It was a mean trick. A mean, mean trick, A-1 Pictures. Kuroshitsuji fans know what I’m talking about. A-1 did the anime Kuroshitsuji, based on the manga of the same name. They completed ruined it by going off on their own instead of following the manga, and sort of had the main character die at the end (sort of because we never saw it). So when they announced they were going to do a second series of it, fans were interested but skeptical. What could they do now, and what would the quality of the story be like after last seasons travesty? The date for the anime kept getting pushed back, and no information came out. And when it finally did, we were wishing it hadn’t. They said the anime would feature a new boy and demon butler. Art and previews came out, and at a special event they had the last butler Sebastian (Ono Daisuke) symbolically hand over his gloves to new butler whatever his name is (Sakurai Takahiro). Throughout all this some fans raged, other fans cried (seriously, girls cried at that event, and not happy tears). They were doing it again, they were ruining our Black Butler. The first episode of the new anime came out at the beginning of July. The new boy, a sadistic blond devil who gouges a maids eye out, and his boring, copycat demon annoyed the crap out of people until halfway through a familiar stranger turned up. Sebastian was there to kick ass (carrying Ciel in a suitcase, lol). We got played. We were trolled. It was all a cruel trick. Oh, has ever an anime treated its fans so horribly? Even Bleach isn’t as mean as this (I personally think Alois Trancy is a representation of A-1 and we are their servants), and they’re known to torment their fans. I don’t doubt that those two will probably be main characters, new thorns in Ciel and Seba-chans sides, but thank goodness the two real main charas are there, and will probably kick the imposters asses. Unfortunately, their joke was spoiled for me, due to Kuroshitsuji fans not being able to keep their mouths shut about it. I would have liked to have found out on my own, and been surprised, but I knew ahead of time that Sebastian was going to show up. I waited until the second episode was out to write this, so I’d know that last weeks preview with Sebastian and Ciel wasn’t another trick. Even though the original characters were there the second episode was rocky. Some parts were funny, like when Sebastian opened the trunk and a pig was in there, but overall the story as lacking. I also think they’ve altered the designs of the characters a little bit, or it was just bad animation. Still there were a few good shots of Sebastian that I’d like to make into icons, especially in the episode 3 preview (which looks like Grell will be returning in, if the preview can be trusted).
Along with Kuroshitsuji I don’t know what other icons will be in the next update. Probably Durarara, Bleach, or a yaoi. It’ll all depend on how I’m feeling at the time.
There have been several updates to the site in the past few days. First, I changed the icon/avatar and bases pages so they would be more uniform with the rest of the site. I never did it in the past because I use Icon Sort, and I knew it would be a bitch to get everything to show right, and it was. Second, I added Microkid’s Related Posts plugin so now when you read a post, a suggestion of similar posts is included. I did this mostly for icon posts, but others are linked as well. I also changed the display order of some things on my sidebar (Twitter feed and reading/watching list is higher), and updated my intro to include Schneizel, Clovis, and Jeremiah.
Since I’m on the subject of Code Geass charas my Clovis can badge came yesterday. I was so happy to get it! There’s so few Clovis merchandise, so this was a rare find. I have a little bit on money in my PayPal, and it’s my birthday at the end of the month so I’ll be getting some money then too. But I don’t know what to do with it. Buy a volume of Junjou Romantica? NC Mall stuff at Neopets? Or stalk Ebay for more Schneizel and Clovis things? I just do a search to see if any Clovis or Schneizel things came up, and there was. Not only was there tons of Schneizel/Lelouch doujinshi, there was Clovis doujinshi (including xLelouch) as well! I almost cried I was so happy! I can’t afford it, but I’m still torturing myself looking at it. It’s so beautiful!
Edit: Okay, so I have a lot less money in my PayPal account now. While browsing Ebay I found R2 Dengeki Data Collection. With shipping the total came to a little almost $35. A big chunk of my change, but doable. I decided to see if anyone else was selling a cheaper version. There was, for $2 less, but the first person was also selling the first seasons Data Collection for around $20. I scrambled desperately to find my Amex gift card, which has $10 left on it, hoping there would be enough to buy both. Unfortunately, with the PayPal and gift card total I was still a little over $10 short. After deliberating I decided I’d have to get the first one. I’m still planning on getting the second one if I can, so nobody buy it or I will hunt you down. The Data Collections have a ton of images, info (which I can’t read obviously), concept art, etc, so it’s a really big deal for a Code Geass fan. Schneizel and Clovis are in it too! ^^