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In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Yen Press (first published February 27th 2007)
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Despair Speaking
I watched Kuroshitsuji first, that's why I'm so late in reading it. I liked it so much that's why I picked this out even though I finished both seasons. I thought the series was over.

How wrong I was.

Apparently, the anime industry has once again decided to end a series before the manga counterpart ended. I suppose I could understand WHY they'd do that but they should have stopped at a point where they could pick off again once the manga is far enough. Like Naruto! And Kuroshitsuji is surely popul
Oh lord.

Has it come to this?

Have I hit the point in my manga-reading career where incredibly not subtle Overtones Of Pedophilia are bothersome to me?

Because that’s really going to lessen my ability to, you know… read manga. Since it’s a fairly common theme.


So what we’ve got here in volume one is Ciel, the tiny 12-year-old master of a toymaking / candymaking company and also apparently the secret leader of Queen Victoria’s… assassins? I’m not entirely sure yet. Presumably further volumes will
It was readable and nicely drawn, and that's pretty much all the nice things I have to say about Black Butler. Here are all the not-so-nice things instead.

Firstly, the content itself was shabby. The overarching plot seems to be that Ciel wants revenge for the death of his parents, and for help with this he has sold his soul to the demon Sebastian. This seems to be forgotten almost instantly, as all we see Ciel actually do is bicker with his demon servant, bully people and get kidnapped. And as i
Jody Mena
What can I say about this first volume in the Black Butler series? I absolutely LOVED it! It manages to be cute, suspenseful, funny and chilling all the way through. Ciel is intriguingly deep for a child, and Sebastian is both wonderfully complex and extraordinarily simple in the end - and one hell of a butler! Finny, Meirin and Bard are great as comic relief, but surprisingly they also serve to offset the scenes in which Sebastian is slaughtering the criminals, making the bloodshed both borderl ...more
*Miss Fame*
Okay, first, no surprise, Sebastian (the Black Butler) is a sexy, sexy bitch! So I was looking forward to reading this series!

It's pretty interesting! Mysterious with beautiful illustrations. The clothing, the people, they're all good looking and well dressed. And Sebastian is a stud. Nearly every picture of him made me swoon :-p

I'm excited to see what other secrets will be revealed as the series goes on!

Black Butler

(soooooo sexy!)
Bite me, but I do have a maaaaaaaajor crush on Sebastian. Oh wait, he's a demon? But he can cook and he fights with silverware. Can we just forget that he is...ermmm...a demon? I always wondering, wouldn't it be better if Ciel is not a boy but is a 18 years old girl. That would save me some sanity. Honestly, somehow by watching this series, being a gay pedophile doesn't seem like a distant idea.

Anyway, back to the series, I can hardly believe my luck, stumbled across this manga. 19th century Lon
Angel Erin

Just recently I watched all of the Black Butler anime series and upon finishing the show I knew I had to read the manga. It ended up being perfect timing since I am participating in a genre challenge through my local library. This week is the last week of the challenge and the theme was "choose your own genre." What better genre challenge for me than a manga? I've never read one before and previously I was put off by the fact that you have to read a manga from right to left. I mean s
E.J. Stevens
The anime is fabulous...I *need* to read the manga.
Black Butler (黒執事, Kuroshitsuji?) is a manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. Since its debut on September 16, 2006, it has been serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy. The series follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler who is obligated to serve Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family, due to a contract he made with Ciel. It was announced in July 2008 that an anime adaption, directed by Shinohara Toshiya and produced by ...more
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)


I will admit, manga and comics in general are a hit or miss for me and I vastly prefer it's motion counterparts, but I have also never watched the anime of Black Butler.

And it's not for lack of encouragement.

One of my close friends watches about 2 animes a day and desperately tries to bring of us (the rest of our friends) over to the dark side. While she convinced the others to watch atleast 3 shows, I stuck with the one show I still have to finish.

Somehow, I have a feeling th
Wow, I think I have a crush on the Black Butler. . . how did that happen? He's not real!

This was weird and quirky and took awhile to get into, but I liked it.

