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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 Victoriaís 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 masterís wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a dinner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of Londonís 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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Тёмный дворецкий
Black Butler
Kuro Shitsuji

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Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at v.1, c.1
Ends at v.5 c.21 (story splits at Episode 15); v.7 c.36 (Circus); v.9 c.50 (Book of Murder)

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Kuroshitsuji by Akari

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1340 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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March 1st 2018, 4:45am PST



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GFantasy (Square Enix)

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Yen Press (25 Volumes - Ongoing)

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A reasonably good manga that has suffered somewhat over time...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by luminousbrink
May 25th, 2012, 5:32pm
I have been reading Kuroshitsuji since the summer of 2008, when only a few chapters were translated to English. For about four years now, I have been following the manga. The series has a good premise, is very interesting, and the art is nice and clean. However, now at 14 volumes, I think the manga lacks a distinct and forward main plot. I understand that Ciel works for the Queen while also using Sebastian to discover the true perpetrators of the death of his family, however, I think the series has become slow. I honestly don't know why things are happening now. Ciel just continues to get jobs from the Queen. And that has been going on for 14 volumes now. I am a little disappointed with the introduction of the new arc - the school arc, because I fear the story is just reverting back to the same formula with yet again another order from the Queen. However, I can not be sure yet. I have a feeling that eventually, like all of the arcs, something WILL happen to further the story at least a little bit. Right now, though, the school arc just isn't to my taste.

The good thing is that with the last arc - the ship/zombie story - many character developments and revelations occurred, and I believe the dark undertones fit the manga. I'm glad the shinigami were included again. I hope that their world will be further explored in the manga, because it is intriguing and will open up the manga more, I think.

Overall, in the manga, I do believe some good developments have happened, at least. I'm just concerned that not enough has happened in the 14 volumes released so far. But, I have a feeling the manga will have many more volumes (I HOPE) that will answer questions and develop Ciel and Sebastian. In a way, I hope maybe that Yana Toboso will create a part 2 of the series in which Ciel is older by a few years, that way we can see his maturity. To be honest, I thought Ciel would look at least a little older after all of these volumes, but I guess he looks a bit younger due to Toboso's changing art style or something.

Something else that irks me a little is
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the fact that Ciel is so relentless and cruel ( circus arc). I understand that it gives a new dynamic to the series, creating a protagonist that is not completely good, however, bringing in dark scenes ( like Ciel's heartless response to the circus people) completely contrasts with the one chapter fun-time stories that Toboso includes which are usually lighthearted ( like most recently, the Easter chapter). He draws the line between good and evil. He lies, he deceives, and he has no mercy for those he deems not worthy. Because he is a child, his philosophy on human beings seems strange and too insightful, but perhaps it is because of his traumatic past. Maybe Ciel represents the jadedness and corruption of children who are exposed to horrible incidents.

I still read this manga because I do enjoy it and I've invested much in it ( like buying the English volumes ). But, as I've read the story, I've noticed unfortunate drawbacks that I've expressed here. To me, many things can make the story more concise and better. But, I'm sure the author is working on it, gradually, in her own vision. So, I don't mind waiting for now as the story hopefully expands. Kuroshitsuji still has many great elements (Victorian Era, nice mix of the supernatural and the darkness, shinigami, demons, Ciel and Sebastian's contract), but it angers me to see them become overridden with the poor factors in the story.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2012, 5:38pm
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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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a really hard -to- clasify manga   
Rating: N/A
by ale1622
February 16th, 2009, 12:15am
Seriously..if you CANT find the hints between Sebastian and Ciel you do not live in this world...
off course the mangaka is "laughing at herself" about it..she knows very well what type of reaction causes the relantionship between these two, and she jokes about it...
-and for all u readers who dont know who this woman is...u should know that this mangaka has wrote a couple of yaoi stories under another pen name...and one particullary was very, yes, u are right at thinking that this manga smells a litlle bit of shounen ai ( yaoi is not the same as shounen ai plzzz )
About the plot: i have to agree with previous entyries that sometimes the plot isnt a plot at all...she goes far away form the main story, and some chapters are like autoconclusive..
The new arc seems better than the one before..( curry arc..just stupid..) and the main story seems to somehow be connected with the strange things that are happening in the circus..
-so, lets wait and see if she continues with this line, or if the mangaka will add more of the boring and cliche arcs tha we have seen before...
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The "game of thrones" of manga. Only unfairness seems to prevail.   
Rating: N/A
by liontaraki
May 20th, 2017, 5:30pm
It's been many years since I first read Kuroshitsuji but I never felt the need to write a review about it. First, I'll make a short commentary and then I'll give my 2 cents about this manga.

Today, I've read ch 128 and it was beyond any doubt confirmed that a kind, fair and lovable character sacrifized himself to protect someone dear to him. When I saw him dead, I am embarassed to say it but I got dizzy and felt twice the urge to throw up. This has never happened to me; I may cry or feel upset about the developments in a series, book, etc, but nothing affected me this much. Since this character was my all-time-favourite from the series, I hope the Undertaker ressurects him or something and somehow something miraculously (a dream, a wonder) happens and he's still alive and well.

