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黒執事
(Kuroshitsuji)
Genre Dark fantasy, thriller
Manga
Written by Yana Toboso
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Yen Press
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly GFantasy
English magazine
Yen Plus
Original run September 16, 2006 – ongoing
Volumes 27 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Toshiya Shinohara (season 1)
Hirofumi Ogura (season 2)
Produced by Hiroko Takahashi
Written by Mari Okada
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Manga Entertainment
Aniplex of America
Network MBS, CBC, TBS, TBC, SBS, RCC, HBC, RKB, Animax
English network
Animax Asia
Original run October 3, 2008September 17, 2010
Episodes 36 + 7 OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Black Butler: Book of Circus
Directed by Noriyuki Abe
Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Anime Limited
Network MBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS
English network
Viceland
Original run July 10, 2014September 12, 2014
Episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Black Butler: Book of Murder
Directed by Noriyuki Abe
Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Funimation
Released October 25, 2014 – November 15, 2014
Runtime 60 minutes (each)
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Films
  • Black Butler (live-action)
  • Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic

Black Butler is a manga series by Yana Toboso. The manga started in 2006.

Plot

In Victorian era London, the butler Sebastian Michaelis takes care of his 12 year old master, Ciel Phantomhive. Ciel is the earl of the aristocratic Phantomhive family, which is well-known in England for be the Queen's Guarddogs. Ciel's parents were killed in arson when he was 10 years old. He made a deal with a demon (which is in fact his butler Sebastian) to help him get revenge on his enemies. The demon butler can have his soul in return.

Media

A radio drama was released on CDs on August 10, 2007 and November 26, 2008. The anime was first shown in October 2008. The English version is produced by Funimation. Two musicals are based on the manga called That Butler, Friendship and Musical Black Butler, The Most Beautiful Death in The World, A Thousand Souls and The Fallen Grim Reaper. A video game called Black Butler: Phantom & Ghost was released in 2009.

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