How to Draw Tanaka Black Butler






Professional status

Previous occupation

Butler of the Phantomhive household

Personnel status

First appearance


Tanaka (田中, Tanaka) is the house steward and a former butler of the Phantomhive household.


Tanaka is an elderly man with gray hair and a mustache. He wears a monocle, a black suit, and white gloves, and he is often holding a cup of tea.

Tanaka's body dimensions are generally portrayed shorter, smaller, and in less detail than they are in actuality. In dire situations, he is depicted at his full height.


Tanaka is a perceptive, dignified individual whose loyalty to the Phantomhive house and its head is unwavering.[1] He previously served Vincent Phantomhive as a butler; however, after sustaining severe injuries on thetwins' tenth birthday,[2] he presently does a limited amount of work. Nevertheless, when needed to substitute Sebastian Michaelis as the butler, he performs his duties efficiently and without delay. He has a wealth of experience at his disposal[3] and thus is a dependable adviser to the head of the Phantomhive house.[4] He is calm and stern and will admonish Ciel Phantomhive, whose well-being is his paramount concern,[5] if he finds that Ciel is displaying weakness as the head.[6]

Despite his age, Tanaka remains an exemplary fighter; he once, via Baritsu, effortlessly subdued a man who attempted to harm Ciel.[7] He is exceptionally skilled in wielding a katana, having sliced ​​a bullet in two with it.[8]


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] Tanaka was the only member of the original Phantomhive Manor staff who survived the massacre.

He was treated at the Royal London Hospital where Angelina Dalles worked. Ciel and Sebastian Michaelis 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 Phantom Hive butler to the next.[10]


Black Butler Arc

Tanaka, Baldroy, Mey-Rin, Finnian, and Ciel Phantomhive observe the match between Sebastian Michaelis and a martial artist outside Phantomhive Manor. Sebastian vanquishes his opponent, which impresses them. Afterward, Sebastian instructs them to perform their duties.[11] When the Phantomhive servants make a mess prior to and during Chlaus’s visit, Sebastian cleans up after them and rectifies the various issues.[12]

One day, Elizabeth Midford visits and adorns the manor in extravagant furnishings, as well as dresses up the servants.[13] They dance alongside Ciel and Elizabeth.[14]

At one point, the Phantomhive servants attempt to exterminate rats, which have been biting the wires in the manor.[15] Sebastian effortlessly gets rid of the rats.[16] After Ciel is taken by Azzurro Vanel and while Mey-Rin is delivering to Sebastian the ransom letter she has received, a sniper attacks, but fails. Sebastian tells the servants to clean and cook and leaves after declaring that he will return before dinner.[17] Later, Sebastian returns with Ciel, and the servants welcome them home.[18] When the servants discuss the Azzurro Vanel case, Sebastian orders them to do work.[19]

Red Butler Arc

In the morning, Sebastian assigns Baldroy, Mey-Rin, and Finnian their individual tasks for the day while Tanaka loiters.[20] When the Phantomhive servants make a mess, Sebastian cleans up after them and rectifies the various issues.[21] After Sebastian discovers that his chocolate statue is missing a head, he and the other Phantomhive servants hunt down Tanaka, assuming he is the culprit, but it is actually Ciel.[22]

When Ciel and Sebastian leave for London, the Phantomhive servants stay behind at Phantomhive Manor.[23]

On December 14, the Phantomhive servants prepare for Ciel's thirteenth birthday, which coincides with Elizabeth and Francis Midford's visit. Sebastian redirects Francis away from the disasters the servants inadvertently cause.[24] They all celebrate Ciel's birthday.[25]

Indian Butler Arc

Tanaka, Baldroy, Mey-Rin, and Finnian frolic in the snow.[26]

Ciel and Sebastian bring the Phantomhive servants along to the Phantomhive townhouse in London while they investigate a case. The servants meet Soma Asman Kadar and Agni.[27]

The next day, Agni fulfills household duties on the servants' behalf, to their astonishment.[28] Later, Agni collaborates with them and gets them to work efficiently.[29]

The servants watch and assist Sebastian in preparing for the curry competition.[30][31] The servants also participate in taste-testing the different curries.[32][33]

The servants accompany Ciel, Sebastian, and Soma to the curry competition.[34] The servants are jubilant when Sebastian's curry dish garners rave reviews from the judges.[35]Queen Victoria arrives, to their shock, and crowns Sebastian the winner. The servants rejoice.[36]

