Kuroshitsuji

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Kuroshitsuji

Kanji

黒執事

Rōmaji

Kuroshitsuji

Genre

Dark fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy, Action, Detective fiction, Thriller

Demographic

Shōnen

Manga

Creator

Yana Toboso

Publisher

Square Enix

English publisher

Yen Press

Imprint

Gangan Comics

Magazine

Monthly GFantasy

English magazine

Yen Plus

Original run

September 16, 2006 – ongoing

Volumes

28

Anime

Directed by

Toshiya Shinohara

Written by

Mari Okada

Music by

Taku Iwasaki

Studio

A-1 Pictures

Licensed by


FUNimation EntertainmentAniplex of America (Season 1)

Original networks

TBS, MBS, Animax

International
networks

United States: FUNimation Channel
Australia: C31, TVS
Singapore, Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand: Animax Asia

Original run


July 11, 2014 – September 12, 2014 (

October 2, 2008 – May 25, 2011 ( Season 1 and 2 July 11, 2014 – September 12, 2014 ( Season 3

Episodes

46 + 7 OVAs

Theatrical OVA

Title

Directed by

Noriyuki Abe

Written by

Hiroyuki Yoshino

Music by

Yasunori Mitsuda

Studio

A-1 Pictures

Licensed by

Funimation

Released on

October 25, 2014 – November 15, 2014

Runtime

60 minutes (each)

Episodes

2

Related works

Movies

Kuroshitsuji Live Action

Video game

Musicals

Drama CDs

Drama CDs

(黒執事, ) or is a manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso.

The manga has been adapted into an animated television series (i.e. anime), musicals, OVAs, and a video game.

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Synopsis

follows the adventures of Earl Ciel Phantomhive as he, with his faithful demon servant Sebastian Michaelis, carries out missions under the banner of the Queen’s Watchdog, all the while seeking revenge on those who made him and his family suffer — at the cost of his soul.

Media

Manga

Written and drawn by Yana Toboso, the chapters of have been serialized in Square Enix‘ manga magazine since its debut on September 16, 2006.[1] The chapters are also published in collected Volumes by Square Enix. The first volume was released on February 27, 2007.

The series has been licensed for an English release by Yen Press and will be published in August 2009 issue.

Anime

In July 2008, it was announced that an anime adaption, directed by Shinohara Toshiya, was expected. It premiered in October 2008 and broadcasts on the Tokyo Broadcasting System as well as the Mainichi Broadcasting System.[2][3] The episodes are directed by Toshiya Shinohara and are produced by A-1 pictures.[4] On January 1, 2009, a limited edition DVD containing the first episode was released by Aniplex.[5] The next three episodes were released on another DVD on February 25, 2009.[6]

At the “Black Butler, That Butler, The Final Chapter ~One Last Dinner With You~” (黒執事、その執事、終章 ~最後の晩餐を貴方と共に~, ) event on June 14, 2009, it was announced that the anime will be returning for a second series. Undertaker‘s seiyū Junichi Suwabe confirmed this news on his official blog later that day.[7]

On January 16, 2014, the cover of the February issue of Square Enix’s magazine announced that production on a new anime series for Kuroshitsuji has been green-lit.[8]

Video game

A video game for Nintendo DS, called , was released on March 19, 2009.[9] The game is sold in two versions, a limited first-press edition with a higher price and numerous extra goods, and a regular edition.

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Books

On February 27, 2008, the Kuroshitsuji Character Guide (黒執事 キャラクターガイド その執事、集合, ) was released.[10] It contains character sketches, character information, interviews with the characters through Yana Toboso, an interview with Toboso herself, a quiz, and games, among other things.

The TV Animation Kuroshitsuji Black Record (TVアニメーション黒執事, ) was released on March 27, 2009.[11] It contains illustrations, cast, and staff interviews and more. The TV Animation Kuroshitsuji II Final Record (TVアニメーション黒執事, ) was released on October 18, 2010. It consists of illustrations and cast reviews from , as well as a message from Toboso herself.

An official comics anthology Rainbow Butler (虹執事, ) was also released on that date.[12] It is a collection of one-shot chapters drawn by other artists in a variety of styles.

Drama CDs

On August 10, 2007, a drama CD was released by Frontier Works. It featured many of the characters appearing in Volume 1 and 2.[13] A second drama CD was released on November 26, 2008 under the Aniplex label.[14]

Musicals

That Butler, Friendship (その執事、友好, ) is a musical adaptation of the manga that was featured at the Sunshine Theater in Ikebukuro between May 29, 2009, and June 7, 2009.[15]

Reception

During the week of December 18, 2007, the third volume placed third on a ranking of the manga sales in Japan that week.[16] Later, during the week of June 3, 2008, the fourth volume ranked ninth.[17] During the week of February 16, 2009, the sixth volume placed nine on a ranking of the manga sales in Japan that week.[18] During the week of June 22 to 28, the seventh volume ranked third selling 167,692 copies and remained third during the following week of June 29 to July 5, selling an additional 256.164 copies.[19]

The series itself was ranked tenth of the top-selling manga series in Japan during 2009, selling a total of 1,603,197 estimated copies.[20]

The Japanese music distributor Recochoku has created an annual survey of which anime characters that people would like to marry. Sebastian Michaelis ranked ninth in the category “The Character I Want to Be My Groom.”[21]

Trivia

  • was originally supposed to end after the fourth chapter. However, its unexpected popularity allowed Yana Toboso to continue the story for many more arcs and years.[22][23]
  • Yana Toboso’s editor, Mr. K, gave its name.[24]
    • Before they settled on “Kuroshitsuji,” Mr. K also suggested naming the manga “Butler = Slave,” “Reduced to Butlerdom,” “A Vile Worm of a Butler,” “The Outcast Butler,” “The Self-Destructive Butler,” and “Lord Butler.”[24]

References

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