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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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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 23)

Brina Palencia ... Ciel (24 episodes, 2008-2009)

Monica Rial ... Mei-rin (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
J. Michael Tatum ... Sebastian (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jason Liebrecht ... Finny (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Series Directed by
Toshiya Shinohara (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Yana Toboso (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mari Okada (5 episodes, 2008-2009)

Series Original Music by
Taku Iwasaki (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Minako Shiba .... character designer (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Toshiya Shinohara .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Sound Department
Stephen Hoff .... adr recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Series Animation Department
Minako Shiba .... animation director: opening and ending animation / character designer (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
Series Music Department
Becca .... theme song: performed by (1 episode, 2008)

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Also Known As:
"Kuroshitsuji" - Japan (original title)
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Did You Know?

J. Michael Tatum, who voices Sebastian Michaels, also voices as France from Hetalia.See more »
[repeated line]
Sebastian:I'm simply one hell of a butler.
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A very mad and lovable mess, 20 February 2015
Author: ThatMOVIENut from United Kingdom

From A1 Pictures and Squenix comes a 24 episode anime based on the popular manga. A young Victorian aristocrat makes a demonic pact to avenge his murdered parents, while also running Britain's underworld. Together, the earl Ciel Phantomhive and his 'One Hell of A Butler', Sebastian, battle everything from drug runners to serial killers to demon hounds to even other angels, ghosts and demons.

A glorious mess if there ever was one, this has to be one of the most fun yet unbalanced shows I've ever sat down for. On the definite up, the animation is rock solid and dynamic, the voice cast in either language is spot on, and the Victorian setting allows for a lot of weaving in of actual history and culture from the era (not limited to but including Jack The Ripper, Hound of the Baskervilles, The Opium Wars, the construction of Tower Bridge and the Eiffel Tower and even a really touching take on the story of the Princes in the Tower thankfully free of any revisionist history BS). What's more, despite the dark subject, the characters are by large really likable and a lot of fun to be around, with special note going to the wonderfully charismatic yet dry Sebastian (who practically built this franchise), as well as the simply FABULOUS grim reaper and humorous fangirl insert Grell.

However, I did say the show was a mess: it's tonally all over the map, one minute dark psychological horror and revenge thriller, the next, your prototypical slapstick wacky anime comedy complete with goofy servants (whose back story and ultimate rational is kind of neat, but it comes really late) and stuff that feels like its prodding at anime tropes and the fanbase (such as the infamous corset and nun scenes). To an extent, it does work and gets a chuckle, especially the latter, much more savvy gags. The issue is not being sure how of this is intentional versus just plain tropes that are part and parcel of anime, but would feel jarring to Westerners more used to tonally cohesive entertainment. Furthermore, at 24 episodes, it's too damn long for this kind of story and Ciel by and large isn't terribly proactive in finding his parents' killers despite the pact, with the whole 'Queen's Guard Dog'aspect being more the bread and butter of the show, and the two sides never fully reconcile save for a few choice moments and hints drops sprinkled very, and I mean even Abrams would blush VERY, liberally across the many episodes. From an entertainment angle it's fine, since I get to spend more time in this world, but to less generous viewers or those new to the weird world of anime, this could be a big deal breaker.

Despite that though, it still kept me really engaged, even the really filler-y episodes concerning life in the mansion (because that's what I want in a show about a badass demon butler who can kill with silverware and still be on time for tea!). Its odd mixture of themes and ideas, covered in a thick coating of professional polish, made for a show I was always keen to see the next installment of. Want to know how, say, Penny Dreadful would've been had it been a little more comical and trope-aware? Here's your answer!

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