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

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Black Asylum
Bleach Asylum
Mazoku
MsLaundry
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Latest Release(s)
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c.93 by Black Asylum (72d ago)
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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 (1186 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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June 20th 2014, 4:46pm 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 (16 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #181 decreased(-39)
Monthly Pos #78 increased(+15)
3 Month Pos #85 increased(+14)
6 Month Pos #91 increased(+3)

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Black Butler end of the first season 5 days, 13 hours, 15 minutes ago
Which (if any!) is the best Kuroshitsuji pairing?(based off of the manga - does NOT include anime only characters) 22 days, 5 hours, 24 minutes ago
Should/ will CielxSebastian happen? 93 days, 14 hours, 28 minutes ago
The queen and undertaker 111 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes ago
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Epic win.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
February 23rd, 2011, 3:35am
Love this manga. Can be really dark one second only to turn into complete hilarity at the drop of a hat. Love the Victorian setting which goes perfectly with the supernatural plot line. Ceil and his entire household are extremely likable, they are all so endearing! Lau and his doxxie are very cute as well.
I better stop early before I go onto a full on rant.

If you like dark comedy and light horror then pick this series up. Oh and the anime is pretty decent too.
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This is awesome!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mashimaro12345
February 16th, 2011, 1:25am
Each chapter is a shocker and Yana Toboso really knows how to treat her fans right. There's always these little bits of fan service in each chapter which is definitely adequate to satisfy our hunger for more until the next month, and each arc is so well planned in every way which I cannot wait in seeing how Yana will link them all together. What is amazing and keeps me going for more of this manga is how the artwork which in the beginning was nothing much to look at (me personally having high expectations) to one of the best drawn manga I've ever seen. The next thing for me would be the personalities of the characters which are so out of this world yet they complement each other so well, and I really commend the author for this which I think is just brilliant. The heroes of the manga are, obviously, Ciel and Sebastian while, really, am I the only one who seems to like Elizabeth? She's like the ornament which is essential to this manga and makes the manga looks better.

Yet I do feel that it really is time for the author to slightly modify Sebastian's personality and make him actually care for Ciel which is what we are all hoping for but I have no idea how that will come out though. For now there is still the slight empty feeling something which you feel after having this really fantastic entre but there is still the long wait for the main course. Each time hints are given that Sebastian seems to genuinely care for Ciel but each time readers are reminded of what he is and what he cannot feel and for that I feel is actually the real plot in this manga. Not his revenge nor the ending of the contract but their relationship and what they will become of at the end of it which I hope will never be soon. Having these two strong characters which is lacking in practically all mangas as the cliche is always that there should always be a vulnerable one in every story, but really, Ciel and Sebastian are both strong and together, they're undefeatable as they both make up for each of their own weaknesses. Both so independent yet dependent of another, making readers love them so much and the author's care in creating this work is seen through each chapter, carefully drawn and written. This is perfection.

Can't believe there are 18 volumes already. Hope it doesn't end soon. Kuroshitsuji has been my all time favourite and I've read it for a few years already.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2014, 5:10am
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What was chapter 1 even about?   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
February 15th, 2011, 3:40am
I must have missed something, but what was chapter 1 even about? I sat clicking through the pages but Black Butler seemed to have no intentions of telling a story. It was horrifying to see a mangaka, a magazine and several publishers waste 40+ pages on, well, nothing. It doesn't need to jump right into action and plot, as a quick look through the genres would promise, but it does not even feel like a manga. In that respect, innovating is too much of an understatement.

Edit: I've seen repeated dicriptions of eyecandy and gorgous. Honestly, the artwork is more than good enough, but it's not original. There are similar artists with similar styles, everywhere, half of whom draw better, cleaner battle scenes. The characters were obviously designed to serve vey specific purposes, you could tell at first glance who was going to matter and who wasn't (why bother give the maid and the chef names anyway?). It's typical shoujo art, I mean, have you ever seen so much sparklies in a shounen manga, ever?

Edit 2: I get it. Only it's just as incredibly transparent in its appeal. From what I have seen the writing is conventional if not poor, and the poses are awkward.

It's not even spoiler: For chapter 1: Look how hot and awesome the butler is. Look how spoiled the brat it. For the entire series: Wallow in the UST!

... Last updated on April 12th, 2012, 10:25am
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heart it >.<!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pyonk
October 19th, 2010, 9:18am
this is an awesome manga!
the story is very original. you wont find it in other manga! far better than anime version.
i dunno why, after read the manga, i hate the anime version which is bad.
Ciel is so adorable and Sebby is so dependable.
the only question that left is, will it end with a happy ending or bad one?
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I came away from this manga thinking "Wow"   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by unusuallove
August 24th, 2010, 7:10pm
Kuroshitsuji is by far one of the best mangas in existence. It made a huge impression on me, and I definitely think it's something everyone should at least give a shot.

Plot
It's a wonderfully unique story about a young boy in Victorian England who, after being kidnapped, tortured, and sacrificed, makes a deal with a demon: his soul in exchange for the demon's help with avenging himself. The main storyline takes place 2-3 years after the deal was made, and as the story progresses through the different arcs, you get little forshadowings (i know, not a word) of what's to come.

