Black Butler

Alt title: Kuroshitsuji

Vol: 30+; Ch: 179+
2006 - ?
4.577 out of 5 from 6,322 votes
Rank #295
Black Butler

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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After 109 chapters I can say that this is indeed one of my favourite manga. And one reason for that would be the fact that I wasn't bored at all at any point. Every chapter was interesting and I actually read everything at once. The story is interesting, yes, but I'm also most fascinated by the characters. This manga has a lot to offer, at first I thought it was the kind of teenage girl stuff some of the fans made it seem like, but at some point it gets a lot darker than that. I was a bit taken a back, to be honest. Positively, of course. The anime can't even be compared with the manga. If you're like me, crushed, empty and angry after watching the second season of the anime, read the manga. Forget the second season ever existed because it didn't. It just gets better and better when you follow the story via manga. I do like the anime too, but it's just basically a sidedish compared to this. The art isn't bad at all either. It's actually super expressive and at times so so detailed. The food also looks damn delicious so if you're interested in that, go for it. Not to mention all the super fine and frilly clothing that makes you drool more than the food ever could. The clothes are really damn awesome and you could even read the manga just to stare at them. There is a story in this manga, but it's really slow build. Not that I really mind, because it just means it's gonna be a long story. There's basically several stories that link together somehow, a lot of detective-ish stuff going on and demon powers and all that. What I love the most at the time, is the backstories of some of the characters. All of them don't have one, at least not yet, but I'm sure they will have. It's nice when there's flashbacks or a couple of chapters telling a story from years back or something. Overall, this is a really awesome manga and there's a lot psychological mind things going on, but there's some fine humor too. Too bad there's only this much chapters at the time.


I love long stories and this one is one of my favorites. Its a combination of Supernatural, Sherlock Holmes, The Alienist,  and Artemis Fowel. While it is not for kids under 15/16 years old, it does not have more than one mild sex scene in 29 volumes, and not too many F-words or much nudity. IT IS NOT YAOI. (I thought so too because of fan art I saw, but I was still curious and had to give it a try)  Don't judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, its fan art. Its does deal with abuse, trauma, and several sick murderers. And hints at a certain terrible abuse Ciel had to endure at the age of ten. But it also has a good balance. It has dry whit, humor, all the characters have mystery, and you never know whom will end up being a major player.  For anyone who has yet to watch the anime of this title, please don't. 75% of the anime is not cannon and when you watch it you'll have a hard time remembering what is and isn't cannon. Or maybe it's just me😕. It's not that the anime is bad. If season 1, Book of Circus, Book of Murder, and Book of the Atlantic were a stand alone series, it would be good in its own right. But knowing the source material and then getting excited to watch the anime, only to be confused and disappointed was a bummer. The writers gave no respect to the manga. The manga is much better. And don't get me started on season 2/Black Butler 2. It's pretty much a completely different series. I actually liked it. It was very dark and sad, and moved me, but 100% not cannon. A lot of this review probably makes it seem as if I don't like ths series. Absolutely not. I love it. Thank you Yana Toboso and everyone involved for grinding out this masterpiece over the last 14 years. The art is even more beautiful and I love the story. I hope this series will continue for another 10 years. Just hoping. ❤😃👍

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