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Black Butler (黒執事 Kuroshitsuji) is an anime based on the manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Yana Toboso.

A 24-episode anime adaption, with 3 seasons, directed by Toshiya Shinohara and produced by A-1 Pictures, aired from October 2008 to March 2009. The second season, Black Butler II, aired in 2010 spanning 12 episodes with two new main characters, Alois Trancy and Claude Faustus, following the aftermath of the first season. This series had an original storyline and did not feature manga content. A live action film adaptation was released in Japan on January 18, 2014. A third anime series, titled Black Butler: Book of Circus, was broadcast between July 10 and September 12, 2014. A two-part theatrical OVA titled Black Butler: Book of Murder screened in Japanese theaters on October 25, and November 15, 2014. An animated film for the series, titled Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic, premiered in Japan on January 21, 2017 and in America on June 2017.

Synopsis

In Victorian-era London, on the night of Ciel Phantomhive's tenth birthday a fire destroyed his manor and killed both of his parents. In a moment of death Ceil strikes a deal with a demon, his soul in exchange for revenge. This demon becomes his butler and calls himself by name of Sebastian Michaelis, to protect and serve Ciel until the deal has been completed. One month after the fire Ciel returns from being missing, with his new butler Sebastian. Ceil is now the head of the Phantomhive corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the work as the Queen of England’s guard dog and looking for his parents murders.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Main Characters
Sebastian Michaelis Daisuke Ono J. Michael Tatum
Ciel Phantomhive Maaya Sakamoto Brina Palencia
Supporting Characters
Phantomhive House
Bardroy Hiroki Tōchi Ian Sinclair
Finnian Yūki Kaji Jason Liebrecht
Mey-Rin Emiri Katō Monica Rial
Tanaka Shunji Fujimura R. Bruce Elliott
Pluto Takafumi Yamaguchi Zach Bolton
Vincent Phantomhive Kazuyuki Okitsu Robert McCollum
Rachel Phantomhive Kana Uetake Brina Palencia
Nobles
Madam Red Romi Park Lydia Mackay
Lau Kōji Yusa Jerry Jewell
Ran-Mao Sayuri Yahagi Trina Nishimura
Soma Asman Kadar Shinnosuke Tachibana Christopher Ayres
Agni Hiroki Yasumoto Patrick Seitz
Elizabeth Midford Yukari Tamura Cherami Leigh
Grim Reapers
Grell Sutcliff Jun Fukuyama Daniel Fredrick
Undertaker Junichi Suwabe John Swasey
William T. Spears Noriaki Sugiyama Barry Yandell
London Residents
Aleister Chamber Tatsuhisa Suzuki Todd Haberkorn
Paula Yui Itsuki Jessica Cavanagh
Arthur Randall Yutaka Aoyama John Gremillion
Fred Abberline Hisayoshi Suganuma Jonathan Brooks
Harold West Jeb Yoshimitsu Shimoyama Newton Pittman
Mina Yuko Goto Nazia Chaudhry
Drossel Cainz Anri Katsu Sonny Strait
Jim Asami Shimoda Brittney Karbowski
Royal Family
Queen Victoria Ayako Kawasumi
(young)
Alexis Tipton
(young)
Sayuri Sadaoka
(old)
Bridgett Dahl
(old)
Fallen Angels
Angela Blanc Akiko Yajima Colleen Clinkenbeard
Ashe Landers Satoshi Hino Chuck Huber

Episodic Characters

Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episode
Damiano Banjō Ginga John Swasey 1
Diederich Kenji Takahashi Mark Stoddard 2
Azzurro Vanel Kōsuke Toriumi Christopher Sabat
Henry Barrymore Yutaka Nakano Kent Williams 7
James Takafumi Kawakami Corey Cleary-Stoner
Paul Jones Taketoshi Kawano John Burgmeier 9
Edward V Mitsuki Saiga Josh Grelle 16
Richard Yuko Sasamoto Maxey Whitehead
Matilda Ao Takahashi Leah Clark 17
Havock Ryugo Saito John Gremillion 19
Luida Sayuri Sadaoka Wendy Powell 19-20
Corraro Kōichi Sakaguchi Bruce DuBose 20-21
Maria Ayumi Fujimura Terri Doty 22
Maidservant Tomo Adachi Jamie Marchi 23

Additional Voices

Animax Dub Hong Kong

  • Gloria Ansell - Ciel Phantomhive
  • Scott Evans - Bardroy / Soma Asman Kadar
  • David Lee McKinney - Sebastian Michaelis
  • Candice Moore - Mey-Rin / Elizabeth Midford
  • Michael C. Pizzuto - Drossel Cainz

Notes

  • In episode 2, the character Azzurro Vanel was credited under the voice actor Brian Mathis when he in fact was voiced by Christopher Sabat, leaving him uncredited for voicing the character.
  • In episode 14 Mina's voice actress Nazia Chaudhry was credited as Emily Gray.
  • Laura Bailey is credited as voicing Queen Victoria when in fact Alexis Tipton voices the character, leaving her uncredited for her performance.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2011 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
2 Volumes
2012 BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
7 Discs
2015 The Complete Series
7 Discs

See Also

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