Black Butler: Complete 2nd Season (Limited Edition, Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
DVD + Blu-ray
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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)
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This product includes the entire series, as well as the OVAs. Whoever labeled this did NOT pay attention. The box does flash a pretty obvious Roman numeral II, but the cases within clearly state what they contain within. "Complete First Season - Episodes 1-24." "Complete Second Season - Episodes 1-12 and 6 OVAs."
So now I have an extra set of the first season, because somebody on the other end did not explain what was included. But I have now done so for you, so please read and do not repeat my mistake.
It truly is a great anime. The missing fifth star in my review is due to the label's misdirection, not the product itself.
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
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!
Contains some strong hints of shonen-ai/yaoi themes
For mature audiences only