Not even smug shoutas can save this show.
So, Kuroshitsuji pulled a “LOL, WE’RE GONNA HAVE A FULL SEASON NAO!” on all of us, rendering my previous ‘half-season’ review obsolete. But, surprise surprise, basically every prior complaint I had regarding this show remains – and they were kind enough to toss on a bunch of extra crap to pretty much relegate this show to the dustbin.
The most egregious of these errors can be found in that bane of the manga fan – the addition of permanent characters in filler episodes. Kuroshitsuji’s filler to that point hadn’t been all that bad – adding a take-off of Hound of the Baskervilles to a gothic show set in Victorian era England makes absolute perfect sense. Too bad the anime writers got too sure of themselves and added a useless, obnoxious character to the mix. Thanks a lot, jerks.
And the decent filler was followed up by several episodes of bottom of the barrel filler. I’ve been promised that the India Arc, which has just begun, is really good, and will make all those fillers worth sitting through, but I remain unconvinced. I’m not at the ‘drop’ point, but one more filler episode, and you can say good-bye to the demon butler.