The Black Butler II anime series was one that fell off the radar back in 2018 as Funimation’s rights to it expired, taking it out of circulation for the first time in quite some time. Back in 2020, the show has made its quiet return to the Netflix streaming service with it joining the previously streamed first season. The show is available in both Japanese and English with English subtitles alongside Japanese closed-captioning.
Now, three years later, the show is set to depart the service once again as it’s been set with an October 29th, 2023 expiration date. Definitely check it out before then if it’s in your queue.
The property comes from the manga Kuroshitsuji that began back in 2006 from Yana Toboso. The series is still ongoing with the thirty-three volumes out so far. Yen Press releases the series domestically while FUNimation has handled the anime localizations.
Original premise: In Victorian-era Europe, a young boy loses everything he once held near and dear to a vicious plot. In his moment of death, he strikes a deal with a demon: his soul, in exchange for revenge. Ciel Phantomhive is now the head of the Phantomhive corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the underground work for the Queen of England. His new partner is a demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, whose powers as a butler is only surpassed by his strength as a demon.
The story follows the two along with their other servants, as they work to unravel the plot behind Ciel’s parents’ murder, and the horrendous tragedies that befell Ciel in the month directly after.