Served up on a Silver Platter!


The word is out! Yen Press is simply delighted to present to you Black Butler, which will be running monthly in Yen Plus magazine with the first volume release scheduled for January 2010. For those of you not familiar with the story, it’s the tale of Ciel Phantomhive, who, despite his youth, has taken charge of the family business and manor in his father’s stead. Most would find the sudden responsibility crushing, but his loyal butler Sebastian is able to handle any and every situation with poise and grace, whether it be a dinner party or a confrontation with the foulest criminals of London’s underbelly. In fact, he’s almost too good to be true…

Hello, Tania here! I just wanted to drop in and say that, of all the titles I’ve wanted Yen to pick up since I started here (and believe me, there are a TON), Sebastian and company have always been at the top of my list. From its first GFantasy installment, Black Butler has kept me hooked with its mix of period charm, dark undertones, and gorgeous art. I’m especially fond of how this series has one foot firmly planted in English history! And as an Anglophile, working on this series has sent me running for my BBC period dramas, P.G. Wodehouse books, pastry cookbooks, Debrett’s Peerage, and everything in between to make sure our edition of Black Butler is as authentic as possible, right down to the Queen’s English! I hope you’ll enjoy all our efforts on this series as much as we’re all enjoying working on it!

Yay! Butlers! Butlers who make dessert! Handsome butlers who make dessert! And with that, I hope you love Sebby, Ciel, and the rest of the Phantomhive household as they make their shining debut in Yen Plus!

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    Only a week of July is left and I still haven’t received this issue or Yen Press.
    Earlier this week I received a letter telling me my subscription was about to expire (which is something I have been expecting) but was a little confused. Wouldn’t it make more sense for your readers to send your letters informing your subscribers that their Yen Press is about to be canceled WITH the current magazine? That way no one would need to worry about if they won’t recieve this month’s issue.
    I would have waited until the month was over but I was a bit scared to think this months issue wouldn’t come, and whether I should try buying it at a bookstore, or wait.
    If there is any advice or input to put my nerves at ease, I will gratily appreciate it.
    Thank you for your help in advance.

    (This would be quite ironic if the months issue turned up in my mail tomorrow. One can hope.)


    I knew you would publish this! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUUUU


    Uh, not to rain on your parade, but “Black Buttler” may make a few take a double-take and question the title. I’m African-American and love the series, but I do know of a few hyper-sensitive individuals who would take this out of hand.

    I know Japan doesn’t have the diversity or “Western way of thinking” we do in terms of ethnicity, so GanGan/Aniplex/whomever’s in charge of the property probably thought it would be best to translate the term. After all, Kuroshitsuji is a mouthful to say.

    Just putting this out there. I’m ecstatic that the series is in Yen Plus and pumped to see a volume soon.


    Yea! I’m not alone in my desire. :)

    By the way, abby, other users in comments for past issues have made similar requests for light novel serialization. I think you should keep that in mind too. ^_^


    I still haven’t got my issue yetttt. I’m really worried because if I don’t get it soon, I may have to buy it from Barnes and Noble and they’re all sold outtt. DDDDDD:


    I think your subscription mailing problems from prior months have not been totally smoothed out yet. It’s Monday, July 27, and I still haven’t received my August issue. (Location: Virginia east coast.) I will be calling your subsciption hotline to report its lack of delivery. But I think you need to work some more on where in the mail system your issues are disappearing to and find a way to ensure that your subscribers receive their issues.

    Lady Saru




    Kuroshitsuji in English~!

    I am buying the volume the first day it comes out.

    You do not understand how amazing this is to me.

    Side note: I prefer “Kuroshitsuji” to “Black Butler”. True, it’s easier to translate the title, but “Kuroshitsuji” sounds…better. More elegant. And it intrigues people more. They’ll wonder what it means and pick up the book, whereas with ‘Black Butler” they might make assumptions about the contents.

    (considers making little book jacket to hide English title)


    Hey, ditto on not receiving this issue yet, though I’m subscribed. I used to get them really early in the mail; now the bookstores get it first. What’s going on with your mailing?


    I think that when it is released in ‘volume’ format, the cover title should be kept as “Kuroshitsuji.”

    It’s much more alluring, and like the comment above mine, “Black Butler” may just not seem interesting to many people.

    Just my opinion! But really, I’m overjoyed that it’s finally being published in English!


    OMG YES! but i wish they’d call it kuroshitsuji instead of black butler. it sounds more intense when they call it kuroshitsuji, but i’m happy none the less :)


    I’m also a subscriber who didn’t receive his issue. It seems every month I get my issue later and later and this time, not at all. I also received the subscription renewal letter a couple of weeks ago. It bothered me it said in big, bold red letters “THIRD NOTICE” when I didn’t receive any notice before. I have to say, this is by far the worst subscription service I’ve had to date.


    I’m in the same boat as Andrew above. I also received a subscription renewal letter a couple of weeks ago as “Third Notice” when I’ve never even received a first and second notice before.

