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From Yen Press:

Just a stone’s throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom and its master, one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria’s faithful servant…and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately, his loyal butler, Sebastian, is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master’s wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a dinner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of London’s underbelly, there apparently is nothing Sebastian cannot do. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true…or at least, too good to be human…

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Чёрный дворецкий
الخادم الأسود
คนลึกไขปริศนาลับ
黑管家
黒執事
Black Butler
Hắc Quản Gia
Kuro Shitsuji

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Status in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 21 (story splits at Episode 15)

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Year
2006

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Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (18 Volumes - Ongoing)

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pity   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by namu76
November 21st, 2012, 10:18pm
I would have given this 10 if only it would progress more in the main plot, that is, Ciel's revenge. But as far as I've seen, it goes nowhere near it. If it continues like this, I figure Sebastian would never eat Ciel's soul. Really.
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A Thousand Thumbs (Up)   
Rating: N/A
by Ballads
July 19th, 2012, 3:00am
Kuroshitsuji was what drew me back into the world of manga after my short three year reprieve. Art wise, it utterly appealed to my sense of aesthetics, but as I've always said, art is entirely subjective; so clearly what might me a perfect masterpiece for me, might be something else for someone else. However, if my opinion matters however much, it was dripping with gorgeous scenes, the evolution of art, though, is certainly obvious, As it is, Yana Toboso's style had grown more refined, and delicate in the later volumes as compared to the first. Nonetheless, we have stunning eye candy with exquisite wardrobes, and scenic views from the get go.

Regarding the characters themselves, for I place plenty of importance on character development as opposed to plot, Ciel, in my opinion, is the perfect protagonist. Controversial, no doubt, but I do so tire of those pure, earnest do-gooders... The selfless, innocent, naive heroes, I have naught against them, but I do enjoy a taste of bitter sweet after all the sugary goodness. Ciel may not be morally upright, but in that sense, he behaves like a human. Humans aren't morally upright; even if we assume we are, when it comes down to it, we take care of our own. If we didn't, our species would have been wiped out eons ago. Ciel is a human. As much as I adore Manga Characters, and I adore them lots, I relate to humans better.

Sebastian is a demon. I've really not much to say about him, because there's really not much to say. He does brilliant work, looks like a dream, and assumes a rather mysterious contradictory personality. The thing I love best about Sebastian, is actually his relationship with Ciel- they often bring out the best and worst of each other. Ciel makes Sebastian less of a demon, and Sebastian makes Ciel less a human (that being easily corruptible, self-centered and greedy). Either way, they've admirably interesting relationship dynamics.

Plot-wise, I love it all, save maybe, the arc after the circus, it seemed to drag on too much for a bit, but it was nonetheless a refreshing change to watch our main duo from a third party's point of view. My current favourite remains the circus arc, it sent chills down my spine the first time I read it, and it still makes my heart flutter every time I decide to revisit that plot. The irony of life and the inadequacy of humanity was so well woven into the plot, it just made me smile.

The zombie arc was a nice action-packed bit, and it had a nice pacing too it, it didn't seem too rushed, nor did it seem dragged out; and we got to see Ciel's first-class manipulation skills, it just made me fall in love with him more. As for the current school arc, the premise is certainly noteworthy. Clearly, there are those who detest the apparently overused setting, but I would say, I'm leaning towards the supportive side. However, I reserve to make judgement, as there's a wealth of unseen potential.

Overall, it's a beautiful manga, (with several historical errors, but I'm not quite the nit-picky sort over factual details like this), and I would give this manga two thumbs up. I would give ten, if I had ten thumbs. A hundred, if I had a hundred. And yes, a thousand if I had a thousand. So on and so forth.
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A reasonably good manga that has suffered somewhat over time...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by luminousbrink
May 25th, 2012, 5:32pm
I have been reading Kuroshitsuji since the summer of 2008, when only a few chapters were translated to English. For about four years now, I have been following the manga. The series has a good premise, is very interesting, and the art is nice and clean. However, now at 14 volumes, I think the manga lacks a distinct and forward main plot. I understand that Ciel works for the Queen while also using Sebastian to discover the true perpetrators of the death of his family, however, I think the series has become slow. I honestly don't know why things are happening now. Ciel just continues to get jobs from the Queen. And that has been going on for 14 volumes now. I am a little disappointed with the introduction of the new arc - the school arc, because I fear the story is just reverting back to the same formula with yet again another order from the Queen. However, I can not be sure yet. I have a feeling that eventually, like all of the arcs, something WILL happen to further the story at least a little bit. Right now, though, the school arc just isn't to my taste.

