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Black Butler: Season 1, Part 1

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Product Description

Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering. Forced to watch as his beloved parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell. Together, they’ll prowl the darkest alleys of London on a mission to snuff out those who would do evil. They’re a rare sight, these two: the Butler who dismembers with dazzling cutlery – and the Young Master who carries the devil’s marking. Rest assured that wherever they may be headed, it’ll be one hell of a ride.

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The year is 1888; Ciel Phantomhive, the adolescent heir to a vast British estate and lofty title, has struck a deal that binds the demon Sebastian to him as his butler. And he needs the help: his other four servants are knockabout clowns who make the Keystone Kops look effective. Based on the manga by Yana Toboso, Black Butler (2008) is a weird mixture of Gothic horror, bishonen fantasy, and slapstick comedy. Ciel describes himself as "the Queen's Guard Dog," and he solves mysterious, often supernatural crimes--but Sebastian does all the work. The first episodes involve Jack the Ripper, and the still-unsolved case of the notorious mass murderer turns out to concern an effete, renegade Grim Reaper. Another adventure involves a sort of werewolf. The filmmakers can't seem to decide if Black Butler is supposed to be the anime equivalent of an old penny dreadful or a sophomoric comedy. Often grotesque violence is juxtaposed with heavy-handed gags. After the werewolf/"demon hound" savagely kills an evil nobleman, Sebastian defeats the creature with dog biscuits. The English dub, with American actors trying to do what they imagine are British accents, is painful to listen to. Black Butler is every bit as much fun as a dropped ice-cream cone. (Suitable for ages 16 and older: violence, violence against women, animal cruelty, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, sexual situations, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. His Butler, Able, 2. His Butler, Strongest, 3. His Butler, Omnipotent, 4. His Butler, Capricious, 5. His Butler, Chance Encounter, 6. His Butler, At the Funeral, 7. His Butler, Merrymaking, 8. His Butler, Training, 9. His Butler, Phantom Image, 10. His Butler, On Ice, 11. His Butler, However You Please, 12. His Butler, Forlorn)


Special Features

Episode 01 commentary

Episode 07 commentary

Musician profile

Textless opening song

Textless closing song

Trailers


Product Details

  • Actors: J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, Monica Rial
  • Directors: Ian Sinclair
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo), English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AJDEBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I love this anime a lot, though I have to agree with other reviewers and say the manga is better. But hey, what manga ISN'T better than the anime(other than ones that were written after the anime). I am not going to make this review very long, seeing how I personally hate reviews that pick at every little thing in the series, and are 5 pages long. (plus I am a bit lazy to make it very detailed)

Art/Animation:
I liked the art. I totally disagree with the other reviewer saying it was hard to recognize Sebastian in the anime. Seriously? What? Are you partially blind or something? Animation and drawings are completely different, so there obviously be some differences. I enjoyed both greatly.

Story:
I've read up to the most recent chapter releases of the manga, in Japan and I can't tell even begin to tell you how far way this anime strays from the plot of the manga. Though I suppose it'd be boring for both the anime and manga to be completely the same. Yes, there was some slight fillers in the first season, but nothing too bad that made me even begin to dislike the series. I wasn't a big fan of where the plot went at the ending of the series though, mainly because it got sort of dumb and freaky.

Characters:
The characters are amazing in BOTH the anime and manga. I love all the characters, (okay, all of them except Lizzy) and think their personalities are shown very well.

Overall:
I'd highly recommend this series. Especially if you are a fan of BL (there are some nice hints). I LOVE all of Yana Toboso works, and will be a fan for a very long time. While this series has it's -.- moments. I still very much enjoyed it.

Ps. I haven't purchased this product but I plan to. I just wanted to leave a review that this series was very good, since it got such a bad review.
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Okay, I gotta admit I watched the fansubs for this looong before it was announced for an American release and - I LOVE IT! The manga is awesome, the anime is awesome too! The plot is pretty good, the characters highly interesting, the art beautiful, the music great. All around well worth watching by any anime fan, especially if you're a fangirl (who can say no to Sebastian's demon grin?) So, even though I had already watched the entire series when it was released in the US I grabbed it up on pre-order (and got a dang good price here too!) But I gotta say the English version's voice acting drove me insane! As good as the translation and adaptation was the fake British accents were...well horribly grating on the ears. I can't actually watch it in English because of this! Funimation has a Youtube channel with a few episodes in English, I say try them on there first! I normally like British accents too but I can't take this! However, if you set it in Japanese with English subtitles, it's pretty good! The packaging is pretty too! Sebastian and Ciel on one side of the box and Grell and Madame Red on the other (plus Sebastian on the individual DVD covers and the covers are reversible with more art on the inside!), a nice and shiny black box will also be able to hold the second part of season one perhaps...there is definitely extra space in there for some reason! The only let down of the limited edittion seems to be well, what exactly is different? The limited edition comes with a pretty box...but the DVD's don't seem to have any extra's that aren't on the standard edition...no special goodies either like I was told on ANN. If you want a collector's box it's worth it, but if you want something more you will be disappointed.Read more ›
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This is the most amazing anime I have ever seen! It has just about everything from, dark, depressing moments to 12 year old boys in dresses to laugh out loud comedy and (let's not forget) the questionable yaoi. I would say mostly for fans of Vampire Knight, Blood+, and Will O Wisp. It has such an interesting story line and the cast looks amazing. I can't wait to see the 'corset scene' in english ;D That's a classic scene!
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The disks are in great shape, but the case was not so good. There was a price sticker covering the front. I carefully peeled it off since this was a birthday gift for my step daughter and discovered that the sticker had been covering up a big patch of missing surface and just cardboard was showing. It appears to have had another sticker there, which must have not been so carefully removed and damaged the front of the case.
All in all, the disks are what counts, but since it was a gift, if I would have known that the case was damaged I would have probably bought it elsewhere.
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Kuroshitsuji has hit America! First time I saw this or heard of it was when I was radomally looking on mangafox to discover more manga. And I stumbled upon this. Now, usually what makes me want to really read something is by the art work or the title to it. And seeing as how I like things dark and depressing, I chose to give this a little shot. Maaan, I LOVE THIS!!! You guys would probably drop dead with laughter if you ever stumble upon the scene where Sebastian puts Ciel in a corset. That was classic! But I'm not going to spoil it 'cause that would be evil, but I can't get off into it that much because I'm only on vol. 5 and I've had some sneak peaks with the episodes on youtube, but by far what I've seen, Square Enix is once again at it. If any of you have heard Vampire Knight and or Will O' Wisp (All time favs), then you'll TOTALLY love this one. If not, there is something incrediably wrong with you guys. But be forwarned, the anime and manga don't exactly have the same story line as I found that out the hard way. The circus one is only in the manga cause I didn't see it when I was watching some of the anime. But get this, you'll love the dark humor, sad moments, and...I'm not too sure about the questionable yaoi...but I love it! Let's paint the town red for the best shinigamii; Greil!XD
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