Black Butler (Anime Series) (2008-2009)
Based on the Kuroshitsuji Manga
Oh, Black Butler, my beloved Black Butler. This was one of the first animes I watched that got me absolutely hooked.
Just one name, Sebastian, voiced by the oh, so pleasant J. Michael Tatum, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several times and acquiring his autograph.
Black Butler is much darker than it seems. The main character is Ciel Phantomhive (Brina Palencia is also lovely in person), a young boy (12, I think) who is now Lord of his manor with Sebastian as, simply, one hell of a butler. Ciel has sold his soul to a demon for some very specific revenge that he doesn’t know the half of. It is set in Victorian England, surrounding the life of our young Lord and his odd, yet loveable servants.
If you like dark, morbid stories with odd twists and the supernatural woven in, then you will love Black Butler. It broke my heart on more than one occasion and kept proving wrong what my very heart wanted to happen. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I was sadly mistaken.
Now, as much as I love the series and am even reading the manga, I am not a huge fan of the second season and I feel it might very well have been just the introduction of our new characters and where they lead us. That doesn’t mean it was bad and I enjoyed the extreme twist ending, but did not love the entire Season 2 story. Claude is a motherfucker.
This is another short anime that is great for a binge watch… or several.
So tell me, what would you sell your soul for?