The greatest part, when reading this dark intense story, is that in the back of your mind, you know eventually that what it's going to come down to is Ciel (the boy) finally getting his revenge (we still don't know who kidnapped him, by the way) and Sebastian (the demon) finally taking his soul.

Or not?

As you read this story, if you are like many fangirls of Kuroshitsuji, you'll find yourself hoping for the alternative ending: Sebastian deciding not to take Ciel's soul. So far, there's no evidence pointing towards that, but it's still possible, and the fact that none of us can be sure of how it will end is part of what makes this manga so intriguing. And just for the record, I don't usually read a manga unless it has a romance in it. I just don't. But this manga doesn't really have a romance in it (unless, arguably, you count the relationship Ciel and Sebastian have-we're not exactly sure what that is, though) and still it is the best manga I have ever read, just because it's so interesting (the plot, the concept, the characters). And if you don't like suggested male relationships, you'll still be able to enjoy this story. Because their relationship can be seen in a whole lot of ways, and there is no proof of romance.

Characters
The main characters are very interesting. Ciel, because you just can't figure out if he's a good person or a bad person. He does a lot of "bad' things, and he won't hesitate to kill someone he thinks deserves it, but at times he'll also show some kind of compassion. You get the feeling that he's the sort of person who's willing to make the tough decisions and be the bad guy, even though it hurts him, just because someone has to. You also get the feeling that, while he shows a very cold adult exterior self, on the inside he's very human.

Sebastian, on the other hand, is just the opposite. On the outside he appears friendly, even warm, but inside he views human beings as stupid, and he's unable to see the good in anyone (save for, arguably, Ciel and Agni-this guy who shows up later). Everyone loves Sebastian. Which is funny, because if he met any one of us readers, he'd probably laugh in our faces. But he's a very awesome character. And he's also interesting, because you're not sure what he thinks of Ciel, other than that he is amused by him. Their relationship is great.

Anime
What I've got to say about this is: watch it. About a third of the way through the first season, it starts to stray from the manga, but that's fine. It develops it's own very well-thought out plot that is very realistic based on the characters. And Sebastian's relationship with Ciel becomes so interesting in the second season. He becomes very possessive of him, even getting jealous at times (and believe me, there's almost nothing better than a jealous Sebastian) and he seems to start to view Ciel as a person rather than just food.

The anime and the manga both offer interesting storylines, and while you should absolutely read the manga, no question, you should also definitely watch the anime. They do a good job of making the episodes fairly light, but making the overall tone extremely dark. There are some really emotional moments, especially towards the end of the first season and around the 9th episode in the second season, which is good.

Art
The art is some of the best, if not the very best, art that I've ever seen in a manga. The author has a very sophisticated clean drawing style that looks very professional.

In conclusion...
If you like dark humor, this is for you. And even if you don't, this is for you. Trust me. It's about the furthest thing away from the manga I normally read, but I loved it. The fact that the storyline is so unique is what makes this manga so special. And god, sometimes you get so envious of the closeness between Ciel and Sebastian, and you just want to get inside their heads to see what's going on in there. But while you can guess as to what they're thinking, you can never really be positive as to what kind of people they are, or why they do the things they do. But you love them anyway, and so you don't really care whether they are actually good or actually evil. Because there's so much more to it than that.

By the way, it's listed as shounen, but that's not very accurate. I think it's put in that category because it's definitely not a shoujo, but I feel like this manga sort of deserves a genre of it's own, because it's not really a shoujo or a shounen.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2011, 9:28pm
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NOOOOOO ="(   
Rating: N/A
by xSCENEkidX
August 5th, 2010, 11:31am
When did this get licensed?! D: when?! I cant believe this >.< I was waiting for this to get completed so I could read it without stopping; but now it's licensed!! Dx NOOOOOOOOO!! T^T and I was so lokkin forward to it ="(
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dark, but really interesting   
Rating: N/A
by blackknight
July 31st, 2010, 5:34pm
I picked up volume 1 when I saw it it the bookstore because it intrigued me. After volume 2, I was hooked and have since read more. It started out mild, but picked up by the end or volume 2. It's dark and I love dark stuff. Some readers apparently had a problem with the way the story arcs were put together - but i didn't. it's different than other styles, but good. I do agree with previous posters that it is a good read for anyone who likes Godchild or the Cain series. I like the characters, especially Sebastian, and find them refreshing from the common fair. I would definitely recommend this one. My biggest complaint is that Yen Press is so slow putting it out in English. I guess if I really want to read it faster, I'll have to buy the Japanese volumes.

... Last updated on June 21st, 2011, 8:07pm
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Artistic   
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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good idea   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ShadowSakura
June 14th, 2010, 1:22pm
this manga is really fun to read, dark but fun with good looking characters. I also enjoyed the first season of the anime, but when i watch the trailer of the second season, the new master disappoints me. The best thing in the anime was: the seiyu of the main charas where really fitting (ono daisuke^^) and they also had romi paku (hitsugaya toushiro, edward, temari) and noriaki sugiyama (sasuke, ishida) as small roles^^

... Last updated on June 21st, 2010, 1:32pm
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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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