Black Butler (TV)

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[ adapted from Black Butler (manga) ]

Related anime:
    Black Butler II (TV) (sequel)
      Black Butler II (OAV) (spinoff)
      Black Butler: Book of Circus (TV) (sequel)
        Black Butler: Book of Murder (OAV) (side story)
    Black Butler: His Butler, Performer (OAV) (side story)

Alternative title:
Czarny Lokaj (Polish)
Kuroshitsuji (Japanese)
الخادم الأسود (Arabic)
黑執事 (Chinese (Taiwan))
黒執事 (Japanese)
Objectionable content: Significant
Copyright notice: ©Yana Toboso/SQUARE ENIX, Kuroshitsuji Project,MBS
Plot Summary:
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.
One of the noble families of England—Phantomhive—has a butler, Sebastian Michaels. He has unquestionably perfect knowledge, manners, talent with materials, martial arts and much more. But for some reason, he serves a 12-year-old master... 
User Ratings: 2171 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 326 votes (sub:237, dub:83, ?:2, raw:1, Eng:1, others:2
1 Russian subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
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 Excellent: 558 votes (sub:368, dub:173, edit.dub:1, ?:1, others:15
6 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
2 Russian subtitled
2 French subtitled
1 Russian edited dub
1 Russian dubbed
1 Polish subtitled
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 Very good: 578 votes (sub:411, dub:145, raw:3, edit.dub:1, ?:1, others:17
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3 Italian subtitled
3 Russian subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 Portuguese subtitled
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 Good: 362 votes (sub:251, dub:99, ?:1, raw:1, others:10
4 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
2 Russian subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Czech subtitled
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 Decent: 174 votes (sub:120, dub:36, raw:2, ?:1, others:15
3 Spanish subtitled
3 Russian subtitled
3 Polish subtitled
2 French subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
1 Chinese mandarin subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
)
 So-so: 75 votes (sub:60, dub:13, others:2
1 German dubbed
1 French subtitled
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 Not really good: 37 votes (sub:30, dub:7)
 Weak: 36 votes (sub:30, dub:3, ?:1, raw:1, others:1
1 French subtitled
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 Bad: 13 votes (sub:9, dub:4)
 Awful: 6 votes (sub:6)
 Worst ever: 6 votes (sub:3, dub:3)
