The battle has been won, with a price to pay for all eternity~
~Friday morning, I came to school dressed in a full black regalia; from a fancy hair piece to my somber black jeans, still in complete shock and depression from Kuroshitsuji II’s finale. I originally thought it was going to be thirteen episodes, but I found out from dear Kyokai that it was only going to be twelve, and indeed it turned out to be true. I couldn’t hold in my excitement Thursday night, and ended up watching the raw every extreme Kuro-fangirl was passing around so they could have someone to rant about it with. I spent the rest of the day, up till this point, wondering how should I collect my thoughts for this stunning last episode, and for my final episodic on my number one favorite fandom’s second season.
The finale begins with no exciting opening song, but a eerie song being sung by Hannah as she holds a unconscious Ciel’s body. The two butlers are rowing both of them down a foggy ocean of sorts…
We are sent back to where the previous episode left off, in the clock tower where Hannah explains the details of the contract. She tells them that since Alois has made a contract with her inside Ciel’s body, Ciel’s soul won’t be able to show itself until the contract Alois made is fulfilled, and Alois’s soul will be put to rest.
Claude asks as to what Alois’s wish is, but she doesn’t tell, all she can say is that part of his wish is that one of the two demons must die. Once one of them does die, the contract will be fulfilled and Ciel’s soul will be liberated from Alois…
They arrive at the island of death, where Claude makes the comment of it looking completely devastated from Sebastian’s rage. Hannah tells them she has brought them here because they are to hold a formal demon duel that the two butlers will fight in.
Meanwhile, in Ciel’s body (or mind?), Ciel and Alois sit on a broken checkerboard, commenting on the demons fighting. Alois says, once his wish is fullfilled, he will die and Hannah will eat his soul, and he will finally let go of Ciel’s body. He also tells Ciel, that since he is loved by both Sebastian and Claude, that he deserves this punishment. But Ciel thinks it’s sickening, and that Alois doesn’t understand how Sebastian will react to the actual terms of this contract….
In a cave filled with green crystals, Sebastian pulls out the demon sword that resides in Hannah.
The reason they are using the demon sword, Hannah explains, is that a wound inflicted with the demon sword will never heal, and that the soul the demon sword pierces, will terminate. The butlers then go off, each trying to grab the sword first as it is stuck up on the cave’s ceiling. Claude ends up grabbing it first (by using is spiderman powers xD).
The two of them begin their final epic butler fight as Claude tries to slash Sebastian, but Sebastian ends up taking the sword, sticking it into the ground, saying he’ll crush the island simply because he cannot fight in such a small place.
The ground of the island begins to shake, and the cave begins to give way. Hannah quickly grabs the unconscious Ciel, and takes him to a safe place outside the crumbling cave. Out from the cracks, Sebastian and Claude jump up, and Claude kicks the sword out of Sebastian’s grip. It falls into a crack in the island and both butlers swiftly reach to try and grab it…
Back inside Ciel, Ciel explains to Alois that the reason he was kept alive was so that Sebastian could devour his soul. Yet, Alois says, now that he has made a contract with Hannah, that cause has been lost.
Claude ends up landing on a ridge, which then cracks under his foot. As he falls, Sebastian takes advantage and raising the demon sword, stabs Claude in the chest.
Even as Claude is dying, he keeps muttering about Ciel’s soul. Sebastian, clearly not amused, tells him he was ridiculed by Alois’s soul, and that his predictions killed him; he remained his subordinate until the end.
Claude asks Sebastian to hand him his spare glasses from his chest pocket. As Sebastian places them on his face, Claude begins to mutter that if Alois’s soul had indeed caused a ripple in his long demon life, then maybe his soul was worth devouring after all.
As his last words, Claude recites: “To turn passion into perfidy, falsity into factuality, and a stray dog into a count- that is the…..’s butler.“
Sebastian stands, saying he wonders who’s butler who chose to be in the end….
Back into Ciel, Alois cries out as Claude dies, but then smile as they both say it’s over. Ciel asks if Alois is now satisfied, but he replies that he doesn’t know, nor does he need to as he disappears…
Once Alois has disappeared, Ciel stands up, calling out to Sebastian that now the battle is over, and truth shall be revealed, but what will he do when he finds out about that truth?
