Ranked #386


Alternative Titles

English: Black Butler
Synonyms: Kuro Shitsuji, Kuroshitsuzi
Japanese: 黒執事


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.121 (scored by 179,537 users)
Ranked: #3862
Popularity: #42
Members: 320,337
Favorites: 14,402
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In 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 prowess 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

Michaelis, Sebastian
Michaelis, Sebastian
Ono, Daisuke
Ono, Daisuke
Phantomhive, Ciel
Phantomhive, Ciel
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sutcliff, Grell
Sutcliff, Grell
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Suwabe, Junichi
Suwabe, Junichi


Shinohara, Toshiya
Shinohara, Toshiya
Yoshimura, Ai
Yoshimura, Ai
Episode Director, Storyboard
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Episode Director
Ogura, Hirofumi
Ogura, Hirofumi
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(9/24)

# Episode Title Aired
1 His Butler, Able
Sono Shitsuji, Yuunou (その執事、有能)
Oct 3, 2008
2 His Butler, Strongest
Sono Shitsuji, Saikyou (その執事、最強)
Oct 10, 2008
3 His Butler, Omnipotent
Sono Shitsuji, Bannou (その執事、万能)
Oct 17, 2008
4 His Butler, Capricious
Sono Shitsuji, Suikyou (その執事、酔狂)
Oct 24, 2008
5 His Butler, Chance Encounter
Sono Shitsuji, Kaikou (その執事、邂逅)
Oct 31, 2008

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)

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6 hours ago
When I first watched Black Butler, I was like 10/10 AMAZING OHHHH but then i went back and rewatched some episodes and I was like damn... it's not as good as it seems.
I mean, I loved watching Kuroshitsuji. It is definitely not the worst anime I've seen, (the worst anime I've seen is Diabolik Lovers, BARFS, i refuse to even put that on my list, that's how bad it is), however there are some big flaws that need to be pointed out.
Before I get to that, I'll give you the main idea of the anime.

Our setting is Victorian Europe.
So there's this kid named Ciel Phantomhive, read more
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Sep 30, 2009
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 read more
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Mar 28, 2009
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 read more
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Oct 10, 2014
When it comes down to programmes that I enjoy but have a hard time defending, few can come anywhere close to the position that Kuroshitsuji has on my list. There really is a lot that I enjoy about the programme, but there's also a good deal of stuff about it that just gets under my skin. Considering the fact that this is a show that receives no shortage of praise and criticism, I feel that someone should try and give a semi-impartial review of the series and explain why they like it in the first place. With that said, let's get on with it.

The biggest read more
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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. 
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They both involve solving multiple mysteries in the beginning of the series and end up with a big thrilling finale! 
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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. 
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Anime: Death Note
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) 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate
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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. 
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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. 
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