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His Butler, Able
Sebastian dresses Ciel-ep1
Kanji その執事、有能
Romaji Sono Shitsuji, Yūnō
Episode Number 1
Manga Chapters Filler
Arc Black Butler Arc
Chronology
Previous Episode N/A
Next Episode His Butler, Strongest
Airdate
Japanese October 2, 2008
Theme Music
Opening Monochrome Kiss
Ending I'm Alive!


His Butler, Able (その執事、有能, Sono Shitsuji, Yūnō) is the first episode of season one of the Kuroshitsuji anime.

Summary

The episode first begins with a flashback to Ciel Phantomhive's past, where it shows a suspended Ciel in an unknown location, and he has summoned a demon, later named Sebastian Michaelis, intentionally for his aid.

Sebastian awakes Ciel for the day, and informs him of the day's plans, which include welcoming a guest from a manufacturing company, Poseidon Company. As Sebastian turns to leave, Ciel throws a dart at his head, which he effortlessly catches. However, when he does the same thing to Finnian, he is not able to stop the dart. Sebastian then finds the servants standing around, and orders them back to work.

Sebastian goes to work on the preparations for Damian, when he is called away. The other servants decide to help with the preparations in order to impress Sebastian. Sebastian speaks to Ciel who requests a parfait, which Sebastian refuses to make, lest he later not be hungry enough to eat dinner. Ciel then orders Sebastian to remove the family portrait, as he is now the head of the Phantomhive estate.

When he returns to his work, he notices that the servants have destroyed everything he had done thus far. Mey-Rin had broken the fine china, Baldroy burnt the the premium meat by using a flamethrower while Finnian completely ruined the garden with extra-strength weed killer. However, Sebastian is able to cleverly develop an alternate plan: a stone garden.

Damian then arrives and is thoroughly impressed by all the preparations, while the servants are relieved that they were able to pull through, despite their initial destruction of the preparations.

Inside, Damian and Ciel play a board game, while Damian discusses that he'd like some money to secure a larger workforce and be the Funtom Corporation's legs in South Asia, as he words it. In the board game, he loses his legs and is burnt to death. Also, his eyes were 'enchanted by the dead'.

Sebastian and the servants finish the last of the preparations. Then, Sebastian informs Damian and Ciel that dinner is ready. Mey-Rin attempts to pour the wine, but is flustered by Sebastian's attention and spills the wine onto the table cloth. However, before Damian notices, Sebastian is able to pull the long table cloth off, without disturbing the items on the table. Damian asks where the table cloth has gone as Bladroy and Finnian pull Mey-Rin away from the table but Ciel continues to eat and simply brushes the matter aside, stating that there was a speck of dirt, so he had it removed. Sebastian then apologizes.

After dinner, they return inside, where Damian attempts to discuss the contract he is seeking, but Ciel insists they must finish the game first. Damian then requests to use a telephone, where he calls an unknown associate and discusses his attempted scam of Ciel. He has apparently sold off the factory already, and so his request for money for a larger workforce would go to nothing but himself.

When he attempts to return to the room, he is spooked by what he believes to be ghosts, much like in the board game, where one is "entranced by the eyes of the dead." However, it is just an old painting, which Baldroy and Finnian are putting away, as requested by Ciel. In running away, he breaks his leg, similar to the board game where he was supposed to "lose [his] legs in the Forest of Confusion."

He crawls away, still spooked by the painting, but he encounters Sebastian, who recites that he can only move half as fast now, much like Ciel predicted earlier. Damian crawls into a room, where he finds a smaller door and climbs inside. However, it turns out that he climbed into the oven by accident, much like in the game where he was incinerated. Sebastian taunts him, and implies he'd use his meat for pie.

Outside, Sebastian rewards the staff with dessert for their hard work, and tells them the oven needs to be replaced, much to their surprise. He comments that he hopes Damian was pleased with the hospitality, and a shadow of Damian is seen limping away. Inside, Ciel chuckles to himself, finding his cry distasteful, and comments that he was aware of Damian's scam.

In the foyer, Sebastian comments about how the removal of the painting reveals a difference of color in the wallpaper. A flashback is shown, with Ciel shown playing while his parents watch.

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