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Kuroshitsuji

Alt titles: Black Butler

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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

related manga

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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Detective Conan Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street

Detective Conan Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street
  • Movie (1 ep x 107 min)
  • 2002

Virtual reality is no longer a thing of the past, and Conan and the gang have been chosen to be part of a special test group. However, as always, the fun is shattered by nothing less than a murder in the main computer room! In order to discover the identity of the murderer, Conan and friends must complete a virtual reality game set in 17th century London; but as they enter the game, an artificial intelligence known as Noah’s Ark takes control of the system. Now, the lives of the entire test group, as well as Conan’s friends, are in his hands. Can he discover the murderer’s identity and save the day?

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cassiesheepgirl

Though Phantom of Baker Street has a much more futuristic edge by focusing on virtual reality gameplay, both the sixth Detective Conan movie and Kuroshitsuji take a look at the darker side of Victorian London. In particular, both heavily feature the infamous case of Jack the Ripper (though Conan is a lot less accurate when it comes to the details) and each anime's protagonists set about trying to unmask the perpetrator. If you are a bit of a "Ripperphile" and like the mystery surrounding the case, or if you just like storylines set in the dark and smoggy turn of the century London, then you may want to check out both Kuroshitsuji and Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street.

Durarara!!

Durarara!!

Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?

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nasreen10

Although the plots are very different, both series have a good dose of dark humour with a supernatural element.

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Earl and Fairy

Earl and Fairy

Throughout the ages, fairy doctors served as liaisons between humans and fairies; but in the present time of the 19th century, fairies are nothing more than an old wives' tale. Nineteen-year-old Lydia Carlton is one of the only remaining fairy doctors and enjoys a quiet life in the countryside of England - that is, until the dashing Edgar, for mysterious reasons, whisks her away on a daring adventure. Said to be the descendent of the earl of the fairy nation, Edgar desires the noble sword of the merrow that serves as proof to his lineage. Though his motives and origins are questionable, Lydia now sets forth to help Edgar on his quest.

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Sameera

Both Earl & Fairy and Black Butler are set in the late victorian times. If you are a fan of the Victorian era then these anime might be for you although Black Butler has more of dark feel to it, it is still worth watchin because if Ecgar was to your liking then Sebastian will also be a favourite

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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animerae13

I enjoy Kuroshitsuji and loved Elfen Lied. They both have to do with a story hidden beneath a great story line. It also has to do with a species in both series demons (Kuroshitsuji) and dycloneis (Elfen Lied).

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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phoenixaurora

The themes in these two are similar: loss, sacrifice and ethics.  After losing their parents, the protagonist makes a forbidden deal with forces beyond the realm of the living.  In Kuroshitsuji's case, a Faustian pact with a demon.  In Fullmetal Alchemist's case, loss of limbs and body to resurrect the dead.  

The way the overaching mystery is unravelled is similar as well as the dialogue scenes of character development that show the protagonist's determination to move on from the past but not repeat the same mistakes and reach his goal no matter the cost.

The settings are both during the European Industrial Revolution.  While Kuroshitsuji is set in Victorian era England in the late 1880's, Fullmetal Alchemist's setting is a pseudo-Germany with alchemy.  

Both series have a mixture of action, comedy such as recurring character gags, mystery, drama and horror.  The difference is that Kuroshitsuji often juxtapositions black comedy with gothic horror, sometimes with mood whiplash, while Fullmetal Alchemist evenly mixes these elements.  

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