The servants are pleased when Soma reconciles with Agni and stunned when Queen Victoria refers to Ciel as "boy."[37] They congratulate Sebastian on his victory[38] and enjoy the view of the evening sun.[39] Soma hugs Ciel and cries over Mina while the servants look on.[40]

Sometime afterward when they are back at Phantomhive Manor, Sebastian assigns Baldroy, Mey-Rin, and Finnian their individual tasks for the day while Tanaka loiters. Agni helps out, as well. The servants voice their appreciation for their current lives at the manor.[41]

The following day, the servants bid farewell to Ciel and Sebastian, who are heading to London to investigate Noah's Ark Circus. Ciel tells them to take care of the manor.[42]

Circus Arc

Tanaka calls Sebastian at Ciel's London townhouse, much to Ciel's surprise, to inform Ciel that Elizabeth has come to visit him at his manor.[43] Sebastian later passes on this news, and it is what prompts Ciel to attempt to finish dealing with Baron Kelvin as quickly as possible.[44]

Later, when Dagger, Jumbo, Peter, Wendy, and Beast invade Phantomhive Manor, Tanaka goes to check on Elizabeth, who awakes when Mey-Rin shoots Peter through a window outside of her room. He comforts her, telling her it was just a sound in her dreams, and tells her to go back to bed, read she gets cold.[45] This as well as shown Peter's body who was shot to death by Mey-Rin.[46]

Phantomhive Manor Murders Arc

Georg von Siemens 'and Patrick Phelps' deaths are followed by the death of Sebastian. Because Tanaka is the former butler of the late Earl Phantomhive, Ciel gives him the duty of his butler. He accepts and orders the servants. Ciel even comments that he is still a good butler, for an old man.[47]

When Karl Woodley is about to attack Ciel, Tanaka flips him onto his back. Lau states that the technique he used is called "Baritsu" when Arthur Conan Doyle asks what it is it. Ciel replies that there is nothing much more interesting in it.[48]

When the servants go outside looking for Sebastian's keys in the rain, Tanaka, carrying an umbrella with him, tells them to go inside. They check the food supplies as Tanaka states that Sebastian would chastise them if they were not able to overcome a crisis.[49]

Later, he enters Karl's room to report that Patrick's killer had been caught and shall be presented to them soon. [50]

Tanaka is present at Sebastian's burial and is one of the coffin bearers.[51] After Sebastian is revealed to be alive, Tanaka returns the position of head butler to him, while stating that the Phantomhive family butler should not die before his master.[52]

Luxury Liner Arc

Tanaka waves goodbye, as Ciel, Sebastian, and Snake go on the Campania.[53]

Later, on Easter Day, Tanaka stands next to Snake along with the rest of the servants as they cheer when Ciel presents Elizabeth with her Easter egg.[54]

Public School Arc

Tanaka is sitting with the servants on the grounds at Ciel's cricket match. Lady Elizabeth is also with them. He lists to the conversation. Later on, he meets Sebastian in his normal form, and he addresses Sebastian as "Professor Michaelis." Sebastian gives him a beef minced pie for everyone's lunch. Tanaka asks him if he's sure they won't get sick after eating this. Sebastian chuckles softly and assures him that they all will be all right. As Tanaka is leaving, he gives Sebastian the "thumbs up" sign, stating he's looking forward to the next "Miracle of the Sapphires."[55]

Tanaka whisks Baldroy's pie away and replaces it with Sebastian's lunch.[56] Later on, Tanaka stands alongside everyone else when they see how great Ciel looks. [57] They all laugh good-naturedly when Ciel falls into the water after the boat ride.[58] During the final party, everyone is present and enjoying themselves.

He remains in his "small form" during the sheep incident, and he doesn't accompany the rest of the household when Ciel takes them all to London.

Emerald Witch Arc

All five members of the household accompany Ciel and Sebastian to Germany. Tanaka waits in the village square along with the other servants. Sebastian instructs them to load the luggage in the second carriage. Then they all proceed into Werewolves' Forest.[59]

The group eventually sees a village in the forest, and everyone disembarks from the carriages. Baldroy and Finnian both call out to see if anyone's there. They are all then unexpectedly surrounded by angry villagers who are waving their pitchforks at the group.[60] Once the situation is resolved, they head with Sieglinde Sullivan to the Emerald Castle.[61]

When they arrive at the manor, everyone is amazed at its magnificence. Inside, Sieglinde tells Wolfram Gelzer to show the servants to their quarters.[62]

