This season feels like a improvement over the first in many ways while dropping a few other aspects. Thankfully the improvements outweigh the drops by far and made this season a lot better in my view. It is still heavily ecchi based so keep that in mind if you are planning to watch.
The artwork feels updated and modern compared to the first season which is what my main dissapointment was. The ecchi has improved thanks to the higher quality artwork, this time around there will be full nudity with proper detail on the female chests compared to the doll format chosen for the first. That may be odd to comment on and be happy about, but for those that enjoy proper artwork or ecchi, it is an important detail to get right.
Next improvement and this one was very important to me, comedy! This season is extremely funny compared to the first, at least for episodes 1-10.
The sacrifices in return is any real aspect of story or romance. There is quite a bit of story depth in episodes 11-13 but before that the episodes are very random and don't link up. Assuming you have watched season 1, this shouldn't be a large surprise or difference since story wasn't its main focus. We do see character development continue on (in more ways than one) along with the addition of one new character, the families of the main group, and the bat gets a lot more involvement this time!
There are quite a few songs sung throughout the season which was quite neat, a bit of a change of pace.
The romance part of the anime has mostly turned into a comedy based romance at best, at least until the last three episodes where it gets pretty deep.
We don't see many monster battles anymore either as we instead change to family feuds which are actually much more entertaining and actually contribute better to the whole relationship development.
Nonetheless, it is only a 13 episode season, choices had to be made and the choices were for the best based on entertainment and enjoyment factors.
The only bad thing about this season really is that it marks where this show ends as there is no season 3. There was plenty of material to work with and could have went on without issues. I enjoyed Rosario to Vampire a lot more overall than I had originally expected.
By this time the story has strayed so far from the source, it can hardly be called the same thing. Though it does, albiet very, very vaguely, finally suggest some changes to Tskune near the end and that he can face some things on his own, it is very much too little too late and a very weak and poor attempt at that. It is so, vague and weakly done it is hard to really know what the heck is going on. Yet since it strays so much from the source and so poorly at that, it seems like the story arcs have no real footing. The second season centers too much around this silly harem idea and does so way more strongly than the manga. It makes the girls in the series seem foolish, weak, stupid, and/or desparate. Maybe the series writers by this time either all left or were themselves so fed up that they just driveled on standard manufactured cliches to fill the script pages. Most of the episodes are pretty weak compared to even to season one and also seem to go no where. it is even hard to really understand or find any story arcs like there were in season one and the manga. The stupid bat seems to take on a stronger more central role and he does not even exist in the manga and in season one he is mostly just a narrator. Either role is way better than as a central character. There is really no meaning or meat or substance anywhere in season 2. It is almost a hack job rip off of the ruined mess that season one was. For the most part, there are really no story arcs in common with the manga from season two though there is some, vague though they are, resemblences to the story arcs in the manga to season one. Season one might have been a failed half hearted underskilled effort to retell the manga, but season two doesn't even measure up to that.
Story: The story of Rosario to Vampire Capu2 follows on a year after the first season. The newspaper club members are returning for their second year. What follows is a season which builds on the core characters as well as the progression of Tsukune and Moka's relationship. The story varies which each episode, much like the first season, while having a main arc (the main arc in the first season was more to do with Tsukune attending a high school for monsters and introducing characters, while this season focuses more on those characters as well as Tsukune and Moka). The story in the individual episodes for me was generally good, although certain episodes I feel had a weaker story than others, especially in relation to the main arc.
Animation: The animation is much like the first season, though the characters seem to be a bit more active in their movement and poses. The greatest difference between the two seeasons animation wise is the opening sequence, with the dancing at times proving hypnotic.
Sound: The sound is relatively the same. Sound is rarely bad in anime in my opinion (unless it is a particuraly bad dub, which Rosario to Vampire Capu2 thankfully isn't)
Characters: Putting personal preferences aside for a certain 'cold' character I like, the characters in this are generally good. The main cast from the original are joined by a few newcomers, all of which are good characters that fit into the world. Certain episodes focus more on certain characters, and it is in these episodes that the show really shines for me. The fleshing out of characters and the simple fact that the spotlight is not constantly on Moka (something I didn't really like from the first season) is refreshing and adds a certain endearing quality to the season. The only part that lets this category down is the bits where the series reverts to the formula of simply having all the female Newspaper Club members fight over Tsukune.
Overall: Overall, this series is really good. For fans of the first season, Capu2 simply builds on the foundation, bringing new ideas and new scenarios. For people who weren't too keen on the first season because of the Harem elements, Capu2 DOES keep those elements, but tries to explore the characters more as best it can. A must-watch for Rosario to Vampire fans, a 'save for a rainy day' series for everybody else.
Just as repetative as the first season, with little development to the one dimensional characters. After watch each episode for ten minutes, nine times out of ten you can guess exactly how it's all going to end
"A series with splendid animation and soundtrack but poor storyline."
Many many things have happened in the first season which was loosely based on the manga original, so logically we are expecting the storyline of Capu2 to continue from where season one left off. In fact, many many things do happen in Rosario + Vampire Capu2. They include the very exciting and daring (in the sense that they are pissing off the fans) censored fan service, more censored fan service, and still more annoying censored fan service. In terms of actual Rosario + Vampire story coverage, Capu2 literally got close to none with a few minor exceptions.
Similar to the previous season, Capu2 is also considered episodic (each episode is one mini standalone story). The "monster of the week" which received numerous criticism also returned though this time most of the "monsters" do not have much of an evil intention thus making most battles seem even more ridiculous (pointless) than before.
Unlike the first season which still semi followed the story from the manga, Capu2 is almost purely fillers as evident in episode 6. To wrap it up, Gonzo pretty much taken out all the actions in the story and replaced them with censored fan service (how can it be called fan service if they are censored with a bear?). Obviously fillers unrelated to the actual story tend to make fans unhappy, but from another perspective it can be rather refreshing at times because even manga readers wouldn't know what might come next!
Upon watching this anime, perhaps the first thing you'll notice is the supreme animation quality. Whether you are new to this series, or a fan from the manga original, the artwork in the anime is without a doubt impressive. It should be added that the animation quality throughout the series is very consistent, which certainly means a lot for a show intended for fan servicing.
When compared to the first season, the OP and ED are certainly at the same level in terms of quality, thanks to our beloved Nana. It is plain evident that the OP and ED clips no longer relates to the story (unlike season 1's OP and ED which give hints to certain aspects of the plot), which is actually a good thing for this season since the production crew never had any intention of following the story anyhow. So a good OP and ED that matches their theme (ie. fanservice) would do the trick.
Give Nana Mizuki tons and tons of credit for her amazing job well done for performing the OP and ED as well as being the CV for Moka. As stated in my Rosario + Vampire review, Nana has an amazing ability to sing thus allowing her to win the “Best Musical Performance” award in the first Seiyu Awards.
I was quite surprised when writing this review that there were hardly any character development in this season. Not only are the characters' hidden abilities STILL have yet to be included in the anime, but nothing really changed from the first season's ending (as expected from a filler series). Season one definitely did a better job in this department.