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Black Butler
GenreDark fantasy,[1] thriller[2]
Written byYana Toboso
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
MagazineMonthly GFantasy
English magazine
Original runSeptember 16, 2006 – present
Volumes27 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byToshiya Shinohara (season 1)
Hirofumi Ogura (season 2)
Produced byHiroko Takahashi
Written byMari Okada
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, CBC, TBS, TBC, SBS, RCC, HBC, RKB, Animax
English network
Original run October 3, 2008 September 17, 2010
Episodes36 + 7 OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Black Butler: Book of Circus
Directed byNoriyuki Abe
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byYasunori Mitsuda
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Original networkMBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS
English network
Original run July 10, 2014 September 12, 2014
Episodes10 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Black Butler: Book of Murder
Directed byNoriyuki Abe
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Music byYasunori Mitsuda
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
ReleasedOctober 25, 2014 – November 15, 2014
Runtime60 minutes (each)
Episodes2 (List of episodes)

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


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.


A radio drama was released on CDs on August 10, 2007[3] and November 26, 2008.[4] The anime was first shown in October 2008.[5] The English version is produced by Funimation.[6] Two musicals are based on the manga called That Butler, Friendship and [7] Musical Black Butler, The Most Beautiful Death in The World, A Thousand Souls and The Fallen Grim Reaper.[8] A video game called Black Butler: Phantom & Ghost was released in 2009.[9]


The manga has printed over 10 million copies in Japan.[10] A music distributor in Japan took a poll of anime characters that people would like to marry. The demon butler Sebastian was included in the final results.[11]


  1. "Black Butler's 10th Anniversary Celebrates with New Goodies". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  2. "Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) Season 1 Collection (Blu-Ray)". Madman Entertainment. Archived from the original on August 16, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018. 
  3. "ドラマCD 黒執事: イメージ・アルバム, セバスチャン・ミカエリス(森川智之), シエル・ファントムハイヴ(沢城みゆき), タナカ(麦人), バルド(小山力也), メイリン(折笠富美子), フィニ(高城元気), エリザベス(斎藤千和), アズーロ(平田広明), クラウス(染田清之), マダム・レッド(勝生真沙子), 森川智之, 沢城みゆき, 勝生真沙子, 遊佐浩二, 麦人: 音楽" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  4. "黒執事 華麗なるドラマCD: ドラマ, 小野大輔, 福山潤, 坂本真綾: 音楽" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  5. "Kuroshitsuji Anime Confirmed to Premiere this Fall". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  6. "Funimation Adds Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  7. "音楽舞闘会 黒執事 〜その執事、友好〜" (in Japanese). Entertainment Plus Inc.. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  8. "Cast & Staff" (in Japanese). Entertainment Plus Inc.. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  9. "黒執事 Phantom & Ghost" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  10. "Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji Manga Will Have 10 Million+ Copies". Anime News Network. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  11. "Survey: K-ON's Mio, Reborn's Hibari are #1 Bride, Groom". Anime News Network. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-07-17.