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Black Butler

Black Butler

Funimation Channel 2008

One of the noble families of England - Phantomhive, has a butler, Sebastian Michaels. He has unquestionably perfect knowledge, manners, talent with materials. martial arts and much more. But for some reason, he serves a 12 year old master...

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Black Butler

Black Butler - S1E3

#1 - His Butler, Omnipotent

7.53

Season 1 - Episode 3

Elizabeth, Ciel's fiancee, arrives at the Phantomhive Estate for a visit. While Ciel does not wish to dance with her, Sebastian convinces him to learn to dance for the sake of preserving his social reputation, and teaches him a simple waltz. Later, Elizabeth is unhappy with Ciel wearing his own ring in favour of the one she has brought him, and she breaks Ciel's ring by throwing it on the floor. Ciel comes close to hitting Elizabeth but is stopped by Sebastian, who explains to Elizabeth that Ciel's ring is the Phantomhive family's ring. Elizabeth is upset, but Ciel throws the ring out of the window and declares that he is the head of the Phantomhive family, with or without it. Ciel then wipes Elizabeth's tears away and dances with her. That night, Sebastian finds Ciel depressed in bed and produces Ciel's ring, undamaged. Ciel wonders how many Phantomhives have died wearing the ring. He tells Sebastian to stay by his side until he falls asleep, amusing Sebastian and causing him to comment on Ciel showing his weaknesses to him.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Black Butler from 91 votes.

Black Butler - S2E2

#2 - Solo Butler

7.57

Season 2 - Episode 2

Ciel Phantomhive makes remarks about the sound of water and the warmth of the sunlight, but feels uneasy about opening his eyes. After hearing Sebastian's voice, he opens them to find Elizabeth sitting across from him on a boat. Bard, Maylene, and Finny are nearby in a boat as well. They arrive at a newly built bridge, where Ciel makes an announcement concerning its opening. Ciel then runs into Elizabeth, who wishes to seek a rare white stag that lives in the forest. Ciel promptly refuses but eventually agrees once Elizabeth starts crying. In the meantime, Lau and Ranmao hold bets on whether or not they will find the stag. When a storm comes, Ciel wants to stop the search and promises to come back another day. He also says he can just hire people to find the stag for him, which upsets Elizabeth a great deal. She runs away, saying through her tears that Ciel doesn't understand her feelings. After a short while, Finny appears and informs Ciel that Elizabeth is in trouble. Ciel rushes over to find that Elizabeth is trapped on a boat in the fast river currents. Lau points out that the old dam is about to burst. Ciel orders Sebastian to stop the flood and vows to save Elizabeth by himself. Surprisingly, Sebastian breaks the dam upriver, causing a huge amount of water to rush in. The boat is flipped over but Ciel manages to grab hold of Elizabeth. Ciel wakes up in Sebastian's arms and Elizabeth hugs him, apologizing in tears. Ciel yells at Sebastian for not stopping the flood, which prompts Sebastian to say that he changed the shape of the river to prevent future floods. Elizabeth is still upset that they were unable to find the white stag, but Sebastian replies that the white stag is just over the hill. The group runs over to look and discover that the white stag is a hill figure. While Ciel and Elizabeth hold hands, Elizabeth explains that if they finds the white stag, their life will be filled with happiness.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Black Butler from 47 votes.

