Any fans worst nightmare…~
~Last week, after finishing my review for the previous episode, I stumbled upon the Kuroshitsuji community on livejournal. Interestingly enough, someone had posted a translation of Yana Toboso’s blog for that day, Friday the 13th when one television station was going to premiere the episode. It was quite interesting as to what she had to say about the anime and episode 7 in particular. In her blog, she talked about the demonic butlers and the concept of what a ‘demon’ really is. She also talks about an interesting interview she had about Sebastian too, which is pretty funny. However my favorite part of what she discussed was about our shota boys, Ciel and Alois. She wrote, “Both of them have come into possession of a power beyond the norm, and they’re both bad people using that great power for their personal, self-centered ends. Neither of them should be pitied. Neither of them is a good boy…” It made me think actually, because in my review I was sort of pitying Alois myself. If you’d like, you can read the translation here.
Now onto the episode that’ll give you the shock of your life, at least, for a certain character’s fangirls.
Our rocky episode begins with a flashback towards Claude’s blood-stained face after Ciel and Sebastian had left a bloody and dying Alois. He’s still mumbling, and he soon wakes up in his room with a bandage around his stomach. Hannah tries to replace the bandage, but is threatened to stay away and call Claude.
As Claude arrives and changes Alois’s bandages, they both bash a little on Ciel about his sword skills. Alois then asks if Claude would like to devour him, and he replies with a ‘well there is that…’, followed by his creepy smile.
The opening sequence changes back to the sequence from the first episode, and afterward we see Hannah diligently mopping before Alois steps in. He’s still badly wounded, but he falls over on top of her, and begs her to take him to Ciel.
Once in the carriage, Alois begins his flashbacks to his troubled past.
As kids, Alois, and his little brother Luca were orphans, and the villagers did nothing to help them. Alois holds such a hateful grudge against them all that he wishes for them to all die. The darling Luca is almost just as mad as his older brother as he hopes for his wish to come true.
His wish seems to come true as they spot the village on fire, and all the villagers dead.
The adorably mad boys celebrate, and decide to steal everything off the dead bodies.
Alois is busy stealing a necklace when a cold chill runs through him. He tries to find Luca, and does, but his poor little brother is dead.
A few years later, an older Alois is in a carriage heading into the Trancy mansion, where a perverted old man is taking in boys for his…sexual pleasure. At first he is rejected as the old man’s play toy because of his ‘dirty’ eyes.
In the bath room, where the boys await their washing, a boy tells of a fairy who grants wishes. Alois asks how to ‘contact’ this ‘fairy’, and goes to the forest to do just that.
He does end up calling upon it, and winds up in a spider’s web. A spider appears, and asks what is Alois’s wish. He has none: he wants to run away, but there is no place to go back to. The grudge against the villagers was already taken care of, and he doesn’t care about the perverted old man. The spider takes the web away, and tells Alois when he has a wish ready to find him and make a contract then. Before they part Alois asks if he is a fairy, but he replies with ‘a demon’.
Back to the old man, his servants tell him that all his boys, or dolls as the pervert calls them, have all ‘broke’, dead from the recent plague. Alois is all that’s left. Despite the old man’s protest, when he actually sees Alois, he is dumbfounded.
We then are taken to a human Claude telling Alois what happeend to the village he lived in. He tells him that Sebastian, working under the contract of Ciel Phantomhive, destroyed the village. He also proceds to tell them that Sebastian is unusually strongly tied to Ciel’s soul. Hearing this, Alois orders Claude (who magically transforms into a butler) to bring him Ciel.
After the death of the perverted old man, Claude asks as to why Alois doesn’t want Sebastian dead, but want Ciel. Alois doesn’t think dying is enough for killing his younger brother; he wants Sebastian to be in agony.
We are then sent foreward to the present where a huge tree collapses in front of the carriage, and Hannah manages to serve away but crash into another tree. And there, in the carriage, our favorite shinigami Grell appears. He tells Alois, or Jim Mccain (which is his actually name), that Death approaches for the poor boy. Grell also manages to tell him that normally, he wouldn’t travel for work, but his soul has suddenly become strange.
The conversation ends there however as our next demon, Hannah rips off the roof of the carriage, and their small battle starts.
Alois proceeds to crawl away from the fight as we are sent on another flashback trip as we see the very violent memories of Alois and Claude together. In between these memories, we also see tidbits of Grell and Hannah’s intense battle.
