Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. 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.