~For fellow Kuroshitsuji fans, the sadness is slowly settling in as its second season slowly, and agonizingly, comes closer to a finale. What will be left of us Kuro fans? The manga is getting harder to catch up on as more scantilation sites are removing the series, and now the anime is coming to a close! Luckily A-1 heard our cries, and has decided to treat the beloved Kuro fans with not one, not two, but FIVE OVAs with the release of the second season DVDs. While it is going to be a bit of a wait, it surely worth while as each OVA has its own unique story, with the exception of the first OVA, ‘Ciel in Wonderland’ (which is actually a cliche done in most manga and anime). Most of the OVAs, so far, don’t have much information other than their summaries and release dates, however all the seiyuus will be the same, and so will our favorite characters, in some sense. ;D
As a HUGE Kuro fangirl myself, I couldn’t be more excited! ^^ Normally I would skip this sort of thing, but when I read the summaries for each of them, I have to say they did sound very fun to watch, especially the ‘Ciel in Wonderland’ one<3. Now let’s take a look at what exactly A-1 has planned for us~.
>>OVA 1 ・Ciel in Wonderland (Parts 1 & 2)
Summary: (Part 1) On one particular day at the Phantomhive manor, while jadedly browsing through reports, Ciel catches sight of a white-rabbit-eared Sebastian. Said butler mumbling, “I’m late. I’m late.” as he disappears down a hole in the floor. Ciel follows and drops into… another world?! “Kuroshitsuji” characters running around in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”?! I’m just one hell of a white rabbit.
(Part 2) Following the white rabbit Sebastian, Ciel wanders into a strange country. Caught up in all manners of “strange”, new meetings await Ciel around every corner. A mysterious caterpillar’s advice, reunion with the Cheshire Cat, and an invitation from the Queen of Hearts during the Mad Hatter’s tea party. While continuing his search for the white rabbit, Ciel heads for the castle…
Release Date: (Part 1) Oct. 10, 2010, with DVD II | (Part 2) February 23, 2011, with DVD VI
Thoughts: You don’t know how excited I am for this. I’ve been fangirling about this OVA since the minute I saw the lovely character designs! When are you ever going to see Sebas-chan in bunny ears and a cute, white, fluffy tail?! Or see Ciel in the cutest Alice outfit EVER?!<3 UWAH~!! This OVA has certainly flamed my fandom for this series even more.
All the original characters (that means no Alois or Claude, or Trancy servants…boo, and yay at the same time =3=) are in perfect spots! Like Grell as the Chesire Cat, Lau as the caterpillar, and Madam Red as the Queen of Hearts. I’m really loving how Grell looks, by the way. I may be totally in love with Sebas and Ciel’s outfits, but Grell’s is really awesome too. As for the story, it doesn’t sound too bad 8) What makes it sound so entertaining is the thought of how all these characters are going to act xD I’m already giggling thinking of Ciel’s reaction to all this, heh.
The only thing bad I have to say about this is that WHY did they have to make the two parts so long to be released?! ;A; If it does turn out to be as good as I’m sincerely hoping it will be, I’m going to be on my knees practically BEGGING for the second part. Damn you A-1…I love you, but I hate you!
>>OVA 2 ・Welcome to the Phantomhive’s
Summary: Elizabeth invites the main character, “Lady”, to join her at the ball held at the Phantomhive manor. Welcomed by Ciel, receiving the first-rate hospitality from Sebastian; the story unfolds with the participation of the viewer. An original story with a simulation-game feeling!
Release Date: November 24, 2010, with DVD III
Thoughts: I have a feeling this might be more of a fanservice kind of OVA, you know? It’s going to have that dating sim game feel, and in my mind it sparks up these images of some of our favorite bishies, heh. I’m more of a fan for the shotas in Kuroshitsuji (though I do love Ronald<3) so for me, I’m not feeling this OVA too much. My fangirl senses aren’t connecting! For the Sebastian and other male character fangirls though, this OVA might be made just for you ;D This does sound quite fun to watch even despite some of these negative feelings I’m getting. I might change my mind once I see a preview or some character designs ~. Or even if it doesn’t turn out to be as fanservice-y as I think it is. I’ll just have to wait and see!
>>OVA 3 ・The Making of Kuroshitsuji II
Summary: From the legendary first season “Kuroshitsuji” to the current “Kuroshitsuji II”, t’was a very long road indeed… Starring Sebastian Michaelis, a behind-the-scenes story complete with special footage and interviews with Ciel Phantomhive, Claude Faustus, and Alois Trancy. An epic Hollywood-style original story!
Release Date: January 26, 2011, with DVD V
Thoughts: When I first read the summary, I instantly imagined Alois totally acting like a Hollywood diva X’D Complaining about his hair or something…oh goodness, that’s hysterical. Anyways, this is actually a pretty unique story for an OVA! At first I thought it was an actual behind the scenes look at Kuroshitsuji, but then I saw that it’s going to be hosted by Sebastian and that it included interviews with Alois, and Claude and such (I wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t though too ;D). I think it’s going to be pretty interesting, and pretty hysterical to see how our favorite characters will be acting. I’m mostly looking forward to how Alois and Claude are, heehee. This is definitely going to be the second OVA that I’m most excited for~.
>>OVA 4 ・The Tale of Will the Shinigami
Summary: Those who hunt for the souls of humans, the Shinigami Dispatch Association. William and Grell are chosen to train the new shinigami students, and while touring the building, explain the rules of the upcoming exam. The last part of the exam requires all shinigami students to find a partner and pass the given challenges. Only those who fully complete the exam can become a full-fledged shinigami. While passing a glance over the nervous students, William recalls back to the time when he was a young rookie shinigami… back to the time when he challenged the shinigami exam with his partner, Grell.
Release Date: April 27, 2011, with DVD VIII
Thoughts: This one is actually becoming a huge favorite among the fangirls; a lot of people have said they wanted to really see this Shinigami-themed storyline and I have to say I do too! We have never gotten an in-depth look to the Shinigamis, or their world, in both the anime and the manga so again, here we have another really interesting OVA! Not to mention the storyline sounds so cute x’D You can predict that there will be some crazy antics. I really want to see how William and Grell worked as partners, and how they looked like as young rookies! I’m also hoping we get to see Ronald in there too!! (I think it’s funny how he quickly became a fan favorite after one episode in the anime.) Overall, I think this is probably going to be the fan-favorite in this OVA parade because of the fact it’s going to showcase our beloved shinigamis, and because it’s already getting a lot of fangirl feedback. I know I’ll be looking forward to this one as well~!
~Yet, for the fifth, and what may be the last, OVA in this long parade of OVAs, there isn’t that much information, yet. The only info we get is that it’s going to be released on May 25, 2011 on what might be the last DVD of Kuroshitsuji II.
Now who’s excited for the second season to end so we can get our Kuroshitsuji randomness~?! ;D