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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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Black Asylum
Bleach Asylum
Mazoku
MsLaundry
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Latest Release(s)
c.99 by Black Asylum (8d ago)
c.98 by Black Asylum (40d ago)
c.97 by Black Asylum (69d 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, 283 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1207 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 27th 2014, 11:53am 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 (18 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #308 decreased(-110)
Monthly Pos #228 decreased(-48)
3 Month Pos #168 decreased(-38)
6 Month Pos #110 decreased(-17)

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On 1573 wish lists
On 230 unfinished lists
On 580 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Black Butler end of the first season 113 days, 18 hours, 40 minutes ago
Which (if any!) is the best Kuroshitsuji pairing?(based off of the manga - does NOT include anime only characters) 142 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes ago
Should/ will CielxSebastian happen? 213 days, 18 hours, 31 minutes ago
The queen and undertaker 231 days, 14 hours, 40 minutes ago
There might be a new anime 312 days, 5 hours, 9 minutes ago

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Just a thought.   
Rating: N/A
by punkerpixy
June 2nd, 2009, 1:52am
I was just introduced to this anime and one reason why it appeals to me is because... its almost EXACTLY like the Count Cain manga series. If this one can be made into an anime, Count Cain should be made one too, in my opinion. I believe that the Count Cain plot (well, so far) is far more intrigueing.
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Overrated   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by crazyboutcute
December 9th, 2011, 5:38pm
I started reading this manga awhile ago, before it gained its current popularity, and back then, I thought it was a good black comedy that was overlooked by many. It was quirky and fun, a great escapist read. It was easy to accept the blatantly two-dimensional characters for what they were simply for the comedic aspect. The manga wasn't overly serious and oftentimes made fun of itself, which was enjoyable.

However, as it grew in popularity, it started to lose that charm. I'm not one of those people who start to hate something simply because it becomes popular. No, what bothered me was that many people started to take this manga too seriously, and it seems now that the author is doing the same thing. What started merely as a comedy has started to flaunt a more convoluted plot than what the initial premise is capable of. With twelve volumes currently, we have yet to see any significant character development from the protagonist we're supposed to be rooting for. We've been given a few flashbacks of Ciel's clearly traumatic past, and yet we still know next to nothing about what actually happened to him. He is entirely bent on getting revenge, but it's hard for a reader to sympathize with that shaky motive, especially taking into account many of the horrific things we've witnessed him do.
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The gruesome end of the circus arc,
for example, gave Ciel a huge amount of character derailment rather than development, as it essentially reinforced all of the negative characteristics he's come to possess. It would be nice every once and awhile to see him as the innocent kid he was before his parents' deaths and not as the cold, calculating, hardly human chess master that he's become. And since the author decided to take the route of a more serious plot, it's even more difficult for me to engage myself in the story simply because cardboard-cutout Sebastian, who arguably worked well in the manga's original flavor, is simply too perfect and rarely has any trouble accomplishing anything BECAUSE he's perfect.

All that aside, this manga really jumped the shark for me pretty early on during the Jack the Ripper arc. Having studied the actual case of Jack the Ripper, I was interested in seeing which one of the suspects was the killer and how they went about disemboweling the victims. As it turns out,
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it wasn't ANY of the suspects but rather the BUTLER of one of the suspects who committed the murders. This character is then revealed to be an eccentric, out-of-era transsexual shinigami (which previously we did not know existed) who promptly attempts to capture Sebastian's heart and succeeds in capturing the hearts of thousands of fangirls who merely think s/he is "flamboyantly gay." Other than the completely inaccurate portrayal of a transsexual individual (of whom I know many in real life), the manga took a turn for the weird and not in a good way. I found myself increasingly nonplussed reading this part and was happy when the transsexual finally went out. I just could not take this character seriously and felt that s/he ruined the setup. As a side note: Sorry to break it to you, Toboso, but England doesn't have shinigami like japan does. If you're going to bring them into the story, at least make them Japanese!


One of the main appeals of this manga is simply the slashiness of it. I don't know when relationships between prepubescent children and adult men became so popular, but it's one of the trademarks of this series, so if you're into hints of that sort of thing, then maybe this manga is for you after all.

I haven't read the most recent chapters because
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of said transsexual reappearing
, and I'm not sure I'll be able to bear reading this manga anymore. I'll give it a six because the artwork is beautiful and the humor is good, but if you're looking for a deep, compelling dark fantasy with great characters and a beautifully woven plot, try Pandora Hearts, a series to which Kuroshitsuji is often compared but which can't, in reality, hold a candle to.

