English: Black Butler
Synonyms: Kuro Shitsuji, Kuroshitsuzi
Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisIn Victorian-era Europe, a young boy loses everything he once held near and dear to a vicious plot. In his moment of death, he strikes a deal with a demon: his soul, in exchange for revenge. Ciel Phantomhive is now the head of the Phantomhive corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the underground work for the Queen of England. His new partner is a demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, whose powers as a butler is only surpassed by his strength as a demon.
The story follows the two along with their other servants, as they work to unravel the plot behind Ciel's parents' murder, and the horrendous tragedies that befell Ciel in the month directly after.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Kiss of Monochrome" by SID
Ending Theme#01: "I'm ALIVE!" by BECCA (eps 1-13)
#02: "Lacrimosa" by Kalafina (eps 14-24)
So, Kuroshitsuji is an anime that is labelled “shounen” but I don’t really know why - it’s filled with bishounens, pretty clothes and the fancy Victorian age backdrop with massive shounen ai and shota undertones. Oh, and the obvious gay shinigami who keeps trying to kiss the butler.
The story starts off with an eerie atmosphere, showing a 10 year old child who exchanges his soul for a demon butler to help exact his revenge against the people who killed his parents and humiliated him. Two-three years later they are still together; Ciel Phantomhive the 12 (later 13) year old Earl also the head of his house and company and Sebastian Michaelis, the demon butler who could do anything and together working for the Queen to solve mysteries and at the same time learning about Ciel’s past.
It would have been a great story. If not for the amount of filler episodes that had been injected in due to the lack of material that had come out from the manga and the confusion in later episodes that still left me with many, many questions.
The first and second episodes were indeed spectacular. Instantly there is a dark and mysterious aura and it is well maintained throughout the entire series (except for the idiotic moments with the less than lovable extra staff at the Phantomhive household). Even up to episode 6 it was still good. However, after that it just started to get a little tiring with all the missions they have to carry out. Boring in fact. The second half of the series was entirely all filler; filler that wasn’t even interesting and to put it plainly – all over the place.
As mentioned before, the anime does not follow the manga series exactly but the first half of the series does to an extent. The second half was written exclusively for the anime. Now this is where it goes horribly wrong. Most of the second half’s story made absolutely NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Take Sebastian’s sudden disappearance for example. For someone who has made an unbreakable contract and who has already done about two years work for Ciel it was a unrealistic that he would leave Ciel. Moreover it was uncharacteristic of him. His personality wouldn’t allow him to do such an act, even if it were to benefit Ciel in the end. Plot twists came from nowhere, justifications and character motivations did not add up and I would end up sitting there by the end of the episode wondering what on earth has just happened. Poor writing plagued the last three-quarters of the series, which is a real shame, considering how much I enjoyed the first six episodes.
When I first heard Sebastian’s and Ciel’s names I laughed. ‘Sebastian’ as the butler’s name, that was so cliché and Ciel ‘Phantomhive’ - now that didn’t sound conspicuous at all did it? Well it certainly did humour me with these obvious names, but the characters themselves aren’t ones that you can laugh at. Sebastian is seriously one badass butler, the anti hero of our story; he can do anything and I mean ANYTHING. After he SEDUCES A NUN to get information he certainly got my respect - the thought of him using such tactics was almost unthinkable (considering all the "sexual tension" between him and his master). And Ciel… well he is bratty. And he certainly does talk a lot of bull when it comes to why he is doing all this and such. What I liked about him though was how the producers practically used him as a doll to model fashion wear of the 19th century.
But these factors do not save them from being two dimensional characters. Sebastian can be thought as the anime parallel of Edward Cullen. Essentially a ‘perfect’ being with zero flaws, devilishly good looks (no pun intended) and abilities to do the impossible he contains no realism in him, more like a fantasy or ideal of ‘the perfect man’. But unlike the Twilight character mentioned there is an almost witty aspect to the butler, as each episode displays his tendency to be mischievous. In all honesty, though he is not much of a character for BEING the main character, he was still quite the fun person to watch as a viewer. Sadly, I cannot say the same for Ciel. As far as I’m concern, he was there for the fanservice – from cross-dressing to wearing scantily clad clothes for a teenage English boy – mass producing shota fans as we speak. His reason for working for the Queen is neither explained nor in line with his prideful personality and his burning desire for revenge towards the people who ‘humiliated’ him is not emphasized or profound enough to take him seriously that he is truly a bitter, angry boy.
The OP and ED were very well done, both musically and animated-wise. Most anime usually does this thing where in the middle of the series they change the opening song and have a whole new animation to it. With Kuroshitsuji they keep the same song but switch around the verses used but have a whole new animation to it. The first ED uses an American song "I'm Alive" by Becca which would catch some off guard. The rock/pop song contrasts greatly with all the other themes uses but is a song that can be easily sung along to. It also is one of the most amusing endings ever with the animation that employs a chibi-styled art showing the day to day activities of Sebastian as a butler. The second ED song is a lot more melancholic to fit the serious second half of the story. The background music is smoothly done and go fittingly well with the scene at hand. As an anime set in the high class 1800s, the production company rightfully uses dark gospel choruses to jazzy themes.
Art and animation was very beautiful and fluid. Grand manors and clothing were all intricately designed and even in the few action scenes A-1 Pictures still had animation kept up – never letting choppy animation to ruin the flow. Everything is very gothic usually with night-settings, religion being brought in and of course, the clothes. Although Ciel did look very adorable in his attire, I felt like the clothes he was wearing were almost asking for him to be molested, which just made the paedophilia and gay overtones a lot more strong.
