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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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Latest Release(s)
c.137 by MangaStream 16 days ago
c.136 by MangaStream 22 days ago
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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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Black Butler references for gift? about 1 year ago
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Black Butler end of the first season over 3 years ago
Which (if any!) is the best Kuroshitsuji pairing?(based off of the manga - does NOT include anime only characters) over 3 years ago

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Refreshinghly different   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by souani143
May 6th, 2011, 10:52am
This manga series is very different from the rest. the artwork is beautiful and the fight scenes are crisp.. unlike some others with garbled fight scenes(you know.. like lines and stuff)
the storyline is very gripping and a lot of research seems to have been done for this manga. the biggest cliche of everything happening in japan is avoided. thats a huge plus point, i think. the Victorian era setting is definitely good.

the charecters are good.. some of them could have been avoided, though. i think the true identities of the other Phantomhive servants should have been revealed a bit sooner.and althogh we might find Ciel's attitude all high-and-mighty and aloof, it is totally justified after his past is revealed. anyone would be devoid of feelings if they were ever to be exposed to all that he has been through. and we really do get to see the kind-heartedness of ciel when he takes in his servants(Finny,Bard and Snake, especially). and yeah, if you wear your heart on your sleeve, being a nobleman, you'll totally get eaten alive(figure of speech..). so Ciel's aloofness is ok i guess. and Sebastian's charecter is also good. his perfectness,i think is just to please the fans and probably to sell and give a hype to the series.

the lizzy twist is just frikkin great!!

the arcs are interesting.. the murder arc is the best and the credit also goes to the translators for thier work.. they make it seem like a part of a typical mystery novel.. all arcs bit by bit give a hint of the bigger picture.

another thing i liked about this is the curry arc... being an Indian, i really loved the way Yana Toboso has depicted the prince and Agni(the word Agni means fire in our language). and also the whole curry cooking process and the importance of the combination of spices has been really well put forth. the reseach about lord Shiva and the caste system(now totally non-existant) too is good. this is the first series with India part of the storyline.
all in all, a very interesting series...


... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 10:41am
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Rating: N/A
by doki-doki-kimochi
March 26th, 2011, 8:43pm
I agree with the person below me. The first chapter, even though it may seem, random-ish actually adds to the story. It's kind of like an introduction or lead in a book. It introduces all the characters and their personalities, and show you how their life normally leads. Manga is kind of like books (in my opinion.) There are great books out their with not-so-great leads. However, I think this manga had a great lead. If the mangaka just smacked a problem right into the first chapter, it would seem sort of abrupt and there really wouldn't be any way to introduce all of the characters and the situations they normally live, in my opinion, because the characters are actually well-rounded and have unique personalities. It's kind of hard to explain. Oh well. biggrin I just defend things that deserve it.
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Rating: N/A
by shatnimpinto
March 1st, 2011, 5:04pm
The first chapter is just an introduction. It's explaining Ciel and his situation aswell as a little preview of his personality and his relationship with Sebastian, who is quite unreal. The chef, gardener and maid are small pieces of comic relief (I never found them funny, though). You start to wonder how they even have their jobs and why Ciel even bothered to hire them (how he's a rich little brat with Sebastian for a butler. How can he not expect the best?). They seem to be idiots, but trust me, they're quite amazing.

My advice would be to continue with this manga. And also, don't go rating the entire manga a 1/10 after reading the first chapter, and only reading the first chapter.

I am quite attached to this manga. This is strange, as I usually need to have some sort of romance to stay with the story. This manga is a piece of little mystery arcs; some more important and interesting than others. That being said, you don't have to have a particular interest in or skill with mysteries. Nearly every arc begins with Ciel having tea, he and Sebastian hearing about something strange and then Ciel sending Sebastian off to investigate. Sebastian comes back with an insufficient amount of information, so with a lead, they venture off to discover the truth. Every arc is unique and interesting.

I must disagree with a statement about Kuroshitsuji being a light horror and dark comedy. This is definitely not a "light" horror story, and the comedy is not at all prominent or twisted/ disturbing. The cliched original plot is a little light, but the horror can be very real (speaking more in a literal sense). There aren't many crude, graphic pictures like in some intentionally disgusting mangas. This manga is more a psychological horror in the case of Ciel Phantomhive. I have been moved by him and his horrible, terrifying past. How he manages to deal with and accept Sebastian sometimes is truly amazing.

On to the characters! Ciel Phantomhive is really, a very fascinating character. Quite unrealistic, but very interesting. I once had to sit down and really analyze his character before appreciating him the way I do now. I have found him to be mature in many cases, but with many others he's still very childish. I'll leave that for you to discover, yourself. Sebastian's character isn't focused so much on his personality as it is -what- he is. That's really the key to his whole personality. Teasing, apathetic, cruel, etc. Some other prominent characters are more detailed and interesting (ie: Lau), but many of the others are stereotypes, comic relief, and cliched.

Don't let that dissuade you! Not every character needs such an in-depth personality in a manga. If anything, it makes the main characters more real; makes you love them more.
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Epic win.   
Rating: 6.0 / 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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