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In Victorian England it is commonplace for the rich and wealthy to have a staff, led by a head butler, to run their households; the Phantomhive Estate is no different. The young and demanding Count Ciel Phantomhive, child owner of a toy company, lives in the grand countryside manor. Sebastian is his head butler, and the epitome of perfection; he effortlessly and gracefully completes his day-to day chores and fixes the countless mistakes of the other employees. However, whilst on the outside all seems prim and proper, a more sinister secret lies just beneath the surface. Sebastian is in fact a demon bound by a contract with the young count; he will loyally serve and fight for him in return for his soul.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Kuroshitsuji: His Butler, Show Business DVD Special 2009 Side Story Bonus episode released on the 9th DVD volume.
Kuroshitsuji Recap TV Special 2009 Recap Episode 13.5 summarising the first 13 episodes of the series.
Kuroshitsuji 2 TV 2010 Sequel
Kuroshitsuji 2 Specials DVD Special 2010 Same Franchise
Kuroshitsuji Picture Drama DVD Special 2010 TBD
Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus TV 2014 TBD
Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder OVA 2014 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Black Butler 2006 Original Manga
Kuroshitsuji Anthology Comic 2009 TBD
Name Role
Minako SHIBA Character Design
Toshiya SHINOHARA Director
Taku IWASAKI Music
Yana TOBOSO Original Manga Creator
Hiro MARUYAMA Producer
Hiroyuki SHIMIZU Producer
Shunsuke SAITO Producer

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Kuroshitsuji thecrimsonclaw 5/10 Jun 26, 2014
Black Butler thecrimsonclaw 5/10 Jun 26, 2014
Black Butler LegendaryZora 9.8/10 May 7, 2014
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Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS

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If you enjoyed Sebastian's complete loyalty to Ceil and how he looked BA while doing so then this is the anime for you. They both have stories that include the supernatural and have serious moments with a twist of humor. True the "butler" in this series is kinder and more lighthearted he still has that "I would do anything for my mistress" feel


Butlers, maids, demons, and monsters. These two shows are similar in just about every way possible. The only significant differences I can think of are that Inu x Boku SS's young, rich kid is female, whilst Kuroshitsuji's is male, and that Kuroshitsuji is a much darker show than Inu x Boku SS. If you like one, I honestly can't imagine why you wouldn't like the other.


Inu x Boku SS is exactly like Kuroshitsuji. The main character is small, ignorant and commanding. The butler is tall, handsome and extremely, extremely loyal to their master/mistress. Inu x Boku SS is more of a light hearted story, the butler in Inu x Boku may seem more wimpy, but he has a hell of a bad-ass background so... yea


Both of these Anime's include a butler/master relationship with the butler having extra ordinary powers that make them "One Hell of a Butler"!  The butler's would do anything for there masters.  These are both really amazing shows and don't think that just because you watched one means you've watched them all. Kuroshitsuji AKA Black Butler has many amazing characters each with there own super powers or extrodinary traits. Inu x Boku SS is the same way.  But the powers and the story lines are soo completely different from each other.  Inu x Boku SS has more romance between the butler and master than Black Butler but Black Butler makes up for the lack of romance with an amazing fast pace plot line with tons of drama, action, fantasy, and comedy mixed in as well. 

THESE ARE TWO AMAZING SERIES!!  I fell in LOVE with Black Butler first and have just recently found Inu x Boku SS and now I'm head over heels in LOVE with it too! I can't stress enough how absolutely amazing these shows are!! YOU MUST WATCH THEM!!!!!!!  They are amazing!!!!


Alright, so in general I just like shows with butlers of some variety in them.  Both of these definitely count.


Although InuxBoku SS has more of a romantic genre in it, the two stories both are centered on a master and its butler based on a sort of contract. While InuxBoku SS is a more of a lighthearted and sweet anime, Kuroshitsuji is a dark yet with a tint of comedy.


If you liked Inu X Boku SS/Korushitsuji, I would recommend giving the other one a go. They both share a plot centered around the relationship of a servant and master, of which both possess a form of supernatural power. They also both have various other characters whom also aren't quite human and provide comic relief.

In X Boku SS is more of a romance and has only a few fight scenes, that can't compare to Kuroshitsuji, however, Inu X Boku SS possesses a romance element that Kuroshitsuji does not.

Both servants are fiercely loyal to their masters and both share an unique relationship, that transcends a normal servant/master relationship.

