It isn’t always that the filler arcs are so brilliantly made that the fans get confused whether they are canon or not.
Black Butler is a dark fantasy that revolves around the death and supernatural surrounding demons and grim reapers. But in the fillers, we also get to know about fallen angels and their vices.
Black Butler has aired three seasons, with a total of 46 episodes. It has a high filler percentage of 63%, with 29 reported fillers.
The fillers are interesting and follow a ‘different timeline’ than the one in the manga.
With an epic battle between demons and angels and a short cameo by Ronald, who will later appear in Season 3, the entire arc doesn’t necessarily give the ‘filler’ feel to the viewers.
With an explosive, sad, and conclusive end in Season 2, the start of Season 3 surprises many.
This is why you should use this guide to skim through the fillers and confirm whether they are worth watching or not.
1. Quick List
- Canon: 2-6, 13, 14, 15, 38-46
- Fillers: 1, 7-12, 16-24, 25-36, 37
|Episode Number||Title||Air Date||Where to Watch|
|1||His Butler, Able||2008-10-02||Funimation|
|7||His Butler, Merrymaking||2008-11-14||Funimation|
|8||His Butler, Training||2008-11-21||Funimation|
|9||His Butler, Phantom Image||2008-11-28||Funimation|
|10||His Butler, on Ice||2008-12-05||Funimation|
|11||His Butler, However You Please||2008-12-12||Funimation|
|12||His Butler, Forlorn||2008-12-19||Funimation|
|16||His Butler, in an Isolated Castle||2009-01-30||Funimation|
|17||His Butler, Offering||2009-02-06||Funimation|
|18||His Butler, Transmitted||2009-02-13||Funimation|
|19||His Butler, Imprisoned||2009-02-20||Funimation|
|20||His Butler, Escaping||2009-02-27||Funimation|
|21||His Butler, Engaging Servants||2009-03-06||Funimation|
|22||His Butler, Dissolution||2009-03-13||Funimation|
|23||His Butler, Up in Flames||2009-03-20||Funimation|
|24||His Butler, Fluent||2009-03-27||Funimation|
|37||Book of Circus: His Butler, Presenting||2014-07-11||Funimation|
2. Which Fillers Can You Skip Altogether?
Black Butler has a clever, chill-inducing plot put in the shadow, at the end, due to the overpowering filler arc.
Nevertheless, if you are completely uninterested in the happenings of the manga, you are welcome to enjoy all the fillers.
However, to the fans who want to enjoy the canon experience, you are recommended to skip the following:
- All the fillers from episode 16 to 36 (i.e., all the fillers from episode 16-24 of Season 1 and entire Season 2)
3. About Black Butler
Black Butler anime is based on a manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Yana Toboso.
Black Butler is a story about Ciel Phantomhive, a thirteen-year-old boy, who has taken up the mantle of the head of the Phantomhive household and thus became the Queen’s Watchdog.
He is tasked with taking care of the troublesome issues that take place behind the Queen’s back.
He is contracted with Sebastian, a demon in disguise of a butler, who would be allowed to consume Ciel’s soul in exchange for his services.Originally Written By Epic Dope