The most enjoyable part of this anime was the London/Victorian age setting. I was actually quite impressed with how well they displayed and used London and its history, like how they made Bethnal Green the base where all the drug dealers were from or the fact that there used to be fairs on the Thames during the winter when the water turned to ice. The producers did use the London card to the max - playing with different versions of “London Bridge”, using the Jack the Ripper character and displaying the fashion of the time. And of course since it’s set in England there is some engrish, but the best one is Sebastian’s “Yes, My Lord” - makes me smile every time. The setting practically made this anime; I mean if you replaced the setting to a modern time, different place this anime would have immediately failed.
Although I wouldn’t necessarily say it put the ‘shit’ in ‘Kuroshitsuji’ neither would I say this is a spectacular watch. This series was just ‘okay’ to me, it wasn’t particularly special and it’s quite tedious. I have had many unanswered questions formed in my mind and quite a few qualms about it. For those of you who actually read manga I suggest doing so first or instead of watching this since it just contains the main story and does not sell itself short with fan-pandering nonsense.
Will I be watching the second series? Well, yes for numerous reasons. I liked the manga enough to want to see it animated. I want to see if my questions will finally be answered. And most of all I want to find out WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED after the end of the last episode. read more
Holy flippin' A!!! Where to even begin with this anime?! There is so much here that I look for in an anime; I even added it to my favorites list before I was even done watching. It's got beautiful and THICK plot, hidden meanings, a GORGEOUS musical score, wonderful and zany characters, and enough emotional hitting power to make me keep a tissue box handy for those sad and happy tears. This would be my first review to be an absolute 10 in score if there weren't just a few unanswered questions and assumed understanding after everything was said and done. Even with those there, though, this anime is one of the best things I've seen in a while, even better than Hikaru no Go which had be so wrapped up spring break. I'm sad to see it end 'cause I want more of this world, but, on the other hand, I'm glad it's got a definitive ending and isn't really leaving us cliff-hanging.
STORY - 9
The story of this show is something else. There's just so much depth, and it's so cerebral. I'll definitely have to do some re-watching to get all the little nuances and plot points down. I wouldn't recommend this show if you're just looking for some simple anime that would kill an afternoon. This is a thinking anime that touches on a ton of dark and deep issues. You'll also need to be paying close attention to all the plot twists! These little suckers come out of NOWHERE and twist the story into a completely different direction that one would expect. I was left gasping like fish more than once here. For me, that's one of the best aspects of this story is those little plot twists. I never know what I'm going to see when watching something like this. Now that I've mentioned the good, let's talk about why I couldn't give this aspect a perfect 10. After watching the ending, I was left with some unanswered questions regarding some of the details here. While these details didn't sour the complete story for me (hence the 9), they might sour it for someone else. One detail that they didn't address did leave me a bit peeved, but my mind made a connection with another story aspect that I could guess was the answer. If everything had been addressed here, this would have been a DEFINITE perfect 10.
ART - 10
A simple word here. BEAUTIFUL!!!! The animation flows so gorgeously in this anime. From the fight scenes to humorous antics to zany parties to heart-wrenching death scenes, absolutely everything here is flows so smoothly and sweetly. An aspect I noticed a lot in this anime was lighting. I don't see that a lot in anime and found it very appropriate for this title. If the characters were experiencing a dark and horrific scene, shadows and reds played big parts. If they were experiencing light-hearted birthday parties or servant antics, colors were bright, vibrant, and day-filled. Besides just the lighting, the art conveyed the atmosphere so much. It almost seemed to reflect character emotions and fates/destinies as well as set the mood for the anime. You will not be disappointed here! Just a slight warning, though, this anime doesn't shirk from blood. Not that it's gratuitous, every scene with it almost requires it and the blood adds to the atmosphere. But do be warned; I wouldn't let kids watch this.
SOUND - 10
This is the crowning glory in my opinion. Every single piece of music adds to the atmosphere of this anime and leaves a person breathless. It's so haunting...... It's full of fast consistent beats for the fighting, chants and drones for the dark, plot-filled moments, sad female-filled melodies for the gut-wrenchingly sad parts, and a soft operatic finish for the final anime finale. There was use throughout the anime of a really fast beat chanting/droning thing used towards some combat and many plot-revealing scenes that I found particularly innovative and unusual. It added something really unique to an already beautiful track of music. The opening and ending themes fit the anime to a tee; the 2nd ending, Lacrimosa by Kalafina, especially fits the ominous ending the anime is barreling towards when this ending comes in. It's haunting, lyrical, and so emotion-filled. Just beautiful!! Besides the glorious musical score, this anime exhibits very good character voices. I especially loved Sebastian's dark and low voice. I could imagine my demon butler having that voice. *shiver* I can't think of any misplaced vocals at all. Everyone was distinct and complete unto themselves.
CHARACTERS - 9
There were so many hidden depths to most of these characters that absolutely no one seems two-dimensional. Everyone is fleshed out to some degree with emotional back stories and plot twists. Oh the plot twists!! There were a lot where it came to character development. I only wish that there had been equal attention to all characters. For some of them, the viewers were left wishing fervently for more. I personally wished the back stories of the servants at Phantomhive were fleshed out more. We are given some back hints in a few episodes and one episode almost completely devoted to the four of them, but not really a lot and I was curious! Oh well. The gradual building of Ciel's character and his relationship with Sebastian is more than enough to make up for it. There were some characters who I thought I had pegged when something radical happens and their intents and motivations turn in a completely different direction. Again, oh those plot twists!! Gotta love 'em!!
ENJOYMENT - 10
I thoroughly enjoyed this title, unanswered questions and all. My mind can find connections between points where there may be no connection and so I can answer those questions in my own little mind. It was a beautiful and haunting ride that took me on an emotional rollercoaster and through a thorough mind-wringing. There was so much content here, from plot to wacky humor. I loved every bit of it. And the music!! Ack!! I'm going to be haunting ebay and the net in general looking for this OST ASAP!!
OVERALL - 10
I think I pretty much summed it up in the enjoyment section. Everything just came together beautifully and created an anime that has made it to my favorites and re-watchable list. I absolutely adore it and wish there was more!!
