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Black Butler: Complete 2nd Season (Limited Edition, Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Daisuke Ono , Maaya Sakamoto , Hirofumi Ogura  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Daisuke Ono, Maaya Sakamoto, J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia
  • Directors: Hirofumi Ogura
  • Format: Limited Edition, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, Multiple Formats
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071LEFY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Episode 1 commentary
  • Episode 3 commentary
  • Episode 12 commentary
  • OVA 3 commentary
  • Outtakes
  • U.S. Season 1 & 2 Trailer
  • Textless opening song – SHIVER
  • Textless closing songs – Bird and Kagayaku Soru no Shijima ni wa
  • Trailers

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    When last we saw dear Sebastian, he was poised to feast on the ripened soul of his young master. Unfortunately for the debonair demon, there’s a new butler in town…

    Enter Claude Faustus, a malevolent manservant uninspired by the drab flavor of his own contracted master, Alois Trancy. This pedestrian lad holds no allure for Claude, so the bespectacled butler sets his sights on a finer delicacy from the menu of the damned. None other than Ciel Phantomhive. And so begins a devilish dance of death starring crow and spider. The demonic duel rages beyond the limits of good taste, culminating in a debaucherous maze of madness pitting butler against butler. Sebastian and Claude: two ravenous rakehells filled with the power of darkness and locked in a macabre battle for the soiled soul of the young master they so long to savor/devour.

    The sequel to the dark fantasy-adventure, Black Butler II (2010) takes place 15 months after the conclusion of the first season. Ciel Phantomhive and his demon butler Sebastian are still bound by a contract that will eventually allow the servant to devour his young master's soul. Sebastian's position as Queen Victoria's "guard dog" fighting supernatural crime takes a backseat to a weird rivalry with Alois Trancy and his demon butler Claude. Ciel may be arrogant, imperious, and unlikable, but the viciously sadistic Alois makes him look downright endearing. The story is a hopeless tangle of plots and counterplots and counter-counterplots as Sebastian and Claude vie for Ciel's apparently highly desirable soul. Black Butler II has a considerably darker tone than the original series: Ciel's slapstick staff disappears for several episodes and the viewer is treated to such dubious pleasures as Alois poking out a maid's eye because he disliked the way she looked at him. At times, the filmmakers seem less interested in the contest between Sebastian and Claude than in out-grossing Elfen Lied and other gore fests. The American cast continues to offer ear-rasping attempts at English accents. Black Butler II ends inconclusively to allow for possible future sequels. The tone of the OVAs shifts radically: Welcome to the Phantomhives and The Threads of the Spider's Story play like episodes of the series, with the jiggle scenes and homoerotic elements well to the fore. The animated making-of is a faux documentary with the characters appearing as actors playing themselves--and the filmmakers congratulating themselves on creating "a global phenomenon." The choppy, multipart Ciel in Wonderland borrows elements from Lewis Carroll, which is a bit like the cast of a Peckinpah movie putting on an elementary school pageant. (Rated TV MA: profanity; nudity; violence; violence against women; child abuse; potentially offensive religious, ethnic, and sexual imagery; grotesque imagery; torture; alcohol, tobacco, and drug use) --Charles Solomon

    (1. Clawed Butler, 2. Solo Butler, 3. Wench Butler, 4. Terrorist Butler, 5. Beacon Butler, 6. Bedewed Butler, 7. Deathly Butler, 8. Divulging Butler, 9. Hollow Butler, 10. Zero Butler, 11. Crossroads Butler, 12. Black Butler; OVAs: 1. Ciel in Wonderland, Part 1, 2. Welcome to the Phantomhives, 3. The Making of Black Butler II, 4. Ciel in Wonderland, Part 2, 5. The Threads of the Spider's Story, 6. The Story of Will the Reaper)

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    The first series of Black Butler was a fascinating story, involving some very dark comedy, some downright weird historical anachronisms, and some nice interplay between the characters. Little girl Queen Victoria and crazy angels and a "New London Bridge" being constructed of human souls. It was just a fun watch from start to finish.

    The second series is by no means bad, and I did enjoy it, but the introduction of Alois Trancy (which ended up being the whole storyline) was really uncomfortable. It took all the weird molestation undertones that Sebastian-Ciel's relationship had (buried behind a "demon devouring a soul" motif) and brought it really far out into the open. Alois is damaged goods from the ground up, he's literally molested by his adopted father and he's got his own father-figure demon to devour his soul, just like Ciel does. But where Ciel comes off as vulnerable (and desperate to hide it), resigned to relying on Sebastian even with the knowledge that the "devouring" is coming sooner or later, Alois is cruel, and seems to relish his fate, and flies off the handle when his own demon decides he'd rather "devour" someone else.

