Kuroshitsuji

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  • TV-14
  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (7,351)

If ever a competition were to be held to determine the most routine and predictable anime shows of all time, "Kuroshitsuji" (Translation: Black Butler) would easily make the Top Ten. "Kuroshitsuji" is an anime (Japanese cartoon) adaption of a manga (Japanese comic) of the same name. The series tells the tale of Sebastian Michaelis, who, despite appearing to be a normal pretty-boy human working as a butler in Victorian-era England, is in fact a demon held in service by a supernatural contract. Under this contract, he is required to work for Ciel Phantomhive, a thirteen-year-old business owner and head of the Phantomhive noble family. But of course, every deal has its fine print, and the fine print of this particular contract is a doozy: for helping Ciel avenge his deceased parents, Sebastian will earn the ability to kill Ciel and take his soul. Despite such a dark and clever set-up, "Kuroshitsuji" is a mixed bag from beginning to end; each episode after the exciting first one follows a simple formula that is so predictable that many episodes can be skipped entirely, and nothing important to the show's story overall will be lost. It doesn't take long to realize that ultimately, the show has one goal only: please viewers searching for a fan-service based bishounen show (i.e. a show about beautiful men that act as eye candy); this goal is the reason each episode is extremely cliche and stereotyped, a point that is especially highlighted when, once during each episode, Sebastian finds himself bowing and saying one of two catchphrases, including, "I am one hell of a butler." Still, despite each and every silly moment, no one can deny the effort put into animating the smallest of details in the show, and the creativity that clearly went into each episode's scenario is actually often quite impressive. Business deals going wrong can easily lead to a murder most foul, and thanks to the powers possessed by Sebastian the demon butler, it's not a question of if each conflict will be resolved - it's a question of what impressive trick the butler will perform to end it. And so, while the show may not be heavy in story or originality, it will, admittedly, certainly make any viewer smile.

