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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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Associated Names
Тёмный дворецкий
Чёрный дворецкий
الخادم الأسود
Black Butler
Hắc Quản Gia
Kara Kahya
Kuro Shitsuji
Kuroshitsuji - Mroczny kamerdyner (Polish)

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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 (1336 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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January 30th 2018, 4:46pm PST



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GFantasy (Square Enix)

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Yen Press (25 Volumes - Ongoing)

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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Kuroshitsuji - My Personal Favourite   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Silver_Sky
September 16th, 2011, 8:24pm
Why a lot of people like Kuroshitsuji (with me probably over analyzing some parts):

It's quite dark, and unexpectedly so. Why? Because of the silly first chapters. But as the story progresses, the adventures of Ciel and Sebastian take on a darker theme. It is not simply about revenge and corruption. It's also about the fallacies of mankind, their hope in the face of desperation, and the will to sacrifice everything for one goal. It's tragic because Ciel is young; younger than most of us who read the manga. Yet he has suffered more than we could ever believe. Is he a strong character? Perhaps not. But as a human being, he perseveres to achieve his one goal of revenge. Will he be able to fulfill it? We have yet to know. It is interesting to see his wavering humanity and how he tries to keep his sanity during his everyday life. In recent chapters, he has become a more mysterious character, especially in regards to his contract with his butler, Sebastian. Ciel seeks salvation by, ironically, giving himself over to evil, thus portraying the weaknesses and the desperation of human beings.

The character of Sebastian is incredibly demon-like. He is cruel, sadistic, and yet loyal (but only to his aesthetics). He is skilled at everything yet he can only do it alone; He is not human and therefore cannot interact with them. He may be the image of perfection but he is not. As we read the story, Sebastian and the rest of the characters seem more and more separated. This disparity, though I do not know if it is intended or not, isolates Sebastian and marks him as a devil. Yet, he can blend in to the society as if he were a human. This is frightening as it shows that evil exists among good, but it is so well hidden that we could never recognize it, even if it should be obvious. Yes, Sebastian is quite a "cardboard cut-out" but I believe that it's only his facade so he can hide his true self. Personally, I find that Sebastian is an interesting character because I just can't quite understand him at times, thus causing me to come to the conclusion that Yana Toboso successfully created a being that cannot be comprehended by humans because he is a demon.

The relationship between Sebastian and Ciel seems to be one of absolute trust. They are so intricately intertwined that it is a bit scary to think how much Ciel has associated with evil. Yet, he does it because he is willing to sacrifice his soul for revenge. Ciel and Sebastian are alike in a way, but Yana Toboso also manages to keep them separated. Ciel succumbs to evil and is more susceptible to it, even without Sebastian's help. His fate lies with the devil, and is forever connected to the dark. Human nature is more demonic than a demon.

The main plot is usually shrouded in mystery and is seldom shown. It is perhaps because of this that people love Kuroshitsuji so much; whenever the main conflict surfaces, the readers get drawn into the darker side of the story... Although, at first, the story seems to be going nowhere, each arc has a subtle foreboding undercurrent that usually keeps us reading. Not to mention the exceptionable art that appeals to the eye and is usually very clean and very clear. Yana Toboso has great designs and seems to put a lot of effort into researching about Victorian England (although, she does tend to slip up quite a bit...).

Although it seems that the main storyline lies with Ciel's conquest for revenge, I really do believe it is more about Sebastian's perspective on humanity which, in consequence, also gives the readers a different view on the nature of human beings. Every character seems to have a darker side to them, and they all have their own dark secrets. So although some characters may annoy the hell out of you at first, you grow to love them...

One problem I do have with the manga is that sometimes, the "fanservice" is a little over-the-top. You'll see what I mean if you read it. Also, as someone has already mentioned, sometimes, the comic relief is completely unnecessary and overdone.

Oh, and I can't believe I have to clarify this: Kuroshitsuji is NOT YAOI. For goodness' sake people! Although it is labelled as "shounen" its target audience is more on the female side than the male side, therefore, be prepared to have many fangirl comments that will make you confused.

With all that said, Kuroshitsuji is my personal favourite. So, of course, I'm going to rate it 10/10. However, this may vary with other people due to the aforementioned problems above.

