BBII 4-6: Backwards Butler

Black Butler II episodes 4-6 review

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Something really strange is going on: I’m enjoying season 2 of Black Butler more than season 1. That’s not supposed to happen. I’m supposed to hate the second season, but instead it’s turning out to be much more interesting than the first one. Maybe it helps that I know all the characters already, so there’s no time to be wasted in developing those characters. But maybe it’s also because the plot has a clear and unambiguous villain who I know is the ultimate enemy.

In these episodes, Sebastian first avoids trouble on a train, then the real meat of the plot happens when Alois Trancy confronts Ciel. Now we have Trancy as the villain, a brat who treats his one butler Hannah like garbage and who wants to own Ciel. We also have some big-breasted women in these episodes; Hannah and Ran-Mao both have giant boobs, and both wear revealing outfits, including one scene where Hannah strips down naked. So just like Misato promised us in Evangelion, there’s lots of fanservice!

Overall, I like where this is headed. There’s no more of the meandering plots from season 1 that seemed to go nowhere. Instead, there’s a clear direction to the plot, and lots of great characters that make it fun to watch. I’m optimistic about the rest of this season!

Episode 4 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Episode 5 rating: ***1/2

Episode 6 rating: ***1/2

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 27

30 Day Anime Challenge

Day 27: Favorite Anime Movie

I haven’t seen many anime movies, maybe only 6 or so, but there’s no question which one is number one: Wolf Children. That movie actually caused me to cry. Anytime a movie is able to do that, it definitely wins. It completely captured me from start to finish, getting me totally immersed in the experience and story. I won’t give away the plot, partially because I’m lazy but also partially because I want you to see it for yourself. It’s an amazing movie, but beware: bring the Kleenex.

HxH 59: Nen in, Kurapika out

Hunter x Hunter episode 59 review

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We say a sad goodbye to my favorite character and 2017 Anime Bracket runner-up Kurapika, as he and Leorio are getting put on a bus, soon to be long forgotten. It’s now the Gon and Killua show. In fact, that’s what I’m calling it from now on. Instead of Hunter x Hunter, it’s Gon x Killua, with that “x” meaning exactly what you think it does. Those two will dominate the screen for a while to come, until they are “dethroned” (quite literally).

This episode begins the convoluted explanation of this Greed Island game, which gets more confusing as each episode goes by. So far, what we know is that it’s exactly like Sword Art Online. You join the game, you’re stuck in it until you either beat it or you die, and when you die, that’s it for you.

But in order to get in it, Gon and Killua have to build up their Nen, and there’s two ways of doing that. One way is to call up other people who know Nen well like Kurapika and Mr. Wing. The other way is simply try harder. Gon and Killua use a combination of the two methods as they attempt to build up their Nen good enough to qualify for the game.

Also, remember that this is supposedly about finding Gon’s father. Soon enough, though, that’s going to be long forgotten, and the characters are going to be on some Pokemon card quest that is far from finding Gon’s father. The show jumps the shark soon, but not yet. You’ll know the moment when it jumps the shark for good. I’ll give you a hint: Killua does something so impossible so easily. Keep your eyes peeled. Once that happens, the show is doomed.

Character of the episode: Kurapika

Episode rating (out of four stars): **1/2