    Overall the second series is good, and if you're a huge fan of the first you won't be sorry you watched it. Some of the bonus OVAs included are also tremendously fun. Just be prepared, there will be some awkward moments.
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    19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Holy POOP! April 4, 2012
    By AggieZ
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    GORGEOUS packaging!
    Full of the entire season on both blu-ray and dvd, and it contains all the OVAs listed!
    The box and the series is absolutely stunning!!
    WELL worth the 3 month pre order wait if you ask me!! LOL
    I love it! I recommend it to EVERYONE!!!
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better. April 3, 2012
    I must say, I bought this the day it came out and honestly, I have no regrets. the case is HUGE and there is a surprise for everyone. I am not dissapointed at all. FIVE STARS! Sadly it's only 12 episodes but I hope they go on. This is a good series.

    It's SOOO worth it.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    By Scott
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    The Black Butler franchise is a very artistic but dark series, especially the 2nd season. The 1st season had more of a whimsical side but this is a good season as well. If you loved the first season, you will either love or hate this one as it has a different feel to it. If you are familiar with the manga, then none of the 2nd season is cannon. But that doesn't mean it isn't interesting.

    I don't want to spoil anything about this, but basically you are getting the 2nd season on blu-ray and dvd. That consists of the show's 12 episodes and 6 OVAs (extra stories). There are also some commentaries and extras like outtakes. It has 2 blu-ray discs and 3 dvd discs of the same material. It also has reversible covers. The case is pretty solid as well. One thing to take note is that the box and containers are blu-ray size. So if you were planning on fitting your non-blu-ray, season one dvd set in here, that's not going to happen.

    The reason I put 4 stars is because even though the 2nd season is good, it's not as good as the first to me. Also, some characters don't really get as much screen time in this. But it is worth the watch and buy. The 1st season is definitely worth the watch and buy and is a must own for any anime fan.

    Black Butler is similar to Death Note and xxxHolic so if you happened to like either of those series, then maybe this is your cup of tea. And if you are older then 14, then you should have one heck of a time enjoying this. Get this set and bring out your inner demon. >:p
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Second Season! Wish there was more. July 8, 2012
    I loved the first season and the second season is no different. Although, I have to say I'm not too fond of Alois Trancy and Claude. But I love how there is a lot more Grell in this season. He's one of my favorite characters. The extras were great and I love the "The Story of Will the Reaper". I wish there was a spin off series of just the reapers. It would be cool to find out more about them. ^_^
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Black Butler 2 is solid and better than Season 1. June 6, 2012
    By Komatsu
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    Black Butler 2 has a solid storyline and in my opinion it is way better than season 1. It is like everyone on here is saying, "it is disturbing." I don't want to give too many details about what happens on this season but you will not regret purchasing this limited edition box set. It is a great story and you are for sure want to watch it again.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Black Butler is awesome May 16, 2012
    By Ami
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    The item was as described and was very good. I am sharing it with my friends and they are enjoying it too!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool May 4, 2012
    By KT
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I was excited to hear that this season of Black Butler was coming out on DVD in the U.S. because I tried looking everywhere online for the OVAs and could find some of them, but not all. This was the selling point for me!
    I had watched this season already once before I bought this, and can say that I liked it because of the return of a lot of my favorite characters --Grell :3-- but I feel like it ended like a bad fan fiction. That's just my opinion though. This season is definitely radically different from the first, which follows the manga to some extent, for those of you familiar with that. However, this one is still wildly entertaining, and includes new characters and another sexy demon butler, so I would suggest it to anyone who's a fan of the series!
    I was also pleased that it contained both DVD and Blu-ray! A must have for any anime or Black Butler fan!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I just love this movie.
    Published 2 months ago by Clarice Bookman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I love this series! It is one of my all-time anime favorites.
    Published 3 months ago by Christina
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This series is wonderful!! I recommend this to anyone. The characters are brilliant and the art work is beautiful!
    Published 3 months ago by Rochlle Finchum
    5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Homosexuality Aside
    Did I get your attention?


    Wanna make a contract with me then? It will only cost you your yummy yummy soul! Read more
    Published 7 months ago by C. Wheat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
    My daughter has watched this like 50 bazillion times, and it is a great set. No problems with the disks, picture is good, reproduction is great on both regular DVD and Bluray. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Buster
    5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it!!!!
    The story and characters would automatically draw you in. Ciel and Sebastian's relationship is so amazing!!! Trust me this anime is worth watching
    Published 9 months ago by Andrea Harper
    4.0 out of 5 stars Depends of what you like
    My daughter is into animation and she enjoyed the show. However, as a parent I just have to supervise and make sure there is nothing inappropriate in the show.
    Published 9 months ago by sedavi
    5.0 out of 5 stars A-1
    My daughter and I both love Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) have been patiently waiting for it to be released in english!!
    Thank you so much got it extremely fast! Read more
    Published 10 months ago by DeAnne Flores
    5.0 out of 5 stars What sort of fan would i be if i didnt give a good reivew?
    I very much Love Black Butler and the interaction between Grell and Sebastian .. good stuff.... I watch the series on Netflix but I plan on having a few episodes on the kindle as... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by April
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Box Set
    This is an awesome set. Just in case people wonder why this is so much more expensive than the $30, its because this particular set comes with a large box that is capable of... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Nerin Nightingale
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