Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1) by Yana Toboso

Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)

In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga.

Details Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)

TitleBlack Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)
Release DateJan 26th, 2010
PublisherYen Press
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Comics

Reviews Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)

  • Despair Speaking
    I watched Kuroshitsuji first, that's why I'm so late in reading it. I liked it so much that's why I picked this out even though I finished both seasons. I thought the series was over.How wrong I was.Apparently, the anime industry has once again decided to end a series before the manga counterpart ended. I suppose I could understand WHY they'd do that but they should have stopped at a point where they could pick off again once the manga is far eno...
  • Kit
    It was readable and nicely drawn, and that's pretty much all the nice things I have to say about Black Butler. Here are all the not-so-nice things instead.Firstly, the content itself was shabby. The overarching plot seems to be that Ciel wants revenge for the death of his parents, and for help with this he has sold his soul to the demon Sebastian. This seems to be forgotten almost instantly, as all we see Ciel actually do is bicker with his demon...
  • Jody Mena
    What can I say about this first volume in the Black Butler series? I absolutely LOVED it! It manages to be cute, suspenseful, funny and chilling all the way through. Ciel is intriguingly deep for a child, and Sebastian is both wonderfully complex and extraordinarily simple in the end - and one hell of a butler! Finny, Meirin and Bard are great as comic relief, but surprisingly they also serve to offset the scenes in which Sebastian is slaughterin...
  • Miss Ryoko
    Okay, first, no surprise, Sebastian (the Black Butler) is a sexy, sexy bitch! So I was looking forward to reading this series!It's pretty interesting! Mysterious with beautiful illustrations. The clothing, the people, they're all good looking and well dressed. And Sebastian is a stud. Nearly every picture of him made me swoon :-p I'm excited to see what other secrets will be revealed as the series goes on! (soooooo sexy!)
  • Erin Dunn
    Sebas-chan! Just recently I watched all of the Black Butler anime series and upon finishing the show I knew I had to read the manga. It ended up being perfect timing since I am participating in a genre challenge through my local library. This week is the last week of the challenge and the theme was "choose your own genre." What better genre challenge for me than a manga? I've never read one before and previously I was put off by the fact that you...
  • Sara
    Wow, I think I have a crush on the Black Butler. . . how did that happen? He's not real!This was weird and quirky and took awhile to get into, but I liked it.It's about - well, a butler. A larger than life, kick-ass butler who surely can't be human, can he? He fought off gun-toting Italian gangsters with forks and table knives while hanging from the chandelier. . . . His young master is the head of the Phantomhive family and it takes place in an ...
  • Helna
    Black Butler (黒執事, Kuroshitsuji?) is a manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. Since its debut on September 16, 2006, it has been serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy. The series follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler who is obligated to serve Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family, due to a contract he made with Ciel. It was announced in July 2008 that an anime...
  • Calista
    My biggest gripe: The book is set up backwards and you have to read it right to left from the back to the front of the book. Why? Annoying.This is my first Manga and I don't understand the fuss. The extra staff were stupid in the background and very cartoon-y. Why? The rest was so serious, why the stupid characters who are obviously incompetent. The story - was good. I actually really loved Sebastian and of course, you are supposed too. I thought...
  • Zuleeza
    Bite me, but I do have a maaaaaaaajor crush on Sebastian. Oh wait, he's a demon? But he can cook and he fights with silverware. Can we just forget that he is...ermmm...a demon? I always wondering, wouldn't it be better if Ciel is not a boy but is a 18 years old girl. That would save me some sanity. Honestly, somehow by watching this series, being a gay pedophile doesn't seem like a distant idea.Anyway, back to the series, I can hardly believe my ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    I've never been much of an anime/manga fan (with the exception of Akira, Vol. 1), but several people recommended that I read Black Butler so I ordered a copy.I honestly didn't get it. Sure, I understood the story, I understood what was going on, but I didn't get the point! Nothing made this book stand out for me; it was your run-of-the-mill manga novel. It got rather boring, to be frank.My sister cautioned me that there's incest and pedophilia as...
  • Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
    Meh.Meeeeeeeeeeh.I will admit, manga and comics in general are a hit or miss for me and I vastly prefer it's motion counterparts, but I have also never watched the anime of Black Butler.And it's not for lack of encouragement. One of my close friends watches about 2 animes a day and desperately tries to bring of us (the rest of our friends) over to the dark side. While she convinced the others to watch atleast 3 shows, I stuck with the one show I ...
  • Roxanne
    Just a big ol' nope on this one.
  • Asamii
    ok damn where should I even start? This manga, THIS DAMN MANGA, will break your heart.I don't care whether you like anime or manga or not but you must watch this anime or read the manga ( if you're new to anime /manga, I recommend watching the anime because I think you're going to enjoy it more. The soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous).Must read this book 5 stars without even a second thought
  • Julia Sapphire
