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Kuroshitsuji  
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Description
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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Manga

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

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Black Asylum
Bleach Asylum
Mazoku
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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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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1205 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
GFantasy (Square Enix)
Yen Plus (Yen Press)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (17 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #94 increased(+181)
Monthly Pos #211 decreased(-84)
3 Month Pos #127 decreased(-28)
6 Month Pos #107 decreased(-14)

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Black Butler end of the first season 75 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes ago
Which (if any!) is the best Kuroshitsuji pairing?(based off of the manga - does NOT include anime only characters) 104 days, 14 hours, 45 minutes ago
Should/ will CielxSebastian happen? 175 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes ago
The queen and undertaker 193 days, 19 hours, 59 minutes ago
There might be a new anime 274 days, 10 hours, 27 minutes ago

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this is the love of my life   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
April 18th, 2014, 8:10pm
AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE SEBASTIEN IS HOT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.[/b]Although he is gorgeous....

I love this story for all its darkness, struggles, and moral ambiance. Honestly, there were many times when I wondered if I would resort to doing some of the inhumane things mentioned because I actually felt like i understood the causes.

Furthermore, Ciel is the one who truly attracts me. He may be a boy, but he is a boy who went through such horror that he managed to gather the resolve to sell his soul to a demon for the sake of revenge. To me, that is one heck of a delicious human.

He also has what it takes to reach the top with the help of a demon. He is intelligent, with the cruelty of a devil. But, at times, a more humane side of him surfaces, and it tears at my heart because it makes me realize that Ciel is, in the end, still a child.

But in truth, Sebastian has a huge fanbase for a reason: He is freaking badass and I'm not exaggerating. He has that dark allure coupled with a twisted version of knight in shiny armor. Plus, he has a thing for cats. He also has a very mysteriously cynical side to him, and he often subtly ridicules Ciel affectionately whenever Ciel shows his humanity. There seems to be a part of him that makes me believe that he won't end up eating Ciel's soul.... but, I think that might just be my desperate wish.

Conclusion: The characters in Black Butler drive the story--they are what made me fall in love with this series over and over again.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2014, 11:23pm
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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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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by daniyagami
October 27th, 2009, 3:08pm
I loved the manga and the anime, they are different from each other but both are really good. I din't know why this serie is marked as shonen and not shonen-ai, it's filled with shonen-ai insinuations.
Some readers says that the story makes no sense but this is not true. Doen't have a linear plot but it makes perfect sense. Anyway, I recommend, you are not wasting your time in read (and also watch the anime, is really eye candy).
Count Cain and Kuroshitsuji have nothing in common, they are completely different. Both are great series.

... Last updated on November 6th, 2009, 11:02am
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Rating: N/A
by xxdita-chanxx
February 6th, 2008, 5:30pm
The art is eyecandy, has potential.
And to the retard below that says it's a rip off of Hayate No Gotoku: It's not. The plot is completely different and I don't understand how he thought it was a ripoff. The butler, to begin with, isn't even in debt.
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Would you sell your soul to a demon?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GriSlyBear
December 26th, 2012, 6:01pm
What drives a ten year old child to sell it's own soul to a demon to form a contract and choose hell instead of heaven? What happened on his 10th birthday that he even forgot how to smile?
Hate and despair are his source of strengh and make Ciel Phantomhive the most complex and intriguing game maker who seeks for revenge to those who dirtied his name. His best pawn is his perfect butler Sebastian, who'll never leave his masters side and follow him until the very end.
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This manga took my manga virginity (and made me a manga-fan!) and I already have been following it for years. It is my favourite manga and I think it will always be.
There are so many things I love about Kuroshitsuji: Victorian Era, Dark Atmosphere, Beautiful (MOST AMAZING) Art, Deep Plot that is storngly influenced by the British-Empire history and it's events and Fantastic Characters (esp. the main ones: Ciel and Sebastian).
If you watched the Anime with it's wonderful OST and liked it, you'll LOVE the manga.

Sed, qui me defendet?
...ab me terriblissimo ipse.

Enjoy reading!

... Last updated on December 26th, 2012, 6:30pm
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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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im criticising it too much, yet im still reading it   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by cookieslov3
May 18th, 2011, 1:39am
since every review seems to be giving the story a summary, I don't think ill need to include another version in mine, so anyway if you're into dark plot, but not at a horror or overly disturbing level (PG-15) then this is for you.

Regarding the characters, Ciel is a walking mess of contradiction - which makes him quite a tortured and interesting character. I wouldn't say he's realistic, but for a manga, I think he's 3 dimensional enough. Sebastian is a bit cardboard cutout, but tolerable (given what he is) and his sarcastic egoistic personality makes up for it. To be honest, their relationship seems to be the main attraction for this manga - at least that's what bringin' all the fangirls to the yard. It's one of those: not shounen-ai, but using that aspect as fanservice and I don't blame the author, it's a pretty natural route to take for that kind of plot and 'half shounen half shoujo' esque kind of art

the other characters do okay as supporting roles, most of them are quite eccentric and rather weird, which gives the manga a good shounen dynamic... the comic relief is nice, but sometimes overdone and unnecessary

the plot is separated into arcs and each is based (sometimes quite loosely) on British historical or folkloric events, which is often a nice spin. The author seems to have the habit of alternating the arcs between dark and humorous one, its up to you to decide whichever is your cup of tea. As for the mystery aspect of the manga, I don't find my jaw dropping at the plot twist - but maybe that's just because im too old for this kind of plot

the art is something you might want to read for. Like I said, it has a half shoujo, half shounen esque style, much like any other mangas published by Gfantasy - the latter chapters seem to lean more towards the latter category, with the increase in action sequences. Oh and the author has a knack for victorian fashion with a modern gothic touch so the clothing is nice to look at. The art is certainly detailed enough, but still stays very crisp and clean (as someone has mentioned), and the composition gives a nice dynamic and impact, which is a another plus

so to sum it up, this manga is popular because the author knows who she's targeting and what's she doing - not to mention, it's marketed by square enix for god sake. So if you're into stuff like Pandora Hearts, Nabari, Code Geas or even KHR, give this a try.

... Last updated on May 18th, 2011, 1:41am
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@blackmokona   
Rating: N/A
by shatnimpinto
March 1st, 2011, 5:04pm
The first chapter is just an introduction. It's explaining Ciel and his situation aswell as a little preview of his personality and his relationship with Sebastian, who is quite unreal. The chef, gardener and maid are small pieces of comic relief (I never found them funny, though). You start to wonder how they even have their jobs and why Ciel even bothered to hire them (how he's a rich little brat with Sebastian for a butler. How can he not expect the best?). They seem to be idiots, but trust me, they're quite amazing.

My advice would be to continue with this manga. And also, don't go rating the entire manga a 1/10 after reading the first chapter, and only reading the first chapter.

I am quite attached to this manga. This is strange, as I usually need to have some sort of romance to stay with the story. This manga is a piece of little mystery arcs; some more important and interesting than others. That being said, you don't have to have a particular interest in or skill with mysteries. Nearly every arc begins with Ciel having tea, he and Sebastian hearing about something strange and then Ciel sending Sebastian off to investigate. Sebastian comes back with an insufficient amount of information, so with a lead, they venture off to discover the truth. Every arc is unique and interesting.

I must disagree with a statement about Kuroshitsuji being a light horror and dark comedy. This is definitely not a "light" horror story, and the comedy is not at all prominent or twisted/ disturbing. The cliched original plot is a little light, but the horror can be very real (speaking more in a literal sense). There aren't many crude, graphic pictures like in some intentionally disgusting mangas. This manga is more a psychological horror in the case of Ciel Phantomhive. I have been moved by him and his horrible, terrifying past. How he manages to deal with and accept Sebastian sometimes is truly amazing.

On to the characters! Ciel Phantomhive is really, a very fascinating character. Quite unrealistic, but very interesting. I once had to sit down and really analyze his character before appreciating him the way I do now. I have found him to be mature in many cases, but with many others he's still very childish. I'll leave that for you to discover, yourself. Sebastian's character isn't focused so much on his personality as it is -what- he is. That's really the key to his whole personality. Teasing, apathetic, cruel, etc. Some other prominent characters are more detailed and interesting (ie: Lau), but many of the others are stereotypes, comic relief, and cliched.

Don't let that dissuade you! Not every character needs such an in-depth personality in a manga. If anything, it makes the main characters more real; makes you love them more.
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honestly, give it a fighting chance please! ^-^   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tekxia
May 18th, 2010, 8:38am
okay, I have read a good majority of these reviews, and a good majority of them were a little negative saying that the plot is overused or steryotyping, yet, think about it-- isn't EVERY manga or anime gonna have SOME cliques or SOME overused story plots? I say that as long as it is not EXACTLY the same as some other manga/anime, then enjoy the ride. Why not? Life is short, and I am CERTAINLY enjoying the thrill ride of Kuroshitsuji. XD
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A Solid 9   
Rating: N/A
by iitzHans
July 26th, 2009, 12:00am
The plot is interesting. The characters designs are quite crisp and clean. Ciel Phantomhive is a tortured little boy who sadly matures well beyond his years after undergoing abuse from adults in an occult group. Frankly, I admire the name choices that were made. Sebastian LOOKS like a "Sebastian", and Ciel sounds like a girl's name. However, the last name "Phantomhive" makes him very impressive. Fanatastic manga, although in some scenes it is quite dark and grim. Then again, the servants who serve under Ciel occasionally give comic relief.
The anime itself is pretty decent too. I encourage those who like manga to watch the anime as well. Supposedly there will be a season 2.
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