Black Butler - S2E4

#3 - Terrorist Butler

7.62

Season 2 - Episode 4

Ciel and Sebastian begin the episode in a train station as Finny, Bard, and Mey-Rin send them off. Finny becomes so excited, he bumps into a luggage carrier heaving a large crate onto the train, causing the man to drop the box onto his hand. Ciel briefly observes the scratches on the man's hand as the three servants apologize profusely. The owner of the crate then explains its contents, a mummy in a sarcophagus, are extremely valuable. On the train, it is revealed Ciel was sent by the queen to settle a kidnapping case, and during their investigation, they meet a number of suspicious people, ranging from a tattooed priest to a hot-headed Japanese man. The policeman resembling Abberline arrives on the scene, but causes mass hysteria when he reveals there is a murderer held by police on the train. In the dining car, the policeman reveals himself to be Abberline's twin brother, though Ciel has no recollection of the Abberline he once knew. Afterword, Ciel encounters the luggage carrier from the station, recognizing him by the scratches on his hand, and concludes he's the kidnapper. The man flees to the last car while Ciel and Sebastian give chase, but the kidnapper disconnects the car to escape. Inside the isolated car, the kidnapper demands the ransom from the noble whose son is held hostage, but Sebastian stops him. After the kidnapper explains he put a bomb on the train that will detonate once the train stops, Sebastian kicks him out of the car and pursues the rest of the train. Meanwhile, Abberline begins to suffer from a terrible stomach ache that is assumed to be cholera, and Ciel finds the kidnapped boy in the luggage car where the mummy should be. Before the boy can be released, Ciel is taken hostage by the aforementioned murderer, Jack-Knife Hayward, who demands the train be stopped. However, not only is it revealed to all that the train cannot be stopped due to the bomb, but the train is headed for a broken bridge, and there may be an outbreak of cholera. Many

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Black Butler from 45 votes.

Black Butler - S2E3

#4 - Wench Butler

7.78

Season 2 - Episode 3

The episode begins with Grell Sutcliffe poetically commenting on a young couple who've just taken pictures. The female suddenly bursts into flames and despite the best efforts of her husband, who takes off his coat to douse the flames, his young bride is burned to ashes. Ciel is asked to investigate the cases, so he approaches Sir Randall and a man who seems to be Abberline. According to Randall, spontaneous human combustion seems to be occurring throughout the city. Randall denies Ciel any information concerning the cases, as it is classified. So, Ciel goes to the one person who might have ready information: The Undertaker. After making the Undertaker laugh, he shows Ciel the recent corpse: ashes in a tiny vial. The young bride is nothing more than ashes now as she was burned in frightfully high temperatures. Ciel then notices the ashes are glittering. At the funereal, the photographer and his overweight wife present the groom with the last photograph the couple took together moments before her death. The man tries to take it, but his bandaged hands cause him to drop the photo frame, causing it to break. The photographer's wife, Margaret Turner, makes a odd expression and Ciel notices a glittering substance akin to the ashes following her. Upon further investigation, they find out that all the victims had two things in common: they were newlywed women and they all went to the Turner Photographers to take their photos. Lau also informs them that he sold his largest shipment of magnesium to them. When they arrive at the photo studio, they see Turner's wife has destroyed the building because her life is miserable without passionate love. She proceeds to go completely insane, sprinkling everything with magnesium and igniting it with her camera's flash. Grell then appears to collect her soul. Surprisingly, Ciel does not remember him, but is vaguely reminded of Madam Red through Grell's overcoat. Turner takes refuge on Big Ben and starts attacking Ciel, who has followed

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Black Butler from 45 votes.

Black Butler - S1E1

#5 - His Butler, Able

7.81

Season 1 - Episode 1

Ciel Phantomhive is awakened by his butler, Sebastian Michaelis, who informs Ciel that Damian, the head of one of his factories, is coming for a visit. Sebastian orders the household staff, Baldroy, the cook, Finnian, the gardener, and Mey-Rin, the maid, to prepare for Damian's arrival. However, their attempts result in disaster, as Baldo overcooks the food, Finnian kills the garden by spraying herbicides on it, and Mey-Rin breaks all of the china. To resolve the situation, Sebastian orders them to rearrange the yard into a stone Japanese garden and has Bard make beef tataki. Damian, impressed with the staff's preparations, plays a board game with Ciel in which his character loses his legs and is ultimately incinerated. Following the dinner, Damian calls his associate, commenting that the factory he owns has been sold and he is attempting to fraudulently acquire more money from Ciel. When Damian attempts to return to the lounge, the scenario in the game occurs in real life, as he breaks one of his legs, and Sebastian locks him in the oven, to be burned with the dessert. He later runs away from the mansion.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Black Butler from 133 votes.

