Kuroshitsuji Series Review


Can I have those 528 minutes of my life back now?

So! A little overdue, but it took me a while to be able to actually build up any tiny bit of desire in myself to actually close out this series – I watched through episode twenty-three way back in March (or whenever this stopped airing), but just didn’t care enough to bother finishing it up. That fact pretty neatly summarizes how I feel about Kuroshitsuji.

Originally, I was going to absolutely scorch this thing, but that was before I finished off episode twenty-four. Instead, I’m left more with a feeling of bitter irritation at this entire thing, which was flat-out mediocre from start to finish – this thing was neither good nor awful, just… blah. Which is pretty disappointing considering that the high points were pretty good. And, on the other end of it, if it had been simply bad, I wouldn’t’ve dragged my sorry ass through the entire thing; my patience would’ve ticked out a long time ago.

Some folks have argued that Kuroshitsuji’s anime adaptation was bad. However, having read parts of the manga, I am not entirely convinced that the source material itself was ever that good – manga fans kept hyping the India Arc, telling people like me to hold out for that, since it would be AWESOME. I watched the arc in anime form. It was bad. I read the manga version. It really wasn’t that much better, and probably was helped by the fact that the blatant caricatures couldn’t come across nearly as poorly simply by dint of not possessing voices or the ability to actually move. This is a show that really never had a chance, since while there were significant deviations as the show proceeded, we were nevertheless left with a core existence that wasn’t very good.

I will get shouted down for blasphemy, but once the show got beyond the episode six mark or so, the stuff that J.C. Staff came up with on its own was better than anything the original manga offered (with the exception of that ice sculpture episode). Too bad J.C. Staff also decided to toss in a bunch of crap, too, though – the dog, Pluto, should’ve been shot, and retaining Grell past his manga shelf-life was seriously dumb. Both of these characters served to destroy several serious scenes which Kuroshitsuji couldn’t afford to have wrecked. And did they really have to play up the fact that the manga had Queen Victoria portrayed as an emo loli? Good lord, folks – do we really need history to get fucked up that badly in your rewrite?

In the end, I just can’t get the sour taste of mediocrity out of my mouth, and I can’t let go of my thoroughly annoyed feelings regarding this series. This is the kind of show that actually had some decent potential – it started out pretty creepily, with a nice air of Victorian-era horror about it. But the end result was an incredibly uneven effort, one in which the anime staff should’ve really done their best to eradicate the foolishness of the original source from the final result and either couldn’t or wouldn’t. My irritation is further compounded by the fact that the final episode was actually pretty damn good.

Dammit, I hate this show. It couldn’t even have the decency to just suck – if it had I wouldn’t be mad. Fuck you, Kuroshitsuji – fuck you.

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5 Responses to Kuroshitsuji Series Review

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  2. Baka-Raptor says:

    India sucks. Even in anime, you’ll inevitably be disappointed if you expect too much from it.

  3. omisyth says:

    I thought it was suprisingly good, up until the India arc. When BREAD CURED EVERYTHING I was kind of just “meh”. Still, I’lll look back on it as being a “good” show, meaning “above average” and that at least means I didn’t waste my time. Also, I can’t see any other shows having a gay red haired chainsaw wielding death god in them.

  4. adaywithoutme says:

    @ Baka-Raptor – I once watched an anime adaptation of the Ramayana which was kind of awesome, except it had a crappy dub.

    @ omisyth – I’m guessing you’re not a Yakitake! Japan fan, huh?

    That shinigami with the chainsaw needed to be shot in the face.

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