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Associated Names
Black Butler
Kara Kahya
Kuro Shitsuji
Тёмный дворецкий
黑执事 (Chinese)
黒執事 (Japanese)

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Latest Release(s)

in Country of Origin
29 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol.1, Chap.1
Ends at Vol. 5, Chap. 21 (story splits at Episode 15); Vol.7, Chap.36 (Book of Circus); Vol. 9, Chap. 50 (Book of Murder); Vol.14, Chap. 65 (Book of the Atlantic)

User Reviews
Kuroshitsuji by Akari

36 topics, 292 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1378 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0

Last Updated
December 9th 2019, 4:26am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
GFantasy (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (28 Vols - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #102 increased(+16)
Monthly Pos #188 increased(+134)
3 Month Pos #221 increased(+43)
6 Month Pos #241 increased(+54)
Year Pos #264 decreased(-9)

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Good Manga  
by levi372727
August 28th, 2019, 1:57pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I really like this manga and I love the art. I didn't give ten ou of ten for the characters because Soma and Elizabeth get on my nerves sometimes but each character here has a unique personality. I'd definitly recomend this manga, true it does get a bit dark at times but it has hints of humor in it as well plus you never know what's going to happen next.
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The "game of thrones" of manga. Only unfairness seems to prevail.  
by liontaraki
May 20th, 2017, 5:30pm
Rating: N/A
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
It's been many years since I first read Kuroshitsuji but I never felt the need to write a review about it. First, I'll make a short commentary and then I'll give my 2 cents about this manga.

Today, I've read ch 128 and it was beyond any doubt confirmed that a kind, fair and lovable character sacrifized himself to protect someone dear to him. When I saw him dead, I am embarassed to say it but I got dizzy and felt twice the urge to throw up. This has never happened to me; I may cry or feel upset about the developments in a series, book, etc, but nothing affected me this much. Since this character was my all-time-favourite from the series, I hope the Undertaker ressurects him or something and somehow something miraculously (a dream, a wonder) happens and he's still alive and well.

As for the review, whenever fans complain about the manga being boring or repetitive (a recurrent theme in the manga), another character suffers or dies and the fans are pleased once more. This mangaka follows religiously this pattern. The story is built on the strong bond between a master and his servant, an all-time japanese favourite theme, that face many difficult challenges together, through thick and thin. A message that seems to be present in all arcs is that injustice exists in the world, evil minds have the means to execute anything they've set their minds on, however, other people are not prepared for it and they always fail to see it and that's the reason tragedy ensues and they suffer. This mangaka used to draw yaoi before Kuroshitsuji and there are many BL elements throughout the series that lighten up the heavy storyline. There's a lot of fanservice on that aspect. The art has improved since the first volume but at all times it was very beautiful and detailed. I regret ever reading it as this event today shocked me to that extend. Who knew I'd be so sensitive?
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Well.. Sebas-chan is one hell of a butler..  
by senpai notice meee
October 24th, 2015, 4:22pm
Rating: N/A
I loved it, at first I didn't want to read it cause I thought it'd be one of those.. Way too action-y mangas, Ciel is the perfect protagonist!
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I really hope he wouldn't die at the end tho.. v.v
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A smoking hot butler, dark European ambiance, and heart-pounding action. Did I mention the smoking hot butler?  
by bevelynn
January 14th, 2015, 8:51pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
I'd imagine that most readers don't read Kuroshitsuji to drool over Sebastian. The description may seem a bit yaoi-ish, but don't be deterred if you're not into that. If you don't stay for that gorgeous hell of a butler (okay, I'll stop), you'll definitely appreciate the dark aura, fantastic characters, and the action.

Rich with plot twists, dynamic characterizations, and hefty shock factors, Black Butler enthralls with its intricate story. Two years before the current timeline, Ciel Phantomhive hires Sebastian as a butler in the mansion where Ciel lives alone, save the other servants. Ciel is twelve years old, but don't be fooled. Acutely intelligent and mature, Ciel is the most recent Earl of his family line after his predecessor passed away. Though he's only 12 years old, his age is still relevant; in later arcs, Toboso-sensei tragically elucidates the limitations of his age. Ciel is a boy of both strong loyalty and appalling cruelty. Sebastian serves to both mediate and exacerbate these traits. The two act as foils, but both are much more fleshed-out and dynamic than that. It's no surprise that they have a huge fanbase.

I could never forget the supporting cast, who are immensely powerful as well. From Meylin to Lizzie, each character has a tale behind them. Some of these have yet to be revealed, but I doubt Toboso-sensei will disappoint. I read a review calling some characters shallow; all I have to say is that nothing in this manga is exactly as it seems. If you find yourself frustrated with certain people in Kuroshitsuji, I'd advise you to keep reading. Most likely, the circumstances will change.

As said in other reviews, there are some historical inaccuracies in the Gothic setting. But this is a highly fictional work (hence the supernatural tag), so unless you're a huge Anglophile and a stickler for accuracy, the inconsistencies won't even register on your radar. 19th century England really is the perfect place for this manga. Darkness lurks-- but not just in the nighttime streets. The events and inventions of the time period feed much of the action and drive the plot fairly well.

Amongst the arcs that have already been translated, I'd have to say my favorite was the Circus Arc. If you're confused with anything that I said earlier, no other arc will so clearly demonstrate what I mean. This arc was absolutely heart-wrenching, but this was the one that did me in. I fell in love with the manga immediately afterwards (I can't believe I had the first three volumes sitting on my shelf for TWO MONTHS before I started reading.) I'll admit, I'm not too keen on every single arc; one in particular I felt dragged on for way too long. But it's worth it, I promise you that.

