|Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)|
|Published||2010 (North American)|
|Language||English (North American)|
|Pages||20 volumes, ongoing|
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) is a manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso.
The series follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler who is bound by a supernatural contract to serve Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family and the business-savvy owner of the Funtom company, a toy manufacturer. In return, when Ciel has finished all of his tasks, including avenging his parents' deaths, Sebastian will be allowed to kill him and devour his soul.
The series has been turned into an anime production, directed by Shinohara Toshiya and produced by A-1 Pictures. It premiered in October 2008, and ended with 24 episodes. The second season aired in 2010 spanning 12 episodes with two new main characters, Alois Trancy and Claude Faustus.
Ciel and Sebastian share a demon mark which appears as a brand or tattoo. Ciel wears this brand on his right eye and Sebastian wears his on his hand. Alois and Claude also share a demon brand, with Alois wearing his on his tongue and Claude wearing his on his hand like Sebastian.
In addition to numerous other products, the series has been represented by dolls, most notably by the Taeyang and Dal dolls produced by Jun Planning. Taeyang Sebastian and Dal Ciel were both reproduced including the demon brand worn by both.