It's about - well, a butler. A larger than life, kick-ass butler who surely can't be human, can he? He fought off gun-toting Italian gangsters with forks and table knives while hanging from the chandelier. . . . His young master is the head of the Phantomhive family and it takes place in an alternate Victorian England that seems to be mixin
وایییییییییییییییییییییییییییییییییییییی *.*

من به طور کلی زیاد نمی تونم مانگا و کمیک بخونم، برای همین با انیمه راحت ترم. انیمه ش هم خیلی قشنگ و خوش ساخت بود :)

داستانش... شخصیت ها... کلا عالیه 3> فوق العاده :)

انیمه ش رو با نگین که می دیدیم هر دو دقیقه یه بار غش و ضعف می رفتیم برای اینا شخصیت هاش=)) سباستین یه نمونه ی خوب برای شیطان های بی تفاوت و خونسرده و شیل هم به عنوان یه بچه که داره نقش بزرگ تر از خودشو ایفا می کنه واقعا عالی پردازش شده.
در کل در مقایسه ها انیمه ها و مانگا های معمول ژاپنی
I did not intend to enjoy this series. At all. It was something I reluctantly considered reading or watching, and didn't really have any expectations for it. The blurb sounds like Twilight except with gay demons, for one. In the end, though... after flicking through a friend's volume and trying to comprehend what was going on, while simultaneously falling in love with Ciel within two pages, I ended up watching both seasons of the anime within four days and buying ten volumes. Yep. It's actually ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Lilith rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Manga fans, boy love fans
The art sold me for this one, it was perfect for this particular manga.

The story is about a rich young orphan named Cial who had made a pact with a demon named Sebastian who then became his magical butler than can do pretty much anything (No really, I bet if Cial wanted him to pull elephants out of his arse he would do it.). The dynamic between these two characters really makes the series as you get engrossed in their banter and their strange Master/butler relationship. Theres even a good amount
Jess the Romanceaholic
Ahhh yes, Kuroshitsuji -- probably my favorite anime ever. How could I not pick up the manga?

I for one, was already familiar with the story presented in volume 1, so I often laughed when I picked up on differences between the book and the show, but I think everyone does that when having watched a film or show before reading the source material.

I've never reviewed a manga and will probably do it all wrong, but here it goes:

The artwork is GORGEOUS. There were several panels, especially the full pa
* Pants *
Where should I even bloody start ?
This book , this friggin amazing fabulous book , will break your heart and then fixes it and then breaks it and then fixes it and then ..... You get my point right ?
I don't care whether you like anime or manga but you must watch this anime or read the book ( if you're new to anime /manga , I advise to watch the anime because I think you're going to enjoy it more . The soundtrack is just gorgeous ) . Everything is just so perfect and whene
Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler, is composed of one part serious historical fiction, one part supernatural horror, one part fanservice, and five parts uncut crack.

Twelve-year-old Ciel Phantomhive is the last of his line, and the Earl of Phantomhive, following the death of his parents in the fire that claimed the family mansion. He lives alone, but for his servants: one whom doesn't do much of anything, three whom fail at everything they attempt, and the titular butler, Sebastian. In his own words,
Jun 22, 2015 April rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gothic fans, shounen ai lovers
Shelves: manga
(Review of Japanese edition purchased in Tokyo).

Luxuriously gothic, splendiferously illustrated and fantastically enthralling Kuroshitsuji is a Victorian adventure concerning young Ciel Phantomhive and his elder butler Sebastian Michaelis by Yana Toboso. It's a lot like Sherlock Holmes; full of mystery and questions, coupled with frequent paranormal events and a lot of backstory to certain amusing characters. I loved the Sebastian Michaelis character in all his monotony. Also it's adorable how
Tariq Alferis
.كانت فكرة قراءة كل أسبوع جزء واحد من المانغا من أجل التسلية والمُتعة والتنويعْ، ونتيجة لشهرة إنمي "الخادم الأسود" بين الأصحاب وطبعا ماشفتش "حلقات الإنمي" من قبل لأنه التحميل حايكون سبب في كارثة اقتصادية وقيقات النت "بح" اخترت نقرأ المانغا"لعند مايحن ربي ونمشط الإنمي من الشباب" ماعلينا، جزء واحد من المانغا تعطيك إنطباع كويس، مع أنه مش مُثيرة هلبا، وفهمتْ الموضوع والقصة والأحداث من أول مرة،
شخصية الشيطان الخادم "سيباستيان" مليحة بُكل..
#1 Black Butler - Manga

Delightful fun! Sebastian, butler extraordinaire to 12 y/o toy and candy company magnate Ciel Phantomhive is just a hoot! The bumbling household staff is entertaining too. Young Ciel is also the secret head of a society protecting Queen Victoria from the less obvious suspects -- when he's not being tutored by his butler, Sebastian, in violin and ballroom dancing.

Being my first manga (pronounced "monga" - I had to ask our librarian), the detailed drawings are impressive. Th
Now why did I pick this up in the first place? I guess it was because of its very promising premise. A demon butler serving a prepubescent boy earl in exchange for his soul. Really, all the best ideas come from Japan. I'm not even kidding.