The good thing is that with the last arc - the ship/zombie story - many character developments and revelations occurred, and I believe the dark undertones fit the manga. I'm glad the shinigami were included again. I hope that their world will be further explored in the manga, because it is intriguing and will open up the manga more, I think.

Overall, in the manga, I do believe some good developments have happened, at least. I'm just concerned that not enough has happened in the 14 volumes released so far. But, I have a feeling the manga will have many more volumes (I HOPE) that will answer questions and develop Ciel and Sebastian. In a way, I hope maybe that Yana Toboso will create a part 2 of the series in which Ciel is older by a few years, that way we can see his maturity. To be honest, I thought Ciel would look at least a little older after all of these volumes, but I guess he looks a bit younger due to Toboso's changing art style or something.

Something else that irks me a little is
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the fact that Ciel is so relentless and cruel ( circus arc). I understand that it gives a new dynamic to the series, creating a protagonist that is not completely good, however, bringing in dark scenes ( like Ciel's heartless response to the circus people) completely contrasts with the one chapter fun-time stories that Toboso includes which are usually lighthearted ( like most recently, the Easter chapter). He draws the line between good and evil. He lies, he deceives, and he has no mercy for those he deems not worthy. Because he is a child, his philosophy on human beings seems strange and too insightful, but perhaps it is because of his traumatic past. Maybe Ciel represents the jadedness and corruption of children who are exposed to horrible incidents.


I still read this manga because I do enjoy it and I've invested much in it ( like buying the English volumes ). But, as I've read the story, I've noticed unfortunate drawbacks that I've expressed here. To me, many things can make the story more concise and better. But, I'm sure the author is working on it, gradually, in her own vision. So, I don't mind waiting for now as the story hopefully expands. Kuroshitsuji still has many great elements (Victorian Era, nice mix of the supernatural and the darkness, shinigami, demons, Ciel and Sebastian's contract), but it angers me to see them become overridden with the poor factors in the story.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2012, 5:38pm
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Mixed Feelings   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
April 28th, 2012, 8:19pm
It truly is a lovely manga in many ways - interesting enough concept, and the art is visually stunning. And of course, plenty of male eyecandy for the ladies.


The only thing I'm not keen on, is the regular up and down between silly chapters and serious chapters.

One moment you will have something a bit more childlike, fluffy, or pointless (Easter Egg Hunt, The Whodunnit mystery scenerio, the Curry Arc, the servants making a mess of things again etc) that I don't find particularly interesting and often interupts too frequently. Then the next moment, you will have something more straightforward, deep, dark, unique, with the offer of twists. But then after that the themes will switch again.

And don't get me wrong about the Mystery chapter. I love mystery, from Agatha Christie to Doyle, but the whole bunch-of-guests-are-at-a-fancy-mansion-dinner-party-then-someone-dies-everyone-is-a-su spect has been done to death.

And don't get me wrong again, I definitely enjoy humour, but I like it better within the more complex scenerios. Or within a more natural way, instead of inserted into more googoogaga scenes.

Another thing: While the author does a reasonable job offering historical information, there are some tiny mistakes. For example: Little girls would not be going to balls until they would reach an appropriate age (Usually 18), gentlemen would not be wearing hats indoors, and ladies only wear hats indoors until teatime.

This is a very minor complaint on an obviously fictionalized world, but it's just that for a series that promotes the Victorian themed style, it would be nice if the proper historical etiquette would be involved here and there, since readers can get the wrong - often glorified- concept of 19th century life.


I'm also not crazy about the recent chapters going on of Ciel going to that school. There are tons and tons of manga out there that takes place in a Highschool/Private school setting, something which I'm weary of, so I gave a tiny bit of a groan that there was going to be a school segment in this series. With, of course, the additional new gorgeous typical mysterious bishounen boys (Something that I'm also getting a wee bit tired of) I will hope though, that something more will come out of it.

So overall it works out like a hit or miss. It can be either amazing or a bit of plummet. Sometimes it offers, sometimes it lacks. Sometimes it feels like it is going somewhere, sometimes it goes to a completely other direction. Sometimes the characters are great and complex, sometimes they feel cliched or you just want to slap them in the face.

But, to consider it altogether, it is a solid quality series. Definitely try a go if you are a possible new reader, since there would likely be something that will interest you.

