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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 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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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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Latest Release(s)
c.135 by MangaStream about 1 month ago
c.134 by MangaStream 3 months ago
c.133 by MangaStream 4 months 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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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1335 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 30th 2018, 4:46pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
GFantasy (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (25 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Black Butler references for gift? about 1 year ago
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Get anime movie over 2 years ago
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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A six out of ten rating for me....   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Hermit-chan
January 2nd, 2009, 4:59pm
I know this manga has a lot of fanbase..but I'm just expressing my opinion on this manga..

Spoiler (highlight to view)
Srsly ppl, the art is epic but the plot is kinda 'OFF'!!
I've decided to stop reading the chapters cuz some of the chapters are not supposed to be in that plot cuz it's so DETACHED with everything!

Examples? then watabout the whole 'Curry Cook-off'...the Fenching..(in between the Indian Prince arc..) and the whole cross-dressing (in between jack the ripper arc)... there's some more 'wasteful' chapters which are arguably FUN to read but you will eventually realised what's the point of having these to go with the main plot? or are there any 'PLOT' to start with??

and yea. Sebastian's hawt but.. what's the point of the manga? Is it juz bout him being a Good..Kickass-Perfect butler? or is it revolve the Phantomhive family n that Devil curse??

Personally, a good manga doesn't necessarily had to have Cool-looking character or a strong theme.. it should also atleast be RELATABLE to the main plot. Kuroshitsuji does have both qualities of having a Strong Victorian era-like theme and interesting characters but sometimes, the mangaka should limit on how the story-telling revolves around that victorian setting and the main plot/arc of the manga.

Godchild is a better manga than this..(not just the character, but plot-wise..)

Well..that's just me.

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2009, 5:10pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
December 14th, 2008, 10:31am
I am so glad I decided to read this, despite it being a shounen I love it, The summary does not do this justice, All the characters are great and well developed and the artwork is amazing, I dont find any of the chracters annoying at all, even the ditzy maid is hilarious. This is not one to be missed 10+ from me for this series.
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You'll want to make the deal with the devil to have Sebastian as your butler.   
Rating: N/A
by mikiwoo
December 13th, 2008, 7:46am
I've had this in my waiting list for a while but never bothered reading it thinking it was all about how it was a peek in a butler's life, etc. Man, I made that mistake. I finally came to reading it after seeing an anime on this and it's really good. In terms of wackiness, it's similar to Gintama but Gintama is wacky in of itself. The manga still retains its own wackiness, Yes, there is subtle hints of BL in there but it's tolerable. BL is not the main focus (Thank god! I am female but there comes a time in your life, you want actual plot than crappy stories meant for pleasing your hormones).The comedy is fantastic, there has been many scenes where I laughed out loud, especially when concerning the supporting characters (The gramps is my favourite). You'll grow to love their faults. The main character is not whiny, a major plus. He's probably the most mature 12 year old I've ever seen. After reading this, you'll wish you made a deal with the devil to have a butler like Sebastian.

Without spoiling too much, I'll just say the author knows how to write and entertain her readers without making it seem repetitive. She's done her research on the period and wow, it's really well done. The art is very nice on the eyes. Another major plus.

So what are you waiting for? Check this out! Don't put it off on the last minute like me.
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definitely a 10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by comics
November 19th, 2008, 7:14am
I just read 2 volumes, and I have to say it's great. Awesome art for a shounen series, great sense of humor, likeable main characters, and what's more, both of them are hot ^^. As for BL fangirl like me, I also feel the slash so I am more than happy with that. It's been some time since I've read such an interesting manga, so I hope it will get better in the next volumes biggrin
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by deeperblue
October 26th, 2008, 8:20pm
I usually determine how much I like the manga by the protagonists and art. In this case I feel that Ciel Phantomhive is definitely everything I'm looking for in a main character. He's the kind of character you can't help but fall in love with. Kuroshitsuji definitely has it all. There's no bullshit romance, no shoujo topics, and no ecchi. The only character I disapprove of is Elizabeth, but she gets better throughout the story. It reminded me of Nabari no Ou, even though they are in no way similar. The art is alright. It's not overwhelmingly great, but much better than tolerable. The reason "tolerable" is used is because there are certain manga where the art can only be described as impossible, or intolerable. Manga is what puts food on the mangaka's table, and pays their rent; in other words their livelihood, so they inevitably have to do it well. I open a manga with mind that the art must definitely be good. More simply, it is an expectation, and Toboso did not fall short of it, but did not exceed it by much.

It is great, though, to see Toboso Yana do something other than yaoi, I like that Toboso keeps improving and will likely continue to do so, being only 24.

