Black Butler

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Black Butler
GenreDark fantasy,[1] thriller[2]
Written byYana Toboso
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
MagazineMonthly GFantasy
English magazine
Original runSeptember 16, 2006 – present
Volumes27 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byToshiya Shinohara (season 1)
Hirofumi Ogura (season 2)
Produced byHiroko Takahashi
Written byMari Okada
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, CBC, TBS, TBC, SBS, RCC, HBC, RKB, Animax
English network
Original run October 3, 2008 September 17, 2010
Episodes36 + 7 OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Black Butler: Book of Circus
Directed byNoriyuki Abe
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byYasunori Mitsuda
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Original networkMBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS
English network
Original run July 10, 2014 September 12, 2014
Episodes10 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Black Butler: Book of Murder
Directed byNoriyuki Abe
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byYasunori Mitsuda
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
ReleasedOctober 25, 2014 – November 15, 2014
Runtime60 minutes (each)
Episodes2 (List of episodes)

Black Butler is a manga series by Yana Toboso. The manga started in 2006.

Plot[change | change source]

In Victorian era London, the butler Sebastian Michaelis takes care of his 12 year old master, Ciel Phantomhive. Ciel is the earl of the aristocratic Phantomhive family, which is well-known in England for be the Queen's Guarddogs. Ciel's parents were killed in arson when he was 10 years old. He made a deal with a demon (which is in fact his butler Sebastian) to help him get revenge on his enemies. The demon butler can have his soul in return.

Media[change | change source]

A radio drama was released on CDs on August 10, 2007[3] and November 26, 2008.[4] The anime was first shown in October 2008.[5] The English version is produced by Funimation.[6] Two musicals are based on the manga called That Butler, Friendship and [7] Musical Black Butler, The Most Beautiful Death in The World, A Thousand Souls and The Fallen Grim Reaper.[8] A video game called Black Butler: Phantom & Ghost was released in 2009.[9]

Reception[change | change source]

The manga has printed over 10 million copies in Japan.[10] A music distributor in Japan took a poll of anime characters that people would like to marry. The demon butler Sebastian was included in the final results.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Black Butler's 10th Anniversary Celebrates with New Goodies". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  2. "Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) Season 1 Collection (Blu-Ray)". Madman Entertainment. Archived from the original on August 16, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. "ドラマCD 黒執事: イメージ・アルバム, セバスチャン・ミカエリス(森川智之), シエル・ファントムハイヴ(沢城みゆき), タナカ(麦人), バルド(小山力也), メイリン(折笠富美子), フィニ(高城元気), エリザベス(斎藤千和), アズーロ(平田広明), クラウス(染田清之), マダム・レッド(勝生真沙子), 森川智之, 沢城みゆき, 勝生真沙子, 遊佐浩二, 麦人: 音楽" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  4. "黒執事 華麗なるドラマCD: ドラマ, 小野大輔, 福山潤, 坂本真綾: 音楽" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  5. "Kuroshitsuji Anime Confirmed to Premiere this Fall". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  6. "Funimation Adds Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  7. "音楽舞闘会 黒執事 〜その執事、友好〜" (in Japanese). Entertainment Plus Inc. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  8. "Cast & Staff" (in Japanese). Entertainment Plus Inc. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  9. "黒執事 Phantom & Ghost" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  10. "Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji Manga Will Have 10 Million+ Copies". Anime News Network. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  11. "Survey: K-ON's Mio, Reborn's Hibari are #1 Bride, Groom". Anime News Network. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-07-17.