Sebastian and Hannah, carrying Ciel, talks to the soul of Alois, saying that Claude has finally recognized him. She tells Sebastian that contract between her and Alois is complete; all he needs to do is kill her and Ciel will return to his body…but there’s a catch. She says that Ciel will be as good as dead to him.
Whatever she has said has clearly upset Sebastian as his face goes into shock, and he dives in after them.
We are sent into a flashback, back in the clock tower, where Alois is about to make the contract with Hannah. She asks what he wishes, and if its Claude’s love, then she could surely force him. Yet, it isn’t what he wants. His wish….is that neither butler is able to obtain Ciel Phantomhive’s soul. Hannah asks if she should kill them then, but Alois has another plan…
Meanwhile, Hannah climbs down to where Claude’s body is at, saying their names, saying that the love that binds them together will guide them to eternal enlightenment.
As the island crumbles more, and Hannah lays close to Claude, her hand on his, we hear the disembodied voices of Alois talking to his little brother, telling him they’ll always be together, that they aren’t lonely, anymore.
In the water where Ciel’s body floats toward the bottom, Sebastian keeps diving deeper and deeper, remembering back to the days when he was a new butler of sorts.
He serves Ciel a piece of cake, in which Ciel throws back at his face, saying he has imitated only the color and appearance, but not the actual taste.
Sebastian finally manages to get a hold of Ciel before he falls any deeper in the water, and says that he is a demon; he doesn’t know the taste of human food, he only understand the taste of a human’s soul.
We are suddenly sent back to the Phantomhive mansion, Ciel sleeping soundly in his bed as Sebastian wakes him up.
Yet, Ciel seems different; his nails are painted black, and his eyes…are that of a demon’s.
Meyrin enters the room, telling Ciel that Elizabeth has come to see him. He leaves, saying he’ll direct the day’s appointments himself…
Ciel asks Elizabeth to dance, and she excitedly agrees. However she notices odd things with Ciel, like his ring isn’t on his finger, and the music they are dancing to is very odd.
Meanwhile, Sebastian arrives at Lau’s place, telling him that Ciel will be gone from London for a while and that he has delivered him a courtesy gift. He also delivers him a message from Ciel, telling him that Ciel has allowed him to live and to do as he please without doing it in front of him. Lau realizes he’s gotten his memory back, and before he can say anything more, Sebastian has disappeared.
And here is where the ending credits begin, followed by Kalafina’s lovely song, Kagayaku Sora No Seijaku Niwa, the same song played after Alois’s death. During this, Sebastian continues to hand out these black presents to the neglected characters of the second season; Soma and Agni, The Undertaker, Grell, and the other two shinigamis.
When Sebastian comes back to the mansion, Finny, Meyrin, and Bard are crying, wondering what they should do with the mansion. Ciel doesn’t care what they do, telling them to even burn it as they please. Yet they can’t, they say, there’s too many memories of them all together to do that. Ciel smiles, telling them that memories aren’t important, he’s already proved that.
As the song ends, and ending credits finished, we see inside the carriage Ciel and Sebastian are in. Ciel tells him he was interested to find out what Sebastian would do once the contract between Hannah and Alois was complete, telling him that it was laughable he actually tried to kill him (hence the fist through his chest in the water). Sebastian isn’t amused, again, and tells him he served him as a butler to have his soul. Yet Ciel is still alive, but as a demon.
We finally hear the inaudible words Hannah said in a swift flashback, which stated that when Ciel revived, he would be a demon. Then we are shown what happened after Sebastian tried to kill Ciel. He ends up dragging Ciel into the boat, where he has no signs of injury on his chest, and his eyes are blood red. He also tells him that the only reason he did that was to confirm he did indeed turn into a demon.
Sebastian can never consume Ciel’s soul, and he will, for eternity, serve as Ciel’s butler.
Ciel and Sebastian arrive in the dark rose garden, Sebastian carrying Ciel in his arms.
Ciel tells Sebasitan he feels good, as if he’s been released from a long spell. Sebastian confirms, saying that in exchange from that, he himself is bound by an eternal spell….
“You are my butler.”
“I am your butler, for eternity.”
“From now on you will only answer me with those words. Remember?”
