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Kuroshitsuji


Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.081 (scored by 211,102 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #4282
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #46
Members: 381,311
Favorites: 16,129
8.08
Ranked #428Popularity #46Members 381,311
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Episodes: /24

Synopsis

Young Ciel Phantomhive is known as "the Queen's Guard Dog," taking care of the many unsettling events that occur in Victorian England for Her Majesty. Aided by Sebastian Michaelis, his loyal butler with seemingly inhuman abilities, Ciel uses whatever means necessary to get the job done. But is there more to this black-clad butler than meets the eye?

In Ciel's past lies a secret tragedy that enveloped him in perennial darkness—during one of his bleakest moments, he formed a contract with Sebastian, a demon, bargaining his soul in exchange for vengeance upon those who wronged him. Today, not only is Sebastian one hell of a butler, but he is also the perfect servant to carry out his master's orders—all the while anticipating the delicious meal he will eventually make of Ciel's soul. As the two work to unravel the mystery behind Ciel's chain of misfortunes, a bond forms between them that neither heaven nor hell can tear apart.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Three musicals based on Kuroshitsuji entitled That Butler, Friendship, Musical Black Butler: The Most Beautiful Death in The World – A Thousand Souls and The Fallen Grim Reaper, and Lycoris that Blazes the Earth were performed in Japan.

A Nintendo DS game called Kuroshitsuji Phantom & Ghost was developed in 2009 and released by Square Enix.

Starring Ayame Goriki as Genpou Shiori (a descendant of Ciel Phantomhive) and Hiro Mizushima as Sebastian Michaelis, a live action film of Kuroshitsuji was released in January of 2014.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Michaelis, Sebastian
Michaelis, Sebastian
Main
Ono, Daisuke
Japanese
Ono, Daisuke
Phantomhive, Ciel
Phantomhive, Ciel
Main
Sakamoto, Maaya
Japanese
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sutcliff, Grell
Sutcliff, Grell
Supporting
Fukuyama, Jun
Japanese
Fukuyama, Jun
Undertaker
Undertaker
Supporting
Suwabe, Junichi
Japanese
Suwabe, Junichi

Staff

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


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"Kiss of Monochrome" by SID

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#01: "I'm ALIVE!" by BECCA (eps 1-13)
#02: "Lacrimosa" by Kalafina (eps 14-24)



More reviewsReviews

-Naami-
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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duonoaikouka
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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jzmcdaisy
Oct 26, 2013
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 read more
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phs_togusa
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.

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