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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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Associated Names
Чёрный дворецкий
الخادم الأسود
Black Butler
Hắc Quản Gia
Kuro Shitsuji

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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Ongoing)

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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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Kuroshitsuji by Akari

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1150 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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GFantasy (Square Enix)
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Yen Press (16 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Who looks better together? 248 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes ago
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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)
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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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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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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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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...


... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 10:41am
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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kishu
July 20th, 2011, 10:55am
I love this manga. It is suspenseful, has a variety of quirky characters (Love Grell XD), an amusing plot, and clean/beautiful artwork. The anime was okay up until episode 6. The rest of the 1st season was horrible, and I wish that the 2nd season never existed in the first place. So, if you are curious about this series, I would suggest reading the manga and don't waste your time with the anime.
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Rating: 8.1 / 10.0
by PerfectVincent
July 2nd, 2010, 10:48pm
(Partly in response to beloved828's comment).

The first chapter was light and superficial as the butler Sebastian struggled to keep the mansion staff controlled. The next chapter was a bit of a slap in the face from the suddenness of how serious Ciel's situation is. In reply to beloved828's comment about Kuroshitsuji, I believe the point of the lightness is to really show how different and "soulless" Ciel and Sebastian are from the silly staff.

Kuroshitsuji is really a story about the darkness. That's Ciel's job and his "pastime", and Sebastian is more than happy to oblige to Ciel's sometimes murderous commands. The fluff is to flaunt Sebastian as a fantastic butler rather than what he really is and to characterize Ciel and Sebastian as being untouchable, distant and superior.

I must agree with beloved828 on the fact that there is no development of the plot. It really does seem like Sebastian and Ciel would rather be making curry than really chasing after sick people. The arcs don't seem to have any link to each other or Ciel's real conflict, which is sometimes mildly entertaining, but also irrelevant and sometimes seems like the only point to the arc was to kill someone off in the very end.

Not to dissuade from this manga, though. The story is quite enjoyable.

(The idea of a superhuman creature is rather cliched. It's blended with the rather embarrassing subject of an overly enthusiastic butler, showing off 'loyalty'. Those ideas are almost annoying as they are so common.)

It's impressive how it blends reality with fiction (Victorian era with evil beings), and do enjoy the fashion (a modern Gothic in Victorian style).

The art is beautiful, and the main characters are compelling and curious.

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2010, 10:49pm
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Not too sure about this one....   
Rating: N/A
by beloved828
September 20th, 2009, 8:15pm
I'm rather confused when it comes to Black Butler. On the one hand, I find the art to be absolutely beautiful, many of the characters engaging, and the setting to be interesting. On the other hand, the story arcs make the plot feel incoherent and they take away from the gravity of what's befallen Ciel. The plot rarely if ever makes sense, and Ciel needs work as a character.

The story arcs are disjointed and they ruin the feel of the story. For instance:
Spoiler (highlight to view)
one arc is about "Jack the Ripper" brutally murdering women in the city and whom Ciel must stop because the killer is a family member, the next arc is about a curry contest with much joking and silliness.The next arc is about a circus that steals and murders kids for spare parts. The arc after that is about Ciel playing dress-up with his betrothed after his servants blow up part of the house.
What the heck?!

It jumps around so much. It makes me wonder : Is this a horror manga? Suspense? Comedy? Shota-con? What the heck is going on?! It goes back and forth between being cutesy- comedy and gory murder. I'm not sure how to feel about that. It makes all the death feel cheap and unrealistic. No one seems to care that people are dying left and right as long as they can make curry and play with dolls. The author could be trying to show a parallel between what Ciel is doing (fighting evil and trying to get revenge for himself and his family while being the sole heir to the Phantomhive family and doing all that it entails)and what he should be doing (playing with his betrothed, eating sweets, going to parties, and doing little-boy things), but she doesn't do a good job of letting us know that. We never get to know how Ciel really feels about anything that's happened, other than his near-death experience, or if he has any feelings left at all.

Ciel is literally and figuratively soulless. He doesn't seem to care much about anyone other than those who've wronged him. He seems to have no feelings at all, at least in the manga. It's rather unrealistic, and very disturbing to watch him do things like play dress-up and eat cake while he is barely a human being. He's much like a zombie bent on revenge on those that killed him. The hints of shonen-ai creep me out because Ciel is only 12 years old. If he was older, fine. But he's a little kid, and it's gross. He also dresses in outfits that a Victorian boy wouldn't be caught dead in, and tends to look more like a 12 year old girl, but I get that the artist is going for a certain style and not Victorian realism. It's a cute style, but when coupled with all the murder, demons, and BL hints, it becomes a bad kind of creepy.

So all in all, I'm still not sure if I like this manga. I loved the Count Cain series, and at first glance, Black Butler looks similar, but it's not. Count Cain made sense. Black Butler does anything but. The settings and premise are similar, but that similarity ends very, very quickly. Black Butler can be very good at times, but I wish that it would make up its mind as to what genre it wanted to be, or at least was able to blend genres together a bit better.

... Last updated on September 20th, 2009, 8:18pm
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