We’ve been waiting since October for this news, but it’s finally official – the new theatrical anime film based on Yana Toboso’s manga Black Butler has been green-lit. This project was first announced at the height of the month of All Hallow’s Eve with details thin on the ground, except for the anime’s beloved Ciel and Sebastian reprising their roles. But now we have a title, a rough release time of early 2017, and a full list of staff and main cast.
Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic will follow the manga’s ‘Gōka Kyakusen’ (or Luxury Liner) arc, which ran in volumes 11-14 as Ciel and Sebastian sailed on the Campania, investigating illegal human experiments in reviving the dead. Toboso herself has created a visual for the movie, helmed by the returning Black Butler director Noriyuki Abe at A-1 Pictures.
The screenplay is being handled by Hiroyuki Yoshino of Code Geass, with the dedicated chief animation director and character designer for all of Black Butler’s anime incarnations, Minako Shiba, rejoining the team. As for music, it will be composed by Yasunori Mitsuda of Chrono Trigger. Aniplex are the distributors, and to promote the feature they will be selling limited edition advanced tickets at their booth at the AnimeJapan 2016 convention from March 26th-27th, including an exclusive Toboso illustration.
We already know that Maaya Sakamoto and Daisuke Ono will be stepping up to reclaim their roles as Ciel Phantomhive and his loyal butler Sebastian Michaelis, but it’s also been confirmed that the whole cast will be returning to their roles from the earlier Book of Circus and Book of Murder anime series and OVA. So, the extended cast list now looks like this:
Yukari Tamura as Elizabeth Midford
Junichi Suwabe as Undertaker
Jun Fukuyama as Grell Sutcliff
Kenn as Ronald Knox
Noriaki Sugiyama as William T. Spears
Takuma Terashima as Snake
Hiroki Touchi as Baldroy
Yuuki Kaji as Finnian
Emiri Katō as Mey-Rin
Though it still feels like a long way off, we’re glad to know more details about this movie, and you can be sure we’ll continue to share them with you as they arise. An anime blog that can’t do this much, after all, is not worth its salt.