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

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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)

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

  • 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:
      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 (123 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0071LEFY8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

    Customer Reviews

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    This picks up where Black butler Season 1 left off. His parents death avenged as agreed in the contract Sebastian gets to collect payment for services rendered devouring Ciels soul. However Sebastian makes a startling discovery now the enraged demon is out for revenge. He meets up with Claude another demon butler who also serves a child lord who he has a pact with

    Claude takes care of Alois Trancy who suffered the vilest form of abuse, Alois is needlessly sadistic cruel and abusive taking his frustrations out on and punishing others often displaying psychotic tendencies as he does with Hanna a beautiful maid in his employ one day in a psychotic rage brutalizes her in a barbaric way. He and Ciel are polar opposites Alois is the dark to Ciel's light

    Claude is a greedy demon who hungers for and lusts after Ciels soul and finds Alois's soul tastes sour and thinks Ciel's tastes better wants to claim and devour Ciel's soul instead. We get to see rarely enraged Sebastian who partially lose control after Claude crosses the line. Reaper Grell helps Sebastian get to Claude so he can battle his demon nemises and the two engage in deadly combat. An interesting plot twist leads to an unexpected discovery about Hanna, followed by something very strange and shocking happening to Ciel leading up to a very mind blowing conclusion that will not disappoint die hard fans one of whom is me

    Unlike Black butler season 1 this one contains many dark elements some are disturbing but realistic and show the darker side of humans. The last part of the final episode with Ciel is a shocking but good suprise I did not see coming I watched it twice. For those who haven't tried season 1 yet you will love it. This set includes 3 DVD, and 2 Blu Ray discs, the anime, artwork, detail, color, and sound are amazing. I only hope they make a Season 3 then I'll really be in heaven, well enough said hope this helps
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