Black Butler - S3E4

#6 - His Butler, Colleague

7.90

Season 3 - Episode 4

Sebastian and Ciel have done undercover work before, but this particular job presents some unique challenges.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Black Butler from 42 votes.

Black Butler - S1E22

#7 - His Butler, Dissolution

7.94

Season 1 - Episode 22

Ciel and Sebastian head off to the Exposition Universelle in Paris to meet Queen Victoria and become wrapped up in the festivities of the Expo. A taxidermy monkey suddenly springs to life and destroys the lighting equipment, so Sebastian makes Ciel escape ahead to an elevator in the Eiffel Tower. Inside he finds Queen Victoria waiting for him. The two arrive at the top of the tower, where the Queen reveals that Ash granted her youth. Sebastian and Ash engage in a duel, raining debris down onto people below, so Ciel calls Sebastian off to prevent hurting them, which angers Sebastian. The next morning Ciel realizes that Sebastian has left him alone at the hotel and is non-responsive to his summoning, so Ciel attempts to make his way back to London on his own. He barely makes it to the port, where he spends the night sleeping cold and hungry on the docks. Meanwhile at the Phantomhive Estate, Ash takes control of Pluto and sets the property around the mansion on fire.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Black Butler from 48 votes.

Black Butler - S1E2

#8 - His Butler, Strongest

7.94

Season 1 - Episode 2

Ciel is kidnapped for ransom, but Sebastian easily defeats a mob of underlings, with various kitchen supplies, and retrieves his master.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Black Butler from 99 votes.

Black Butler - S1E16

#9 - His Butler, in an Isolated Castle

7.95

Season 1 - Episode 16

Ciel is informed that the abandoned Ludlow Castle that his estate owns is haunted by ghosts and the workers are too spooked to continue remodeling it into a hotel, so he and Sebastian head to the castle to investigate. There they encounter the ghosts of two princes who were assassinated four centuries ago, Edward V and his brother, Richard. Ciel plays a game of chess against Edward V to pass the night, but he loses and Edward claims Sebastian as his winnings. Alone, Ciel solves the mystery behind the princes. The ghosts of Edward V and Richard thank Ciel and Sebastian before departing for the afterlife, and the remodeling of Ludlow Castle resumes.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Black Butler from 59 votes.

Black Butler - S2E5

#10 - Beacon Butler

7.98

Season 2 - Episode 5

The episode begins with Sebastian warning Prince Soma, Agni, and the rest of Ciel's friends that Ciel has lost his memory, and in order not to cause him any trouble, they must pretend nothing is wrong. However, Soma bursts into tears around Ciel when he arrives at the Trancy estate for the ball, but thanks to the efforts of Agni and Sebastian, Ciel has no real suspicions concerning his memory. Ciel warns Sebastian to be on his guard, because he feels uneasy in the mansion. During the ball, a passing maid spills red wine all over Ciel's costume, so she takes Ciel to a private location to clean the mess before it stains. After Ciel notices the spill hasn't been thoroughly cleaned, the maid begins acting strangely; she comments on Ciel's eye and licks his ear before ultimately running off his the eye patch. Ciel runs after her, eventually reaching the cellar, where Ciel begins seeing and hearing things that occurred during the first episode of this season. The visions cause Ciel to become frantic, so much that he vomits before fleeing to the woods outside. The maid is waiting for him to continue their "game", but Ciel has already figured out she was really Alois all along. Claude and the triplet servants join Alois as Sebastian returns to Ciel's side. Confident his butler is superior to Ciel's, Alois threatens to slaughter everyone attending the ball if Ciel does not willingly give himself up. To Alois's surprise, Ciel refuses. Alois then orders Claude to capture Ciel, while Ciel commands Sebastian to protect him, no matter the cost.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Black Butler from 44 votes.