So after some trial, tribulation, and mulling it over in my brain, I finally finished this show but wasn't fully sure what to think of it. Black Butler is a confusing show that I personally think has some pretty major identity issues going on. It's overall not that bad for a semi-shonen type show. The setting of Victorian England adds a unique setting and at times I found the supernatural element that gets added to the show enjoyably reminiscent to horror books I've read from the Gothic Victorian era such as Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Black Butler is basically role-reversed Batman where Bruce Wayne's parents die and he turns into a bitter rich kid in short shorts who conducts all the business while Sebastian is more like Alfred if he could do all the stuff Batman does. And given the fangirl reaction to Bassie I'd say he fits the playboy role pretty well too. For the most part, the plot really plods about and throws it's identity confused weight around, but at least it looks cool while doing it. Sebastian is a great character; he's a gentleman loved by the ladies with cool demon powers. Granted it's a cop out that he's omnipotent thus never putting Ciel in a position of real danger but that's beside the point. Like Berserk, Sebastian is his Egg of the King, and when he's around, the tension of his struggle loses weight because he's no longer in any danger. However I think the show is given a great premise but doesn't do a lot with it, and when I finished it the entire experience felt like something of a rough draft of something brilliant rather than a complete show. The primary factor that goes along with that was the inconsistency of everything and it tends to jump around a little too much. Sometimes it wants to be really serious and then it'll throw something "funny" in, thus ruining the joke AND the serious tone and you're back to square 1. Sometimes it wants to be a supernatural detective story but goes too heavy on the supernatural element by throwing around the term "soul reaper" and "death scythe" like it was trying to be Bleach, Soul Eater, and Dracula. I mean the guy who is the lead grim reaper is the same voice actor who plays Death himself in the dub of Soul Eater for God's sake. Sometimes it wants to give you an in depth experience into Ciel's mind and how he's feeling, and it never fully develops it. In addition to the inconsistency I was also really bothered by the stuff that was never really developed like Ciel's relationships with everyone, and the fact that there's never really a developed or clear cut villian or antagonist fighting against him (or if they are they're hastily thrown together). So despite the cool premise I'm gonna have to give Black Butler a passable rating. But if you're into more style-over substance shows and interesting Gothic settings, Black Butler is right up your dark London alley. read more
As of late, Kuroshitsuji is essentially the poster-boy for thinly-veiled fangirl bait. Kuroshitsuji (or Black Butler, whatever floats your boat) has tons of yaoi tropes, and has the word bishie plastered all over it, so you may think that being somebody who does not like these things, that I hate it because of that. So let's make this clear now: No. That has nothing to do with it. There are plenty of legitimate reasons not to like Kuroshitsuji besides that, so before you reach for the Not Helpful button, please think for a second: are you doing that because my review is badly written, or just because you don't agree with my score? So, at the very least, just read the rest of the review first, OK?
With that sadly necessary disclaimer out of the way, let's discuss Kuroshitsuji. Kuroshitsuji is the story of a boy named Ciel Phantomhive, and his butler, Sebastian Michaelis. Ciel is the head of a toy company, and is also in the employment of the Queen, who enlists him to deal with various mysteries. Why this is the case isn't really explained, but nonetheless, most of the episodes play out as a Sherlock Holmes style detective series with him solving various supernatural mysteries.
Of course, Ciel is no ordinary boy... he has a contract with his butler for his soul. As you probably already knew, Sebastian is a demon of sorts. He is nigh invulnerable to everything, has amazing skill in pretty much every field, and is basically perfect in every way.
This, however, is the first problem with the series... Sebastian is a massive Gary Stu. He's simply too perfect. Not once do you feel for him as a character. He is completely overpowered, and is essentially an end all, fix all solution to more or less every single problem the series can throw at any of its characters.
Sadly, the rest of the cast isn't much better. Ciel Phantomhive is probably the most likeable character in the show, being something of a snarky, deadpan character with a chip on his shoulder the size of Africa. But he has his idiosyncrasies as well... most of which simply come down to him being a complete jerk to everyone. Ciel is generally single-minded, only caring about whatever mission the Queen has given him, or getting revenge on those who ruined his life. The reaper, Grell Sutcliffe, had potential to be a loveable psychopath in the vein of Ladd Russo or any given Hellsing villain, but they eschew the chainsaw wielding, slasher smile route laid out in front of them in favour of making him incredibly, incredibly gay, as though they were trying to make a psychotic badass Leeron. But unlike the aforementioned Gurren Lagann character, they don't manage to make him nearly entertaining or tongue-in-cheek enough... to be perfectly honest, Grell is just plain offensive.
Another problem with Kuroshitsuji is that it can't seem to decide what it wants to be. For half the series, it goes down the aforementioned Sherlock Holmes route, painting a great depiction of 1888 London, rolling through themes like Jack The Ripper and Scotland Yard, but for the other half it tries to blend a Tim Burton-esque supernatural demon theme to the mix, and the tone of the series becomes very inconsistent as a result. Both styles are well-executed, but they conflict with each other. If they had been more consistent, Kuroshitsuji would have been better as a result. The character designs also mirror this quite heavily; While we often get a good, 1800s design like Sebastian, we also get overblown, colourful and vibrant designs like those of Grell or the Undertaker that creates a very poor contrast.
Also, there's something that can occasionally be very jarring, and that would be the anachronisms. Despite the show being set in 1888, you will frequently see things that are very out of place in this time period, like advanced modern handguns, sophisticated chainsaws, and film. While all of these things did exist in some form at this point, none of them do in the form they are shown in. And even more jarring is that most of these are applied to the Reapers, ancient beings that would not realistically incorporate these sorts of things into their supernatural array of weapons.