Anyway, I enjoyed them both and would recommend one if you enjoyed the other :)

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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Both series, Kuroshitsuji and Code Geass feature an intelligent main character that comes up with various strategies and schemes. These characters (Ciel and Lelouch) also lack psychical strength, which they make up by using other people as their "chess pieces". Without their ability to use others both characters would be quite powerless.

The atmosphere in both anime is also quite dark, even though Kuroshitsuji contains more comedy than Code Geass.


Ciel and Lelouch are similar in many ways, both experienced a life changing event in their childhood that has prompted them to become hardened and bold decision makers, often viewing people as chess pieces in a game to fulfill their goals.

Both have made contracts with special individuals(for Ciel, it's Sebastian, for Lelouch, it's CC) and have fully utilized the contracts to their fullest advantages. The symbol of the contracts they made are marked within their eyes.

Both shows also share the similarity in the English influenced settings, and both have characters acknowledging orders with "Yes,my lord".

Both shows have a very good balance of seriousness and comedy, though Kuro Shitsuji is the more lighter one of the lot.


I'm not to sure on why Kuroshitsuji reminded me so much of Code Geass for. May-be its how both the main characters (Ceil and Lelouch) wish to take revenge on the people that did them wrong. Both using a power in their possesion to bring about their revenge (Lelouch-Geass and Ceil-Sebastian.), while staying un-noticed by everyone that is close to them. Both Ceil and Lelouch come up with brilliant strantigies and play a mean game of chess. Both having an associate by their side most of the time (for Lelouch its C.C and for Ceil its Sebastian.) helping them along the way. If you liked Code Geass you may enjoy watching Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) or vice versa.


Each of these series focus around an anti-hero that is willing to do almost anything in order to solve a mystery and take revenge for it. Furthermore, they are a little on the dark side, with a good amount of action and a bit of humor.


Code Geass and Kuroshitsuji are about intelligent main characters that are pretty powerless on their own; they rely on other people’s abilities and their own ability to manipulate the people around them to get what they want, and they both want revenge!


Both of these series revolve around a dark protagonist that is haunted by revenge. Both protagonists somehow make a deal to become stronger. While comedy is present in both anime, the main plots unfold like a mystery novel. If you like the dark-hero types, these anime are right up your alley.

Soul Eater

Soul Eater

In a bizarre fantasy world, students known as meisters are trained at the illustrious Shinigami Weapon Meister University; but the tools they wield are no ordinary weapons! Each meister is paired with a human-like being who can transform into a weapon at will; and after defeating a pre-kishin - a human whose soul has darkened - the weapon eats the soul within it. A meister's ultimate goal is to collect ninety-nine pre-kishin souls and one of a witch so that his or her partner will become an all-powerful Death Scythe. Maka and her partner Soul Eater; Assassin Black Star and his partner Demon Blade Tsubaki; and Shinigami's son Death the Kid and his partners the Demon Twin Pistol Thompson Sisters each vie for their ultimate goal, but plenty of challenges and adventures lie in their way!

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both have quirky similar random humour (which is at excellent quality) and has simiar strange atmosphere to it, where it (in soul eater) is in a different gothic world whilst kuroshitsuji is normal life with many dark supernatural aspects (which also seem quite gothic). lots of action, some drama, lots of humour and great general anime :D


While these seem to be totally different plots and genres. The way they are drawn is quite interesting and similar and there are wacky, quirky characters in both anime. Both at the end of the series will leave you wanting more as well. If you liked one check out the other.


Kuroshitsuji and Soul Eater are both action / comedy shows with cast full of some funny, wacky and badass characters. While Kuroshitsuji definitely is the more comical AND darker of the two, and Soul Eater the more shounen-ish, I'm sure that if you enjoyed one of these shows for the blend of darkness, action, comedy and great cast, you'll enjoy the other as well.


Both shows are set in an odd Japanese perspective on more Western show styles, working well, enjoying quirky story format, humor, and story telling. Both also indulge upon the concept of a dammed soul and do interesting things with it.


Soul Eater has the same wacky, creepy, funny characters we all love that are also in Black Butler. These are both fantastic shows, both have that creepy feel to it.