Black Butler - S1E7
#11 - His Butler, Merrymaking
8.03
Season 1 - Episode 7

By the command of the Queen, Ciel is to secure Houndsworth, a village controlled by a nobleman Henry Barrymore. The supposed resort that the company was in for is, in fact, a dark and dreary place inhabited by a demon dog.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Black Butler from 68 votes.

Black Butler - S3E1
#12 - His Butler, Presenting
8.11
Season 3 - Episode 1

Our favorite butler and master are back with more tea and cakes, more cutlery-based warfare, and more evil to rout from the London underworld.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Black Butler from 62 votes.

Black Butler - S1E10
#13 - His Butler, on Ice
8.13
Season 1 - Episode 10

Ciel and Sebastian visit a festival held on the frozen Thames River and enter an ice-sculpting contest for the prize, a ring with a slice of blue diamond called the Shard of Hope, which is important evidence in an investigation by Scotland Yard into the kidnappings of several young girls. Sebastian creates an ice model of Noah's Ark, complete with animals inside, but the Shard of Hope is apparently lost in the river following a bombing incident. Meanwhile, Elizabeth desperately looks for a present for Ciel's birthday. She later discovers the Shard of Hope in a toy ship she has bought.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Black Butler from 64 votes.

Black Butler - S1E8
#14 - His Butler, Training
8.13
Season 1 - Episode 8

Ciel and his servants confront the real demon dog of the village of Houndsworth and end up taking it home.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Black Butler from 67 votes.

Black Butler - S2E6
#15 - Bedewed Butler
8.14
Season 2 - Episode 6

The episode opens as a flashback to the end of season 1, beginning where Sebastian had leaned in to take Ciel's soul. However, just before he is able to feast, he is stopped by an unforeseen problem. The scene then cuts to the present, where the triplet servants continue their fight against Sebastian, in which they are defeated. Meanwhile back at the party, the ball is in full swing. Suddenly, Hannah arrives, carting a strange instrument (later called an armonica) that she plays for the guests. Though the guests are at first memorized, the tune starts to harm them physically. Outside, another fight erupts between the triplet servants and Sebastian. Hannah's music has taken control of the majority of the guests and have turned them into hostile, weapon-toting zombies. While Ranmao and Lau have corks in their ears, Agni assists Prince Soma and his friends to retain control of themselves while fending off the controlled guests. Eventually, the haunting tune reaches the outside, and after Sebastian frightens the triplet servants off for good, he rushes towards the castle with Ciel in his arms. Just as Soma is overwhelmed by the hostile crowd, Sebastian arrives to counter Hannah's melody with his own produced by water-filled glasses. As the armonica shatters, the guests are completely freed and applaud Sebastian's performance. Alois and Claude take this chance to make an entrance, and soon after, Sebastian and Claude agree to have a private conversation. On a lake, Sebastian and Claude duke it out, and during their squabble, it is revealed that Sebastian could not devour Ciel's soul because he had "become a void". It appears Claude somehow snatched Ciel's soul before Sebastian, but could not use it due to it being "incomplete." They strike up a deal afterward in which Alois Trancy will be the new target of Ciel's revenge, and form a contract by dripping their blood into the petals of two roses. Elsewhere, Elizabeth is forced into a dance with Alois, so Ciel joins the dan

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Black Butler from 43 votes.

Black Butler - S2E1
#16 - Clawed Butler
8.14
Season 2 - Episode 1

The new season starts out with the protagonist, Alois, repeating "darkness" over and over again. He lies naked on a bed, his body full of bruises. As he walks towards the window, he makes a contract with a demon, causing a spider to appear to form a seal on his tongue. In the next scene, Alois wakes up and his butler Claude announces his uncle is coming to visit. Although the mansion has already been redecorated, Alois orders Claude to return it to the original state because his uncle suspects Alois's legitimacy as the former head's son. After his uncle leaves, a storm breaks out and a cloaked man appears asking for shelter. In return for revealing the contents of his luggage, the cloaked man requests entry into mansion basement. There, he takes out a box of 'New Moon Drop', which is also known as Black Tea. When Claude attacks the man, his identity is revealed to be Sebastian Michaelis, hiding the lifeless body of Ciel Phantomhive in his suitcase. Alois is surprised but also glad he "finally found Ciel Phantomhive" and orders Claude to capture them both. However, after Sebastian knocks out the lights, Alois is terrified and holds on to Claude, begging him not to leave. Sebastian escapes by breaking through the window and runs through the forest in the storm. At the end of the episode, Sebastian opens the tea box and reveals Ciel's blue ring. As he places it on Ciel's finger, Sebastian says, "It's time to wake up, young master".

