List of Black Butler episodes
The episodes of the 2008 Japanese animated television series Black Butler are based on the Black Butler manga series drawn and illustrated by Toboso Yana. The episodes are directed by Toshiya Shinohara and produced by A-1 Pictures.
The plot of the episodes follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler who is obligated to serve Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family, due to a contract he made with Ciel.The episodes started airing on October 2, 2008 on Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting and Mainichi Broadcasting System. Other stations that air the episodes at later dates include Hokkaido Broadcasting, Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting, RCC Broadcasting, Shizuoka Broadcasting System, Tokyo Broadcasting System, and several other broadcasting networks. The anime adaptation of the manga was confirmed on July 11, 2008 by Gakken's Animedia magazine, and the official website of the anime began to stream a trailer of the anime on July 26, 2008.Two DVD compilations are planned for release by Aniplex; the first compilation is to be released on January 21, 2009 and the second on February 25, 2009.
Three pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: one opening theme and two closing themes. The opening theme is "Kiss of Monochrome" by the Japanese rock band Sid, the current closing which began airing with episode 14 is "Lacrimosa" by Kalafina, while the first closing theme is "I'm Alive!" by the American singer Rebecca Hollcraft, commonly known as Becca.Two singles containing the theme music and other tracks have been released; the single containing tracks from Sid was released on October 29, 2008 and the single from Becca was released on October 22, 2008. The third single containing tracks from Kalafina has a release date of March 4, 2009.