Funimation Adds Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji TV Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
The North American anime distributor Funimation has announced during its online FuniCon 3.0 panel on Monday that it has licensed the television anime adaptation of Yana Toboso's Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) manga. The story follows Sebastian Michaelis, an impeccable butler who can carry out practically any task his master requires of him — partly because he is a demon. His current master is Ciel, the Phantomhive family head who is smart, business-savvy, and all of 12 years old.
Director Toshiya Shinohara and Aniplex's A-1 Pictures Inc. animated the first 24-episode Kuroshitsuji anime from 2008 to 2009. A second season, Kuroshitsuji II, has since been announced for a July 2010 premiere, although it will feature a new butler and master.
Yen Press published the original manga in its Yen Plus magazine in North America, and the first volume debuted at #1 on The New York Times' manga bestseller list in January — the first book from Yen Press to achieve that feat. The manga has been running in Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in Japan since 2006, and eight volumes have been compiled and published.
Image © Yana Toboso/SQUARE ENIX, Kuroshitsuji Project,MBS
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