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Black Butler, Vol. 1 (黒執事 [Kuroshitsuji - Black Butler] #1)

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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
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kit
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
I am strangely obsessed with the name Sebastian. No one in my fimily would be surprised if one day I decided to adopt a kid just so I can name him Sebastian! Maybe I should go for a cat or something smaller first. What's wrong with me?

Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
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 Ryoko
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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!)
Erin Dunn
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sebas-chan!

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
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E.J. Stevens
The anime is fabulous...I *need* to read the manga.
Zuleeza
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
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Sara
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Negar
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
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Helna
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, ebooks
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
Calista
My biggest gripe: The book is set up backwards and you have to read it right to left from the back to the front of the book. Why? Annoying.

This is my first Manga and I don't understand the fuss. The extra staff were stupid in the background and very cartoon-y. Why? The rest was so serious, why the stupid characters who are obviously incompetent.

The story - was good. I actually really loved Sebastian and of course, you are supposed too. I thought the serious characters were good. The last chapte
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Rebecca McNutt
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've never been much of an anime/manga fan (with the exception of Akira, Vol. 1), but several people recommended that I read Black Butler so I ordered a copy.

I honestly didn't get it. Sure, I understood the story, I understood what was going on, but I didn't get the point! Nothing made this book stand out for me; it was your run-of-the-mill manga novel. It got rather boring, to be frank.

My sister cautioned me that there's incest and pedophilia as the series goes on, and that the animated series
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Roxanne
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2017, manga
Just a big ol' nope on this one.
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Meh.

Meeeeeeeeeeh.

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
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Linda
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-obsession
Black Butler is such a beautiful manga not only in terms of drawing style and covers but also in the design and matching personalities of the characters.🖤 It is set in Victorian London (!) and follows the story of the young Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his mysterious butler on their way solving riddles, receiving missions and getting revenge. ( ᐛ )و
Laura
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga

4.5 Stars

Manga has been a longtime nemesis of mine. We have duels and stare-downs a couple of times a year actually. But I was determined to conquer this intimidating and mysteriously, beautiful art form. I just needed to find a story that caught my eye and mind. I’ve tried and tried! My reading attempts have always ended in frustration and confusion though. Until now….

I believe I found my Manga! Black Butler by Yana Toboso is dark, mysterious, action packed, and fun. Everything I needed to lure
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Ady Weasley
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es más un 4.5 ⭐
Me pareció un poco flojo el inicio porque como que tarda un poco en entrar en acción la historia, pero al final me gusto.
La trama se ve interesante , la relación entre Sebastián y Ciel es interesante y te deja con la intriga de saber cómo comenzó su historia.

Yo soy de las que se ríen con las caras chibi de los personajes y en este tomo hay muchas de este tipo, así mismo la actitud "juguetona" de Sebastián me gusto.

Parece ser que es una gran historia y que con el tiempo mejorará, s
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dani! ❀
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
Lilith
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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MeruChii
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
* Pants *
Omg
Omg
Omg
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
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J
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, 2016, fantasy
Ehhhhh... I expected more from this because it's one of the incredibly popular mangas/animes. But it fell flat for me. Sometimes manga paneling and dialogue can be very cluttered and confusing for me and this was one of the more confusing ones. I didn't really feel that any of the characters were compelling and the lesser characters were cliché for this type of media. The plot didn't feel very original either. I may decide to watch the anime one day and see how far that goes, but this just didn' ...more
Carla Dente
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Me pone tan feliz que hayan empezado a publicar este manga en Argentina! FAN, FAN jajaja
Me gustó muchísimo, pero me guardo las 5 estrellas para cuando aparezca Grell(? (todavía no leí tantos mangas como para saber cómo reseñarlos/calificarlos... Ténganme paciencia, con el tiempo voy a ser más confiable)
Anusha Narasimhan
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-manhwa
Picked this up because the anime is super popular and I had to read the manga before watching the anime. I'm not very impressed by this volume. Hopefully, the next volumes will be good.
Ana Fernández
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, manga
Muuuuy interesante. Aunque si al principio estaba súper perdida, porque no captaba del todo de que iba y hacia donde va pero oh Dios necesito máásss!
Agnė
First of all, you have to know that I haven't watched the Black Butler anime series and thus don't know anything about the storyline beyond this first manga volume. So maybe it gets better later (and I assume it does because I know plenty of people who LOVE this series), but Black Butler I seems kind of plotless and pointless to me.

In general, Black Butler I is pretty boring: not much is going on. Also, some of the events don't make much sense (view spoiler)
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James Vandervest
Nov 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Julia
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read. I'm currently obsessed with the anime and had to give the manga another chance. Basically it was me fangirling over Ciel, Sebastian and the servants this time around xD



13. März: ***
Annie
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, favoritos
Opinión completa--- http://bit.ly/2AfMosc

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Debo admitir que la historia de este manga no me es desconocida, hace unos cuantos años conocí el Anime y aunque la primera vez no me gustó mucho ni me enganchó rápidamente, fue hasta hace unos cuantos meses que decidí volver a darle la oportunidad y termine encantada, una vez terminada la primera temporada, continúe con la segunda, la tercera, Ovas y más y obviamente el siguiente paso era leerme el manga, así que imaginen mi felicidad cuando Panini Manga
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Rachel
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,
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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).

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