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Black Butler (黒執事) Volume 1 Review





Just a stone’s throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom and its master, one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria’s faithful servant… and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately, his loyal butler, Sebastian, is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master’s wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a diner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of London’s underbelly, there apparently is nothing Sebastian cannot do. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true… or at least, too good to be human…


I’ve reread and loved Black Butler for so long and I’m really afraid that my review won’t do it justice, but I will try anyway because as I said I love, no adore, this series 💕 It also may seem like a lot of fangirling(?) but I’m good with posting reviews full of my fangirl heart 😆💖

Black Butler is set in Victorian London, with a bit of modern technology included, and is about a boy who makes a contract with a demon to take revenge on the people who have hurt him. This first volume introduces us to the world and the characters, providing us with interactions between fellow characters living in the manor and some that live out in London. You can tell that Yana Toboso researched a lot about the Victorian era when you look at the clothing and also in the way the characters speak, and it makes it even more enjoyable to read if you love the Victorian era as much as I do. Also, can we talk about the art because it is absolutely gorgeous! The intricate patterns and beautiful scenery make you feel like your in the Victorian era and its just so amazing to look at. I could stare at Yana Toboso’s art all day and never get tired of it, that’s how beautiful it is. As the first volume in an ongoing series, it was an great one and I totally recommend Black Butler to anyone and everyone!


What’s your favorite quote from this volume?


(Sebastian) “Now young master. I do believe I taught you how to beg?”


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