Seen in part or in whole by 4911 users, rank: #144 (of 6011)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.898 (Very good), std. dev.: 1.6913, rank: #625 (of 6004)
Weighted mean: 7.737 (Very good−), rank: #727 (of 6004) (seen all: 7.95 / seen some: 7.08 / won't finish: 4.25)
Bayesian estimate: 7.736 (Very good−), rank: #541 (of 4572)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 24
Episode titles: We have 24
Vintage: 2008-10-02
Release dates: We have 13
Opening Theme:
"Kiss of Monochrome" by SID 
"Monochrome no Kiss" by SID
Ending Theme:
"I'm ALIVE!" by BECCA
#2: "Lacrimosa" by Kalafina
Links: We have 1
Trivia: We have 8
Reviews:
Black Butler DVD (Jan 12, 2011)
News: Show:
Kalafina Panel (Jul 1, 2011)
Madman Panel (Apr 5, 2011)
Funimation Industry Panel (Jul 30, 2010)
Anime Boston - Day 2 (Apr 5, 2010)
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Blu-Ray + DVD combo
    Black Butler - The Complete 1st Season (BD+DVD) 2012-04-03 (from $32.02)
DVD (Region 1)
    Black Butler - Season 1 Part 1 (DVD) 2011-01-11
    Black Butler - Season 1 Part 1 [Limited Edition] (DVD) 2011-01-11
    Black Butler - Season 1 Part 2 (DVD) 2011-03-08 (from $12.99)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Toshiya Shinohara
Series Composition: Mari Okada
Storyboard:
Minoru Ohara (ep 3)
Toshifumi Takizawa (eps 6, 13, 19)
Toshiya Shinohara (OP,ED)
Episode Director:
Naokatsu Tsuda (eps 6, 13, 19)
Toshiya Shinohara (OP,ED)
Music: Taku Iwasaki
Original creator: Yana Toboso
Character Design: Minako Shiba
Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura
Animation Director:
Hiromi Okazaki (ep 3)
Kazuo Takigawa (ep 2)
Minako Shiba (OP,ED; ep 1)
Shigenori Taniguchi (ep 2)
2D Work: Akiko Hamanaka
Assistant producer:
Toshihiro Maeda
Yuzo Ozaki
Clean-Up Animation:
Ayumi Tachibana (ep 2)
Junko Nagaoka (ep 2)
Kiyo Koike (ep 2)
Rieko Akamatsu (ep 2)
Tomoko Takahashi (ep 2)
Yoko Tomizawa (ep 2)
Color setting: Aiko Yamagami
In-Between Animation:
Chiharu Sato (ep 3)
Kanako Ueda (OP)
Miyuki Kuroki (OP)
Sachiko Saitou (ep 3)
Saori Tomida (ep 1)
Takako Yamazaki (ep 2)
Tomoko Sudo (ep 1)
In-Between Check:
Chiharu Sato (OP)
Eriko Sakai
Insert Song Performance: Lotus Juice ("The Dark Crow Smiles ")
Sound Production: Satoshi Sasaki
System Management: Masayoshi Yoshioka
Theme Song Arrangement:
Akira Nishihira (OP)
Chris Satriani (ED)
SID (OP)
Yuki Kajiura (ED2)
Theme Song Composition:
Shinji (OP)
TABO (ED)
Yuki Kajiura (ED2)
Theme Song Lyrics:
Becca (ED)
Mao (OP)
Meredith Brooks (ED)
Yuki Kajiura (ED2)
Theme Song Performance:
Becca (ED)
Hikaru Masai (ED2; as Kalafina)
Kalafina (ED2)
Keiko Kubota (ED 2, as Kalafina)
SID (OP)
Wakana Ootaki (ED 2, as Kalafina)
Daisuke Ono as Sebastian Michaelis
Maaya Sakamoto as Ciel Phantomhive

