His Butler, in an Illusion

His Butler, in an Illusion is an anime episode of Black Butler that was released on 11/27/2008

    その執事、幻像   (Sono Shitsuji, Genzou) 
  その執事、幻像  (Sono Shitsuji, Genzou) 

   Talbot's camera
   Talbot's camera

            Ciel calls Maylene, Finian, and Bard up to test out Talbot's camera retrieved from an auction. Tanaka explains that the camera will picture a precious treasure that is dead or out of this world with whoever is in the picture. Ciel takes a picture of Finian and in the negative a bird appeared that Finian said he used to feed but then died. Ciel tells them their job is to take a picture of Sebastian without him knowing.  

 Sebastian arranging flowers 
Sebastian arranging flowers 

Sebastian goes through his normal routine: clean the library, clean the various rooms, and do his daily duties in the butler room. They try to take his picture but they keep failing. Sebastian gives them a job to move the Devil Dog/Pluto somewhere else so it doesn't get in a future guest's way. They try to drag Pluto away from the house but he spits out fire on the leash and runs back.

Playing with a cat 
Playing with a cat 

            Pluto sleeps in the garden as Sebastian thinks to himself how the other three don't do their proper jobs. He notices a black cat and starts playing with it because they are sublime. Pluto turns into a human and throws the cat away because it became jealous. The other three are in Ciel's room and apologize for not getting a single shot. Lau enters the room saying he came because he thought something interesting would happen.

            The guest arrives and is revealed as Paul Jones of the Brit Business Company. As Sebastian leads Paul to the lounge, Paul notices Ran-Mao that always accompanies Lau just sitting on the stair banister. Lau thought that would stop Sebastian to look for a second.            In a room, Sebastian introduces Tanaka, who is revealed to be the Executive Director of the Phantom Company as an alibi. