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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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Чёрный дворецкий
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黑管家
黒執事
흑집사
Black Butler
Hắc Quản Gia
Kuro Shitsuji

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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at v.1, c.1
Ends at v.5 c.21 (story splits at Episode 15); v.7 c.36 (Circus); v.9 c.50 (Book of Murder)

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Kuroshitsuji by Akari

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35 topics, 289 posts
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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1296 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
GFantasy (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (21 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #382 decreased(-22)
Monthly Pos #331 decreased(-41)
3 Month Pos #289 increased(+39)
6 Month Pos #328 decreased(-25)

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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   
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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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One of my all-time favourites!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KuroNeko-chan44
October 30th, 2013, 11:09am
I really love this manga! The art is amazing, and I have always loved gothic manga, especially set in the Victorian era. All the arcs are unique and well thought out, my personal favourite being the 'Ship Voyage' arc, which I won't spoil in case anyone hasn't read it yet! I really love most of the characters as well, especially the Undertaker and Sebastian. Although I adore fight scenes and gothic or horror elements in manga, I want comedy to be there too. In Kuroshitsuji, there is quite a lot of comedy, which I love. I think it had a relatively slow start, but when I read more I couldn't stop!
Definitely worth a read!
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Love it.   
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by ForteAtrox
June 28th, 2011, 9:54pm
The art is amazing and it gets better and better. I can say Yana Toboso is definitely one of my favorite manga artists.
I like the dark humor and such in it, the dark parts remind me of a toned down version of the darkness in God Child. (Note that I am not saying it is anything like God Child.)
The characters are quite interesting, not entirely unique, but the way they are displayed works quite well. And I do not feel as if there's a 'shounen-ai' element between Ciel and Sebastian.
The story is interesting, it doesn't feel very repetitive... But what about the main plot? It's hardly progressed. I thought it was to find out who ruined his life.. or am I just imagining things..
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Black Butler Review: 5/29/2011 (Chap 57 Latest)   
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by Raitei
May 29th, 2011, 10:51am
Dear Readers,

I keep up with a lot of series, as a professional I find that watching anime that are manga adaptions isn't fruitful for time management, and manga reading is much easier. Black Butler the Manga, was a rating of a 7/8 just because of the original story ,interesting take on the "butler" concept, and good plot/character design.

However, the mangaka constantly continues to surprise, keeps the reader entertained within the story and with historical allusions to the truth behind what we perceive as reality. Example: providing a "black butler" interpretation of the author behind Sherlock Holmes, or the sinking of the Titanic.

I definitely suggest this series to be read by all!
In regards to the latest chapter:

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Lizzy was SO FREAKING BADASS!!!
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@blackmokona   
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by doki-doki-kimochi
March 26th, 2011, 8:43pm
I agree with the person below me. The first chapter, even though it may seem, random-ish actually adds to the story. It's kind of like an introduction or lead in a book. It introduces all the characters and their personalities, and show you how their life normally leads. Manga is kind of like books (in my opinion.) There are great books out their with not-so-great leads. However, I think this manga had a great lead. If the mangaka just smacked a problem right into the first chapter, it would seem sort of abrupt and there really wouldn't be any way to introduce all of the characters and the situations they normally live, in my opinion, because the characters are actually well-rounded and have unique personalities. It's kind of hard to explain. Oh well. biggrin I just defend things that deserve it.
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Refreshinghly different   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by souani143
May 6th, 2011, 10:52am
This manga series is very different from the rest. the artwork is beautiful and the fight scenes are crisp.. unlike some others with garbled fight scenes(you know.. like lines and stuff)
the storyline is very gripping and a lot of research seems to have been done for this manga. the biggest cliche of everything happening in japan is avoided. thats a huge plus point, i think. the Victorian era setting is definitely good.

the charecters are good.. some of them could have been avoided, though. i think the true identities of the other Phantomhive servants should have been revealed a bit sooner.and althogh we might find Ciel's attitude all high-and-mighty and aloof, it is totally justified after his past is revealed. anyone would be devoid of feelings if they were ever to be exposed to all that he has been through. and we really do get to see the kind-heartedness of ciel when he takes in his servants(Finny,Bard and Snake, especially). and yeah, if you wear your heart on your sleeve, being a nobleman, you'll totally get eaten alive(figure of speech..). so Ciel's aloofness is ok i guess. and Sebastian's charecter is also good. his perfectness,i think is just to please the fans and probably to sell and give a hype to the series.

the lizzy twist is just frikkin great!!

the arcs are interesting.. the murder arc is the best and the credit also goes to the translators for thier work.. they make it seem like a part of a typical mystery novel.. all arcs bit by bit give a hint of the bigger picture.

another thing i liked about this is the curry arc... being an Indian, i really loved the way Yana Toboso has depicted the prince and Agni(the word Agni means fire in our language). and also the whole curry cooking process and the importance of the combination of spices has been really well put forth. the reseach about lord Shiva and the caste system(now totally non-existant) too is good. this is the first series with India part of the storyline.
all in all, a very interesting series...

Rating:10/10

... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 10:41am
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Shounen Ai?   
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by lightxl
March 4th, 2008, 1:52am
Shounen Ai? I wish. Although there's enough hints for me to work with, I'd hardly categorize it as shounen ai from what I've seen so far (including raws up to vol3). Great art. Great Action Very promising storyline. HOT HOT HOT butler (check out the cover for volume 3. *drools*) What more can I say.

... Last updated on March 4th, 2008, 1:54am
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