?) is a manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. Since its debut on September 16, 2006, it has been serialized in Square Enix's shōnen
manga magazine Monthly GFantasy
The series follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler who is bound by a supernatural contract to serve Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family and the business-savvy owner of the Funtom company, a toy manufacturer. And in return Sebastian will obtain Ciel's soul when Ciel has finished all of his tasks including getting revenge on the people who killed his parents; after that Sebastian is then allowed to kill him and take his soul. It was announced in July 2008 that an anime adaption, directed by Shinohara Toshiya and produced by A-1 Pictures, was expected. It premiered in October 2008, and has since ended with 24 episodes. The second season aired in 2010 spanning 12 episodes with two new main characters, Alois Trancy and Claude Faustus. The series has been licensed by Yen Press in North America and published in Yen Plus
' August 2009 issue for the magazine's first anniversary.
In a manor house on the outskirts of Victorian era London, butler Sebastian Michaelis serves Lord Earl Ciel Phantomhive, the orphaned twelve-year-old head of an English noble family and a toy and candy empire, who serves directly under the Queen as her "guard dog". Sebastian carries out any task required by his master while solving the problems plaguing England with ease and perfection, because of his demonic lineage and Faustian contract with his master. The parents of Master Phantomhive estate were murdered when Ciel was younger. As a result, he made a deal with a demon asking for vengeance upon those who had disgraced him, and the Phantomhive name, in exchange for his soul.
Written and drawn by Yana Toboso, the chapters of Black Butler
have been serialized in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy
since its debut in the October 2006 issue. The chapters are also published in collected volumes by Square Enix. The first volume was released on February 27, 2007 and as of November 27, 2009, eight volumes have been released so far. Yen Press licensed the series for an English language release and will serialize the manga in Yen Plus
' August 2009 issue for the magazine's first anniversary. The publisher released the first volume in January 2010. French publisher Kana licensed the series in under the Dark Kana imprint as Black Butler
. The publisher released the first volume in November 2009. Carlsen Comics has licensed the series in Germany as Black Butler
, the same title used for the French and English releases. The second volume was released in May 2010. On October 31, 2010 Italian publisher Planet Manga announced the licensing of the series. The first volume was released on April 28, 2011.[dated info
On August 10, 2007 a drama CD was released by Frontier Works. It featured many of the characters appearing in volumes one and two. A second drama CD was released on November 26, 2008 under the Aniplex label.