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His Butler, Fluent
24. His Butler, Fluent
March 26, 2009
Having regained the services of his Butler, the Young Master issues a chilling order to kill. Sebastian is eager to please, but this task will require a revelation of his true nature.
His Butler, Up in Flames
23. His Butler, Up in Flames
March 19, 2009
The Young Master arrives in London only to find the city engulfed by flames. After an ominous warning from the undertaker, Ciel attempts to visit the queen, but he's shocked by his treatment at the hands of the palace guards.
His Butler, Dissolution
22. His Butler, Dissolution
March 12, 2009
The Young Master's journey to Paris leads to another showdown with the Queen's angelic butler and a painful parting of the ways with someone dear to his heart. Can Ceil survive without the demonic assistance he's grown so accustomed to?
His Butler, Engaging Servants
21. His Butler, Engaging Servants
March 5, 2009
A series of flashback reveals the secret pasts - and hidden talents - of the Phantomhive staff. While the servants go about their daily duties, the Young Master gives a chess lesson to pretty lady.
His Butler, Escaping
20. His Butler, Escaping
February 26, 2009
While the Young Master continues his investigation into the opium-filled, counterfeit candy wrappers, the Butler is chained and tortured in the Tower of London.
His Butler, Imprisoned
19. His Butler, Imprisoned
February 19, 2009
There's a potent new drug plaguing the backstreets of London, and it's being sold in stolen Phantomhive candy wrappers. The Young Master is being set up, but what manner of man wants him to take the fall?
His Butler, Transmitted
18. His Butler, Transmitted
February 12, 2009
An angel abducts Ciel and attempts to rewrite his unhappy memories of the past. The Butler is powerless to assist, but fortunately, the Young Master has an unhealthy attachment to his hatred.
His Butler, Offering
17. His Butler, Offering
February 5, 2009
The Queen orders young Master Phantomhive to investigate reports of a cult that promises to "purify" its unclean members. The mission is complicated by the appearance of a familiar reaper.
His Butler, in an Isolated Castle
16. His Butler, in an Isolated Castle
January 29, 2009
When the Young Master is defeated in a supernatural chess match, he must surrender his most prized possession to a ghostly prince. Locating a very old and very specific skull is the key to bringing Sebastian back.
His Butler, Competing
15. His Butler, Competing
January 22, 2009
The Queen is on hand as the Butler wages culinary warfare against Prince Soma's royal servant. The competition reaches an unprecedented level of ferocity when someone's secret ingredient unleashes the demon god of curry.
His Butler, Supremely Talented
14. His Butler, Supremely Talented
January 15, 2009
Prince Soma has been betrayed by his manservant, and the Butler must put his hellish talents to the test in a curry-cooking competition against the blessed right hand of an Indian deity.
His Butler, Freeloader
13. His Butler, Freeloader
December 25, 2008
A postcolonial conflict boils over when an Indian prince visits the Phantomhive estate. Later, the Butler's prowess with a blade is unexpectedly matched by his foreign counterpart.
His Butler, Forlorn
12. His Butler, Forlorn
December 18, 2008
The Master's birthday approaches, but rescuing Elizabeth is of far greater importance than celebrating. A vile puppeteer is terrorizing London, and only the Butler can cut down his army of marionettes.
His Butler, However You Please
11. His Butler, However You Please
December 11, 2008
When his betrothed is abducted by a deranged doll maker, the Young Master travels to London to investigate. Little does he know, the search will be complicated by a lovesick reaper who's lost his scythe.
His Butler, On Ice
10. His Butler, On Ice
December 4, 2008
Already a man of many talents, the Butler adds ice sculpting to his repertoire in an attempt to acquire a priceless-but-cursed gem for his Young Master.
His Butler, a Phantasm
9. His Butler, a Phantasm
November 27, 2008
No summary
His Butler, Training
8. His Butler, Training
November 20, 2008
The Butler puts on an exhibition in the art of training demonic canines to shake, roll over, and refrain from terrorizing gloomy villages. Meanwhile, the Gardner gets his first, painful taste of love.
His Butler, Travel
7. His Butler, Travel
November 13, 2008
Coming soon.
His Butler, At the Funeral
6. His Butler, At the Funeral
November 6, 2008
Sebastian continues his gruesome battle with the rogue reaper, and the Young Master takes special care to ensure that his beloved aunt is buried in the proper colors.
His Butler, a Chance Meeting
5. His Butler, a Chance Meeting
October 30, 2008
The Butler and his Young Master scour the seedy back alleys of London in search of an infamous butcher. Imagine their surprise upon discovering that the ripper may actually a reaper!
His Butler, Capricious
4. His Butler, Capricious
October 23, 2008
The Young Master dons an evening gown to apprehend a monster who's been butchering women of the night, but if his talent for cross-dressing is discovered, the Phantomhive name will be irreversibly sullied.
His Butler, Omnipotent
3. His Butler, Omnipotent
October 16, 2008
When the Young Master's fiancee drops by for an unannounced visit, the Phantomhive Estate experiences a sickening outbreak of "cuteness." Meanwhile, the Butler has his hands full with a suicidal apprentice.
His Butler, Strongest
2. His Butler, Strongest
October 9, 2008
Having regained the services of his Butler, the Young Master issues a chilling order to kill. Sebastian is eager to please, but this task will require a revelation of his true nature.
His Butler, Able
1. His Butler, Able
October 2, 2008
The Phantomhive estate bustles with preparations for an important meeting between the Young Master and a slithering captain of industry. The maid, the gardener, and the cook are fools, but the Butler is a man of hidden talents.
Description

If ever a competition were to be held to determine the most routine and predictable anime shows of all time, "Kuroshitsuji" (Translation: Black Butler) would easily make the Top Ten. "Kuroshitsuji" is an anime (Japanese cartoon) adaption of a manga (Japanese comic) of the same name. The series tells the tale of Sebastian Michaelis, who, despite appearing to be a normal pretty-boy human working as a butler in Victorian-era England, is in fact a demon held in service by a supernatural contract. Under this contract, he is required to work for Ciel Phantomhive, a thirteen-year-old business owner and head of the Phantomhive noble family.

But of course, every deal has its fine print, and the fine print of this particular contract is a doozy: for helping Ciel avenge his deceased parents, Sebastian will earn the ability to kill Ciel and take his soul.

Despite such a dark and clever set-up, "Kuroshitsuji" is a mixed bag from beginning to end; each episode after the exciting first one follows a simple formula that is so predictable that many episodes can be skipped entirely, and nothing important to the show's story overall will be lost.

It doesn't take long to realize that ultimately, the show has one goal only: please viewers searching for a fan-service based bishounen show (i.e. a show about beautiful men that act as eye candy); this goal is the reason each episode is extremely cliche and stereotyped, a point that is especially highlighted when, once during each episode, Sebastian finds himself bowing and saying one of two catchphrases, including, "I am one hell of a butler."

Still, despite each and every silly moment, no one can deny the effort put into animating the smallest of details in the show, and the creativity that clearly went into each episode's scenario is actually often quite impressive. Business deals going wrong can easily lead to a murder most foul, and thanks to the powers possessed by Sebastian the demon butler, it's not a question of if each conflict will be resolved - it's a question of what impressive trick the butler will perform to end it.

And so, while the show may not be heavy in story or originality, it will, admittedly, certainly make any viewer smile.

  • Premiere Date
    October 2, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (7,351)