... Last updated on December 9th, 2011, 5:50pm
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Sebastian is a friken demon. And all mangas are rather "pointless"   
Rating: N/A
by cookiedprived
January 30th, 2010, 10:56pm
Sebastian is a demon. He's suppose to be the farthest thing from perfection. Sure he accomplishes everything unbelievably well but he's not the protagonist in the story and he's not a human either so he can get away with it. It's only frustrating when the "hero" or the "villain" of the story is really good at everything. The author picked a good character to be "perfect" -->the servant who obeys everything the master says. So if the master makes a mistake, the servant does too, however outstanding his performance.
And yeah Kuroshitsuji is for FUN and it's pointless, but it's a friken manga. Don't tell me people read manga to find the purpose in life. Manga is entertainment. Their whole purpose is to sell. Sure sometimes manga has some in depth stuff but you can't expect any manga to be life changing or shit. Why do you think your parents freak out when they find out you've been reading manga instead of studying?
And about "curry incident", I think there was a bit of a point. We got introduced to the Queen who hadn't really shown up despite the fact that she's the all powerful monarch commanding Ciel to solve this and that and save piles of people. We got to know what she's like and how she acts towards Ciel.

... Last updated on January 30th, 2010, 11:03pm
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Kuroshitsuji doesn't really deserve a 10.   
Rating: N/A
by HeartStation
January 6th, 2009, 8:21pm
Before you all click on "No" for "Did you find this comment useful?", I suggest you keep an open mind than just act in rage when someone disagrees with you.

At first, I thought Sebastian was a huge Gary Stu (oh no she didn't!). His perfectness was what totally threw me off. Why have other characters when you have Sebastian? The the twist on how his powers came to be, oh my goodness!
As for the "darkness" of the story, I find it to have the opposite of the desired effect. Of course the butler has a tragic past! Though my dislike of Sebastian is great, Ciel Phantomhive is an alright character. He is actually the only round character in the manga, in my honest opinion. All others are static or even stock. The dumb and clumsy girl? The perfect butler? Been there, done that.

In my opinion, Kuroshitsuji is an escapist manga created by the manga-ka for nothing more than fanservice and potential yen. The lack of plot is one of them fanservices. Readers don't actually care about what the plot is supposed to be. All they want are pretty artwork and interaction between characters so that they can squee about how cute Ciel/Sebastian/etc. I actually have no idea why this manga should be considered shounen because of the plot (it's more of a shoujo series. I haven't seen any guys mention Kuroshitsuji ever, but all the girls--well, you can catch my drift.) and since we have such gems of comments about the BL hints. Yes, there are "hints" because the manga-ka knows readers want those hints.

Though it might be my cynicism talking, but I highly recommend that readers read something else than Kuroshitsuj if you are interested in the setting. Kuroshitsuji does not fully use its setting as a creative inspiration (there was mention of Jack the Ripper, but so far it's lacking), and uses the setting to cover up detailing. If it was placed in the 20th century, it could have been more interesting. If you're looking for a good Victorian Era series, you should check out Emma (but it doesn't have hot boys boohoo).

Needless to say, read Kuroshitsuji if you want to escape reality to look at "hawt bois" instead. Kuroshitsuji is not a diamond in the rough nor is it memorable.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2009, 8:25pm
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The hotness of Sebastian   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NRC
August 3rd, 2008, 7:31pm
If this series had to be compared to anything...it's more like Hellsing in my opinion...
Sebastian looks alot like Mukuro Rokudo from Reborn. It has the feeling of Reborn, too. What with all the action plus silly/cool characters. But at least Ciel is not a wimpy, crybaby...in fact, he's pretty cool.
But wow,...Seb...didn't expect him to be like that...Sebastian in action is so awesome...
Very enjoyable. I recommend you read it...though the action doesn't pick up till like, chapter 3-4ish...
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love   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shiromi
April 6th, 2008, 8:53pm
kya~~!
i love this series
my friend owns all the books
its really good, and funny
ahaha sebastian looks like mukuro, from reborn
but i dont like murkuro <3

... Last updated on May 14th, 2008, 7:02pm
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Just art   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by NightSwan
January 19th, 2009, 2:42pm
It's one of those fanservice series.
The art is great, and Sebastian is hot, a demon a and a butler. Did I mention he's hot?
And that's pretty much it. As much as I have enjoyed the cat moments, it wasn't nearly enough to make it deserve all the commotion.
The plot is... Is it even there?... Couldn't find it from what I've read.
Maybe I'll read some more, or just flip through it since the art is a serious eye candy.
*sigh*

If the mangaka could at least throw in some romance with a few BL moments, it would have made it so much more enjoyable...


Edit:
Yeah, yeah. We've heard enough from you fangirls.
Shounen-ai doesn't come out of "hints". Many series have hints.

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2009, 2:19pm
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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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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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WHAT   
Rating: N/A
by unnes
January 16th, 2008, 12:17am
DECANTING AT THAT ANGLE
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