In my opinion I think that Tanaka may have actually known that "Ciel" wasn't the real Ciel, I don't think anything in the manga actually supports what I'm saying, but like he was with them since they were young and I think he was bound to be able to tell them apart in my opinion, but who knows I could be wrong 😂
Hello Anon and don’t worry, there might be no hints to this but it’s something I and @thedarkestcrow actually talked about more than once, including right after we read ch129. xDD
You came to my askbox Anon, so I’m afraid I’ll have to ramble because it is one of my favorite subjects and also one of my biggest fears when it comes to how Yana intends on using several secondary characters, such as Tanaka and Frances, for the main plot.
You mentioned Tanaka being able to differentiate the twins and I think that yes, it is likely to be the case, if just because Tanaka took care of them since they were born and, if Lizzie herself had doubts (the Easter chapter for example), I’m pretty sure that he had some as well over the years.
Besides Tanaka, I actually think it’s likely that Frances might have known as well, just like Red (except that Red is dead and irrelevant to the current arc so I won’t expand on her), and the reason none of those 3 actually said anything if they realized is probably because they suspected that the reason behind the lies was very grim.
Only one of the boys came back after all…
…and he looked like as if he had been through hell, so they probably didn’t want to ask too many questions (for the same reason, Tanaka didn’t tell Ciel anything about the culprits while he might have a few hints to share).
It’s all without hint from the manga again, but I like to think that everytime Lizzie came by the manor to visit “in secret”, Frances actually knew and encouraged her, because it was her way to make sure that bright and cheerful Lizzie would try to keep Ciel’s mind off work from time to time, since he’s still a young teenager who went through a lot.
We’re talking about a woman who spent half of her life as a Phantomhive and thus who knew very well how harsh the Watchdog duty could be so, while she would stay out of his business (unlike Red, who wanted to help), I like to think that she still kept an eye on him through allowing Lizzie to visit him often and through maybe Tanaka going back to the manor.
Because did you notice? Sebastian never asks Tanaka to do anything, he only helps in case there is an attack or in case Seb isn’t around…
…which is why I like to think that the only reason he went back to the manor was to keep an eye on Ciel, probably because he wanted to but also maybe because Frances asked him (
she does dislike Seb after all xD).
Anyway, between Tanaka’s constant supporting presence and how Frances was depicted in ch14…
…I really would like it if they knew that our!Ciel wasn’t the real one from the moment he came back, saying nothing because they could guess that Real!Ciel died in a horrible fashion.
So in regards to Tanaka’s absence in ch129, I would like it if he was actually in cahoots with Frances the whole time and warned her that Real!Ciel, who was supposed to be dead, showed up at the manor.
It’s definitely a crack theory because no one has hints, but we’ll see if somehow this gets confirmed or denied in the next chapters! :D
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and have a nice day Anon!