Alois drags himself to a tree as he narrates about Claude’s eyes, bitter-sweetly telling about his feelings, just as a angry dog is about to attack him. Meanwhile, Grell thrusts his chainsaw into Hannah’s stomach, pinning her to a tree.
In a swift change of scenes, Claude appears and kills the dog that was about to attack his young master. Alois then drags himself to Claude, almost pleading him to stay with him, saying he is the only person he has left. Claude bends down to the height of the bleeding Alois, a smile on his face, telling him, “As a butler to go that far…”
With a swift motion, blood pours from Alois, and he falls to the side. On Claude’s bloody hands is a gold ring with a blood red jewel on it.
Grell then appears behind him, saying that Alois’s soul won’t affect the intake of souls that were suppossed to die. Neither of them will steal his soul though. The episode ends as Claude asks if Grell is Sebastian’s ally (all the fangirls know where this is going), and Grell replies with his trademark grin and hand sign saying ‘Supreme love is always a battle to the death!’.
We are also introduced to a new ending song by the lovely girls of Kalfina, who did the second season one ending song. The song itself is very sad, but lovely. It truly does fit the sad ending to this episode. The images displayed for the ending are also very sad themselves, as they show our deceased Alois in a lovely display of color.
However there is a little tidbit left after the ending credits finish. Hannah is still alive, of course, and finds her young master lifeless on the ground. She sits on top of him, circling her finger around one of his eyes, then bends her head down as if to kiss him. The wind blows, and we are left to wait.
End Thoughts: WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY~?! Claude you bastard, I hate you forever now till the series ends! ;A; Our poor little bipolar blondie has died. And they didn’t even take his soul, uwaah. Well, actually, I believe Hannah took his soul; after the ending song, there’s that little piece left and it shows her doing something to him. It would make sense. Did you also see that she did something to his eye as well? xD Looks like she got her revenge, heehee.
I really hate the fact that they made that death scene too quick. It didn’t give me enough time to actually cry, but it made me so shocked I started cussing at the screen intensly. I’m not even sure what Claude did to him actually .____.; It was a really bitter scene though. Poor Alois is practically in love with Claude, and he kills him! He’s the only person he had leeffffttt~. Again, you can’t help but feel so sorry for the poor kid, no matter how much you could have hated him in the beginning, or what Yana tells you on her blog.
I feel kind of dumb for not thinking that Grell coming in the episode was a hint at ‘Someone is gonna die!’. I didn’t even think about it at all until friends who saw the raw started telling me that I was gonna hate Claude afterward, and when I looked over my past review and I predicted Alois might die by Claude’s doing. BOY WAS I RIGHT ;A; (And so were some of the commenters). The whole scene where Grell descends on the carriage sent me into a shock that lasted all the way to the end of the video. I had a problem though with the fight scenes between Hannah and Grell: they were short! I wanted to see Hannah kick some more ass, but of course the main focus was Alois flashbacking to his memories of Claude. From the preview however, I guess I’ll get my wish to see more kick-ass moves from Hannah.
This whole episode turned out to be pretty creepy: Alois and his little brother Luca wishing for the deaths of all the villagers, that disgusting old man, Claude smiling, Alois half-naked thoughout the whole damn episode. *shiverrrr* I kept getting goosebumps, especially when Claude would smile. I knew that creepy, sinister smile of his signaled something horrible to come (my Kuro fangirl senses were tingling I guess). The only thing I was a bit happy about for this episode was the clearing of all this confusion with Alois, his past, and his reason as to why he wanted Ciel in the first place. I thought it was pretty interesting when it turned out Alois wasn’t really part of the Trancy family. The kid is a good liar, heh.
Overall, this episode was waaaay better than the last, a bit boring yes, but full of so much shocking scenes you’ll remember this episode forever. Also, I’m sorry if these end thoughts are really random and very out of tune; I’m still in major shock over what just happened, seriously ;A; I actually had to pace around my labtop to clear my sinister thoughts of what should happen to Claude after what that bastard did. Alois, I’ll still love you even if Claude doesn’t! You’ll always have your fans! Bring him back A-1, gosh damnit! ;A;
Preview: An ACTUALLY interesting preview with a…flying Ciel?
Also, we see Hannah with guns (because we all know she’s only cool with weapons), Claude looking like he’s ready to get Ciel, and a very demonic Sebastian. All in All, some serious shit is going to go down next episode. Let’s wait another agonizing week~!