Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
I missed a post day, also I watched some new series that had completely slipped by me the day they were uploaded. Because of that, I’m putting everything together in a nice, little package post and I will keep it short and to the point (along with my commentary).
So without further ado, I present to you;
Further summer 2014 impressions:
The first one (
because of biased preference):-
Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus
After the atrocity that was the second season of Black Butler, it’s back for another run. I’ve also read from the synopsis that this arc will actually follow events that happened in the manga. If that’s the case, I doubt I’ll be as grossly disappointed as I was with all the mess that happened with Alois Trancy. There were a couple good things about the second season though. Just a couple.
So far, everything is the same; Ciel seems to have gotten taller (probably it’s the boots) and more mature in his face. The supporting cast members in Ciel’s house are just as clumsy as I remember, and still deliver the hilarity that is expected of them. I wonder if Grell will make an appearance? I do wish Pluto was still alive.
Ciel is still doing his job as the Queen’s guard dog, rooting out the bad guys, and the first on his list was one named Brandel, who had been dealing guns on the black market and had also been planning an ambush to kill Ciel. Of course, he received a death fitting for such a falsifier.
And one thing is still clear; Sebastian is one hell of a butler.
Zankyou No Terror (lit. Terror in Resonance):
That is all.
No, that’s actually not all I want to say but I can’t find the words that can accurately (and adequately) sum up the impression the first episode left me with. It has nothing to do with all the flashy explosions and fast-paced action but the execution of it, the characters and the promise of the kind of story this series is going to tell. Also, there is one little detail that I picked out that can be compared with real life. That Youtube video.
Uploading a video – or a series of videos – to YouTube seems to be a trend among those who are about to commit terrible crimes. The most recent one I can remember is the video uploaded by Elliot Rodger to the website just before he went on his rampage. These videos are sometimes vague and only give subtle hints into what the person is planning and the motive behind it. The same follows for the one in this episode, their plan was a bit vague yet still clear and during that scene, I did feel a chill up my spine.
The characters are three completely different personalities that are definitely going to mesh and complement each other. Because Lisa was the one narrating, I get that the story will be told from her perspective. Both Toji Hisami and Kokonoe Arata come from the same background – an institution that they managed to escape from as kids. Lisa comes from a troubled environment also but not in the same breadth as Hisami’s and Arata’s seems to have been. She faces bullying at her school and probably even more strenuous issues at home. The consistent texting from her mother, which she ignores could speak to her mom being an overbearing figure in her life and it’s obvious that she’s at her limit (or almost) when she wishes for everyone to disappear.
In the end, she decides to become an accomplice to Hisami’s and Arata’s terrorist duo and between the first and second half of this episode, I get that Lisa is not the type to give up just because she may be going through a very rough time. She seems to be the kind of person to endure though she may suffer bouts of depression.
Almost everything about this anime seems to resonate; from the OP to many of the scenes throughout this episode. I will definitely be watching to see how things unfold and to get answers to the amount of questions I already have.