End thoughts: Wow, I…I just don’t know where to start. I think first I’ll point out how pissed and so depressed Sebastian looks in this whole episode. He only smiles, like, ONCE when he’s killing Claude, but even then it’s more of a bittersweet smile. My screencaps are mainly of Sebastian with that 8| kind of face. These last episodes were just a total burn on Sebasitan, seriously. He actually LOST, he was hated by Ciel, he lost Ciel’s soul TWICE, and in the end he doesn’t even get to eat his soul because Ciel is a…a demon! ;A; Poor Sebas-chan, you just couldn’t win….
I can’t believe Ciel is now…a demon. It pains my heart to even TYPE that, let alone say it. I literally paced around my chair, waiting for my aunt to get off the phone so I could scream to my friend, going “Whatthehellwhatthehellwhatthehell…”. I can’t even describe to you my feelings when I saw that he had turned into a demon. I-I was practically crying, and freaking out. I still am freaking out! When his eyes turn red and demon-ish, I literally get chills. CIEL WHYYYYYYY?!!!!!!! ;A; I still feel like crying…
As for Claude, it looks like he did get his untimely demise. Yet, no matter how much I hated him, I was actually pretty sad when he died. I mean, it was pretty cool that he FINALLY did and that Sebastian killed him, but…I don’t know. It may be just the whole ambience of the show ending, but yes, I, a ultimate Claude-hater, felt teary eyed for his death. I really hated his last words though; so lame x’D I just hate last word speeches in general so I wasn’t moved by it, only the part where he said that maybe Alois’s soul was good enough to devour. I was like, “AWWWWWWW FINALLY YOU REALIZED IT YOU BASTARD ;A;”. *sobs*
You really don’t know how hard it is for me to collect my thoughts neatly for this finale. I’m really in awe of this, which is a sign that it’s a great ending, not the best, but it’s still great. If it shook me this bad, this much to where I have to actually dress in black because I’m in such mouring of my beloved Ciel, then it tis a good ending.
A lot of people are pretty dissatisfied with it actually, at least that’s what I’ve heard. As for me, I was a bit; I was actully expecting something even more shocking, like Ciel or Sebastian dying in some way (what kind of Ciel fan am I if I want him to die? |’D) I’ve also heard that some fans are thinking that Sebastian has finally realized his feeling for Ciel because of the tender last moment of the episode. I really don’t think so, I mean Sebastian looks pretty…irritated in a way. Like a friend of mine said, this wasn’t some fanfiction; Sebastian was playing a butler because he wanted to eat Ciel’s soul, nothingmore. Did he really care for Ciel? Who knows. All we know is that he wanted his soul, and basically he didn’t get it and is now stuck with Ciel, forever (Not that I don’t mind<3).
However I am pleased; thank you Yana Toboso for picking out a fantastic ending. It was so twisted and bittersweet; a great ending for an amazing series. My favorite scene was the last part where Ciel and Sebastian are standing in that rose garden from the opening scene, before jumping off the cliff. It was a fantastically animated and beautiful scene, and I can’t help but stare at those wonderful screencaps. It left a bit of an impression on me that saddens me, yet makes me smile at the thought.
As for this season as a whole, it was a terrific ride. Truthfully, I wasn’t even going to bother with this season because not only did I not watch the first season, but because overall, you know how much I hate extra episodes and episodes that don’t follow the manga at all. Yet with the promise of new characters, I decided to give it a try, and I was sincerely blow away. Yes, it had some low points, and some very…weird character developments, but we went through so many shocking twists and turns, and entered a dark part of Kuroshitsuji that we haven’t seen much, even in the manga itself. A-1 did a fabulous job with this season, and the whole series in general. I wish I could insert some sort of applaud sound effect now, hahaha.
I’m really going to miss writing episodics on my beloved Kuroshitsuji; thank goodness A-1 is releasing OVAs, or else I would be extremely depressed! It saddens me to write this final review for some reason, maybe it’s because Kuroshitsuji is a fandom dear to my anime-loving heart, or maybe it’s because I’m a total sap for endings. I should be happy though, for the Fall season is going to start soon, and with endings comes beginings 8)
So what will Hoshi do now? Well, I will be writing the reviews for the Kuroshitsuji OVAs as they are released, and do my regular manga digest post as well. As for any Fall season episodics, we’ll just have to see what the dear manager, Kyokai, has to say ^^ So, thank you all who have commented on my reviews, especially you weekly commentors! I read and loved every single comment<3. Goodbye fellow Kuroshitsuji fans, at least for now~! ;D