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Black Butler from 50 votes.

Black Butler - S1E9
#17 - His Butler, Phantom Image
8.15
Season 1 - Episode 9

Ciel assigns his servants to take a photo of Sebastian with a camera that reveals what is most precious to the subject that is not of this world (e.g., dead things). Sebastian evades their efforts over and over again effortlessly. In the end, Sebastian takes a photo of Ciel, who had fallen asleep at his desk, with Pluto behind him at the back window which leads to an amusing photograph that confuses the rest of the servants at the mansion. Sebastian later comments that it was an honor to learn that the thing Ciel most treasures that is not of this world is Sebastian himself. (Sebastian is a demon, therefore he is able to show up in the photo because he is not someone of the normal world). Later, Finny wonders how Sebastian can show up as he thinks that Sebastian is someone of this world.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Black Butler from 68 votes.

Black Butler - S3E6
#18 - His Butler, Liaison
8.17
Season 3 - Episode 6

Sometimes Sebastian's revisions to a plan can be dangerous.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Black Butler from 41 votes.

Black Butler - S2E10
#19 - Zero Butler
8.19
Season 2 - Episode 10

Due to an order given to him in the last episode, Sebastian Michaelis is forced to watch the Trancy estate from the woods surrounding the mansion. He becomes increasingly perturbed as Claude basks in many of Ciel's favorable qualities. In the manor, Claude follows Ciel's every order to please him, but he only succeeds in annoying him. Claude attempts to convince Ciel to break his contract with Sebastian and forge a new one with him as his servant, but Ciel quickly refuses. Claude encounters Sebastian outside the manor, and reminds him that per his master's order, he cannot be seen by Ciel. Sebastian sees Grell and persuades him to help gather information about Luca and the village he and his demon destroyed, Arachnophile. There, an ex-prostitute informs them of the carnage she witnessed at the hands of Luca - only she was spared due to the kindness she showed him. Before she can explain further, she is killed by the triplet servants, who immediately engage Sebastian in combat. Sebastian easily defeats them and binds them upside-down to a tree, and Grell finishes them off with his death scythe. As Grell slices into the three, their cinematic record plays, showing they were present during the great fire that destroyed Arachnophile. The record also shows Ciel helping Hannah stand after he accidentally hit her with his cane, which aggravates Sebastian to the point that he sprints back to the Trancy estate, leaving Grell to follow him. Back at the mansion, Ciel has broken a mirror, under the impression he saw Alois's reflection. At first, Claude assigns Hannah to clean up the mess while Claude returns Ciel to his room, but Ciel then orders Claude to clean the mess in Hannah's place. In his bedchamber, Ciel laments to Hannah that he wishes to return to his own mansion. As he notes the "mysterious" color of Hannah's remaining eye, she abruptly tells him to look into her mouth, which opens to reveal a gaping abyss. Within, Alois's eye squirms and stares back. Ciel cannot on

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Black Butler from 43 votes.

Black Butler - S3E3
#20 - His Butler, Hired
8.21
Season 3 - Episode 3

The air is thick with trapezes, knives, and pointed jibes as Sebastian and Ciel audition for the circus. Then after the excitement dies down, they see an unexpected familiar face in the rehearsal tent...

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Black Butler from 43 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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This show’s SO good, I loved it! The relationship between Ciel and Sebastian is very special and I really enjoyed Sebastian’s sarcastic humor. I pretty much liked every character in this anime, Grell’s hilarious! The servants are very lovable as well.

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