mr. tanaka

So after Vincent and Rachel Phantomhive murderer, and during that month when Ciel disappeared, Madame Red and Lizzy were totally desperate, they were shown with expressionless or crying faces, but what about Mr Tanaka?

He probably saw Vincent and Rachel corpses, or at least knew what was happening to them when the manor get attacked.

He knew that and couldn’t protect them.

He couldn’t protect Vincent, the master he knew since he was a child, probably since his birth.

He knew what was happening in the manor, and tried to save Ciel.

He knew Ciel was in danger, he wanted him to escape.

He warned Ciel to escape, but Mr. Tanaka get attacked in the back, and couldn’t save him.

He couldn’t save his young master, and was the last to see him alive during that month.

Can you think how desperate he was, ho he probably saw himself as a failure because he couldn’t save his masters, how he felt so sorry about them, and blamed himself during that month for being alive?

That old man seriously needs a lot of hugs and love.

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In the moonlight, I could clearly see a tall dark figure standing in front of the glass window, staring right in. He knew I was looking at him, and I knew he was looking at me, but we didn’t see each other. I thought of the person I used to know and how different he was from the man I just saw. I didn’t know what he was thinking about, but he stood there for a while and then he turned around and left.

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You know what?

I’ve not seen even a SINGLE even good argument out of any fan within Chris Thorndike’s well deserved miniscule fandom (Though I’m not saying he deserves fans that said. Just if any, very few). And have seen precisely zero brilliant arguments.

Poor little boy? NOPE. Chris leads an extremely privileged life; No realistic chance of ever experiencing hardship due to both parents being in extremely well-paid professions, company in the form of his grandfather, uncle, Ella, Mr Tanaka, his friends (Which he conveniently treated as second class when the cooler friend in the form of Sonic arrived on the scene) and his parents and receives plenty of love from them when the latter two are there.

Lonely? Hence serving as a decent reason for his kidnap of Sonic? NOPE. Two worlds were in jeopardy with millions of lives at risk and Sonic had other friends than just him that, guess what, he had known for far longer. He’s just a selfish little prick. Loneliness is nothing more than a Freudian excuse and an extremely poor justification.

Sympathetic? NOPE. When Lindsey (His mother) was very upset over having to abandon party plans in order to give her child the best, he badmouthed her like the ungrateful little shit that he is, even compelling fucking Cream of all people to rebuke him. Who BTW didn’t even get to see her mother after she was torn from her own dimension nor has the option to do so much as ring her on the phone. Need I mention how he stated that he HATES dear old dad for abadoning his work to see him in episode 43?

I cannot sympathise with a whiny little turdshit who talks to and about his parents like they’re objects of loathing. Helen’s father works himself to the bone and him and Helen’s mother (Who is understandably protective of her daughter) make do, with a disabled child no less, without being as privileged as this little fuckwad. You don’t see their daughter badmouthing them for mom’s overprotectiveness and dad’s working overtime for her behalf and them being unable to take her to the island.

Christopher Thorndike is despised for usually very good reasons. He squarely deserves his hatedom because he’s so easy to dislike with the way he acts.

Hell yes you’re entitled to like him. It’s a free world.

But don’t act for a second that he’s some saintly character undeserving of vitriol and that the dislike he receives is baseless.

  • Komaeda: Nice to meet you again, Mr. Tanaka! We met briefly in the classroom before appearing on this island.
  • Tanaka: Oh yeah, right. How are you?
  • Komaeda: I normally don't answer that question, but since I respect your talent, I will tell you. I am fine.
  • Pekoyama: Hi, I'm Peko Pekoyama. I stole your wallet.
  • Tanaka: ... *grabs wallet*
  • Pekoyama: *grips it hard*
  • Tanaka: *yanks it out of her hands*
  • Tanaka: You guys are weird...
  • Pekoyama: Thank you.
Analysis from the Abyss: Did Sebastian Really Intend to Eat Ciel's Soul in the Green Witch Arc?

The Kuro fandom is very well aware of the dramatic events of the Green Witch arc when Sebastian almost ate Ciel’s soul.

But did he really intend to coldly eat his master’s soul for his own sustenance, or was there another motive at play?

