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03 July 2010 @ 20:00
I ended up downloading Kuroshitsuji II. I pretty much had to. It wasn't easy, mind you, because this computer was second-hand more than four and a half years ago and can't even handle having two programs open at once anymore. I had to keep pausing and unpausing in order to keep the animation moving along. That's how run-down my computer is. I missed a fair few lines.

There are four things you should know about Kuroshitsuji II:

1) It's the stupidest anime I've ever seen.
2) I loved it.

3) I was laughing throughout. There isn't a single moment that isn't hilarious.
4) Season II is going for a more serious vibe.

Is this like a 'Psycho' thing where they promote the hell out of characters to add surprise when they're killed off (or, as in this case, just abandoned)? I'd rather see more of Tora than Anime-Sebastian and Anime-Ciel. Also, granted I didn't watch to the end of the previous series, but why will Ciel's ring wake him up?


(Is it bad that I want reichsfreiherr to watch it and take a few 'reaction shots' of his face while doing so?)

Sharon: D.Gray-man Kanda Sunsharona1x2 on 3rd July 2010 11:05 (UTC)
I'm just going to watch it for Sakurai Takahiro. I'd watch anything for him, no matter how lame.
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 11:06 (UTC)
It's definitely not lame. I associate that word with something limp and unforgettable. This is badness so incredible that you just can't help but be amazed.
snakesinspace on 3rd July 2010 12:31 (UTC)
I saw some Kuroshitsuji figures (in their boxes at around ¥1000 each) for sale in my local Eco House (it combines Hard Off, Book Off, Hobby Off, and House Off), and thanks to you I finally knew what they were! :D
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 14:15 (UTC)
That sounds like a pretty good deal for someone.

I'm glad you made use of this valuable information. :)
N: poutnokiirat on 3rd July 2010 12:59 (UTC)
thought sebastian *spoilers* 'ate' him at the end of the first series, the ring didn't make sense either....though the dancing? hilarious.
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 14:17 (UTC)
I assumed that was what had happened. I know there was a showdown on Tower Bridge (because someone told me when I saw Sherlock Holmes).

The dancing was a masterstroke. It really was.
Thomas Vye: Daidouji smilethomasvye on 3rd July 2010 16:14 (UTC)
You attract me to give it a try now!
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 23:22 (UTC)
It wasn't a recommendation, but if you like camp, you may enjoy it. :-)
reichsfreiherr on 3rd July 2010 16:25 (UTC)
I accept your challenge, sir. But after Pride weekend. Right now I'm otherwise occupied. ;)
William: Kuroshitsuji: Emblemgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 23:25 (UTC)
It's UK Pride, huh? Lucky you. "Tokyo Pride" is when I'm in the UK, although there aren't enough LGBT people in Japan to have a parade.
reichsfreiherr on 5th July 2010 14:02 (UTC)
Not that any of the Pride parades in the UK happen at the same time as far as I know (mostly because when I'm traveling to see people for quiet weekends in various parts I have tendency to run into weekend festivities by accident) but I'm out of the country at the moment. Though sadly, having made the trip, I didn't march in the main parade this year but I did make it for one of the other marches which really is in the grassroots stages. It's not a commercial, tourist event yet like the main parade but that said even the main parade is still massively political bar the corporate sponsor floats.

I'm not particularly versed in the political climate of Japan when it comes to LGBT rights so the issue may be that there isn't the requirement by the community to demand political change via protest marches that will eventually grow into full blown celebrations gathered around the political core. Certainly, all Pride parades are political statements and the biggest festivals grow out of small numbers braving all manner of adversity to demand political change and point out that not everybody fits the hegemonic norm so perhaps Japan has a more laissez-faire attitude which doesn't need protesting against or the community is still working through their own issues be they emotional or organisational so it's not quite the right time yet. With a population the size of Japan it's rather hard to believe that there just aren't enough people for it after all.

Edited at 2010-07-05 14:04 (UTC)
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th July 2010 22:48 (UTC)
I guess my sarcasm/bitterness didn't come across well on Livejournal. Last year, even though it was a small event (about half the size of the various international food festivals), I was able to see Sugiyama Fumino speak at a Heart wo Tsunagou-related event at Pride. I'd love to have a another Pride Festival and parade here this year, even if I'm not there. But there's not enough people willing to come out (in both senses!) in Japan.

In terms of politics, beliefs in Japan would probably seem the same as Britain on the surface, but they're very different and the pressures are different too. As for the low turnout, there are two main reasons: 1) People fear the (social) consequences if they are seen there 2) The government is run by corrupt old men and no one really believes they have a chance of influencing them.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: bitches gon' hate coz I got buttlereddilettantka on 3rd July 2010 22:56 (UTC)
I think I need to see this. 8D
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 23:27 (UTC)
You do, but the precredits scene has spiders, so you might want to skip it. But Tora wakes up naked in that sequence too and I know you'll LOVE that.
Lokuro: no - kurolokuro on 3rd July 2010 23:52 (UTC)
I was struggling against my curiosity... I never ever wanted to see the second season... shame on you! My firm decision is crumbling with every post like this @.@²
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd July 2010 23:58 (UTC)
I never intended to see it either. It was pretty much a last minute decision. Glad I did, but because the show was bad, not because it was good.
Lokuro: eulelokuro on 4th July 2010 00:07 (UTC)
Well, I guess, it's easier to see it once than to wonder each time how many minutes of healthy laugh I was missing... Gosh, next week a friend of mine is going to visit me with a bottle of wine - then I'll definitely be brave enough to see it ò.ó
swirly_ayuri: Aya Grumpyswirly_ayuri on 4th July 2010 22:41 (UTC)
Hmm, intriguing. Would you rate it worse than, say, Weiss Kreuz season 1? Kuroshitsuji is on my list of series to watch.
Williamgenkischuldich on 5th July 2010 22:19 (UTC)
I'm the worst person to ask, since I genuinely enjoyed Weiss Kreuz. In terms of animation, it is superior, but in terms of scripting, plotting and fanbaiting, it is far worse. In a good way.

I recommend the manga completely though.