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Overview

Tanaka
Tanaka
Kanji

田中

Rōmaji

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

Portrayal
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 (2)

Tanaka's real look

Tanaka is an elderly man with grey hair and a mustache. He wears a monocle, a sophisticated suit, and white gloves, and is almost always holding a cup of tea. His body dimensions are generally portrayed shorter and smaller than they are in actuality. In dire or critical situations, he is depicted in his full height.

Personality

Tanaka is an intelligent, knowledgeable, and capable person. A former butler of the Phantomhive household, he had served under Vincent Phantomhive, but he was injured in the past[1] and presently does little work; he usually spends most of his time running around with Baldroy, Finnian, and Mey-Rin. Nevertheless, he is highly respected by others, such as Sebastian Michaelis and Francis Midford; in fact, the latter of which had once encouraged Sebastian and Ciel Phantomhive to take a lesson from Tanaka regarding their appearances.[2] In addition, he is kind and loyal to Ciel, his guests, and the other servants. Although he typically goes along with the others' plans, he wields great authority himself, and is the figurehead and executive director of the Funtom Company.[3][4] Despite his age, he remains strong, as shown when he effortlessly subdued a man who attempted to harm Ciel.[5]

In grave times, when he is needed to temporarily assume the position of a butler once again, Tanaka will perform his duties promptly and proficiently, and with a wealth of experience at his disposal.[6] He is calm and stern, and will admonish Ciel if he finds that he is displaying weakness as the head of the Phantomhive family.[7] He often puts Ciel's health and wellbeing as his premier concern.[8]

History

Tanaka Ciel hug

Tanaka hugs Ciel Phantomhive in relief.

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.[9]

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.[10]

Plot

Note: This section is under construction and revision.


Anime's Synopsis

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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."[14]
  • (To Karl 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."[15]
  • (To Sebastian Michaelis) "The Phantomhive family butler is not allowed to breathe his last breath before his master."[16]
  • (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."[17]
  • (To Sebastian Michaelis, about Ciel Phantomhive) "Rest is best for wounds of the heart. The Young Master must be in turmoil. At times like these we should not lose our heads or rush things. We need to watch over him."[18]

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. [19] His name, Tanaka, is Japanese and means "dweller."

References

  1. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 62, page 12
  2. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 14, page 10
  3. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 4
  4. Kuroshitsuji anime; Episode 9
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 43, pages 22-23
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 42, pages 13-14
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 42, page 15
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 93, page 2
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 19, page 6
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 62, pages 12-14
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 30, page 19
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 33, page 19
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 51, page 20
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 42, page 15
  15. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 43, pages 23-24
  16. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 50, page 33
  17. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 91, page 20
  18. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 93, page 2
  19. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 1
  20. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 43, pages 22 - 23
  21. Wikipedia:Baritsu


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