And on that note, one of the things that annoys me most about Kuroshitsuji is that the demon lore is left completely unexplained, as though they were some sort of afterthought. The reapers hate demons, but why? It's never given any real mention. There are also Angels, only one of which we ever see, whose purpose and role in the demon lore is never even touched upon, let alone their motives. I think Kuroshitsuji would have actually been better if they had completely left out the angel/demon/reaper aspects of the show and solely focused on the detective angle instead.
The only aspect wherein Kuroshitsuji really shines is the production job. The animation is fluid, and the art style is thoroughly polished, using a blend of dark, rich tones. The 1800s environment is one of the strong points of the series, which makes it all the more of a shame that they so often opt for the Burton-shtick instead. The soundtrack is also very strong, featuring a variety of music fitted to the period, most notably the smooth jazz.
Now, before this reads like an invitation for all the yaoi fangirls to break down my door, let me just clarify this by saying that Kuroshitsuji is not bad. What it is is average. Ordinary. Run of the mill. The only exceptional thing about it being the insane level of fan-pandering it stoops to.
However, there is still one serious problem with Kuroshitsuji not accounted for... the ending. The last few episodes are an evermounting pile of contrived nonsense. Things happen, but no explanation as for why or how is ever really given. No character's motivations ever make sense. Plot twists come from absolutely nowhere with no foreshadowing or real explanation. It rivals Soul Eater in terms of ridiculous bullshit endings, but at least Soul Eater didn't leave us on an incredibly dodgy cliffhanger that leads to a second season of pure filler.
Final Words: It had potential, but it ignored it so it could pander to fans.
For Fans Of: Hellsing, Pandora Hearts. read more
Both animes have similar dymanics in the relations between main characters: an older, stronger servant who protects a weaker, younger master. Also, the topic of hell/Abyss that threatens one of the characters is kind of similar. Both animes are very nice in the visual aspect, dramatic but with some humor to lighten the mood.
Both include someone who made a contract with someone else in order to save themselves. Also, both have a similar dark Gothic theme and have characters from rich families.
Both are about Brittish kids. Action in the same time, animation is very similar, kids of the same father (the same studio)
both have a gothic feeling to them, and the main characters are 'cursed'
Both take place in the 1800's
Both have lots of master-servant relationships
There are quite a few similar characters
Both have awkward endings
Rich boy and his faithful butler in city like 19th century London, mysterious contract and of course a lot of Bishonens^^
Both of these series have similar protagonists. Ciel and Oz are wealthy children from prestigious families living in historical London, and they both have a close relationship with their servants. Both boys have entered into a contract with an otherworldly creature and both their servants (Sebastian and Gilbert) have dark and mysterious personalities, and even look a little similar.
Both stories could be considered dark, but they're both lightened with a little humor and eccentric characters. Also in both series Dolls are used as a symbol for madness and some characters are not as they appear.
Also, and this is something I feel I have to include, there is a little fanservice and suggestive scenes between Young Master and servant to attract shonen-ai fan viewers. However, it's not so heavy in either that it should turn off people who are not so fond of shonen-ai.
Anime similar to the atmosphere, appearance and nature of the characters and action takes place in one period.
They both have a dark plot. Super-natural setting. As in Sebastian and B-Rabbit or Raven (Gil). The main character (Ceil and Oz) are both rich, and somewhat snoby / brats. But they are different in both animes , Oz is more happy compared to Ceil. Pandora Hearts has more comic relief in it compared to Kuroshitsuji. Both have amazing music to compliment the scene in the animes. Both are emotional too. So be sure to have a tissue box at hand! ;)
Dark atmosphere is present from both series. The art and animation were really good. Also, both protagonists have a master-servant relationship and came from rich families.
Both anime have a mix of comedy and the supernatural, with quite a few action scenes too.
This is probably the best reccomendation to anyone who loves Kuroshitsuji. They have the same close relationships between the characters and each character has their own mysterious past and story to tell. Oz is somewhat like the optimistic version of Ceil. There is a lot that will keep you guessing and the music and art work are brilliant in both. If you like one I can promise you'll like the other. Where Pandora Hearts is a little more light-hearted it still has an ominous feel to it and like Kuroshitsuji it keeps you guessing who the bad guys really are.
Kuroshitsuji is mainly about the young Phantomhive master whom has a butler named Sebastian Michaelis.... One "hell" of a butler. The young master takes on a series of cases for the queen, and in the process becomes aware of a certain group with questionable intent.
Pandora Hearts revolves around a young duke who has just come of age. After being sentenced to the prison known as abyss, he makes a contract with a being known as a "chain" in order to escape.
If you're into demonic contracts, shinigami, and those darkened themes... you're sure to love both of these amazing works.
The main character has a demon to whom he makes a pact with and the plot of the anime takes place in the same age.
Similar setting: rich, somewhat arrogant noble kids, older (and hotter) servants, Gothic styles. Both try to present a fantasy world that resembles a historical European setting to various degrees, but with the critical aspect of the story based on a supernatural twist. In Kuroshitsuji, it is the concept of demons and angels. In Pandora Hearts, it is the "Abyss," a dimension where time is warped. Both protagonists have been bestowed with a sort of life-binding curse that they view as a punishment, yet ironically neither seem to value their lives very much.
Kuroshitsuji is much darker in tone than Pandora Hearts, however. It is quite heavily Gothic, while PH adheres to more typical anime conventions.
the main characters made a contract towards a demon (Kuroshitsuji) and a chain (pandora hearts).....
Ambos os animes tem um clima misterioso em epocas passadas, e existem grandes semelhanças entre alguns personagens, como por exemplo os protagonistas Oz e Ciel. XD
it has the same sort of feel to it. i was going to watch kuroshitsuji but then went on pandora hearts, thats how confussed i got between the two animes XD
Mystery series with a 19th century setting. Main characters are caught in a situation where they have no other choice but to make a contract with a supernatural being. They also have a certain goal to fulfill in their lives.
