Black Butler Season 5 Confirmed for 2025 with Adaptation of the Emerald Witch Arc

On Saturday, July 6, 2024, during Anime Expo 2024, Crunchyroll officially announced the production of season 5 of Black Butler with an exciting PV. The highly anticipated sequel will follow the Emerald Witch Arc from Yana Toboso’s popular dark fantasy manga and is scheduled for release in 2025. Fans will be delighted to know that the original main cast will be returning to reprise their roles in the new season.

Black Butler season 5 continues the story from the recently concluded season 4, which aired 11 episodes from April 2024 to June 2024. The production of the series will once again be handled by Cloverworks studios, with Crunchyroll streaming the series internationally.

Black Butler Season 5: Adapting Yana Toboso’s Emerald Witch Arc

On Saturday, July 6, 2024, during its stage event at Anime Expo 2024, Crunchyroll announced that the highly anticipated Black Butler season 5, based on Yana Toboso’s manga, is set to premiere in 2025. The new season will delve into the acclaimed Emerald Witch Arc, the next major story arc following the Public School Arc in Yana Toboso’s beloved dark fantasy manga series.

At the event, Crunchyroll revealed an announcement promotional video. Later, the anime’s official website and X (formerly Twitter) handle shared the video. Unfortunately, the PV only includes the ending moments from season 4 and no new scenes are featured.

The noblemen, as seen in the anime (Image via Cloverworks)
The noblemen, as seen in the anime (Image via Cloverworks)

The teaser trailer features two noblemen who come across a werewolf-like creature in the forest while pursuing a fox. The creature’s eyes emit a glowing light as it turns to face them. Additionally, the PV includes a voiceover from Sebastian Michaelis (voiced by Daisuke Ono), confirming the production of season 5.

It is evident that the teaser PV is setting up the Emerald Witch Arc, which has received praise from fans for its captivating storyline and intriguing characters. Additionally, it has been revealed that Daisuke Ono and Maaya Sakamoto will be returning to their roles as Sebastian and Ciel Phantomhive, respectively.

In the future, it is likely that new voice actors will be announced. Along with Daisuke Ono and Maaya Sakamoto, it is expected that other voice actors from the previous installment will return to reprise their roles. However, the anime’s team has not yet disclosed this information.

Kenjiro Okada, the director of the previous season, will once again be at the helm for Black Butler season 5 at Cloverworks. As previously announced, Crunchyroll will be streaming the series in 2025 while it airs on Japanese television.

What can we anticipate in the upcoming season of Black Butler?

A witch, as seen in the ending scene of Black Butler: Public School Arc (Image via Cloverworks)
A witch, as seen in the ending scene of Black Butler: Public School Arc (Image via Cloverworks)

Based on the recently concluded season, which covered up to chapter 86 of Yana Toboso’s manga, it is expected that Black Butler season 5 will begin its adaptation from chapter 86 and continue until chapter 107.

The upcoming sequel will feature Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis as they are tasked by Queen Victoria to investigate a string of unexplained deaths in Germany. Ciel, the Earl of Phantomhive, uncovers that the victims experience a sudden and grotesque transformation before ultimately meeting a tragic end.

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