    I’ve already replied to the notice and confirmed my renewal as “Bill me later” but I don’t understand how this could delay my August issue, especially since my subscription doesn’t end until like October 2009. I should still be continuing to receive my issues normally until then, right? It’s already July 30 and still no August issue. I’m starting to fear that I’m going to have to go to my local bookstore to buy a copy before they come out with the September issue = (

    Garrett Albright

    “I think that when it is released in ‘volume’ format, the cover title should be kept as “Kuroshitsuji.””

    Yeah, I’m sure Yen Press will spring for that idea.

    “Hi. I recently came across this comic in a magazine which I thought was really awesome, so I’d like to see if I can buy the volumes. It’s called Black Butler.”

    “Hmm, let me check… No, I don’t see any Black Butler, just one called Kur… Kurosh… uh… shi- Uh, no, sorry, we don’t have it.”

    “Ah, drat, just like all the other bookstores in town. Oh well. Thanks.”

    Yen Press translated the title of Black Butler. Just like they did with pretty much every other title in their library which didn’t already have an English name. And yet, the sun will rise tomorrow.



    Unfortunately, since we do not directly handle the delivery of subscriptions, your best bet is always to call 1-800-876-7598 and ask for information regarding your specific account. I have notified the powers that be about these issues, and hopefully we’ll kick them back in line ASAP. Very very sorry!


    Thanks Abby for your help with these continual mailing issues. Although calling customer service is an option, the most they will do is extend your subscription by one issue. This is only a temporary solution and does not make up for not receiving an issue as well as continuing to have these mail problems. The stores seem to have no problem recieving their issues, it just seems its the issues that get sent out directly to customers.

    I also do not believe they will be able to send out a replacement copy after a certain time period has passed as issues seem to go out of stock after awhile. Who is sending out the issues and is there a way to get a different company to send them out?

    I have never had as many problems receiving my Shonen Jump issues as much as Yen Plus. Granted Yen Plus is still in its first year but signs are not good for your anniversary if mailing issues are going to continue into the future. It could be a mail issue but I think it must be a the source, where they are mailed out and whoever mails them out. It could be the postal service at fault here, but I seem to get everything else besides Yen Plus without a problem, such as Shonen Jump.

    I hope these mailing issues will be solved because one is left wondering when it will happen again since it has aleady happened several times. I hope you can find something out and hopefully a solution can be found!

    Thanks again for your help and Happy Birthday on the first anniversary!


    I forgot to add in the last post that I also have not received the August 2009 issue. I called customer service and there were only able to extend the subscription by one issue and were not able to send out a replacement as the August issue is currently out of stock.


    Just got this in the mail yesterday and I’ve gotta say, I’m loving the new series! Only one complaint to make about this issue and that is the lack of amatuer contest. -Sigh- Every month my hopes are dashed.


    I’m eagerly looking forward to getting my copy of the August Issue. Is there some sort of delay for books heading to Texas? It seems like forever since I got the July issue back in June.


    I agree, just extending your subscription because you have a missed issue, rather than getting a replacement is kinda annoying. If I don’t receive my August issue by the end of this week, then I’m just going to go out and buy it myself where ever I can still find it in stock.

    I changed my mind. I’m NOT renewing my subscription to your magazine anymore. I’ll still continue to buy it as it comes out in stores, but it’s not even worth “saving” some money when you receive your issues inconsistently in the mail *shrugs*


    I just received my issue today. I hope y’all are able to straighten out your distribution issues, and that y’all continue to put out such a great magazine. ^_^


    I have to say right now Yen Press, I am very unsatisfied right now. Maybe even more so than a few weeks ago when I express my concerns in your comments.

    Just a few days ago (when my August issue of Yen Press had yet to arrive in my mail), my mother was generous enough to order it through your Back Issues site here:
    (and while she was there, went ahead to order another issue I had missed)
    But guess what decides to show up in my mailbox today?
    The August issue of Yen Press.
    Normally I would’ve been very elated, but I’m not. Especially when my mother went to all the trouble to order it and waste her money on an issue that should have been in my mailbox weeks ago.

    This has been the second time that your company has made an error with subscriptions and shipping. Calling someone about our issues does very little, and doesn’t neccesarily solve the problem. I know it’s been only a year since your magazine has debuted and it must be hard to handle everything at once with a magazine company. But your magazine is the only magazine I have ever had issues with.
    All I’m trying to say is to please get it together, and soon. Too many mistakes could cost you readers and subscribers.


    Yen Plus is a great magazine but many issues arriving late are usually blamed on the postal service. Yet, why is it that Shonen Jump does not get affected if the mail service is to blame here. If the mail service affects Yen Plus then it should also affect Shonen Jump which has arrived on time this past year. No other mail or magazines that I receive have been affected like Yen Plus has these last few months.

    Logic dictates that if there are mail problems, it would also affect receiving other mail along with Yen Plus as well. It just frustrates me to see Yen Plus in stores weeks earlier than when we should receive it in the mail.


    Hello! I have a question about the magazine.

