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Tanaka
Tanaka
Kanji 田中
Romaji Tanaka
Characteristics
Race Human
Gender Male
Professional Status
Occupation House Steward of the Phantomhive household
Previous Occupation Butler of the Phantomhive household
Personal Status
Status Alive
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume 1, Chapter 1
Anime Debut Episode 1
Video Game Debut Kuroshitsuji: Phantom & Ghost
Voices
Japanese Voice Shunji Fujimura
English Voice R Bruce Elliott

Tanaka (タナカ, Tanaka) is the steward of the Phantomhive household, an old family friend, and loyal assistant.

Appearance

Tanaka mug
Tanaka in his deformed look.
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Tanaka is an elderly man with grey hair and a mustache. He wears a monocle, a clean suit and white gloves, and is almost always holding a cup of tea. His body's dimensions are usually portrayed shorter and smaller than they are in actuality. On rare occasions, he "grows" to his full height when delivering something important.

Personality

Tanaka is an intelligent, knowledgeable, and capable person. He was injured in the past and presently does little work, but he frequently runs around with Baldroy, Mey-Rin, and Finnian. Nonetheless, he is highly respected by others, such as Sebastian Michaelis and Francis Midford, who tells Sebastian and Ciel Phantomhive to take a lesson from Tanaka regarding their appearances.[1] In addition, he is kind and loyal to Ciel, his guests, and the other servants. Although he lets the others tell him what to do and he goes along with their plans, he wields great authority and is the figurehead and executive director of the Funtom Company.[2][3] Despite his age, he remains strong, as shown when he effortlessly subdued a man who attempted to harm Ciel.[4]

History

Tanaka Ciel hug
Tanaka hugs Ciel Phantomhive in relief.
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Tanaka was present when Ciel Phantomhive's family was murdered, and he had attempted to warn Ciel to escape. In doing so, an unseen attacker stabbed him from behind, severely injuring him.[5]

He was treated at the Royal Hospital where Angelina Dalles worked. Ciel and Sebastian went to him, and Tanaka was amazed that Ciel was still alive. He then gave Sebastian his pocket watch, which he said has been passed down from one Phantomhive butler to the next.[6]

Manga's Synopsis

Note: This section is under construction and revision.


Anime's Synopsis

Note: This section is under construction and revision.


Quotes

  • (To Ciel Phantomhive) "The head of the Phantomhive house should not be shaken by something as trivial as the death of a servant. I never once saw the Master lose his composure due to such trifles."[10]
  • (To Carl Woodley) "If someone means any harm against the Young Master in this mansion, no matter who they are, these servants will have no mercy on them."[11]
  • (To Sebastian Michaelis) "The Phantomhive family butler is not allowed to breathe his last breath before his master."[12]
  • (To Snake) "Worrying about your master isn't a butler's only duty. As a butler . . . you have to make sure your master returns to a perfect situation."[13]

Trivia

  • There is a running gag in the anime that Tanaka only has a certain amount of time in his "regular style" before he returns to his smaller size. When he returns to his smaller version, there tends to be a lot of steam, like air coming out of a balloon. Then, a character, frequently Finnian or Mey-Rin, will exclaim that his "time" ran out. [14] His name, Tanaka, is Japanese and means "dweller."

References

  1. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 14, page 10
  2. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 4
  3. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 9
  4. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 43, pages 22-23
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 19, page 6
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 62, pages 12-14
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 30, page 19
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 33, page 19
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 51, page 20
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 42, page 15
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 43, pages 23-24
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 50, page 33
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 91, page 20
  14. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 1


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