    re-read: still 3.5 stars for me -----------------------------------------------------* 3.5 stars *WHAT?! I feel like this was just so quick! Probably because it was super short so...But one, at some points I was very confused. BUT am excited to see were this story goes. I like Sebastian though so!(:
  • Linda
    Black Butler is such a beautiful manga not only in terms of drawing style and covers but also in the design and matching personalities of the characters.🖤 It is set in Victorian London (!) and follows the story of the young Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his mysterious butler on their way solving riddles, receiving missions and getting revenge. ( ᐛ )و
  • Agnė
    First of all, you have to know that I haven't watched the Black Butler anime series and thus don't know anything about the storyline beyond this first manga volume. So maybe it gets better later (and I assume it does because I know plenty of people who LOVE this series), but Black Butler I seems kind of plotless and pointless to me.In general, Black Butler I is pretty boring: not much is going on. Also, some of the events don't make much sense (v...
  • Eli
    Ehhhhh... I expected more from this because it's one of the incredibly popular mangas/animes. But it fell flat for me. Sometimes manga paneling and dialogue can be very cluttered and confusing for me and this was one of the more confusing ones. I didn't really feel that any of the characters were compelling and the lesser characters were cliché for this type of media. The plot didn't feel very original either. I may decide to watch the anime one...
  • Laura
    4.5 StarsManga has been a longtime nemesis of mine. We have duels and stare-downs a couple of times a year actually. But I was determined to conquer this intimidating and mysteriously, beautiful art form. I just needed to find a story that caught my eye and mind. I’ve tried and tried! My reading attempts have always ended in frustration and confusion though. Until now….I believe I found my Manga! Black Butler by Yana Toboso is dark, mysteriou...
  • dani! ❀
    I did not intend to enjoy this series. At all. It was something I reluctantly considered reading or watching, and didn't really have any expectations for it. The blurb sounds like Twilight except with gay demons, for one. In the end, though... after flicking through a friend's volume and trying to comprehend what was going on, while simultaneously falling in love with Ciel within two pages, I ended up watching both seasons of the anime within fou...
  • James Vandervest
    I will keep try to keep this as short as I can. It is the tale of a creepy ass butler who I swear is supposed to be a pedophile and the little boy he serves. Sadly I am not kidding and that is not the worst of it. This garbage feels exactly like reading the fanfiction of some creepy ass sexually repressed girl in her early teens. Seriously I have never felt so uncomfortable reading something since that one part of Sleepers (if you read that book ...
  • Lilith
    The art sold me for this one, it was perfect for this particular manga.The story is about a rich young orphan named Cial who had made a pact with a demon named Sebastian who then became his magical butler than can do pretty much anything (No really, I bet if Cial wanted him to pull elephants out of his arse he would do it.). The dynamic between these two characters really makes the series as you get engrossed in their banter and their strange Mas...
  • Anusha Narasimhan
    Picked this up because the anime is super popular and I had to read the manga before watching the anime. I'm not very impressed by this volume. Hopefully, the next volumes will be good.
  • Sophie Crane
    Gorgeous artwork that flows effortlessly from panel to panel, and a great mix of action, horror and comedy. The story is engaging, with characters that really draw you into the plot, with the titular demonic butler being the obvious standout, and his relationship with Master Ciel Phantomhive one of the primary plot hooks (Sebastian, the butler, is in a contract with Ciel, acting as his subservient butler until the time comes that he can devour hi...
  • Julia
    Second read. I'm currently obsessed with the anime and had to give the manga another chance. Basically it was me fangirling over Ciel, Sebastian and the servants this time around xD13. März: ***
  • Bookishrealm
    Okay this was really good. Very different from the anime but I’m really interested in learning more about this agreement between Sebastian and Ciel. I can’t figure out if it’s related to his family or if it’s something else. The first part was a little difficult to follow and I think that’s because I kept the anime in mind when reading this but when I let that go I was really about to enjoy it. I’m glad I have volume 2 on hand to pick...
  • Dorothy Weigand
    I loved this. I loved how it was so different from the anime. Ciel is far less brutal in the manga (right now). A scene from the anime was not in the manga that I saw and I'm not sure if I like that or not. This volume introduces us to a good number of characters. Sebastian of course. The head butler of the Phantomhive household, and a demon contracted to work for Ciel Phantomhive. Ciel Phantomhive, head of the family and president of Funtime Toy...
  • Ana Sofia Ferreira
    Giving it full four starts because Sebastian is just awesome!It's my first time rating a manga, and although I've read some, my opinion may be a little biased because the anime of Black Butler is one of my favourite animes. That said, I really, really miss Sebastian's voice and his little ticks, his little traits that you can't really see in a manga. I also think I'll never be able to enjoy a manga the way I enjoy anime, especially in acting scen...
  • Rachel
    Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler, is composed of one part serious historical fiction, one part supernatural horror, one part fanservice, and five parts uncut crack.Twelve-year-old Ciel Phantomhive is the last of his line, and the Earl of Phantomhive, following the death of his parents in the fire that claimed the family mansion. He lives alone, but for his servants: one whom doesn't do much of anything, three whom fail at everything they attempt, an...