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Kuroshitsuji

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.161 (scored by 153804 users)
Ranked: #3552
Popularity: #35
Members: 270,644
Favorites: 13,002
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

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 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.

Related Anime

Adaptation: Kuroshitsuji
Summary: Kuroshitsuji Recap
Sequel: Kuroshitsuji II, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus
Side story: Kuroshitsuji Special
Other: Kuroshitsuji Picture Drama

Characters & Voice Actors

Michaelis, Sebastian
Michaelis, Sebastian
Main
Ono, Daisuke
Japanese
Ono, Daisuke
Tatum, J. Michael
English
Tatum, J. Michael
...
Phantomhive, Ciel
Phantomhive, Ciel
Main
Sakamoto, Maaya
Japanese
Sakamoto, Maaya
Palencia, Brina
English
Palencia, Brina
...
Mey-Rin
Mey-Rin
Supporting
Katou, Emiri
Japanese
Katou, Emiri
Rial, Monica
English
Rial, Monica
...
Finnian
Finnian
Supporting
Liebrecht, Jason
English
Liebrecht, Jason
Kaji, Yuuki
Japanese
Kaji, Yuuki
...

Staff

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



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Oct 26, 2013
jzmcdaisy
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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Feb 13, 2015
Blazestar
Kuroshitsuji, or Black butler. What an interesting concept. Supernatural beings living in the 1800s London. Having a demon as your butler, living in a mansion, doing detective work for the queen her majesty.

I have not watched any of its sequel yet, so I'm reviewing this based purely on the first season.



STORY (Concept 4/5, Development 2/5)

Story is a fairly weird part of the show. The structure of the arcs reminds me of Darker than Black and Cowboy Bebop. Every episode or sometimes every two episodes concerns of a certain event that involves certain characters. The problem is, instead of leaving the arcs to read more
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Oct 10, 2014
regnum-dei
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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Mar 28, 2009
duonoaikouka
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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Recommendations

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.
They both involve solving multiple mysteries in the beginning of the series and end up with a big thrilling finale!
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.
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.
Both the protagonists of Kuroshitsuji and Code Geass are very similar - from the fact they both follow the way of self-destruction and vengeance to the order issuing abilities and proficiency in chess.
In general, Ciel looks like a chibi version of Lelouch, not smart and skilled enough to pwn anyone he wants through strategy, relying on his butler Sebastian instead. (btw one of Shinigami in Kuroshitsuji is voiced by Jun Fukuyama.) English nobility, royal family members, tons of pathos, the only difference is XIX and XXI centuries, so no mecha in Kuroshitsuji.
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.

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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