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03 October 2008 @ 19:58
[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.
    Thomas Vyethomasvye on 3rd October 2008 08:31 (UTC)
    I will watch tonight when I get home tonight, but I am worried by mention of broad slapstick. Not that I don't find that hilarious, but it's kinda not what I want from this show. I am looking for the creepy for this show...
    Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd October 2008 08:55 (UTC)
    The drama/creepy is awesome and highly campy and so even more awesome. The slapstick isn't really my thing, but it's brief.

    I think I also saw raws for Tytania...? How is it?
    Thomas Vye: YGO5Ds Jack and Yuuseithomasvye on 3rd October 2008 09:16 (UTC)
    Ah, it's just the PV at the moment. :) It airs next week. Looks good; looks like Garakan. :D

    I am looking forward to Kuroshitsuji, even so. :)
    Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 3rd October 2008 09:26 (UTC)
    Shinsen subs raw...? LOL am I the only one that thinks that's a bit weird? XD

    I'm going to give the first episode of the anime a try. :3 :3 :3 Let's hope I like it better than the manga! (though maybe I should have read more than one chapter, you and Ami talk about it to often..)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd October 2008 09:41 (UTC)
    Maybe that isn't their name? I didn't really check properly...

    Give it a go, although the manga's way better. :)
    Fantom Fox: sebastian grinfantomfox on 3rd October 2008 14:11 (UTC)
    I meant to squee in my review a little more about the bullet-catching scene in particular. That was brilliant~

    "It's like BL without any attraction between the two main characters." Truer words have not been spoken.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 5th October 2008 09:26 (UTC)
    Yeah... I wonder if it'll be in the series? I hope so!