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Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing Ultimate

Alucard is a vampire who works for Hellsing – an organization responsible for hunting down and destroying other vampires. In these dark times, whoever is bitten by a vampire turns into a ghoul -- with the exception of Seras Victoria, Alucard’s newly created and appointed apprentice. Now, Seras must serve her master, Alucard and work for Integra Wingates Hellsing. Nefarious vampire activities are being reported throughout England, and it all traces back to the organization named “Millennium”. Will the Hellsing organization, under the command of Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing, be able to prevent a full scale war? Or will the world become a battlefield of destruction?

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Both series parallel each other so often it's startling.

Both lead males are psychotic monsters, with the insane smiles to prove it, serving under a human master with complete control over them.

The master figures also parallel. Last in a long line of English nobles wit a vendetta against anything threatening their queen. Another parallel, mentioned there, both set in London though Kuro lacks the awesome english dubbing.

Other Parallels appear in the from of Pip/Brad, Rip Van Winkle/Jack the Ripper and so on.

Simliar story mix of demon hunting and enough comedy and action to blance each other out.


Both anime are talking about evil side servants. About masters and servand realationships. About fighting with evil, power, politic and survining.


Oddly enough Hellsing reminds me a little of Kuroshitsuji. I guess its because both master use supernatural beings to do their fighting for them.

Both series also have to stop this insane person from destroying England. Both servants (Alucard and Sebastian.) have their mischeif habbits they like to use on their masters, as well as attempt to provoke a reaction. The only difference really is that Sebastian is more calm as for Alucard he's a bit more active, that and their species.

Ciel and Intregra are also very similar by serving the queen, solving problems in secret. The only difference is that Ciel is more cold and could careless for somebody else and Intregra isn't as cold and well you get the point.

So really if you look closely you can see the similarities besides slight historical information. If you liked Hellsing then you surely might like Kuroshitsuji or vice versa.


Both main characters - Alucard and Sebastian are unstoppable semi-god creatures, They are obeying orders from their masters also their personal character are similar.

Their masters - Ciel and Integra can also be compared eg. they want their orders to be carried out without failure.And in both cases orders are being issued by the queen.

I am sure that if You enjoyed one then the other will be good choice for You too.


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Vampire Knight

Vampire Knight

Cross Academy is a school with a difference: in a unique and experimental setup designed by the headmaster, it has a Day Class consisting of ordinary humans and a Night Class filled with vampires. Yuki Cross and her friend Zero Kiryu are school prefects whose job it is to make sure the secret of the Night Class is always safe; they patrol the school grounds at night and supervise the switchover of classes at dawn and dusk to prevent any 'accidents' from happening. While Zero is suspicious of vampires and hates the idea of sharing the same space as them, Yuki admires the Night Class for their beauty and sophistication; she is especially intrigued by their charming leader, Kaname, because he once saved her life. However, as Yuki quickly learns, not all vampires are amiable like the Night Class, and as terrible events unfold, Yuki must ask herself whether in a world where vampires are the hunters and humans are the prey, peaceful coexistence can really be achieved.

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Both of these anime are drawn in a similar way.  Also there is this motif of fate that is reoccurring in both of these, explaining how the protagonists cannot avoid their destiny.


Both animes have great stories and will make you cry. Very touching anime, and you certainly won't regret watching them rather you are male or female. Also there is the similarity between Sebastien and Kaname which is striking. Both are loal kind and sexy, although one is a demon and another a vampire. I certainly recommend watching them both.


The similarity to me is the animation and the fact that there are dark tones and a serious plot with comedy interspersed throughout each episode. They feel kind of related (even though one is about a demon butler and the other is about vampires in high school).


If you enjoyed Kuroshitsuji, you may also enjoy Vampire Knight.

Both of these titles contain supernatural themes, and main characters with supernatural abilities. They are also both quite dark in both their style of characterisation, the dialogue and also in the oft-violent themes.

Similar to the environment of an exclusive private boarding school, the sleek manner of the aristocratic and regal vampires, compared to the aristocratic and regal demon and his young, impossibly stoic wealthy charge ticks a few boxes in either direction.

Politics, infighting, treachery, power struggles and supernatural violence are all common elements to both title, with the forces 'fighting' for peace actually being the demonic character, whose loyalty to the young protagonist is second only to his efficiency in disposing of those who might bring the young master harm. Parallel to this 'powerful protector and the protected' feature in Kuroshitsuji,  the highly-ranked dormitory leader vampire in Vampire Knight devotedly protects the young female character in quite a similar fashion.

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