    I live in Canada, but for some reason we stopped getting Yen+ up here. And I know you haven’t went out of business, so I wondered why this was because I really like this magazine and I was especially excited for Pandora Hearts adn Kuroshitsuji. However since we stopped getting it up here, I can’t read them.

    Do you have any idea why we can’t get them?


    That is quite troubling to hear from subscribers of Yen Plus. I myself do not subscribe, as I prefer buying a hard copy, but I do hope you guys can sort this out. Seeing how it’s been one year, and you’ve amassed quite a fanbase, I’m sure the staff are working on this right now.


    wow!Black butler is really good,I even watched the all of the first season of it and now my eyes hurt =.=

    Kasi Poison

    Okay, This is a comment on Soul Eater. I read the manga online before i read it in Yen Plus +. And I just know theres gonna be real confusion and debates later on in the series….on Crona’s gender.When Crona first came out in the manga Soul and Maka refer to Crona as a boy. but later on in the series they start calling Crona a girl.

    So I was uberly confused.Soul Eater fans have been agrueing about Crona’s gender for years and I know when the time comes so well Yen Plus fans who just started reading it. So My opinion….I think Crona is a girl…I’ve never seen a guy act so shy and timid.


    I’m getting worried… my issue still hasn’t arrived yet =/


    Okay, now I’m peeved. As soon as I said I was worried about not recieving my issue, I got the spetember issue instead. I called the subscription service, and they said they didn’t know why I missed the august issue, and just extended my subscription by one month. This sucks, because now I have to run out to the store to hope and pray they still have the issue.

    I really love yen plus, I do, but all these subscription issues are annoying and will most definitley cost you customers. =/


    I have to agree, I was unable to receive my August issue as well, and instead was given the September. I couldn’t find the August out on store shelves as well, is there a way to fix this problem? I have called and gotten my subscription extended as well, but I did want to have all the issues . . .

    Ed Goldberg

    I got both the August and September issues in the mail with in a week of each other. Not that I’m complaining or anything. I’m just curious as to why. Does that mean we’ll have to wait 2 months for the next one?


    I just subscribed to your magazine and I’m a little concerned now. You got your mailing issues fixed right? ^_^


    –Excellent news! Hot of the presses!–
    I just received today the very late August 2009 issue of Yen Plus. Even late I am just glad that it eventually came. I am hoping that the September issue will arrive soon as well as it seems several people have received it already. It is an impressive sign that many are receiving the September 2009 issue early, and I am hoping that this means future issues will be early as well!

    Erica M.

    I have a question for any of the fine folks at Yen+, in regards to my subscription (forgive me if this isn’t the appropriate place to pose such a quiry; I’ll be sure to make a phone call to the listed number ASAP but atm this is my only accessible venue).

    Basically, I got a sub-renewl notice in the mail which warned me my sub would expire soon, so I re-upped for the 6 month special.
    Yesterday I just received my Sept. issue of Yen+ at my house, which, while being wonderful in itself, greatly worries me.
    Does this mean that my sub running out caused this to happen? Or did something else prevent me from getting the Aug issue?

    If anyone can help me, I’d be so, so, SO grateful!! I started following Yen+ from the 1st issue and it’d break my heart to miss an issue from my collection. :(


    I second Nikki’s question from earlier this month. I live in Canada and wanted to check out the new manga that you guys are featuring in the magazine but cannot find it in any of the bookstores; the last issue that the bookstores are carrying is from April 2009. :( Do you guys have any idea what’s going on?


    Hi Tania–

    I’m so happy to hear you’re doing such thorough research for Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler!! The series definitely deserves the extra TLC~

    Just one bit of “research” I thought I’d save you from (and anyway, it’s kind of an obscure reference)–I believe at the beginning of chapter 1, there’s a tagline that reads “Kuroku, Tadashiku, Utsukushiku”–it’s an homage to the Takarazuka All-Female Revue, whose official motto is “Kiyoku, Tadashiku, Utsukushiku.” It’s a reference fellow Takarazuka fans would get (a lot of shoujo mangaka are really into Takarazuka these days, aren’t they? It shows up more and more~ ^__^), and while there aren’t so many here in the West, we’d still get an extra kick out of it if you noted this allusion. :)

    Also, it’s just an incredibly funny play on the original quote–instead of doing things “Purely, Properly, and Beautifully” like a Takarasienne, Sebastian does it “BLACKLY, Properly and Beautifully”–LOL~~~~~~

    Good luck on the adaptation–I’m definitely looking forward to it!!


    Congrats!! I will be awaiting the tankouban (released in January next year, yay!)of Kuroshitsuji and just like all the other fans i hope that the adaptation changes will be kept to a minimum (a smaller piccie of Sebastioa just wouldn’t do!) and that hopefully, even if you can’t serialize the light novel in the mag, then at least release it separately, ‘cos i’ve seen the Japanese Kuro novel and it is intensely gorgeous *drools*

    Still, no matter what happens, you’ll definitely have this fan lining up to own Kuroshitsuji!! Thank you Yen Press!!!X3

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