There is no doubt that Black Butler or Kuroshitsuji‘s  live-action movie is one of the most highly anticipated movies that will come out of Japan next year.

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Now, Nippon Television Network (NTV)’s tv show Zip! has given fans of the series something to cheer about because they have recently released some footage from the much awaited movie. They start off by introducing the actor playing Sebastian, Hiro Mizushima as well as Sebastian’s new master, Shiori played by Ayame Goriki. (For more Black Butler stories here on SGCafe, click here)

Hiro Mizushima, who plays Sebastian, played Ryusuke Minami from the Beck live-action movie while Ayame Goriki who plays Shiori portrayed Shiratori no Jun from the Gatchaman live-action movie. This will be Mizushima’s comeback movie after a three-year hiatus.

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The movie is co-directed by Nana live-action director Kentaro Otani and Tiger & Bunny anime director Keiichi Satou.

The movie is set in the year 2020, more than 130 years after the original manga’s setting. Shiori, female heir to the Phantom Corporation is forced to wear male clothes since only males can lead the Phantomhive family. Like her predecessor Ciel, she also becomes Sebastian’s master and has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. Also like Ciel, Sebastian is to protect her at all costs in exchange for letting him feed on her soul.

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The movie is based on Yana Toboso’s Kuroshitsuji manga which is serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly GFantasy magazine. The manga inspired an anime adaptation in 2008 which became a run-away hit and spawned a second season in 2010. The series even had a musical! The movie will be released to Japanese movie theaters early next year, January 18, 2014.

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From: 0taku