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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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Status in Country of Origin
21 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)

User Reviews
Kuroshitsuji by Akari

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34 topics, 286 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1246 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 22nd 2015, 12:37am PST


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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 (19 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #256 decreased(-75)
Monthly Pos #285 increased(+35)
3 Month Pos #275 decreased(-19)
6 Month Pos #225 decreased(-55)

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On 5117 reading lists
On 1625 wish lists
On 239 unfinished lists
On 613 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Is Ceil evil 80 days, 7 hours, 49 minutes ago
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Which (if any!) is the best Kuroshitsuji pairing?(based off of the manga - does NOT include anime only characters) 323 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes ago
Should/ will CielxSebastian happen? 394 days, 23 hours, 22 minutes ago
The queen and undertaker 412 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Awesome!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yennyenn
August 25th, 2013, 1:33am
Been reading this series since the beginning. Ciel is the perfect protagonist. Although some may think that he's too cruel or heartless, he does have his duties to perform. You can see the hint of his kindness every arc. Together with his elite team of servants, an akuma butler and his quick thinking, I'm always excited to see how he turns around the situation in every arc!

I'd say the only bad thing about this series is the wait for each chapter! It's a monthly magazine, so once you're hooked, you're in deep shit lol! Just like me! biggrin Definitely recommended!
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You'll Be Surprised   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
May 14th, 2013, 6:20pm
Yeah, I'll admit it, I started reading this in hopes of yaoi-ish themes, but that was soon forgotten by the amazing plot of this story. Screw the romance, Ciel and Sebastian are one badass duo. Ciel is a cold and calculating kid, Sebastian is...well, one hell of a butler *wink wink*.

The characters are all likable (by likable I mean the only character you'll probably dislike is Ciel's fiancee/cousin) whether they're good or bad. The story is brilliant, the twists are unpredictable, their adventures range from comical to suspenseful.

You never know what you'll get in the next chapter which made this manga surprisingly good. So don't be deceived, it's deep and dark and unpredictable and definitely worth a try.
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Thoughly Enjoyable.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lightningstorm
June 4th, 2013, 7:39pm
I see that most people seem to want to plot to hurry up. I, for one, am in such rush. I watched, and enjoyed the anime, but I wish there had been more than just the main plot. Don't get me wrong, it was really good, I just wanted to see more. Both the anime and manga have the same "feel", to me, so I view the manga as more story that wasn't in the anime. I'm enjoying it going alone at the pace it is.
The art is really pretty and very consistent. The characters are very easy to tell apart. Yen Press even goes as far as to write words such as colour and honour with the "u", as it would be in England, dispite the company being American. I am very pleased the such attention to detail was shown.
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Love it.   
Rating: N/A
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)   
Rating: N/A
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   
Rating: N/A
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?   
Rating: N/A
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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A smoking hot butler, dark European ambiance, and heart-pounding action. Did I mention the smoking hot butler?   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by bevelynn
January 14th, 2015, 8:51pm
I'd imagine that most readers don't read Kuroshitsuji to drool over Sebastian. The description may seem a bit yaoi-ish, but don't be deterred if you're not into that. If you don't stay for that gorgeous hell of a butler (okay, I'll stop), you'll definitely appreciate the dark aura, fantastic characters, and the action.

Rich with plot twists, dynamic characterizations, and hefty shock factors, Black Butler enthralls with its intricate story. Two years before the current timeline, Ciel Phantomhive hires Sebastian as a butler in the mansion where Ciel lives alone, save the other servants. Ciel is twelve years old, but don't be fooled. Acutely intelligent and mature, Ciel is the most recent Earl of his family line after his predecessor passed away. Though he's only 12 years old, his age is still relevant; in later arcs, Toboso-sensei tragically elucidates the limitations of his age. Ciel is a boy of both strong loyalty and appalling cruelty. Sebastian serves to both mediate and exacerbate these traits. The two act as foils, but both are much more fleshed-out and dynamic than that. It's no surprise that they have a huge fanbase.

I could never forget the supporting cast, who are immensely powerful as well. From Meylin to Lizzie, each character has a tale behind them. Some of these have yet to be revealed, but I doubt Toboso-sensei will disappoint. I read a review calling some characters shallow; all I have to say is that nothing in this manga is exactly as it seems. If you find yourself frustrated with certain people in Kuroshitsuji, I'd advise you to keep reading. Most likely, the circumstances will change.

As said in other reviews, there are some historical inaccuracies in the Gothic setting. But this is a highly fictional work (hence the supernatural tag), so unless you're a huge Anglophile and a stickler for accuracy, the inconsistencies won't even register on your radar. 19th century England really is the perfect place for this manga. Darkness lurks-- but not just in the nighttime streets. The events and inventions of the time period feed much of the action and drive the plot fairly well.

Amongst the arcs that have already been translated, I'd have to say my favorite was the Circus Arc. If you're confused with anything that I said earlier, no other arc will so clearly demonstrate what I mean. This arc was absolutely heart-wrenching, but this was the one that did me in. I fell in love with the manga immediately afterwards (I can't believe I had the first three volumes sitting on my shelf for TWO MONTHS before I started reading.) I'll admit, I'm not too keen on every single arc; one in particular I felt dragged on for way too long. But it's worth it, I promise you that.

At the moment, I'm torn between wanting this manga to end so that I can know the ending(!!!) and hoping that Kuroshitsuji never ends. So far, an ending doesn't appear to be soon approaching-- 20 volumes and going strong. I wish chapters came out with higher frequency, but I'm thankful as is.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2015, 9:17pm
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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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