If you're into the slightly gothic style, Victorian England and mysteries, you'll probably like Kuroshitsuji. It's not the best, but it you may just become addicted to it smile

... Last updated on October 17th, 2011, 12:09am
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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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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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Love this manga.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by keyracunan
July 16th, 2011, 9:05am
Love this series so much. My fave non-yaoi manga at the moment. Still, I dont expect it will turn out nicely in the future volumes, since this series is the kind that have a possibility to be prolonged pointlessly like Tenipuri or Conan.
Since Kuroshitsuji is not a yaoi manga, I'm expecting a plot development. Unless Yana-sensei decided to screw the dignity and turn this series into blatant shonen-ai as cheap as can be, (which, will result as one happy me and 853492382 raging fans and shattered organs), then who cares abt plot. But as for now, maybe I'll get tired if the plot keep advancing too slowly.

oh and Yana-sensei, some of us do realize what extra interpretation you wanted 'some of us' to imagine by some scenes, though most of us didnt since they're too saintly or lack their yaoi consumption that way, but anyway we're grateful for the torture, thx.
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Love it.   
Rating: N/A
by ForteAtrox
June 28th, 2011, 9:54pm
The art is amazing and it gets better and better. I can say Yana Toboso is definitely one of my favorite manga artists.
I like the dark humor and such in it, the dark parts remind me of a toned down version of the darkness in God Child. (Note that I am not saying it is anything like God Child.)
The characters are quite interesting, not entirely unique, but the way they are displayed works quite well. And I do not feel as if there's a 'shounen-ai' element between Ciel and Sebastian.
The story is interesting, it doesn't feel very repetitive... But what about the main plot? It's hardly progressed. I thought it was to find out who ruined his life.. or am I just imagining things..
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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:

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im criticising it too much, yet im still reading it   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by cookieslov3
May 18th, 2011, 1:39am
since every review seems to be giving the story a summary, I don't think ill need to include another version in mine, so anyway if you're into dark plot, but not at a horror or overly disturbing level (PG-15) then this is for you.

Regarding the characters, Ciel is a walking mess of contradiction - which makes him quite a tortured and interesting character. I wouldn't say he's realistic, but for a manga, I think he's 3 dimensional enough. Sebastian is a bit cardboard cutout, but tolerable (given what he is) and his sarcastic egoistic personality makes up for it. To be honest, their relationship seems to be the main attraction for this manga - at least that's what bringin' all the fangirls to the yard. It's one of those: not shounen-ai, but using that aspect as fanservice and I don't blame the author, it's a pretty natural route to take for that kind of plot and 'half shounen half shoujo' esque kind of art

the other characters do okay as supporting roles, most of them are quite eccentric and rather weird, which gives the manga a good shounen dynamic... the comic relief is nice, but sometimes overdone and unnecessary

the plot is separated into arcs and each is based (sometimes quite loosely) on British historical or folkloric events, which is often a nice spin. The author seems to have the habit of alternating the arcs between dark and humorous one, its up to you to decide whichever is your cup of tea. As for the mystery aspect of the manga, I don't find my jaw dropping at the plot twist - but maybe that's just because im too old for this kind of plot

the art is something you might want to read for. Like I said, it has a half shoujo, half shounen esque style, much like any other mangas published by Gfantasy - the latter chapters seem to lean more towards the latter category, with the increase in action sequences. Oh and the author has a knack for victorian fashion with a modern gothic touch so the clothing is nice to look at. The art is certainly detailed enough, but still stays very crisp and clean (as someone has mentioned), and the composition gives a nice dynamic and impact, which is a another plus

so to sum it up, this manga is popular because the author knows who she's targeting and what's she doing - not to mention, it's marketed by square enix for god sake. So if you're into stuff like Pandora Hearts, Nabari, Code Geas or even KHR, give this a try.

... Last updated on May 18th, 2011, 1:41am
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one of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jenmoon1
May 14th, 2011, 12:41pm
this is great I'm in love with the series but I hate Elizabeth not because of Ceil marring his cousin I love to see more Shounen AI content there in my option is a smige But I thank Ceil is ready to die this is all he has left is his hatred and desire for revenge Also Ceil Thanks as Elizabeth as more of a sister then a bride also the green witch I sense a new member of the house hold

... Last updated on October 31st, 2014, 9:51pm
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im obsessed   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by whitespade
May 11th, 2011, 12:33pm
i love it. i really love it. but i wanna kick my own ass for reading this. why? cos now i pined away for the monthly chapters and it hurts! seriously, if you dont want to be hurt dont read this. wait until its finished.
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