*Note. The Manga is much better than the anime.
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Must Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jupanuma
February 13th, 2012, 9:47pm
Blood, mystery, supernatural, and/or action you ideal type for a book, then you should read Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler).
If you don't like mystery because it is hard for you to understand, then fear not, Kuroshitsuji is an easy to understand mystery, but not to easy that you figure it out right away. They explain everything that happeneds, in somewhat good detail, but you can only put so much detail in telling a story.
Is the blood what stopping you from reading it, then don't worry, they don't have as much blood as they do in any horrors book, but just enough to show that they are really like any scenario would be in the real world even if you don't beleive that.
If supernatural hard for you to get into, then you are in luck. Kuroshitsuji doesn't have much in the supernatural world. Just telling you that there is a demon, some grim reapers, and ... well I don't want to spoil it for you. It is a older teens book, but I would recommened it to any teenager, but I WOULDN"T recommened this book to ANYONE under 12, just because of the horrible scenes that happen sometime.
Now the charaters are what makes the book good. The characters are well developed, and you know exactly who they are when someone says something about them. So you wont have to look through the book and say "Now who are they talking about?"
Ciel Phantomhive - Is the main charater. He is like a detective in any mystery book, but in Kuroshitsuji he is more of a "dog" then a detective. He is about 12 maybe 14 years old, but is really smart.
Sebastian - The main side charater. The demon butler!? Yep. He is a demon, but Ciel is his master. If you want to know why, then you have to read the book to find out.
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One of my favorite manga   
Rating: N/A
by kimihoshi
February 13th, 2012, 3:34pm
The art is really stunning, there's something with the art which make my eyes getting drawn to watch at each pages for at least 7 seconds. The story is truly awesome, it's suspicious, mysterious, got black humor yet also sometimes funny ''normal'' humor, action, kind of horror, dectetive stories-like and maybe more?
It's easy to recognize who is who, the explanations for the mystery cases are explained well into every details and the stories is really different from other mangas.
I don't really want to tell more since I really want you to read it ~ It suits best with people with black humor, got sense for action and horror (might sometimes be very disturbing scenes for some people, depends) and if you like to read a story which is around the 18th century.
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Refreshing to see an antihero protagonist   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by infinity9001
February 12th, 2012, 10:35pm
This is an excellent manga in my opinion. It's got a fantastically convoluted plot, along with great characters and some of the most beautiful art I've ever seen. It's definitely pretty dark, but it's not the darkest one I've read, by a long shot (and I've read a lot of dark mangas).

First off, the plot may seem a bit weird at first, since Yana Toboso begins the manga with seemingly comedic chapters, but if you read between the lines you'll definitely see the heavy tone that's been set right from the start. Overall, the manga's tone is quite dark, but Yana Toboso lightens up the heavy topics she approaches such as unrequited love and sex trafficking with a bit of humor (although I do wish she would put in less humor) so it's not completely depressing.

As for the characters, I actually really like how Ciel is a seemingly inhuman, cold being, because I feel that's what makes him three-dimensional. He's gone through a lot and his past is what makes him who he is. As you read on, with the character development, you see who he is behind that facade. If he had some positive character development, then the point of the manga would be gone. Ciel is out for revenge - he is not a person who forgives and attempts to save everyone. If he did that, then we would just have another Oz, Naruto, and Luffy. But he's not them; he's more than them. He does do heroic deeds, but you see that he's not just a noble knight - he's a very dark, hypocritical shade of gray. He's a complex one, but you need to read through carefully to see that.

As for Sebastian, he may seem perfect at first, but read the latest chapters - you're in for a surprise. Also, you'll see that while Ciel may look like he's always relying on Sebastian, it's an equal relationship - Sebastian relies on Ciel as much as Ciel relies on him. But there are still so many questions surrounding him and his mysterious character that I can't really give proper judgement about him. But the thing I can say is that I like that he seems like a cardboard cut out. It makes sense. He's a demon, not a human. He's not supposed to have human feelings, he's not supposed to be relate-able to us.

Wow O_O long character analysis. Anyways, Kuroshitsuji is a great manga, but it does have its flaws. I feel that some of the humor thrown in is contrived and shouldn't be there - Yana Toboso has more skill with tragic topics. But since it is marketed toward teens, making it far too dark probably isn't viable >.< Also, as for the fan service, I don't particularly mind it, but I feel that if it was reduced it make the manga much more deeper.

