William (genkischuldich) wrote,

[Shinsen Raws] Kuroshitsuji 01 (RAW)

Download time: 15 minutes.
Time to identify, find and install codecs: one hour, 10 minutes.

Mixed feelings. Mixed, mixed feelings. I think I might feel more positive about it if I hadn't had a shitty day and then spent over an hour searching for the means to watch the only thing worth looking forward to this evening.

I haven't had nearly enough coffee today.

The good:
  • THIS TROPE. THIS ONE. I mean, I could've called it. But still. And yes, this trope is a positive thing to me.
  • Oh the AAAAAANGST. The PAAAAAAIIINNN. The DARKNESSSSSSSSSS. OTT as hell, and all the more awesome for it.
  • The op. Sebastian catches a bullet with STYLE and has his throwing cutlery.
  • Sebastian is creepy from the start and the relationship between Ciel and him is nicely done. It sometimes drifts towards BL cliche... as in, you can recognise certain elements as BL tropes, but they haven't embraced them. Yet? It's like BL without any attraction between the two main characters.
  • The cm break is referred to as an "intermission".
  • Ono Daisuke is fabulous, Sakamoto Maaya is better than I expected.
  • Sebastian is as camp as he should be. The smooth animation on his figure makes up for the bizarre nose they stuck him with.

    The bad:
  • It sometimes feels like an episode of Drawn Together. A ton of detail has gone into Sebastian, Ciel and the main characters, but the four others look like... uh... cartoons? You know what I mean.
  • Disjointed storytelling with too many info dumps.
  • Bad ending theme. The opening isn't what I would've expected, but it wasn't bad.

    Overall, I hope it will settle down more next episode and perhaps have more of the subtle humour from the manga. And more THROWING CUTLERY. Actually, since I wrote down these lists, my anger at the injustice of codecs has dissipated.
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