They both have that gothic/dark feel to them. While watching Kuroshitsuji I felt as if i was watching Pandora Hearts. Though the characters are some what the same. The Master are both kids ,but very mature for their ages, are completely different. The Servant are dark and have powers. But they both have some comedy in them that make you laugh. Other then that they both are freaking amazing/awesome/epic.
They both have a similar feel, with a dark and complex plot centered around a parentless rich boy with a past. In both shows the side-kick is also dark and mysterious.
Besides the time period being the same, and the fact that both anime's have a contract between a master (Ciel/Oz) and a servent (Sebastian/Alice), a lot of the characters reminded me of ones from the other anime. Ex. The Undertaker seemed a lot like Break with long hair
Both main characters are around the same age as well as having similar family situations, both of them having no father, though Oz from Pandora Hearts is a little more cheerful than Ciel from Kuroshitsuji. Also, both have a dark fantasy atmosphere, though Pandora Hearts isn't as dark as Kuroshitsuji.
The style and some characters is very similar to Kuroshitsuji. Many of the voices are the same too, Undertaker-Liam, Sebastian-Jack Vessalius. Grell Sutcliff-Vincent Nightray.
Kuroshitsuji and Pandora Hearts don't really look like each other in story, but there's the same atmosphere and I really liked both. Also the master-servant relation from Kuroshitsuji is like Gilbert and Oz in Pandora Hearts. Both have a dark story with comedic parts in it.
Both are produced by Square Enix and have a fantasy plot with the same type of humor and moderate violence.
There' s something in the relationship between Oz and Gil that remind me Sebastian and Ciel... And Yeah, I love sebastian and gilbert XP
somehow, when i watch both of these anime, i feel it's similar. although the story is different, but both of it are very good anime. :) for kuroshitsuji, the anime is acceptable and nice, but for pandora hearts, i recommend to read the manga, because the story is much better. both of these anime has very unique story line. :) if you love the anime, i recommend to read the manga. :D
Probably been recommended already but I think it's worth mentioning again
- both contain an older servant protecting a younger master
- similar characters such as break (pandora hearts) and the undertaker (kuroshitsuji) and the relationship between sebastian/ciel is similar to oz/gilbert
- they both have a supernatural theme which can be dark (more so in kuroshitsuji) but also have occasionally humor (more evident in pandora hearts)
- both are very entertaining animes so I reckon if you liked one of them give the other a try ^__^
These two anime take place in the Victorian Era and both follow the story of a young boy. Both Ciel (Kuroshitsuji) and Oz (Pandora Hearts) have been to hell and back and both seal a contract with a demon, whom from that moment on is (almost) always with them. While both plots may seem quite simple at first, there'll be a few twists to the story that will make it way more intriguing.
In short: two action, supernatural and from time to time comical anime that are definitely worth watching!
They both have to deal with a young boy making a contract with someone and they are both set in the Victorian Era
They both have some similar characters. In Kuroshitsuji, humans make contracts with demons, and in Pandora Hearts, they make contracts with chains. They have similar ambiance. They both talk about master and servant relationships.
both protagonists are young with a tragic past and are from a royal family. they both have handsome older servants with black hair (very important ;D). they both have a contract with a demon (in BB) and a chain (in PH). both the animes have a mysterious vibe around them. If you liked one of them you will like the other. :)
-Both have small masters who have servants (butler/chains) with supernatural powers. -Both are filled with action and comedy and gore.
-Another thing they have in common is both main characters are left with no parents.
-Also both series are in old British
It is set around the same time period and is about a young boy who is very rich. The mystery and creepiness is there and some characters are similar too :)
Both have a Young Master as the main character and a servant.
Kuroshitsuji is set more in the real world while Pandora Hearts is more of fantasy.
Lots of similar characters.
Set in historical Europe. Mc is from a wealthy/influential family. Mc makes a contract with a demon like being. Both mc has an older servant. Both involves solving mysteries and has a dark feeling to them, people get murdered, possesed and so on. Both kind of critizes society. Both have equally interesting and somewhat crazy characters, many with dark pasts.
In both anime there is one character who protects his younger master.
Pandora Hearts looks like it takes place around the same time as Kuroshitsuji. It's humour is also very similar and it's fantasy, so, yeah. Kuroshitsuji is a bit darker than Pandora Hearts. It's light hearted and fun but it can bounce to some serious and dark moments as well. I personally prefer Pandora Hearts over Kuroshitsuji.
In both series you can see a lot of European landscapes and architecture of the past centuries. Quite similar concept for a contract with a demon or a "chain". In Kuroshitsuji you will see a lot of awesome Sebastian and in Pandora Hearts you will see a lot of relations to Alice in Wonderland.
Pandora Hearts is quite old, it was aired in 2009 (I think). But it's still one of my favourites, and it has a similar feeling with Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). The characters of Pandora Hearts are amazing as well as the characters in Kuroshitusji.
Both of the main leads are kinda royal(?) but the storyline is quite different. If you like Kuroshitsuji, you should try Pandora Hearts!!!!! Pandora Hearts has the manga version as well, just like Kuroshitsuji.
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It is sort of like butler and master. There are some supernatural conflicts and tragedies, and also a similar way of contracting.
They both involve solving multiple mysteries in the beginning of the series and end up with a big thrilling finale!
Both shows happen during the same time period. Main characters in both shows solve crimes and mysteries. There are elements of horror in both as well.
Both are European style; main characters have master-servant relationship.
Has many similar aspects such as:
- Victorian Time
- Short main characters that solve crimes
- A sidekick (Gosick) / Butler (Kuroshitsuji)
- Beautiful animation
same dark atmosphere and great art in both.
the mystery is very much alike
Both are mystery animes, with some horror, set in historical Europe. The animation and historical atmosphere are very well done. They star very cunning and calculating children (Ciel, Victorique). Kuro is more of a shoujo, Gosick is more of a shounen.
