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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 (1333 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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GFantasy (Square Enix)

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Yen Press (24 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Shounen Ai?   
Rating: N/A
by lightxl
March 4th, 2008, 1:52am
Shounen Ai? I wish. Although there's enough hints for me to work with, I'd hardly categorize it as shounen ai from what I've seen so far (including raws up to vol3). Great art. Great Action Very promising storyline. HOT HOT HOT butler (check out the cover for volume 3. *drools*) What more can I say.

... Last updated on March 4th, 2008, 1:54am
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Must Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jupanuma
February 13th, 2012, 9:47pm
Blood, mystery, supernatural, and/or action you ideal type for a book, then you should read Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler).
If you don't like mystery because it is hard for you to understand, then fear not, Kuroshitsuji is an easy to understand mystery, but not to easy that you figure it out right away. They explain everything that happeneds, in somewhat good detail, but you can only put so much detail in telling a story.
Is the blood what stopping you from reading it, then don't worry, they don't have as much blood as they do in any horrors book, but just enough to show that they are really like any scenario would be in the real world even if you don't beleive that.
If supernatural hard for you to get into, then you are in luck. Kuroshitsuji doesn't have much in the supernatural world. Just telling you that there is a demon, some grim reapers, and ... well I don't want to spoil it for you. It is a older teens book, but I would recommened it to any teenager, but I WOULDN"T recommened this book to ANYONE under 12, just because of the horrible scenes that happen sometime.
Now the charaters are what makes the book good. The characters are well developed, and you know exactly who they are when someone says something about them. So you wont have to look through the book and say "Now who are they talking about?"
Ciel Phantomhive - Is the main charater. He is like a detective in any mystery book, but in Kuroshitsuji he is more of a "dog" then a detective. He is about 12 maybe 14 years old, but is really smart.
Sebastian - The main side charater. The demon butler!? Yep. He is a demon, but Ciel is his master. If you want to know why, then you have to read the book to find out.
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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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Rating: 8.1 / 10.0
by PerfectVincent
July 2nd, 2010, 10:48pm
(Partly in response to beloved828's comment).

The first chapter was light and superficial as the butler Sebastian struggled to keep the mansion staff controlled. The next chapter was a bit of a slap in the face from the suddenness of how serious Ciel's situation is. In reply to beloved828's comment about Kuroshitsuji, I believe the point of the lightness is to really show how different and "soulless" Ciel and Sebastian are from the silly staff.

Kuroshitsuji is really a story about the darkness. That's Ciel's job and his "pastime", and Sebastian is more than happy to oblige to Ciel's sometimes murderous commands. The fluff is to flaunt Sebastian as a fantastic butler rather than what he really is and to characterize Ciel and Sebastian as being untouchable, distant and superior.

I must agree with beloved828 on the fact that there is no development of the plot. It really does seem like Sebastian and Ciel would rather be making curry than really chasing after sick people. The arcs don't seem to have any link to each other or Ciel's real conflict, which is sometimes mildly entertaining, but also irrelevant and sometimes seems like the only point to the arc was to kill someone off in the very end.

Not to dissuade from this manga, though. The story is quite enjoyable.

(The idea of a superhuman creature is rather cliched. It's blended with the rather embarrassing subject of an overly enthusiastic butler, showing off 'loyalty'. Those ideas are almost annoying as they are so common.)

It's impressive how it blends reality with fiction (Victorian era with evil beings), and do enjoy the fashion (a modern Gothic in Victorian style).

The art is beautiful, and the main characters are compelling and curious.

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2010, 10:49pm
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Not too sure about this one....   
Rating: N/A
by beloved828
September 20th, 2009, 8:15pm
I'm rather confused when it comes to Black Butler. On the one hand, I find the art to be absolutely beautiful, many of the characters engaging, and the setting to be interesting. On the other hand, the story arcs make the plot feel incoherent and they take away from the gravity of what's befallen Ciel. The plot rarely if ever makes sense, and Ciel needs work as a character.

The story arcs are disjointed and they ruin the feel of the story. For instance:
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one arc is about "Jack the Ripper" brutally murdering women in the city and whom Ciel must stop because the killer is a family member, the next arc is about a curry contest with much joking and silliness.The next arc is about a circus that steals and murders kids for spare parts. The arc after that is about Ciel playing dress-up with his betrothed after his servants blow up part of the house.
What the heck?!

It jumps around so much. It makes me wonder : Is this a horror manga? Suspense? Comedy? Shota-con? What the heck is going on?! It goes back and forth between being cutesy- comedy and gory murder. I'm not sure how to feel about that. It makes all the death feel cheap and unrealistic. No one seems to care that people are dying left and right as long as they can make curry and play with dolls. The author could be trying to show a parallel between what Ciel is doing (fighting evil and trying to get revenge for himself and his family while being the sole heir to the Phantomhive family and doing all that it entails)and what he should be doing (playing with his betrothed, eating sweets, going to parties, and doing little-boy things), but she doesn't do a good job of letting us know that. We never get to know how Ciel really feels about anything that's happened, other than his near-death experience, or if he has any feelings left at all.

Ciel is literally and figuratively soulless. He doesn't seem to care much about anyone other than those who've wronged him. He seems to have no feelings at all, at least in the manga. It's rather unrealistic, and very disturbing to watch him do things like play dress-up and eat cake while he is barely a human being. He's much like a zombie bent on revenge on those that killed him. The hints of shonen-ai creep me out because Ciel is only 12 years old. If he was older, fine. But he's a little kid, and it's gross. He also dresses in outfits that a Victorian boy wouldn't be caught dead in, and tends to look more like a 12 year old girl, but I get that the artist is going for a certain style and not Victorian realism. It's a cute style, but when coupled with all the murder, demons, and BL hints, it becomes a bad kind of creepy.

So all in all, I'm still not sure if I like this manga. I loved the Count Cain series, and at first glance, Black Butler looks similar, but it's not. Count Cain made sense. Black Butler does anything but. The settings and premise are similar, but that similarity ends very, very quickly. Black Butler can be very good at times, but I wish that it would make up its mind as to what genre it wanted to be, or at least was able to blend genres together a bit better.

... Last updated on September 20th, 2009, 8:18pm
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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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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: 8.0 / 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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