town with just his horse and cart when one night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Horo, who takes the form of a beautiful girl with wolf ears and a tail. Horo was once the local harvest god however with the spread of the church and as time as once on, the villagers have forgotten there agreement with her. Leaving her bonded and weary. They strike up a bargain between the two of them for Horo to lend him the cunning of “Horo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels.

But having Horo alone for the journey is no easy matter when the church is tightening its power in the region and country is falling into disrepair. This is set in a country where the golden age is over and the world is beginning to change in a way with will make life harder for people like Lawrence and for beings like Horo. The two of them working together to survive and see the world.

The tale is a refreshing on and doesn’t rely on fan-service or beach scenes to make the plot. Instead it is very unique in its take on life and how the world they reside in works. There is no ever lasting goal in this anime, what this is is a simple story about people. Just one of them is a wolf god who loves apples and is very curious about the changes in the world she has last seen it.

I don’t think I have done nearly a good job as review this anime as I could, but I do love it. So Platinum. 2d21ffe2c598d875dfd2ea66961315df

Samurai Champloo Review

Samurai-Champloo

Samurai Champloo
Watched more than a year ago…
Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 26/26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May, 2004 to Mar , 2005
Producers: Geneon Universal EntertainmentL, Manglobe, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Fuji TV

I remember this anime primarily for the art. Which was, and still is to this day, beautiful. The sword fights are more like dances than anything else. And trust me, like any good Samurai series, there are plenty of them.

Two very different Samurai Mugen and Jin, who annoy each other to great lengths, end up having to work side by side. Honestly, its their own faults. They get themselves into a bar brawl and are about to be executed when a girl saves them. A girl who is a typical anime ditz and can barely take care of herself. But. now she’s got two bodyguards who will help her achieve her goals.
Right?<br If they don't kill themselves first. Or arguably her. No, I'm being mean. Kasumi Fuu, while a ditz is not too bad when compared to a lot of anime heroines. She's quirky, clever and a likeable character. The story is well padded out with well written side plots and funny moments. And is worth a watch for the Art alone though 🙂
Its gets Gold from me.

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