Akiko Yajima as Angela
Emiri Katō as Meirin
Hiroki Touchi as Bard
Hisayoshi Suganuma as Fred Abberline
Jun Fukuyama as Grell
Junichi Suwabe as Undertaker
Koji Yusa as Lau
Romi Park as Madam Red
Shunji Fujimura as Tanaka
Yukari Tamura as Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Midford
Yuuki Kaji as Finny

Anri Katsu as Drossel Cainz
Ao Takahashi as Matilda Simmons(ep 17)
Asami Shimoda as Jim(eps 19-20)
Ayako Kawasumi as
Girl(ep 6)
Queen Victoria
Ayumi Fujimura as Maria Abberline(ep 22)
Banjou Ginga as Damiano(ep 1)
Binbin Takaoka as Neighborhood Council Chairman(ep 10)
Chieko Saito as Old woman(ep 7)
Fumihiro Okabayashi as Doctor(ep 5)
Gô Shinomiya as Captain of the Palace Guard(ep 23)
Hiroki Yasumoto as Agni
Hiromu Miyazaki as Indian A(ep 13)
Hitoshi Yanai as Rickman(eps 14-15)
Kana Uetake as Ciel's mother
Kazuyuki Okitsu as Ciel's father
Keiko Taniguchi as Female Guest(ep 4)
Kenji Takahashi as
Fat guy
Presenter(ep 10)
Kenjiro Tsuda as O'Farrell(ep 10)
Koichi Sakaguchi as Corraro(eps 20-21)
Kousuke Toriumi as Azzuro
Masahiro Okazaki as Commanding Officer(ep 21)
Mitsuki Saiga as Edward V(ep 16)
Noriaki Sugiyama as William T. Spears
Romi Park as Older Brother(ep 6)
Ryū Yamaguchi as Boss(ep 21)
Ryuugo Saito as
Havock(ep 19)
Shopkeeper(ep 3)
Satoshi Hino as
Ash
Master(eps 10-12)
Sayuri Sadaoka as
Her Majesty Queen Victoria(ep 24)
Luida(eps 19-21)
Sayuri Yahagi as Lan-Mao
Seirou Ogino as Villager A(eps 7-8)
Shūhei Takubo as Man(ep 20)
Takafumi Kawakami as
James(ep 7)
Villager B(ep 8)
Takafumi Yamaguchi as
Carriage Man(ep 22)
Pluto
Takashi Hikida as Underling(ep 2)
Takayuki Masuda as Gentleman(ep 11)
Taketoshi Kawano as Paul Jones(ep 9)
Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Viscount Druitt(eps 4, 10)
Tomo Adachi as Maidservant(ep 23)
Tsutomu Densaka as Subordinate A(ep 10)
Yasuhiro Mamiya as Madam's father
Yōko Hirao as Female believer A(eps 17-18)
Yoshimitsu Shimoyama as Harold West(eps 14-15)
Yui Itsuki as Paula
Yuko Goto as Mina(eps 14-15)
Yuko Sasamoto as Richard(ep 16)
Yutaka Aoyama as Randall
Yutaka Nakano as Henry Barrymore(ep 7)
Japanese companies
2nd Key Animation: AIM Entertainment
Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
Background Art: Ogura Kobo
Broadcaster:
CBC (2008-10-02)
Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (2008-10-06)
Kumamoto Broadcasting (2008-10-05)
Mainichi Broadcasting System (2008-10-02)
RCC Chugoku Broadcasting (2008-10-04)
RKB Mainichi Broadcasting (2008-10-06)
Sanyo Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (2008-10-06)
SBS (2008-10-03)
TBS (2008-10-03)
Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (2008-10-03)
Key Animation: Anime Roman
Recording Studio: Boomerang Studio
Sound Production: Trinity Sound
English cast
English staff
ADR Director:
Colleen Clinkenbeard (eps 1-7)
Ian Sinclair (eps 7-24)
Translation:
Jack Wiedrick (Butterfly Dream)
Sarah Alys Lindholm
Executive producer: Gen Fukunaga
ADR Engineer:
Kevin Leasure
Stephen Hoff (eps 19-24)
Assistant producer: Michael Harcourt
Commentary:
Brina Palencia (ep 1)
Colleen Clinkenbeard (ep 1)
Ian Sinclair (eps 7, 21)
J. Michael Tatum (ep 7)
Jason Liebrecht (ep 21)
Josh Grelle (ep 16)
Kevin Leasure (ep 16)
Monica Rial (ep 21)
DVD Compression:
Duncan Yan
Jacob Martin
DVD Editing: Jeremy Jimenez
DVD Menu Audio: Gino Palencia
DVD Menu Design: Cate Ferman
DVD Producer: Clarine Harp
Head Writer: John Burgmeier
Lead Video Engineer: Sarah Mueller
Line Producer: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Mix Engineer: Andrew Tipps
Post-Production Assistant:
Aya Spann
Jason Weems
Production Supervision: Susie Nixon
Senior Video Editor:
Daniel Mancilla
Jeremy Jimenez
Talent Coordination: Tara Williams
Video Post Production Director: Brandon Tyler
Brina Palencia as Ciel Phantomhive
J. Michael Tatum as Sebastian Michaelis
Lily Truncale as Ciel Phantomhive

Barry Yandell as William T. Spears
Cherami Leigh as Elizabeth
Chuck Huber as Ashe
Daniel Fredrick as Grell Sutcliff
Ian Sinclair as Bardroy
Jason Liebrecht as Finnian
Jerry Jewell as Lau
John Swasey as Undertaker
Jonathan Brooks as Fred Abberline
Lydia Mackay as Madame Red
Michael Pizzuto as Lau(Animax dub)
Monica Rial as Mey-Rin
R. Bruce Elliot as Mr. Tanaka