All in all, don't miss Kuroshitsuji if you're looking for something different. But if you like happy stories (I'm pretty sure this will end in a rather tragic fashion) or an antihero type protagonist, this is not for you.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2012, 1:06am
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Overrated   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by crazyboutcute
December 9th, 2011, 5:38pm
I started reading this manga awhile ago, before it gained its current popularity, and back then, I thought it was a good black comedy that was overlooked by many. It was quirky and fun, a great escapist read. It was easy to accept the blatantly two-dimensional characters for what they were simply for the comedic aspect. The manga wasn't overly serious and oftentimes made fun of itself, which was enjoyable.

However, as it grew in popularity, it started to lose that charm. I'm not one of those people who start to hate something simply because it becomes popular. No, what bothered me was that many people started to take this manga too seriously, and it seems now that the author is doing the same thing. What started merely as a comedy has started to flaunt a more convoluted plot than what the initial premise is capable of. With twelve volumes currently, we have yet to see any significant character development from the protagonist we're supposed to be rooting for. We've been given a few flashbacks of Ciel's clearly traumatic past, and yet we still know next to nothing about what actually happened to him. He is entirely bent on getting revenge, but it's hard for a reader to sympathize with that shaky motive, especially taking into account many of the horrific things we've witnessed him do.
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The gruesome end of the circus arc,
for example, gave Ciel a huge amount of character derailment rather than development, as it essentially reinforced all of the negative characteristics he's come to possess. It would be nice every once and awhile to see him as the innocent kid he was before his parents' deaths and not as the cold, calculating, hardly human chess master that he's become. And since the author decided to take the route of a more serious plot, it's even more difficult for me to engage myself in the story simply because cardboard-cutout Sebastian, who arguably worked well in the manga's original flavor, is simply too perfect and rarely has any trouble accomplishing anything BECAUSE he's perfect.

All that aside, this manga really jumped the shark for me pretty early on during the Jack the Ripper arc. Having studied the actual case of Jack the Ripper, I was interested in seeing which one of the suspects was the killer and how they went about disemboweling the victims. As it turns out,
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it wasn't ANY of the suspects but rather the BUTLER of one of the suspects who committed the murders. This character is then revealed to be an eccentric, out-of-era transsexual shinigami (which previously we did not know existed) who promptly attempts to capture Sebastian's heart and succeeds in capturing the hearts of thousands of fangirls who merely think s/he is "flamboyantly gay." Other than the completely inaccurate portrayal of a transsexual individual (of whom I know many in real life), the manga took a turn for the weird and not in a good way. I found myself increasingly nonplussed reading this part and was happy when the transsexual finally went out. I just could not take this character seriously and felt that s/he ruined the setup. As a side note: Sorry to break it to you, Toboso, but England doesn't have shinigami like japan does. If you're going to bring them into the story, at least make them Japanese!


One of the main appeals of this manga is simply the slashiness of it. I don't know when relationships between prepubescent children and adult men became so popular, but it's one of the trademarks of this series, so if you're into hints of that sort of thing, then maybe this manga is for you after all.

I haven't read the most recent chapters because
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of said transsexual reappearing
, and I'm not sure I'll be able to bear reading this manga anymore. I'll give it a six because the artwork is beautiful and the humor is good, but if you're looking for a deep, compelling dark fantasy with great characters and a beautifully woven plot, try Pandora Hearts, a series to which Kuroshitsuji is often compared but which can't, in reality, hold a candle to.

... Last updated on December 9th, 2011, 5:50pm
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Kuroshitsuji - My Personal Favourite   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Silver_Sky
September 16th, 2011, 8:24pm
Why a lot of people like Kuroshitsuji (with me probably over analyzing some parts):

It's quite dark, and unexpectedly so. Why? Because of the silly first chapters. But as the story progresses, the adventures of Ciel and Sebastian take on a darker theme. It is not simply about revenge and corruption. It's also about the fallacies of mankind, their hope in the face of desperation, and the will to sacrifice everything for one goal. It's tragic because Ciel is young; younger than most of us who read the manga. Yet he has suffered more than we could ever believe. Is he a strong character? Perhaps not. But as a human being, he perseveres to achieve his one goal of revenge. Will he be able to fulfill it? We have yet to know. It is interesting to see his wavering humanity and how he tries to keep his sanity during his everyday life. In recent chapters, he has become a more mysterious character, especially in regards to his contract with his butler, Sebastian. Ciel seeks salvation by, ironically, giving himself over to evil, thus portraying the weaknesses and the desperation of human beings.