Kuro fans, may I humbly submit my argument in the case of Kuro Fans vs. The Demon Sebastian Michaelis?

First, a little background about myself:

I am quite new to the Kuro fandom; this means I read 98 chapters in complete isolation before finally joining the fandom.  As a result, my interpretations may be a bit out of left field compared to the fandom.  I also see Marlowe’s version of Mephistopheles as a template for Sebastian; Mephistopheles is a rather sympathetic character.  I believe Sebastian is a complex and conflicting character with many facets and subtleties which render him endlessly fascinating.

I would then like to offer an explanation that shows that Sebastian did not intend to eat Ciel’s soul during the Green Witch arc.  I am judging Sebastian’s actions based on my interpretion of his intentions, which I believe had a practical purpose

Let me lay out my case by assuming a few premises:

—Sebastian has shown that he does not admire weakness in anyone.  His teardown of Soma, his firm expectations of Snake, and his “pep” talk to Ciel during the Circus arc after Ciel’s wanted to give up as the “shower” are three examples of this.  If you’re having a bad day and decide to sit in a corner and whine, Sebastian probably isn’t going to come over and hold your hand and tell you that everything’s going to be okay; he’d slap you on the back and tell you to get over yourself.

—Therefore, Sebastian views weakness as a form of being pathetic.

—Also, we know Sebastian cannot lie, especially to Ciel.

The incident:

—Ciel is hit with poison gas which causes him to panic and become so afraid of Sebastian that he can’t bear to have him in the room with him.

After Ciel has been rendered into a state of helpless panic, Bard asks, “How will we get him back to normal?” in Chapter 93.

Sebastian answers: “And eye for an eye…is what they say…Should we shock him once more?”

Tanaka then tells Sebastian that rest would be better for Ciel.  Sebastian then admits that this is out of his range of experience, so he decides they should all “sit and wait.”

As everyone is waiting, Sebastian (and Snake) continue the investigation into the miasma.

Then, an important letter arrives from the Queen in Chapter 94:

John Brown states that it is urgent and has Sebastian open the letter.  Sebastian then says, “Well, it’s time to pick up the pace.”

There is suddenly a time limit introduced to the story; getting Ciel out of his panic state has now become an urgent matter that requires immediate attention.

Right after that, Sebastian goes to Ciel’s room and asks Finny to leave.  Finny of course tries to protect Ciel, is asked twice to leave, then is thrown out of the room by Sebastian.  (Which was, admittedly, quite cruel, but will probably become story evidence for when the servants finally figure out that Sebastian is a demon.)

Then comes Sebastian’s coldly-delivered line: “Thank you for taking care of the young master.  It won’t be necessary anymore.”


That could be interpreted one of two ways: 1. Ciel will be dead, so there is no need to take care of him, or, 2. Ciel will be back to normal, so there is no need to take care of him anymore.  (Or Option 3: Yana chose this line to scare the reader.)

Given that Sebastian decided to go right up to Ciel’s room right after receiving the letter from the Queen, I submit to you that it is the latter, not the former.

Sebastian then tells Ciel that the letter reveals they will be thrown out in the morning.

Without Ciel to give orders, Sebastin cannot act on his own; he needs Ciel to be in his right mind in order to give him direction.  He tells Ciel about how urgent their situation has gotten.

So he tells Ciel that now isn’t the best time to be “brooding over your fears” and he first asks him to “Come, get out of bed.”

Sebastian’s first course of action was this: he politely asked Ciel to get out of bed.

Why do that if he intended to consume Ciel’s soul?

Then of course, Ciel refuses, and that is what unleashes the intensity.

Ciel is choosing (subconsciously) a weak course of action.  He is choosing to give up, to turn away from his duties as the Queen’s Watchdog.  Ciel is choosing to be weak, and we know that Sebastian does not appreciate weakness in anyone.  Just like Ciel almost giving up during the Circus arc, it’s time for Sebastian to give Ciel a “pep” talk again.

But since Ciel isn’t in his right mind, he needs something a little stronger than a pep talk to snap him out of it.

