The Butler, Lyrical is Chapter 120 of the Kuroshitsuji manga. It commemorates the 10-year-anniversary of the manga's publication.
At Ciel Phantomhive's London townhouse, Sebastian Michaelis informs Ciel that he must make preparations for the Phantomhive earldom's Halloween celebration. When Ciel points out that they are preoccupied with Elizabeth Midford's predicament, Sebastian states that it is an annual tradition and that many of the tenants on Phantomhive land are farmers who find Halloween a useful event as it is essentially a harvest festival for them. Convinced, Ciel orders Sebastian to return to Phantomhive Manor and commence the preparations.
At Phantomhive Manor, Sebastian gathers Baldroy, Mey-Rin, Finnian, Snake, and Tanaka, and gives each of them instructions, save Tanaka, who is told to remain as is. Baldroy, Mey-Rin, and Tanaka share details on the American, Chinese, and Japanese Halloween traditions, respectively, which inspires Sebastian.
On Halloween, Sebastian welcomes Ciel home and shows him the extravagantly decorated garden. After the Phantomhive servants, who are dressed in costumes, greet Ciel, Ciel is made to change into a costume, as well. Sebastian explains to Ciel that they have combined various Halloweens from around the world so that their tenants can have quality entertainment. The Phantomhive servants mingle with the tenants, who thank Ciel. Ciel passes out treats to a group of children and recalls his own family when he sees another.
Subsequently, Sebastian brings Ciel and the other guests to a river, where they are given lanterns. Tanaka tells Ciel that it is part of the Japanese lantern festival, the purpose of which is to "light" the way for the spirits of the deceased. Sebastian has Ciel light everyone's lanterns, which the latter does via a candle. The lanterns are, then, set afloat into the river. While gazing at the scene, Ciel remembers all of the critical events that transpired in his life. Sebastian compares candles and their flame to humans, calling them beautiful. When Ciel advises him to handle them with caution, as, when provoked, they can be formidable, Sebastian assures him that he will strive to keep Ciel's flame alive, for he is a devil of a butler.
Characters in Order of Appearance