As for the review, whenever fans complain about the manga being boring or repetitive (a recurrent theme in the manga), another character suffers or dies and the fans are pleased once more. This mangaka follows religiously this pattern. The story is built on the strong bond between a master and his servant, an all-time japanese favourite theme, that face many difficult challenges together, through thick and thin. A message that seems to be present in all arcs is that injustice exists in the world, evil minds have the means to execute anything they've set their minds on, however, other people are not prepared for it and they always fail to see it and that's the reason tragedy ensues and they suffer. This mangaka used to draw yaoi before Kuroshitsuji and there are many BL elements throughout the series that lighten up the heavy storyline. There's a lot of fanservice on that aspect. The art has improved since the first volume but at all times it was very beautiful and detailed. I regret ever reading it as this event today shocked me to that extend. Who knew I'd be so sensitive?
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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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Would you sell your soul to a demon?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GriSlyBear
December 26th, 2012, 6:01pm
What drives a ten year old child to sell it's own soul to a demon to form a contract and choose hell instead of heaven? What happened on his 10th birthday that he even forgot how to smile?
Hate and despair are his source of strengh and make Ciel Phantomhive the most complex and intriguing game maker who seeks for revenge to those who dirtied his name. His best pawn is his perfect butler Sebastian, who'll never leave his masters side and follow him until the very end.
This manga took my manga virginity (and made me a manga-fan!) and I already have been following it for years. It is my favourite manga and I think it will always be.
There are so many things I love about Kuroshitsuji: Victorian Era, Dark Atmosphere, Beautiful (MOST AMAZING) Art, Deep Plot that is storngly influenced by the British-Empire history and it's events and Fantastic Characters (esp. the main ones: Ciel and Sebastian).
If you watched the Anime with it's wonderful OST and liked it, you'll LOVE the manga.

Sed, qui me defendet?
...ab me terriblissimo ipse.

Enjoy reading!

... Last updated on December 26th, 2012, 6:30pm
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Mixed Feelings   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
April 28th, 2012, 8:19pm
It truly is a lovely manga in many ways - interesting enough concept, and the art is visually stunning. And of course, plenty of male eyecandy for the ladies.

The only thing I'm not keen on, is the regular up and down between silly chapters and serious chapters.

One moment you will have something a bit more childlike, fluffy, or pointless (Easter Egg Hunt, The Whodunnit mystery scenerio, the Curry Arc, the servants making a mess of things again etc) that I don't find particularly interesting and often interupts too frequently. Then the next moment, you will have something more straightforward, deep, dark, unique, with the offer of twists. But then after that the themes will switch again.

And don't get me wrong about the Mystery chapter. I love mystery, from Agatha Christie to Doyle, but the whole bunch-of-guests-are-at-a-fancy-mansion-dinner-party-then-someone-dies-everyone-is-a-su spect has been done to death.

And don't get me wrong again, I definitely enjoy humour, but I like it better within the more complex scenerios. Or within a more natural way, instead of inserted into more googoogaga scenes.

Another thing: While the author does a reasonable job offering historical information, there are some tiny mistakes. For example: Little girls would not be going to balls until they would reach an appropriate age (Usually 18), gentlemen would not be wearing hats indoors, and ladies only wear hats indoors until teatime.

This is a very minor complaint on an obviously fictionalized world, but it's just that for a series that promotes the Victorian themed style, it would be nice if the proper historical etiquette would be involved here and there, since readers can get the wrong - often glorified- concept of 19th century life.

I'm also not crazy about the recent chapters going on of Ciel going to that school. There are tons and tons of manga out there that takes place in a Highschool/Private school setting, something which I'm weary of, so I gave a tiny bit of a groan that there was going to be a school segment in this series. With, of course, the additional new gorgeous typical mysterious bishounen boys (Something that I'm also getting a wee bit tired of) I will hope though, that something more will come out of it.

So overall it works out like a hit or miss. It can be either amazing or a bit of plummet. Sometimes it offers, sometimes it lacks. Sometimes it feels like it is going somewhere, sometimes it goes to a completely other direction. Sometimes the characters are great and complex, sometimes they feel cliched or you just want to slap them in the face.

But, to consider it altogether, it is a solid quality series. Definitely try a go if you are a possible new reader, since there would likely be something that will interest you.

*Note. The Manga is much better than the anime.
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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by daniyagami
October 27th, 2009, 3:08pm
I loved the manga and the anime, they are different from each other but both are really good. I din't know why this serie is marked as shonen and not shonen-ai, it's filled with shonen-ai insinuations.
Some readers says that the story makes no sense but this is not true. Doen't have a linear plot but it makes perfect sense. Anyway, I recommend, you are not wasting your time in read (and also watch the anime, is really eye candy).
Count Cain and Kuroshitsuji have nothing in common, they are completely different. Both are great series.

... Last updated on November 6th, 2009, 11:02am
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Rating: N/A
by xxdita-chanxx
February 6th, 2008, 5:30pm
The art is eyecandy, has potential.
And to the retard below that says it's a rip off of Hayate No Gotoku: It's not. The plot is completely different and I don't understand how he thought it was a ripoff. The butler, to begin with, isn't even in debt.
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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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