... Last updated on October 27th, 2008, 7:08am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Artimidorus
September 25th, 2008, 11:21pm
I can see people comparing it to Hayate from the description provided here; though, I see some people can't see past "Hayate is in -debt-!! It is totally different because of that." ^_^ It is different, it is dark.
Not to bad so far, I look forward to more chapters.

... Last updated on September 25th, 2008, 11:42pm
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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'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, 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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Rating: N/A
by mayonakanotaiyou
July 29th, 2008, 10:25pm
I rather like this series. Admittedly, the original reason I started reading this series was because my friend said that Sebastian looked like Hyde from L'Arc~en~Ciel and his master's name is Ciel...but I do like what I'm seeing so far.

I haven't read Hayate no Gotoku, so I can't really comment on that one, but I do agree that this series does share some similarities with Count Cain. They're both rather dark series, they've got some of the gothic-lolita style going on, and there is an angst element that you sense looming in the shadows.

But I did notice that Square Enix picked up Kuroshitsuji. I think that Count Cain was done by Hana to Yume, which leads me to suspect that Kuroshitsuji might be moving into a darker direction (keep in mind Ciel did make a contract with the devil), perhaps not your average shoujo manga??

Also, I know it must sound odd, but I think that the food is done superbly in this series. It's very pretty and aesthetically pleasing considering this is not a food-centric manga.

The characters…can I just say that I love some of the characters that the author has created for this series? I like that in the midst of the dark story line, there are lots of funny moments and characters that are clearly there for comedic relief. Case in point, the Undertaker, who is pretty creepy looking, but has a weakness for Japanese comedy acts?!!

Anyway, to each his own. The Japanese in this series is very expressive. I liked the kooky one liners: Sebastian, “aku made shitsuji desu kara” and of course the shinigami, “kore demo shitsuji DEATH (desu)”, but Sebastian, his choice of words when he taunts even Ciel….*shivers* he is very…kakkoii…. In my book, I give this series two thumbs up d(^___^)b
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It's okay...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Szigane
July 17th, 2008, 1:18am
Duchess Cain: You and the others are absolutely correct. Kuroshitsuji is absolutely NOTHING like Hayate. It's really annoying that anyone could make such unbelievable comparisons between the two and believe me, I've read both. Hayate features a young boy whose parents were such selfish irresponsible gamblers that they left their own son to pay off their debt to the yakuza, but instead Hayate in a moment of complete lack of sanity decides to kidnap a girl that's only slightly younger than he himself is... on his bike. She turns out to be some rich kid and is kidnapped by two thugs (from him) and he decides to kidnap her back and does. And he ends up being hired as her butler. That's basically just the beginning... don't wanna spoil for those who want to read it.

Kuroshitsuji is about a young master named Ciel and his perfect butler, Sebastian. Sebastian's so perfect, he leaves the rest of Ciel's staff in awe and he can fight off enemies in even the most seemingly impossible of situations. At first glance it seems a bit fishy and you're right... there's a dark secret that basically holds the answer to the question of Sebastian's powers.

That said, I loved it when that was revealed and I think it's quite interesting. However, the plot sometimes got stale for me... I didn't really enjoy the parts where Sebastian was pulling off his amazing feats for Ciel's guests and it only gets more interesting later as the series progresses. I also hated Ciel's fiance. Don't get me wrong... the girl's obsession with "cute" was funny. Her making Sebastian "cute" was also funny (especially after you learn the truth about him and go back and read that part. Do it. Do it.). But she just got on my nerves with her attitude and the excessive obsession and she wasn't really that cute/pretty imo (but that's just me). I don't know how Ciel could stand her, but I guess she gets better a bit.

It's not near to being a favorite on any level, but it's also not bad and it has its interesting points. It is, however, much better than Hayate (which I found to be not really all that fun to read and more of an annoyance, really). The art in both are below my standards. Yes, I have higher standards than most. Kuroshitsuji's still the better one art-wise, but I'm just picky. I doubt the art of Kuroshitsuji would bother most people at all.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Duchess Cain
July 11th, 2008, 5:27am
I personally loved it (no shonen-ai or shota people sorry -_-;). I like the artwork, and I like where the series is going. I am also very happy Yana Toboso used 'Jack The Ripper' for this, she seems to have done her homework and I recommend this manga (soon to be anime) to anyone who needs some NEW sort of series for their collections.

@zetsuie: ripoff? how is it a ripoff? have you read through the whole series yet? are you one of those ignorants who justs looks at the cover and reads the summary before judging a manga? what were you expecting? Naruto or something? if you don't like it then don't bother commenting here, though it's called 'freedom of speech' you don't have to call it a ripoff and not give us FULL details.
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