Black Butler Manga Gets Anime Film With Returning Cast
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The official Twitter account for the Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) anime franchise announced on Saturday that an anime film has been green-lit. Square Enix also opened a website for the film on Saturday, which reveals that Daisuke Ono will reprise his role as Sebastian Michaelis in the film, and Maaya Sakamoto will reprise her role as Ciel Phantomhive.
Yana Toboso launched the manga Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in 2006, and Square Enix will release the manga's 22nd compiled volume on November 18. Yen Press is releasing the manga in North America, and it released the 20th volume in July.
The manga has inspired three television anime series and three OVAs. The most recent OVA series, Black Butler: Book of Murder, premiered in two parts in Japanese theaters in October and November last year, respectively. Funimation released the first two TV anime adaptations and the Black Butler II OVA series on home video, and it also streamed the Black Butler: Book of Circus television anime series. The company also plans to release both the Black Butler: Book of Circus TV anime series and the Black Butler: Book of Murder OVA series on home video.
Additionally, the manga inspired a live-action film starring Hiro Mizushima that premiered in Japan in January 2014. The manga has also inspired several musical adaptations, the third of which will hold its second run in Japan and abroad starting in November.
The manga won the top prize in the shōnen manga category of France's Japan Expo Awards in 2010 and the Best International Manga Award at Germany's ANImagic in 2011.