Ciel Phantomhive, a cold-hearted, vengeful, business-savvy 13 year-old noble, has completed the contract he signed with the demon, who he named Sebastian Michaelis. Just as he's about to have his soul eaten, as per the terms of the contract, something unimaginable happens: his soul is stolen from under the nose of his protector by a mysterious outside force.
Alois Trancy, a "pretty", psychotic, bi-polar, unloved noble, has signed a contract with a demon, Claude Faustus. His object of revenge, you ask? Sebastian Michaelis, the man who supposedly murdered the brother he loved under his previous contracted Master's orders. How does he intend do defeat such a formidable adversary, even with a demon at his side? Steal the one thing he cares about: a young boy by the name of Ciel Phantomhive.
It seems like a pretty good premise for a story, because you'd think that with people describing Sebastian as someone who doesn't care for his Master, often putting him into situations that get Ciel upset or frustrated, even in real danger, you would never expect him to go as far as he does for his soul. (mini-spoiler) Or, that it wouldn't last only a mere twelve episodes.
Even though Alois and Claude have such different personalities, a rock that always manages to stay on the bi-polar Earth its on, I find it hard to sympathize with Alois, even though he's probably more expressive than Ciel. Not because I necessarily hate him, but it's the things he does. They're odd and...scary. If anything, their personalities make them harder to understand; a reverse effect, if you will. I understand that they're somewhat of anti-heroes or whatever, but that might be an understatement.
I've heard that Ciel and Alois are supposed to be opposites as well, but as the story progresses, you have to wonder why they were made opposites in the first place.
Claude, on the other hand, reminds me of a vampire instead of a demon, and makes you question his sexuality at some points and wonder why the second series' story was even created.
There is also the introduction of a female demon named Hannah, who portrays the abused maid, much like Angela... She also has that bleu-ish white hair and those deep eyes that are similar to our favorite angel. Actually, one of the only differences about Hannah is that she's a demon, and quite...busty.
The only really, truly disappointing thing, that I noticed with the first series as well, was that they were rushing for a conclusion as well as trying to bring the series back even though the manga is still on-going.
All in all, I think Black Butler fans can find something to enjoy here because characters like Soma, Agni, Grelle, and Will make an appearance. There's plenty of creepy, fighting, a little crossdressing, and the deep psychological scars Black Butler is known for. And of course, Sebastian is as hot as ever, and perhaps as human as ever. I can't believe I just typed that... But aren't we glad it came out? If it hadn't, we wouldn't have had those gorgeous character songs released!
So, who'll win out in the end?
Claude, the mysterious new 'spider' butler of the Trancy household? Or Sebastian, the original cutlery slinging hottie? You'll just have to watch and see!