The group is untied after Ciel was "cursed" by the miasma. When Ciel wakes up, Baldroy states that Ciel scared the life out of him, and Tanaka agrees with him. Sebastian reaches his hand out to Ciel when Ciel unexpectedly knocks it away. Ciel then grabs hold of Finnian, surprising everyone. He says "Ciel doesn't want to be hurt anymore"; this confuses everyone even more. When Sebastian tries again, Tanaka stops him. Ciel suddenly starts screaming about the lights being too dim. Everyone feels that his eyesight may have been affected by the attack as well.[63]

After they have left the room, Mey-Rin starts crying about his condition. Baldroy tells her to stop, saying it is bad luck. Tanaka asks Sebastian what they should do. Sebastian sorrowfully states he does not know since he cannot go near Ciel. Nevertheless, he excuses himself in order to do something.[64]

In the morning, Sebastian greets all of the servants.[65] He gives out instructions to everyone while Tanaka can stay as he is.[66] Later on, the servants discuss the situation in the kitchen. Snake and Baldroy comment that Sebastian really does not care about Ciel; he should only be thinking of him. Nevertheless, Tanaka has faith in him, saying that he must have his reasons for his beahvior. Tanaka sips tea and adds that it is a butler's duty to "welcome his master's return in a fit and flawless state."[67]

Sieglinde later addresses the rest of the Phantomhive household. Tanaka is present as well in his small form. She tells them that Ciel's eyes are fine; the condition was mostly psychological. All of them are extremely relieved.[68]

After Ciel was attacked by a werewolf, the servants all beg him to untangle from the baldachin and get back to sleep. However, Ciel screams that he just wants to go home.[69] When they have finally succeeded, Tanaka, Snake, Baldroy, Mey-Rin, and Sebastian discuss how they can help Ciel. Sebastian suggests shocking him some more, but Tanaka is against this. Tanaka states it would be best to watch over Ciel until he gets better. Baldroy adds that this is the reason that he does not like the occult. Sebastian agrees to not try anything strange — just to sit and wait.[70]

Later, Snake tells the household that there are werewolves as well as something else in the castle's basement. Baldroy questions Snake about what this "something else," but he is unable to explain further. They believe Sieglinde is in league with the werewolves; However, Mey-Rin states her concern and worry for Ciel was not false. Snake adds that there is a magical charm on the door that forbids intruders' entry. Mey-Rin asks Sebastian how he will proceed. He tells them he is going underground to see for himself. If Wolfram returns, he instructs them to distract him until he gets back.[71]

When Wolfram and the other maids return, the servants pretend to be very busy. Snake is preparing the scone dough, and Mey-Rin and Baldroy try to engage Wolfram in conversation, but they cannot since they do not speak German. Suddenly, one of Snake's snakes wraps itself around one of the maids and is poised to strike. As she screams, Sebastian effortlessly grabs it and returns it to Snake, surprising the Germans. After the excitement dies down and the main household is once again alone, Snake states that Oscar has another "scoop" to report — the maid smells just like one of the werewolves.[72]

All the servants are reunited when Ciel lets them into his room after he returns to normal. Sebastian opens the door, and all of the servants tumble in. Sebastian remarks that they are really rude for listening at their master's door. All of them, Sebastian included, then line up by Ciel's bedside. Ciel speaks — because of his carelessness, they all suffered and worried. He asks them to forgive him. Although they are surprised, he adds determinedly that they will never see him in such a sorry state again. He finally asks that they continue to serve him. They all respond with "Yes, My Lord."[73]

After a few minutes of the servants' light banter, Ciel also makes another request — he wants them to forget how he was until now. Mey-Rin deduces that Ciel also recalls his off-the-charts behavior. Ciel adds that he did not want to behave like that. Baldroy concludes that Ciel reacted the same way as soldiers. On the battlefield, when they are wounded for the first time, they panic. Sebastian wonders if the attack's aim was purely psychological. When Ciel asks him to explain, Sebastian relates the news about the Queen's letter. He also had the components of the antidote analyzed. When Ciel reads the Queen's letter, everything starts to fall into place. However, he's incredibly annoyed with the Queen's final request — she wants the "little witch to come to tea."[74]

Ciel knows this request will not be easy to accomplish. Sebastian adds that even the Queen's selfishness is incomparable to Ciel's. Finally, Ciel tells the entire household to make preparations to leave — further instructions will come later.[75]