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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

Groups Scanlating
Black Asylum
Bleach Asylum
Mazoku
MsLaundry
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Latest Release(s)
c.95 by Black Asylum (10d ago)
c.94 by Black Asylum (39d ago)
c.93 by Black Asylum (70d 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)

User Reviews
Kuroshitsuji by Akari

Forum
33 topics, 281 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1185 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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 #146 decreased(-92)
Monthly Pos #93 increased(+4)
3 Month Pos #85 increased(+14)
6 Month Pos #90 increased(+4)

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On 1526 wish lists
On 225 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Black Butler end of the first season 3 days, 18 hours, 51 minutes ago
Which (if any!) is the best Kuroshitsuji pairing?(based off of the manga - does NOT include anime only characters) 20 days, 11 hours, 0 minutes ago
Should/ will CielxSebastian happen? 91 days, 20 hours, 4 minutes ago
The queen and undertaker 109 days, 16 hours, 13 minutes ago
There might be a new anime 190 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes ago

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out side of my inner fangirl..   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dragoness57
January 11th, 2009, 2:38am
yes, i can recognize that the plot isn't as 'deep' or 'astounding' as one would hope.

but then again, there are very few manga that could claim to do such and back it up as of late.


Kuroshitsuji at least presents a way for the mangaka to express tragedy / comedy / characterization in the form of a beautiful story all wrapped up and tied with a victorian bow. i personally think that it was done effectively.

and as for the plot, this seems like it would be one of the series where it ties up everything well up at the end and makes you go 'holy crap. that's what it was all along no way aldjf;lasdjfl;asdjfdas' and etc.. so it's pretty hard to judge at this point.

as for the random plot deviations such as the curry cook off.. since when is it frowned upon to have a moment of crack? many other shounen series incorporate it as well. just because the outlook of the first couple chapters looked serious/tragic doesn't mean it has to carry that dark mood throughout. (and it was very reminiscent of Yakitate Japan... which had a bit of nostalgic value for me.)

i love that the mangaka actually took the time to do SOME research. i love that it is set in a different time period that isn't as elaborated as others. i love that the art style is great enough to portray the elegant and stylish couture of the british fashion as well.

not to mention, the central characters have decent flaws as well as exceptional traits that leave me wondering how they actually came to be and how they will be further developed for the rest of the series..

as for the moments of fanservice- yes it hints at homoerotic action. but is it really a crime to appeal to the masses? as in yaoi fangirls? this one doesn't think so. especially since it's never a crime when other shounen series are never blamed for having yuri moments incorporated.. (doesn't really matter for me, i appreciate both ahaha.) the situations presented are also very comical and easy to make light of.

there's very little to complain about if you step back and really take a look at it. but if it's not your cup of tea, then well, whatever. to each his own.


as for me, i love it. <3
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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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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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it's not what you think at first   
Rating: N/A
by LouEngine
July 23rd, 2013, 5:11pm
I write this review for people like me, who judge this manga for its rumors, covers or beginning chapters. At first, I thought this manga is all about the cool, perfect, devilish and hot butler. He is too cool and perfect that makes every fangirl screams (and dies b/c of nosebleed). Well, that's quite cheap, typical and boring. I stopped around chapter 20, disappointed b/c it was like a shoujo manga with one dreamy (dark) guy and lots of flowers. BUT I was wrong. When I continue to read it again, I found out that it was more interesting. Horror, blood, death, tragedy.. it was brilliant. Ciel's sufferings, his personality are really well described. What I hate about this manga is, like everyone else, Elizabeth. (maybe b/c I'm not good with teenager girls). Furthermore, Ciel is exactly like a girl. He only thinks and lives in his own world, he doesn't have the strength like a man. (maybe Sebastian spoiled him too much, I guess smile ) Well, there are many things to say about Ciel's girlish personality, but I'm fine with that b/c there is a good reason. Give this manga a try, enjoy ^_^

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2013, 6:29pm
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pity   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by namu76
November 21st, 2012, 10:18pm
I would have given this 10 if only it would progress more in the main plot, that is, Ciel's revenge. But as far as I've seen, it goes nowhere near it. If it continues like this, I figure Sebastian would never eat Ciel's soul. Really.
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The Pheonix!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blublaise
September 7th, 2011, 7:54pm
Lulz, this series is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! At first, I was like, "Ohhh this is going to be boring..." but as a Yen Press published manga, it came up to it's expectations. I swear, I've become a fan of Yen Press/ Square Enix. I'm now torn between Pandora Hearts and Black Butler.

The art is magnificent. Truly is great. I love the character designs, though it can be a bit consistent in facial structure sometimes. But anyway, I love the beautifully drawn clothing and settings that perfectly depict Victorian England. It's gorgeous. Especially Sebastian who is a total hottie XD

The storyline consists of a few plots, due to the fact Ciel and Sebastian take on different mystery cases that leave you aching for more. It can be best described as... Juicy? Haha, anyway, I enjoy the perfect balance between humorous, bloody, and serious moments. Toboso-sensei really knows how to get a story going. It's a nicely woven series.

The characters are awesome. Like Mochizuki-sensei, the story would not have been successful if not for the nicely made characters. Toboso-sensei's characters are intense, amusing, and have truly twisted backgrounds that will surprise and entertain you. The characters are best described as "badass". Yes, excuse my foul language, but that is the best way to describe them. I could say my most favorite character development is Lizzy. Why? Read to find out... ^_-

In general, it's a very much recommended series, though not for the young audience/weak hearted. There are a lot of intense scenes and themes unsuitable for some people. So beware.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2011, 7:57pm
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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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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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I can't believe it's not bl   
Rating: N/A
by kawaiiairbender
January 31st, 2009, 10:33am
I won't lie I am here for the pretty arts, the pretty men, and mostly the pretty clothing. The plot could be wonderful but it's lacking. And the yaoi teasing is a bit hard for me to handle :[ (btw ciel is 12 because I know how many girls think oh so hot) The part I do like (besides the clothing) is the allusion to dark things that happened in the Victorian era. The mangaka does a wonderful job with freaking you out, without going all the way into it. (Perhaphs that's how?) But yeah anyway if you don't need a solid plot and you just like beautiful men with a side dish of bl then this is the manga for you! 8D *also I'm hoping for more chicks just to tick off the fangirls yes yes I'm antagonistic
edit: okay the story does get better as it goes on smile And everyone here is a bamf

... Last updated on October 13th, 2010, 9:48pm
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Very Interesting   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Asperia
February 29th, 2008, 8:40pm
Though it's a relatively new series, what's been released so far has been very enjoyable to read. The art is clean and beautiful, and the story has potential, with all of the mystery surrounding the various characters and their motives.
And in response to the accusation below saying that this series is a ripoff, I would like to point out that the only thing this series has in common with Hayate No Gotuku is that it features a butler taking care of a young noble. The series itself is dark, violent, and bloody, with a feeling and setting more reminiscent of a series along the lines of Count Cain than anything as cheerful as Hayate.

... Last updated on February 29th, 2008, 10:08pm
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