Alexis Tipton as
Girl(ep 6)
Jill(ep 17)
Queen Victoria(Young)
Brian Mathis as Azzurro(ep 3)
Bridgett Dahl as Queen Victoria(Old; ep 24)
Brina Palencia as Rachel
Brittney Karbowski as Jim(eps 19-20) 
Bruce DuBose as Corraro
Chris Ayres as Soma
Chuck Huber as Master(eps 10-12)
Corey Cleary-Stoner as James(ep 7)
Emily Gray as Mina(eps 14-15)
Grant James as Head Curry Judge(ep 15)
Jessica Cavanagh as Paula
John Burgmeier as Paul Jones(ep 9)
John Gremillion as
Havock(ep 19)
Randall
John Swasey as Damiano(ep 1)
Josh Grelle as
Edward V(ep 17) 
Thomas(ep 17)
Kent Williams as Henry Barrymore(ep 7)
Leah Clark as Matilda
Maxey Whitehead as Richard(ep 16)
Michael Pizzuto as Drossel Keinz
Nazia Chaudhry as Mina(eps 14-15)
Newton Pittman as Harold
Pam Dougherty as Old Woman(ep 7)
Patrick Seitz as Agni
Robert McCollum as Vincent
Sonny Strait as Drossel
Terri Doty as
Maria
Orphan Girl
Todd Haberkorn as
Druit
Newspaper Crier(ep 3)
Trina Nishimura as Ranmao
Wendy Powell as Luida(eps 19-20)

Gloria Ansell(Animax dub)
English companies
Distributor:
Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
Manga Entertainment (UK) (UK)
Internet Streaming:
Anime Lab (Australia & New Zealand)
Anime News Network
FUNimation Entertainment
Hulu
Madman Screening Room (Australia & New Zealand)
Korean staff
Korean cast
(none)
Mi-Na Lee as Ciel Phantomhive
Nak-Yun Choi as Sebastian Michaelis

Gwang-Ju Jeon as Lau
Gwon Inji as Angela
Gyeong-Myeong Lim as Bardroy
Ji-Hyeon Lee as Mei Lin
Lee Sanghun as Undertaker
Lee Soeun as Elizabeth Middleford
Myeong-Hui Lee as Finnian
Seo-Jin Park as Grell Sutcliff
Seong-Yeon Kim as Madame Red
Won-Seok Seo as Fred Abberline
Yu Gangjin as Mr. Tanaka

Du-Hui Kim as Viscount Druitt
Gwang Jang as Randall
Jae-Hyeon Lee as
Paula
Ranmao
Jang Minhyeok as Drossel Cainz
Park Seongtae as William T. Spears
Seung-Gon Ryu as Soma Asman Kadar
Seung-Han Sim as Agni
Yu-Ri Seo as Mina
Korean companies
(none)
French staff
French cast
ADR Director: Bruno Meyere
Translation: Arnaud Delage (French Dubbing & Subtitles as part of Sanjûshi)

Adaptation (French Subtitles): Jean-Benoit Silvestre (as part of Sanjûshi)
Translation (French Dubbing & Subtitles): Jean-Benoit Silvestre (as part of Sanjûshi)
Jean-Marc Montalto as Sebastian Michaelis
Marie Diot as Ciel Phantomhive

Alexandre Coadour as
Bardroy
Grell Sutcliff
Antoine Tome as
Ash
Azzuro Venere
Bruno Meyere as Undertaker
Céline Melloul as Elisabeth
Chantal Baroin as Paula
Colette Noel as Mme Angelina Red
François Creton as
Abberline
Dorothell Kainz
Edward V
Gérard Surugue as Sir Arthur Randall
Gilbert Levy as Mr Tanaka
Grégory Laisné as Finnian
Marie Diot as May Linn
Vincent De Bouard as Soma Asman Kadar
French companies
Broadcaster:
Direct Star (from September 2010)
MCM (from 3 April 2010)
Distributor: Kana Video
Dubbing: WanTake
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
(none)
Broadcaster: LAPTV (Cityvibe, Moviecity Pack)
Spanish cast
(none)
German staff
German cast
(none)
Bernhard Völger as Sebastian Michaelis
Sebastian Fitzner as Ciel Phantomhive

Achim Siebenschuh as Tanaka
Anja Rybiczka as Maylene
Dirk Petrick as Finnian
Felix Spieß as Bard
Julien Haggege as Grell
Michael Pan as Undertaker
Nadja Reichardt as Madame Red
Olivia Büschken as Elizabeth
Schaukje Könning as Angela
Thomas Schmuckert as Fred Abberline
Till Völger as Lau

Alexander Doering as Azzuro
Christian Gaul as William T. Spears
Jan Spitzer as Randall
Karlo Hackenberger as Viscount Druitt
Peter Reinhardt as Damiano
German companies
Distributor: Kazé Germany
Streaming: Anime-on-Demand
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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