A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family's death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler who's always dressed in black and is required to protect, serve and arrive whenever summoned by his young master Ciel.
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Daisuke Ono ...
 Sebastian Michaelis / ... (31 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Ciel (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Mei-rin (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
J. Michael Tatum ...
 Sebastian (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Finny (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
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A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family's death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler who's always dressed in black and is required to protect, serve and arrive whenever summoned by his young master Ciel.

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The original idea of Black Butler was for it to be a romance between Sebastian and Ciel, however, the producers thought the idea would cause the series to go bust so they made changes to the script and storyline. See more »

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[repeated line]
Sebastian: I'm simply one hell of a butler.
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A sneak peak of the next episode is shown after the end credits of each episode narrated by Sebastian. See more »

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Version of Lycoris That Blazes the Earth (2014) See more »

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I'm Alive
(1st Ending Theme)
Performed by Becca
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Well written anime series with an interesting plot and many shades of dark humor
17 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may be the most well written anime series I've seen. Not that it was Oscar-worthy writing, but most of the writing I've seen in anime has always been the thing that prevented me from really loving it. This series doesn't have the lazy, shortcut type of writing that simply fills the plot gaps. It actually builds different stories to support different themes.

Anyways, the series themes of revenge and redemption are woven together well with well-crafted story lines. This isn't an anime with non-stop action, but it does have its share of dark supernatural battle scenes, as well as witty humorous battle scenes. There is quite a bit dark humor in different parts of the series, but it's balanced out by traditional anime slapstick comedy (which I'm actually not a fan of and part of the reason it didn't get 10 stars).

If you watch the dubbed version, the translation and acting are all excellent. Some hardcore anime fans complain about the fake cockney accents, but they're mostly limited to some supporting characters. The voices for the two main characters (Ciel and Sebastian) are portrayed terrifically and are true in tone to their Japanese voice counterparts (I saw season 2 in the subbed version). Simply put, this may be the best job of versioning I've ever seen in anime. In its early U.S. import days, anime had horrible translations in both subbed and dubbed versions, due to what I expect as literal translations of the script from Japanese to English. Funimation has really done well in this department, as they've taken the meanings of the original Japanese script and rewritten it in English with English idioms and phrases that work perfectly with the characters and themes, rather than just lazily taking the Japanese words and translating them directly into English words, creating phrases that are unusual or that simply don't make any sense.


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