And then Sebastian absolutely terrifies Ciel by almost killing him and stating that by giving up on his revenge, he has breached the contract.  He says that since Ciel is giving up on his duties to the Queen and doesn’t care about the one driving force in his life—his revenge, he might as well not be alive anymore.  Because otherwise, what’s the point of Ciel’s existence?  He does say that this isn’t how he expected to take Ciel’s soul, but it would fill him up; but this does not mean he is ready to eat Ciel’s soul at this moment (as we shall see with the “90%” comment.)

Sebastian then asks Ciel why he even made the contract in the first place.

We then are presented with a dreamscape as Ciel questions why he made the contract in the first place.

Ciel’s reason?  He wanted power; not for the sake of anyone else, but for himself.  The contract brought Ciel from a state of utter weakness (parentless, abused, imprisoned,) to one of almost unlimited power (a demon at his every beck and call.)  He then travels through the dreamscape to “find” Sebastian, and when he comes to, orders Sebastian to let him go.

The first thing Ciel does when he wakes up is scold Sebastian.  The first thing Sebastian does is apologize.

And then here is an important moment:

Ciel smiles at Sebastian.

Why is he smiling at Sebastian?  Is it appreciating for Sebastian showing him a little tough love and snapping him out of his state of weakness and again returning him to a state of power?  I would say that’s a safe assumption.  Another interpretation is that he appreciates Sebastian’s methods somehow.

Ciel asks if Sebastian really was going to eat him, and we get Sebastian’s little comment about how he was only “90% serious.”  You could take that as a joke (he’s smiling at Ciel, and we know Sebastian does tell jokes,) or you could take it literally; either way, we’ve gone from 100% wanting to eat Ciel (Chapter 63) down to only 90%.  That’s at least an improvement.

And here is the most telling part:

Ciel still thinks Sebastian basically has decided on eating him, and Sebastian says, “Mr. Tanaka told me not to take drastic measures so I kept off it for a while…”  He also says that Ciel was “carrying on like a baby,” i.e. being weak and helpless, and we know Sebastian does not want to see Ciel in a state of weakness.

In other words, Sebastian made a decision not to eat Ciel’s soul; to wait because Tanaka told him not to shock Ciel.  Sebastian then later decided that a shock would make Ciel come to his senses, and when the matter because more urgent because of the letter, that’s exactly what he decided to do.

Even Ciel doesn’t seem convinced that Sebastian would “unconsciously” eat his master:

And then we get Sebastian’s catchphrase, which is translated various different ways; I’d like to hear what the official English translation makes of this when it’s available.

Afterwards, Ciel explains that in the state he was in, he had lost all self-control.

Sebastian finally gives him the letter and says that because of Ciel’s state, Sebastian had to make the decision on his own to analyze the plants.  And Ciel isn’t mad or bitter, but smiling as he reads the results of Sebastian’s efforts:

So in conclusion, we could say:

—Sebastian needed to snap Ciel out of his panicked state because they were about to be kicked out of the village and a decision needed to be made.

—Ciel bears no ill will towards Sebastian.

—Sebastian was able to hold off eating Ciel because of what Tanaka said; if he truly wanted to eat his soul, why did he wait until after the letter arrived?  Why not eat his soul as soon as Ciel fell into his state of panic?

—On the other side of things: is seems as though it is possible for Sebastian to break the contract if he wanted to.  However, why did he decide to break the contract now?  Why hasn’t he tried before?  (Well, he did in Chapter 63, but then let Ciel go when Ciel stated his want for revenge.)  Why not just sneak into Ciel’s room one night and dispose of him?  The fact is, this moment happened when it did for a reason: Sebastian needed Ciel to be in control of his faculties, because there was a decision that needed to be made.

In Summation:

I therefore believe that Sebastian had no intention of eating Ciel’s soul, but this merely Sebastian’s way of snapping Ciel out of his pathetic helpless state so that he could again take charge of the situation.  Sebastian’s actions are in keeping with his habit of bringing Ciel to a state of power from a state of weakness.

I hope this post has been illuminating.  I apologize that it has gone on for so long, but I felt the need to lay everything out in detail.  Thank you for your patience and attention.

—Abyss