The character of Sebastian is incredibly demon-like. He is cruel, sadistic, and yet loyal (but only to his aesthetics). He is skilled at everything yet he can only do it alone; He is not human and therefore cannot interact with them. He may be the image of perfection but he is not. As we read the story, Sebastian and the rest of the characters seem more and more separated. This disparity, though I do not know if it is intended or not, isolates Sebastian and marks him as a devil. Yet, he can blend in to the society as if he were a human. This is frightening as it shows that evil exists among good, but it is so well hidden that we could never recognize it, even if it should be obvious. Yes, Sebastian is quite a "cardboard cut-out" but I believe that it's only his facade so he can hide his true self. Personally, I find that Sebastian is an interesting character because I just can't quite understand him at times, thus causing me to come to the conclusion that Yana Toboso successfully created a being that cannot be comprehended by humans because he is a demon.

The relationship between Sebastian and Ciel seems to be one of absolute trust. They are so intricately intertwined that it is a bit scary to think how much Ciel has associated with evil. Yet, he does it because he is willing to sacrifice his soul for revenge. Ciel and Sebastian are alike in a way, but Yana Toboso also manages to keep them separated. Ciel succumbs to evil and is more susceptible to it, even without Sebastian's help. His fate lies with the devil, and is forever connected to the dark. Human nature is more demonic than a demon.

The main plot is usually shrouded in mystery and is seldom shown. It is perhaps because of this that people love Kuroshitsuji so much; whenever the main conflict surfaces, the readers get drawn into the darker side of the story... Although, at first, the story seems to be going nowhere, each arc has a subtle foreboding undercurrent that usually keeps us reading. Not to mention the exceptionable art that appeals to the eye and is usually very clean and very clear. Yana Toboso has great designs and seems to put a lot of effort into researching about Victorian England (although, she does tend to slip up quite a bit...).

Although it seems that the main storyline lies with Ciel's conquest for revenge, I really do believe it is more about Sebastian's perspective on humanity which, in consequence, also gives the readers a different view on the nature of human beings. Every character seems to have a darker side to them, and they all have their own dark secrets. So although some characters may annoy the hell out of you at first, you grow to love them...

One problem I do have with the manga is that sometimes, the "fanservice" is a little over-the-top. You'll see what I mean if you read it. Also, as someone has already mentioned, sometimes, the comic relief is completely unnecessary and overdone.

Oh, and I can't believe I have to clarify this: Kuroshitsuji is NOT YAOI. For goodness' sake people! Although it is labelled as "shounen" its target audience is more on the female side than the male side, therefore, be prepared to have many fangirl comments that will make you confused.

With all that said, Kuroshitsuji is my personal favourite. So, of course, I'm going to rate it 10/10. However, this may vary with other people due to the aforementioned problems above.

If you're into the slightly gothic style, Victorian England and mysteries, you'll probably like Kuroshitsuji. It's not the best, but it you may just become addicted to it smile

... Last updated on October 17th, 2011, 12:09am
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The Pheonix!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blublaise
September 7th, 2011, 7:54pm
Lulz, this series is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! At first, I was like, "Ohhh this is going to be boring..." but as a Yen Press published manga, it came up to it's expectations. I swear, I've become a fan of Yen Press/ Square Enix. I'm now torn between Pandora Hearts and Black Butler.

The art is magnificent. Truly is great. I love the character designs, though it can be a bit consistent in facial structure sometimes. But anyway, I love the beautifully drawn clothing and settings that perfectly depict Victorian England. It's gorgeous. Especially Sebastian who is a total hottie XD

The storyline consists of a few plots, due to the fact Ciel and Sebastian take on different mystery cases that leave you aching for more. It can be best described as... Juicy? Haha, anyway, I enjoy the perfect balance between humorous, bloody, and serious moments. Toboso-sensei really knows how to get a story going. It's a nicely woven series.

The characters are awesome. Like Mochizuki-sensei, the story would not have been successful if not for the nicely made characters. Toboso-sensei's characters are intense, amusing, and have truly twisted backgrounds that will surprise and entertain you. The characters are best described as "badass". Yes, excuse my foul language, but that is the best way to describe them. I could say my most favorite character development is Lizzy. Why? Read to find out... ^_-

In general, it's a very much recommended series, though not for the young audience/weak hearted. There are a lot of intense scenes and themes unsuitable for some people. So beware.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2011, 7:57pm
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