Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 26th 2010
Series: Black Butler #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, manga
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.
A few years ago I started an anime called Black Butler and may or may not have finished all 25 episodes in two or three days. It was a dark, funny, and mysterious historical fantasy set in Victorian London (my favourite era) and had a main character who was a gorgeous
This volume was an introduction. You meet Sebastian, Ciel, and the other side characters (who are HILARIOUS) and get an idea of the role they fill. There was no indication of the overarching story/plot arc just yet, but a series of smaller stories that took place over a chapter or two.
This manga started of lighter than the anime did, but did get darker with each chapter. More fights happened, you were given gimpses of the London underworld, and eventually we got to see Sebastian use his demon powers. Most of it was humourous and light. Lots of depictions of food I wish I could take from the page because they looked delicious.
My favourite part of this volume was definitely the side characters. I know more about them from the anime, but it looks like they get more page/screen time in the manga. Which I am so grateful for. They are fantastic and hilarious and never dull. A lot of the comedy comes from their disastrous antics.
In volume two (which I still need to get my hands on) I’m hoping to see more hints to the first big story arc, and maybe more Ciel too. So far he seems to be only the lord they served, a young orphan at the head of a huge business empire. Also more hilarity and side characters because they’re great (in case my repetitiveness didn’t make my feelings about them obvious)