Welcome to Humor Nation. Tanaka is the former butler and the house steward of the Phantomhive Manor. An elderly, intelligent, and very knowledgeable man who served as a butler of the Phantomhive family under the command of Vincent Phantomhive, father of Ciel.
So Let’s Take A Look At 6 Unknown And Interesting Facts About Tanaka!
1. HIS CHARACTER
The character of Tanaka was modeled after the famous late voice actor Shunji Fujimura who was a good friend of Yana Toboso.
2. HIS NAME
The character’s name Tanaka is Japanese and it means ‘dweller in the middle of rice fields. His favorite tea is Gyokuro which he can often be seen drinking.
3. HIS INJURY
When Ciel’s family was murdered, he helped Ciel in escaping. But in doing so, he was severely stabbed by an attacker from behind. He was admitted at the Royal Hospital where he was treated when Sebastian and Ciel visited him, he gave his pocked watch to Sebastian, passing his responsibilities to the next butler.
4. HIS SKILLS
Despite his old age, he’s still pretty skilled in the art of ‘baritsu’ which he displayed when he protected Ciel from Woodley. He is also pretty skilled in using the Katana.
5. HE IS WELL RESPECTED
He was injured in the past. Currently, he does little work and spends most of his time running around with Finny, Mey-Rin, and Bard. Tanaka is highly respected by Sebastian Michaelis. He is the only one whom Sebastian treats with regard. It is because he was there before Sebastian arrived.
6. THE GAG
Black Butler anime has a running gag which shows Tanaka only has a handful of time to be in his ‘regular style’ before he returns to a shrunk, smaller size. When the time is up, there’s a lot of steam like air blowing out of a ballon and he transforms into a small Tanaka.