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Product Details

  • Series: Black Butler (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316084255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316084253
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Yana Toboso is the creator of the wildly popular series BLACK BUTLER which is currently serialized in Square Enix's magazine MONTHLY GFantasy. Her previous work was a single volume entitled RUST BLASTER.

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Humor,drama, and action.
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I was very happy with my purchases and so was my son he is a huge Black Butler fan!
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I'd recommend this to anyone who likes dark/gothic type manga.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By the prancing llama on June 6, 2010
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This manga is about a young boy who promised his soul to a demon in exchange for help finding the identity of the people who killed his parents and getting revenge against them. In the meantime, the demon masquerades as his butler and takes orders from him. The setting is in Victorian England, and the artwork is beautiful. I often find myself wanting Ciel's clothes. The storylines are at times funny and at times dark and serious. I especially enjoyed reading the author's behind-the-scenes stories at the very end of the manga, which you don't get if you only read the manga in serialized form. Some of the themes in the manga are dark, so it's more suitable for older children and adults.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Campbell on May 26, 2010
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Black Butler is my favorite manga. The artwork is beautiful and the storyline is amazing! The characters are funny, some sardonic. I would recommend this volume, (and the first one, and the ones to follow) to anyone who likes fantasy that is kind-of dark. If you don't like violence or gore, there is a little bit in this series, but there's not too much - it shouldn't be too bad for the faint hearted. :) The idea is brilliant and Yana Toboso does an outstanding job in playing it out; she makes Black Butler a memorable manga.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samra on April 5, 2011
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I love this series, and it keeps getting better with every volume.
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes dark/gothic type manga.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on June 21, 2010
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Character development is a less in this second volume, pushed aside slightly in favor of plot. It seems almost a given that a faux Victorian gothic horror story will cover the Jack the Ripper tale and sure enough, that is what Toboso does, though she seems to value the story less for its historical roots and more for its horrific possibilities. She uses the tale as a jumping off point to begin exploring Earl Phantomhive's past, especially the death of his parents. The investigation also allows her to start showing her readers that evil is more pervasive than just one simple butler. Several new characters are introduced in this volume, each with motives uncertain to both readers and to the Earl. By the end, things have taken a slightly predictable turn, but the abrupt ending should lead to more exciting action and revelations to come.

One of the best touches in Toboso's second volume is the opening story. It is a humorous aside about Sebastian trying to get his work done while also dealing with the disasters caused by the other members of the Phantomhive staff. The chapter effectively introduces Sebastian, shows off his abilities, sets the scene at the Phantomhive residence, lays out the relationships, and tells a little bit of the previous volume's plot, all in a light story that won't seem repetitive to readers who have already read volume one, but which will help new readers get their bearings. From there the story takes a slightly slower turn, getting a touch soggy by the end, but it picks up dramatically on the last page, leaving readers eager for the next volume and the promised confrontation.

Toboso does not neglect humor, though. Wacky events and character behavior abound, even in the midst of gruesome or horrific moments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon C. Chessick on January 30, 2012
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When I read the first volume of Black Butler I didn't like it to be honest. But I decided to give the series another try, so I read the second volume. After finishing that one, I immediatly started the third. This manga is super addicting. It's got a lot of dark themes, but through and through, there is some humor, and of course, Sebby, Grell and all the other leading men are very cute. If you didn't like Vol 1, i highly recommend Vol 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LD Hall on January 19, 2011
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I loved this book. I got both volumes I and II for Christmas and finished them both in one day. I am now waiting for the next two volumes to be released. It was a great present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Persnickety on August 2, 2014
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I have been wanting this manga for a while but I really don't like to buy the paper copies - I always misplace them. So when I saw Kuro had a digital copy, I had to go for it. And I'm so glad I did. The translation is great, even sound effects translated, and the pictures are so crisp and perfect on the kindle. I hope they do this for more manga titles.
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I love this series it seems I can't get enough I will read them all ..........!!!!!!!!!!! and won't stop until Sebastian eats ciel.
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