So here are my thoughts on it:

Ciel and Sebastian's relationship

The only reason why I bought this was for the ultra-interesting dynamics between the Earl and his butler. The boundaries of conventional dominance and submission; of enemy and ally; and many other
I love this series to death. That is an honest fact seeing as I am a huge fan of this series. And I read the scans all the time, but I cannot give the manga the five star rating it deserves because of the publishers. Now what most don't believe is that the publishers - Yen Press - would have messed up the translations. I am afraid they are wrong.

I was hugely upset by what they had done. Bard's naming being changed to Baldo and Sebastian's famous line from " I'm one hell of a butler" to this dead
Princess Kayla
I love this series. I watch the shows on Netflix and decided to get the first book for a friend of mines Christmas present. Of course I had to read it... ;) and I loved it. The story matches up with the show in this particular volume, but I still loved it. The manga was riddled with cute captioning and sound effects, not to mention plugging of the meals cooked like in the show. I love this series and would love to continue to read on. I love how silly this can be in some senses and how dark and ...more
Denise Jukniewicz
I've actually read up through volume 10 and I love this series. Ciel and Sebastian are a great pair as they feed off of each other's sarcasm and wit. I really enjoy Toboso's plot line and artwork alike. As the story takes place in England during Queen Victoria's rule, there are bits of historical information thrown in here and there. But this in my opinion adds to the story, instead of bogging it down.

Here's a brief summary for those who haven't read it. Sebastian is a demon who is accidentally
James Vandervest
I will keep try to keep this as short as I can. It is the tale of a creepy ass butler who I swear is supposed to be a pedophile and the little boy he serves. Sadly I am not kidding and that is not the worst of it. This garbage feels exactly like reading the fanfiction of some creepy ass sexually repressed girl in her early teens. Seriously I have never felt so uncomfortable reading something since that one part of Sleepers (if you read that book I am sure you know exactly what part I am talking ...more
Stone gardens, Japanese food and cutlery wielded as weaponry come to the rescue of a spoiled brat and his (mostly) inept staff. Highly anachronistic (but who cares, this is fantasy) and wicked fun anyway. Love love LOVE the art. Oh, and it's manga, which I believe is the Japanese word for "crack".

*update* speaking of crack, I'm now up to book #10 of this series. I just can't seem to bring myself to add every single volume. Maybe I'll add them later when I'm feeling less self-conscious ;)
Gorgeously illustrated (thousands of fangirls swoon over the title character, Sebastian, I'm sure), well-paced, humorous with some serious bits. Ciel is a clever child-genius and head of his family, self centered yet charming (think twelve-year-old Lelouch) who has the most amazingly skilled butler ever.

Already big with fans who have read it in Yen Press magazine and on the Internet. The costumes, fangirl appeal and mix of humor and seriousness make this a great recommend for Xxxholic fans. Also
Chels M.
May 27, 2015 Chels M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chels M. by: Cris Lightwood
¡Genial! Lo compré hace poco por recomendación de una amiga y me ha encantado. La autora mezcla elementos cómicos con dramáticos y el resultado no podría ser mejor. No sé por qué me he iniciado en el manga tan tarde ;_;

¿Lo mejor? Casi todo. Destaco al caballero ojcuro, Bardroy y Tanaka
¿Lo peor? Quizás si el manga fuera más extenso aun sería mejor. Ciel es un poco soberbio y eso me ha irritado en algunas ocasiones.

Os lo recomiendo si buscáis una buena historia, momentos divertidos y personajes a
I have watched the first season of the Black Butler anime series and wanted to check out the manga. I actually liked the manga even better than the anime.

In this book we are introduced to Ciel Phantomhive and his household. Ciel is the very young Earl of Phantomhive and is the owner of a massive toy company. Most of his household staff are somewhat incompetent; but his Butler Sebastian is something else altogether and more than makes up for the limitations of the rest of the staff. We also find
Lanie Sanders
Pretty good as a first volume but very little was explained. :/ maybe all the mystery is to keep me reading and buying? Anyway, my sister made me watch the 1st episode of the manga & it was ok, so I bought the 1st book at a used book shop, since I usually enjoy books better than movies or tv shows. Gotta say it was pretty good I especially liked Sebastian. Is it weird to say a cartoon is hot? Cause he is. & so polite & badass. He really is 1 hell of a butler. :D :D :D I loved the art ...more
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Yana Toboso (枢 やな Toboso Yana) is a female Japanese manga artist born in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan and currently resides in Yokohama. She is best known for Black Butler (黒執事 Kuroshitsuji), a popular shonen manga series.

She has also written yaoi under the pen name Yanao Rock (簗緒ろく).

Yana Toboso draws herself as a devil with a black body and horns, a white head, and a pointed tail.
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