Gosick is pretty much Kuroshitsuji for people who want loli tsundere instead of hot butler.
-Kuroshitsuji and Gosick both was telling about a chaos
Both are in Europe in the past ,
Both deal with solving crimes and mysteries .
Kuroshitsuji is set in the Victorian Era and Gosick is set between WWI and WWII, with a few similarities in plots such as a "war that will involve the whole world". Gosick starts off with Victorica solving mysteries and then getting into main plot. Kuroshitsuji is much the same, with Ciel completing various missions for the queen at the start. These two are also used as models or dolls; Victorica as a gothic loli, and Ciel dressed in adorable costumes. They have a loyal black haired companion that would give anything to serve them. These two anime have various dark themes to them, like the occult and smuggling, but make easy viewing for most audiences. I'd say give them both a go, since are also some key differences that keep both titles fresh.
Gosick and Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler are two series that at first glance not too similar but does have quite a lot of similarities such as:
The similar time setting being Victorian.
Similar relationship between the two main protagonists.
Both the main protagonists are stubborn yet an intelligent child with many demands.
Both tells story of the series in a various arcs/sub-plots
Both series has similar artwork.
Both series has a taste of mystery.
Both series has comedy, drama, but also some emotional moments mixed in.
Both of these animes have mystery in them and an older setting, both have some comedy as well as tradgedy, and if you love Ciel, you will like Victorique. Kuroshitsuji did not really have much romance (with the exception of Ciel's fiance), but Gosick does.
Both Gosick and Kuroshitsuji have main characters who help some kind of higher order solve 'unsolvable' mysteries. They also both have main characters who have a helper, in Gosick its a sidekick while in Kuroshitsuji is a butler. Gosick and Kuroshitsuji both are set around the same time period and have that same kind of vibe of something forever dark but somehow funny at the same time. While Gosick has more Romance in it Both are types of anime that will scare you almost half to death but keep you captivated while you are watching blood spill, even if your not the type to like such things. While in Gosick the helper is a human he is called The black Reaper which almost shares a tie into Kuroshitsuji where Sabastion is not a Grimm Reaper but a deamon. As you watch, like I said before, you will become captivated by what is going on even if its watching blood spill, but at the same time you will gain a kind of love for all the characters in them. Lastly both have huge climaxes that make you want to scream for more story and of the charaters in each. (which in Kuroshitsuji happens with the second season.) Hope you enjoy them.
Both series are set in a European style and older timeline which classifies to the genre historical and mystery since the two series also involves several mysteries to be solved. Both main heroines are served and by main guy. In Gosick, Victorique was highly respected and served by Kazuya Kujou but not directly as a butler while in Kuroshitsuji, Ciel was served by Sebastian as a butler.
They are alike, because...
-both involve a shortie being the detective
-they have a victorian style
-both involve the mystery of the MC's parent(s)
-both take place in Europe
-also the MC from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) and the Heroin from Gosick are similar
Ciel and Victorique are very similar, because...
-they have someone who acts like a servant/protecter to them (a Butler, and a Japanese boy)
-they have a bad past
-they are harsh
-they love sweets
-both have some sort of power
When I started watching Gosick it reminded me of Black Butler. Both shows are about two characters that solve mysteries.
These two series are in the "mystery" side, while Gosick is more of a detective serie more than a "dark theme mystery" like Kuroshitsuji, they both are nice to watch and enjoyable until the last episode.
Both are superhuman beings (Sebastian and Alucard) under contract to english nobility (Ciel and Integra). Even though the main aim of the two animes are different, (revenge vs elimination of vampires), they are almost cut from the same cloth! However, Hellsing tends to be darker and more bloody.
Character: Sebastian & Alucard - Akuma (monster) serving a master (ciel = sir hellsing)
Story: style & plot kinda different..but similiar monster genre..
Ciel's character is similar to Integra's one. They are both very strict, demanding and they will do everything to achieve the goal. What is more, they are perfect examples of "being master" attitude.
Alucard and Sebastian are similar because of their fighting abilities, hidden (not every time) dark side and good look ;)
Both anime ale pretty dark with a lot of blood and supernatural things included.
In both animes there's a evil creature (demon/vampire) who have to protect a human master. On the other hands their masters are so serious and never smile......almoust.
So if you like master-servent relationship (and england atmosphere) you will love both animes
In both there are demons, which serve humans. Sebastian looks like Alucard, especially when he is in his "fighting mode" and Ciel looks like Integra in her childhood. Phantomhive family serves the Queen and executes her orders, and Ciel is the young successor of this family. So it looks pretty similar to Hellsing, and even if they have different atmosphere, if you enjoy one you will like the other too.
Kuroshitsuji is like a less serious, less violent version of Hellsing. Both have to do with demons/vampires working for a human and serving them. They just both have the same sort of feel.
If you enjoyed the Integra/Alucard dynamic then the Ceil/Sebastian relationship will seem very familiar. They both enjoy a dark element (Hellsing having violent characters and Kuroshitsuji having twisted characters). Side characters provide much of the comic relief in both with Kuroshisuji enjoying much more comedy than Hellsing.
The biggest similarity is Alucard and Sebastian. They seem cut from nearly the same mold in terms of character. If you liked one you will for sure like the other. They both chain themselves to humans who clearly need them. They are both very manipulative (even manipulating their masters). And just as it starts to appear they might really have some soul in them they remind you they aren't human they are vampire/demon.
Liked Sebastian? Loved Sebastian? Hated Sebastian?
Your answer does not matter, you are gonna like to watch some Alucard action in Hellsing. He is the only person who can defeat a demon in a duel;).
PS:I don't recommend Hellsing Ultimate because althought it is more loyal to the original manga and has some marvellous animations, it includes too much second world war events and political issues, so it will be really confusing if you're new to Hellsing story. Go with the TV version for the time being.
