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New "Black Butler" anime series announced

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Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy Magazine announced on their cover today that there will be a new anime series based on the popular "Black Butler" manga.

The announcement comes on the same day as the Japanese release of the live action "Black Butler" film.

The manga, set in 19th century England, tells the story of a young boy named Ciel Phantomhive, who sells his soul to a demon who performs as his servant and supernatural butler in an attempt to find out who his parents' killers are. Once they find out the identity of the killers is found, Ciel's soul is devoured by the demon.

Along with the movie, the story has so far been turned into two previous anime series and a musical, inspiring many cosplayers at anime conventions to dress like the characters.

The manga, which started its run in 2006, has also won two awards since its release.

The film takes the story out of the original setting and into 2020 Asia, where a female descendent of the Phantomhives has taken on the role of crimefighting on the Queen's orders.

No release date or details on whether it's a continuation or a reboot are known at this time for the new series.


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