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Black Butler - Season One Part One - Limited Edition


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00477VLXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,882 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keenan on Feb. 17 2011
Format: DVD
Black Butler is an anime based on the extremely popular manga by Yana Toboso. The story takes place in England in the nineteenth century and is about Ciel Phantomhive (Brina Palencia), the 12-year-old head of a rich family and his demonic butler Sebastian Michaelis (J. Michael Tatum). Nicknamed the queen's guard dogs, they carry out any business requested by Queen Victoria, which in these 12 episodes includes hunting down a killer and ridding a village of a 'demon hound'.

The story is not completely faithful to the manga but has some episodes which are taken from Yana Toboso's original work. The episodes which are events only in the anime adaptation are interesting and do not at all drag on. In my opinion, despite what many other people have said, the English dub is very well done. There are some characters with poor voice acting (such as the Phantomhive estate's gardener, chef and maid) but you get used to them and they are more than made up for by the excellent voice acting of the other characters (Sebastian, Grell and Madame Red among others).

The box set released by Funimation is a limited edition and in my opinion is really cool. Instead of their usual two thinpaks in a cardboard slipcase, it is a very hard and sturdy chipboard slipcase that is big enough to hold four thinpaks, so that when you get part two you can have all four thinpaks in and display it as a 'complete season one' box set. So when you get the set now it comes with the two part one thinpaks and a filler box to take out once you get the second part. It was quite expensive, but in my opinion was worth it.

I hope that everyone who reads this review will pick it up, because it is a great show. Part two is out in march, so let's hope for season two to get an english dub as well!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nes on Jan. 17 2011
Format: DVD
Yeah, what's up with that? It's incredibly negative towards the series. It isn't a product description, it's someone's opinion.
And don't get me wrong, I can honor someone else's opinion, but it isn't meant to exist in this sort of thing.

The product description should DESCRIBE WHAT THIS BOX SET IS, not pick at some things that someone just didn't like from it.

C'mon, Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aki chan on Aug. 19 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
although i've watched this before i bought it i just couldnt stop myself from purchasing the beautiful box set :D cant wait for season 2!
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Anyone buying should NOT bother with what the description reads. It's not what this series is about but someone's opinion of it. Someone who has never seen the series, or at least all of it.

With that said, this series is AMAZING! I have both Season 1 and 2 in the original Japanese release and from what I have seen of the English dubbing it's just as awesome. I love the fact they actually gave them English accents AND seperated the accents by class (aka. lower servants have a different accent then the lord or higher stationed servants) it gaves it a feeling of authenticity, in accordance to the research put into it by it's creator, that usually lacks in anime set in England and dubbed by the Americans. That with the over all feel of the series, the beautiful animation and lovable characters it makes for an great watch!

My only complaint however, and the only reason I am waiting to buy this series dubbed, is that for the price we should get the WHOLE season not just 12 episodes of it. I mean come on Funimation! That's a little steep don't you think? That's nearly $3 an episode for just the one set! Then if we want the whole series we got to fork out the same amount again?! It wouldn't seem so bad if we got more episodes in the set. The whole point of box sets is to get the seasons/series cheaper then you would if you bought the disks/episodes individually (or at least it is in the case of most of Funimations releases- why is this one so different?)

I still give it 5 stars (would be more if it was possible)because,reguardless of the packaging, as the series is definately one of the best to ever be released in the last few years. I was acutally getting bored with anime and was almost ready not to follow any more new series when I stumbled across this gem.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Great series, but the manga tops the cake Jan. 7 2011
By AVIDrobot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great anime, but English Version...? Jan. 12 2011
By Gilnokoibito - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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. You could choose to get whichever version you want and you would probably be just as happy! But if you want to support the anime industry or just get this on DVD in a pretty box, the show itself is well worth it and highly recommended! Scoop it up and enjoy! (Just don't be disappointed with the lack of 'limited edition' goodies or grating fake accents, if you can stand that you'll be fine!)
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Must See For All Anime Fans Nov. 24 2010
By blackbutlerx3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Let's paint the town red...if you can stomach it that is. Nov. 22 2010
By Yamila - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Must have! Jan. 4 2011
By Ock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is an absolutely brilliant anime that I'd highly recommend. It has a well rounded story and very clever plot lines. The characters are very well made and unique, and the characters develop throughout the anime. And the art style is a perfect 5 star, I can't recall another anime with such elegant and unique art style.
There are a few questionable yaoi moments, but it doesn't overtake the anime and it's mostly noticeable only if you look into it. The 'yaoi' of this anime is probably over advertised and isn't used nearly as much in the actual anime. So it's just however you wan't to look at it.
I would recommend watching it in Japanese though, it sounds right and it's worth reading the subtitles.
Overall it is a must have.


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