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Black Butler: Season 2 + OVA Collection
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Black Butler: Season 2 + OVA Collection Review. The highlight here is undoubtedly ĎCiel in Wonderland,í which the box cover rightly proclaims as a firm fan favourite and which sees the characters from Black Butler playing out the storyline of Alice in Wonderland.
Rating:
4.0

Feature 8.0
Video 9.5
Audio 9.5
Special Features 8.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 450 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

8.0


Black Butler: Season 2 + OVA Collection

Goetheís Faust was an alright little romp, but 1) itís over 200 years old rather tired and dusty, and 2) it doesnít lend itself particularly well to Blu-ray. 

Luckily the thoughtful folks over at Japanese animation studio A-1 have remedied these deficiencies and the end product, Black Butler, is a darkly humorous meditation on love, family connections and the afterlife.  And soul-eating. 

Sebastian Michaelis, demon, butler and all-around nice chap, has a deal with his master, the young and impossibly wealthy orphan Ciel Phantomhive: once his earthly duties are fulfilled and he has avenged the murders of Cielís parents, he will be allowed to kill the young man and consume his soul. 

Season Two introduces a major new player and a whole new household, namely that of the Trancy clan.  Alois Trancy has a demonic butler just like young Ciel, however this sassy fellow, who goes by the imaginative name Claude Faustus, isnít all that keen on devouring the soul of Alois, whom he finds far too dour for his liking.  No, he has his sights set on getting the (presumably much tastier) soul of the newly amnesiac Ciel, and will seemingly stop at nothing in his attempts to get it. 

Perhaps to compensate for the fact Season Two is far shorter than the first, Madmanís new Blu-ray edition gathers together all 12 episodes as well as all six of the OVA episodes produced thus far.  Iím actually not sure having a shorter run this time around is a bad thing: this season feels much more focused than the first, with fewer irrelevant side stories cluttering the main narrative and an emphasis on the cruelty and black humour which were always Black Butlerís strong suits.  The two warring households and their grotesque inhabitants are also kept firmly at the centre of the plot, allowing the tension to build to a suitably bloody crescendo by seasonís end. 

And then thereís the OVAs, which are only loosely connected to the main series and see the main characters undertaking a bizarre and highly entertaining series of (mis)adventures.  The highlight here is undoubtedly ĎCiel in Wonderland,í which the box cover rightly proclaims as a firm fan favourite and which sees the characters from Black Butler playing out the storyline of Alice in Wonderland.  Itís a suitably tongue in cheek tribute to Lewis Carrollís oddball realm, and a fitting conclusion to this supremely worthy two-disc BD set. 

Bonus Features

Textless openings and closings

Audio commentary on three episodes

Outtakes

Trailers






 
 



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