The popular anime distributer, Manga UK, announced on their Twitter page that they have successfully obtained the rights to distribute the popular anime, Black Butler in the UK. Black Butler follows the story of a demonic butler Sebastian Michaelis who serves a rich and orphaned twelve year old, Ciel Phantomhive. The story follows their lives in Ciel’s household set in Victorian England.
The anime, originally called Kuroshitsuji, was made and produced by A-1 Pictures back in October 2008, and received a positive response from Japanese viewers. Since its release, a second season has aired in Japan last year; a spin off musical has been performed and has its own Nintendo DS game. In North America, dubbing giants Funimation gained the rights to dub and distribute the anime early last year.
The source manga is already a huge success in the UK, and despite only having a handful of episodes and limited access in the UK, it has become increasingly popular with fans. This can most notably be seen in cosplay; where at the London MCM Expo in October last year there was a large and successful group meeting of Black Butler cosplayers. The costumes were detailed and traditional and with its Victorian and Gothic influence, there is no doubt that the popularity of this anime will grow once it is available to watch on DVD.
As of yet, Manga UK haven’t confirmed when it will be released or how many volumes it will be dispersed in, but it is certainly something to keep a watch out for.