At the moment, I'm torn between wanting this manga to end so that I can know the ending(!!!) and hoping that Kuroshitsuji never ends. So far, an ending doesn't appear to be soon approaching-- 20 volumes and going strong. I wish chapters came out with higher frequency, but I'm thankful as is.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2015, 9:17pm
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this is the love of my life  
by moonmystery
April 18th, 2014, 8:10pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0

I love this story for all its darkness, struggles, and moral ambiance. Honestly, there were many times when I wondered if I would resort to doing some of the inhumane things mentioned because I actually felt like i understood the causes.

Furthermore, Ciel is the one who truly attracts me. He may be a boy, but he is a boy who went through such horror that he managed to gather the resolve to sell his soul to a demon for the sake of revenge. To me, that is one heck of a delicious human.

He also has what it takes to reach the top with the help of a demon. He is intelligent, with the cruelty of a devil. But, at times, a more humane side of him surfaces, and it tears at my heart because it makes me realize that Ciel is, in the end, still a child.

But in truth, Sebastian has a huge fanbase for a reason: He is freaking badass and I'm not exaggerating. He has that dark allure coupled with a twisted version of knight in shiny armor. Plus, he has a thing for cats. He also has a very mysteriously cynical side to him, and he often subtly ridicules Ciel affectionately whenever Ciel shows his humanity. There seems to be a part of him that makes me believe that he won't end up eating Ciel's soul.... but, I think that might just be my desperate wish.

Conclusion: The characters in Black Butler drive the story--they are what made me fall in love with this series over and over again.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2014, 11:23pm
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One of my all-time favourites!  
by KuroNeko-chan44
October 30th, 2013, 11:09am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I really love this manga! The art is amazing, and I have always loved gothic manga, especially set in the Victorian era. All the arcs are unique and well thought out, my personal favourite being the 'Ship Voyage' arc, which I won't spoil in case anyone hasn't read it yet! I really love most of the characters as well, especially the Undertaker and Sebastian. Although I adore fight scenes and gothic or horror elements in manga, I want comedy to be there too. In Kuroshitsuji, there is quite a lot of comedy, which I love. I think it had a relatively slow start, but when I read more I couldn't stop!
Definitely worth a read!
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by yennyenn
August 25th, 2013, 1:33am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Been reading this series since the beginning. Ciel is the perfect protagonist. Although some may think that he's too cruel or heartless, he does have his duties to perform. You can see the hint of his kindness every arc. Together with his elite team of servants, an akuma butler and his quick thinking, I'm always excited to see how he turns around the situation in every arc!

I'd say the only bad thing about this series is the wait for each chapter! It's a monthly magazine, so once you're hooked, you're in deep shit lol! Just like me! biggrin Definitely recommended!
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it's not what you think at first  
by LouEngine
July 23rd, 2013, 5:11pm
Rating: N/A
I write this review for people like me, who judge this manga for its rumors, covers or beginning chapters. At first, I thought this manga is all about the cool, perfect, devilish and hot butler. He is too cool and perfect that makes every fangirl screams (and dies b/c of nosebleed). Well, that's quite cheap, typical and boring. I stopped around chapter 20, disappointed b/c it was like a shoujo manga with one dreamy (dark) guy and lots of flowers. BUT I was wrong. When I continue to read it again, I found out that it was more interesting. Horror, blood, death, tragedy.. it was brilliant. Ciel's sufferings, his personality are really well described. What I hate about this manga is, like everyone else, Elizabeth. (maybe b/c I'm not good with teenager girls). Furthermore, Ciel is exactly like a girl. He only thinks and lives in his own world, he doesn't have the strength like a man. (maybe Sebastian spoiled him too much, I guess smile ) Well, there are many things to say about Ciel's girlish personality, but I'm fine with that b/c there is a good reason. Give this manga a try, enjoy ^_^

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2013, 6:29pm
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Thoughly Enjoyable.  
by lightningstorm
June 4th, 2013, 7:39pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I see that most people seem to want to plot to hurry up. I, for one, am in such rush. I watched, and enjoyed the anime, but I wish there had been more than just the main plot. Don't get me wrong, it was really good, I just wanted to see more. Both the anime and manga have the same "feel", to me, so I view the manga as more story that wasn't in the anime. I'm enjoying it going alone at the pace it is.
The art is really pretty and very consistent. The characters are very easy to tell apart. Yen Press even goes as far as to write words such as colour and honour with the "u", as it would be in England, dispite the company being American. I am very pleased the such attention to detail was shown.
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You'll Be Surprised  
by P_O_C_K_Y
May 14th, 2013, 6:20pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Yeah, I'll admit it, I started reading this in hopes of yaoi-ish themes, but that was soon forgotten by the amazing plot of this story. Screw the romance, Ciel and Sebastian are one badass duo. Ciel is a cold and calculating kid, Sebastian is...well, one hell of a butler *wink wink*.

The characters are all likable (by likable I mean the only character you'll probably dislike is Ciel's fiancee/cousin) whether they're good or bad. The story is brilliant, the twists are unpredictable, their adventures range from comical to suspenseful.

You never know what you'll get in the next chapter which made this manga surprisingly good. So don't be deceived, it's deep and dark and unpredictable and definitely worth a try.
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