Both animes have strong anti-heroes as main characters, who have a human master. Stacking genres: Action, Supernatural
1 they are both set in England
2 both families the Hellsing and Phantomhive both do the queens dirty work
3 both Ciel and Integra both have servant who are more than meets the eye
4 both Alucard and Sebastian do not have any qualms with killing people
5 they both have nice dark humor
Really if you enjoy one you will most likely enjoy the other
Kuroshitsuji and Hellsing have a some what similar storyline but totally different adjectives in the end. They both have a 'Master' and a 'Servant/Guardian'. But they both have dark humor. I dont know if youll like them both but i absolutely loved them :D
They both have a master-servant relationship. They also both involve the use of fantasy characters as the servant and a human as the master. They both take place in England and the master and servant protect England. In both the master got the servant while in a desperate time of need. Finally, the servant is a really strong, or in other words, a boss-ass bitch.
Kuroshitsuji is about a demon butler, Sebastian, while Majin Tantei is about a demon detective, Neuro. Slightly different, but very similar characters. The shows both contain a similar atmosphere as well.
Parent/parents murdered, and the main character has help from a demon to solve mysteries leading up to the main mystery of who killed their parent.
These anime are incredibly similiar. They have the same dark, mysterious mood; they’re both about a character who serves/helps the protagonist; and, most of all, Neuro and Sebastian are the same type of character. Clever, skilled, cold, human in appearance but not in fact, smiling but then being creepy and evil any minute. Neuro=demon detective, Sebastian=demon butler. They also repeat their “symbol sentences” (I already feel this mistery under my palate [Neuro]/I am a butler and a demon [Sebastian]) several times.
They have similar main characters--Sebastian is a demon butler while Neuro is a demon detective. Both anime have a slightly creepy and mysterious mood, and the main characters are both extremely clever and skilled.
There are Demons in both shows. They're both funny too! They are also Detectives.
Both series focus on a (sexy) demon protecting a human kid and the two of them solving mysteries.
Where Kuroshitsuji is a very dark anime MTNN is more humorous (in a sadistic way) and maybe easier to watch for guys as well when Kuroshitsuji mainly focuses on female audience.
Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro and Kuroshitsuji, in my opinion, are very closely related. Every episode is filled with a mystery and hold you to the very end! The differences are: Neuro's a detective, Sebastian's a butler. MTNN takes place mostly in Japan. Kuroshitsuji is in "back in the day" England. And Yako and Ciel are two totally different personalities, but even though they are the "main" focus of the story and are different from one another as it seems to me, Neuro and Sebastian are one in the same. Demons from Hell, looking for the best thing to eat, in Neuro's case it's the perfect mystery and for Sebastian it's the perfect soul, and they are very comical in a serious and, maybe cynical way. They go hand and hand~!
If it's mysteries, demons, and all around loveable characters you're looking for, both of these animes are for you!
Both main characters are focused as demons-one that eats souls, and one that eats mysteries. This says a lot on how they differ, but there is a similarity between the Black Butler Sebastian Michaelis and the "Detective's Assistant" Neuro Nougami. Perhaps it's their personalities. Of course they alter, but it's amusing how alike they are. Shortly after her father's death, Yako runs into the demon Neuro, who plays the role as an assistant flawlessly, but little do those around him know that he is really just feeding off the real assistant, Yako's, name "detective." He's the one who solves all the mysteries. And feeds off of them. While Sebastian, a gallant butler in black, serves as his master's servant. After Ciel lost everything he had, he sealed a contract with this demon, and until the end of his goals, Sebastian will serve him. With the hope of having a long-awaited meal. And so the two face many predicaments.
First of all, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro isn't really popular, which I think is weird because it's a really nice anime! It reminds me of Kuroshitsuji because:
- Sebastian & Neuro both are demons.
- Sebastian & Neuro both have special powers or are almost invincible.
- Both have a dark story with comedic stuff in it.
And I think both have a pretty mature story, it isn't childish. I really recommend to watch Kuroshitsuji and Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro.
Both series has a strange male protagonist (Demons) who is clever, independent, cold, and possesses supernatural powers. Seemingly, a pact exists between that main male protagonist and his partner.
Both series' style of story telling seems to have a dark comedy taste to it with strange sequences and various twists. There are plot twists that are presented in a strange way. Additionally, both series contains action, drama, and some violence.
Both series' supporting characters also play roles in the series in various mysteries.
Both of these shows focus on demons in the human world. Also, both have quite a lot of comedy in them which makes them quite similar.
They are very similar -- a story of a demon serving a child from a rich family. Perhaps a bit darker with less humor, but the core is the same.
Both focus a lot on the master/servant relationship as well as supernatural things happening around the two main characters.
They both look like a shoujo anime but its really a shounen anime..xD!
The whole master-servant thing is the same,and they both deal with supernatural creatures,but kuroshitsuji is darker than inu x boku .
Both characters are loyal to their master and respect the fact they only live for their purpose.
Both have Master-Servant relationships. The "masters" are young teens, and the "servants" are adult males. The servants are super strong and good at everything. There is also a bit of comedy mixed in with the seriousness of both shows.
Both have a similar servant-to-master relationship within them, and although Kuroshitsuji doesn't include the same romance between the servant and master as Inu x Boku SS does, there are times when love and sexual tension are shown between the master and servant. Kuroshitsuji also incorporates the supernatural into its story as well, and in the same way the servant is a supernatural being like in Inu x Boku SS.
Overall if you enjoyed Inu x Boku SS, you should defiantly enjoy Kuroshitsuji! :D
Kuroshitsuji and InuBoku are both masterpieces.
Soushi(InuBoku) and Sebastian(Kuroshitsuji) are both servant-like figures, one a bodyguard and one a butler, who have power and reflexes that seem, and are, quite inhuman. Ririchiyo(InuBoku) and Ciel(Kuroshitsuji) are both the master of their servant, however Ciel is purely human while Ririchiyo is a youkai, only not as strong as Soushi. Both deal with the supernatural and contracts, but InuBoku is more lighthearted and humorous while Kuroshitsuji is darker and has less of a sense of humor(but there's definitely quite a few jokes in it!) Ciel and Ririchiyo are also both known for their famous family name.
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both anime have similar story elements where a demon butler takes care of a child. These show have both have supernatural feels to them that makes them iinteresting to watch.
Very similar comedy/drama division in both.
Mysteries, dark settings, detectives..If you liked Death Note you might like Kuroshitsuji, though it's not that serious and a more funny setting. (There are Shounen-Ai hinted themes in Kuroshitsuji, so for the LxLight shippers, you can get your moments in Kuroshitsuji too)
both are very dark and sinister with one havin more comedy but they are both awesome so try em
Well, they both involve demons and in Death Note Light-kun tries to rid the world of evil, and become the ruler. In Kuroshitsuji, Sebastian is a demon butler who signs a contract to help Ciel get revenge on those who caused him pain and humiliation. These two two stories are not that similar, but have a great theme to it. Both dark, mysterious, and romantic. I recommend seeing Kuroshitsuji first since it has a sequel.
They're both dark. Monster is also similar. But I think Death Note is so unique, it can't really be compared to anything. I hate when people say that Code Geass and Death Note are alike, cause they're NOT! They're so different. Light is justice. Lelouch isn't.
Both have a dark and mysterious atmosphere with a vengeance theme. Both main characters are immature brats, though Death Note is far more psychological than Kuroshitsuji. There are BL undertones to Kuroshitsuji.
Both have hot guys, pretty art, mystery, dark themes,and death gods/demons with a master
Both anime have a gothic art feel to them, and have darker atmospheres than many other anime.
They may not seem so similar at first, but:
-The relationships are similar (Sebastian is bound to Ciel by a contract, Ryuk is bound to Light in a similar way.)
-Both involve supernatural entities (Sebastian and Ryuk/shinigami)
-Both include shinigami
-Both MC's have detective-like roles
-Both MC's have blonde, over-caring girlfriends (Lizzy/Elizabeth and Misa)
-Neither MC are doing particularly good or particularly bad things (Light does what he sees as justice, while Ciel seeks revenge, doing what benefits him)
-Ciel is similar to L, as well was Light (Ciel is the successor of his family, while 'L' is more of a title than a name, and has successors waiting [Near and Mello])
-Both anime make you think deeper
Aside from the fact that they are both anime, these are very similar. Both have a dark feeling to it, but theses moments that you just want to laugh out loud. They also both have somebody trying to accomplish something.
The main characters, Ciel and Light both have that sense of determination and the feeling of hatred. They are different ages but that aside, act the same.
The one thing is that Death Note has the dark feeling the whole thing, while Kuroshitsuji has a few carefree moments.
If you like Death Note, you'll LOVE Kuroshitsuji!
Both of them are (somewhat) darker, have a supernatural kinda deal going on, a non-human character who hangs around the main character and isn't quite good or evil, some mystery/detective themes, shinigami, clever and well-respected main characters, and blonde-haired girlfriends who just want to make the main character happy.
In Death Note, Ryuk has a relationship with Light that is kind of similar to Sebastian's relationship with Ciel. They aren't exactly good, but they aren't evil either. While Sebastian does assist Ciel and follow his orders, he is only doing so because of their contract (which is meant to benefit Sebastian); this is similar to Ryuk's relationship with Light- he will help Light on occasion, but only if he benefits from it as well. And of course both Sebastian and Ryuk are supernatural entities, Sebastian is a demon, while Ryuk is a shinigami.
Ciel could be considered to be like a detective, since he is the "Queen's Watchdog", and the Queen has ordered him to investigate and solve many cases. L plays a similar role in Death Note; he is a world-renowned detective who has solved numerous cases, and is put in charge of the Kira case. Ciel could be compared to L in a few ways- the Phantomhive family is shown to be powerful and influential, and Ciel becomes the head of the household after the death of his parents, and while L is also very powerful and influential, they are similar because L is more of a title than a person, and he has successors lying in wait to "become" L if the current L is to pass away. Both Ciel and L have similar personalities as well, they are both very reserved, serious, and clever, but can’t quite seem to take care of themselves without the assistance of a butler.
Both Kuroshitsuji and Death Note involve shinigami. While the shinigami of Kuroshitsuji use tools known as Death Scythes to end lives and collect souls, the shinigami of Death Note use Death Notes, which are essentially just notebooks in which they use to write the names of who will die. In both anime, there seems to be a society of shinigami who report to higher-ups, but Death Note differs in the way that the shinigami are much less motivated to do their jobs, and of course the shinigami of Kuroshitsuji look very much like humans (their eyes being the only indicator that they are death gods), while Death Note’s shinigami are somewhat-humanoid monsters. Ryuk could be compared to Grell in the way that he doesn’t seem to do his job, gets involved with humans despite the fact that he isn’t supposed to, and is motivated by things he finds to be fun and exciting. Both Ryuk and Grell seem to be out of place amongst the other shinigami as well, since Ryuk seems more human in his personality and mannerisms than most, and Grell seems to do what she can to stand out.
While Ciel has Elizabeth/Lizzy, Light is in a relationship (of sorts) with Misa. Both Misa and Lizzy are caring girlfriends who do what they can to help, have interests in cute things, and are overall very cheerful, yet childish. Of course, the main difference between the relationships is that although Ciel doesn’t seem to show it, he cares deeply for Lizzy, while Light is obviously only using Misa for his own benefit, and doesn’t appear to have any real feelings for her.
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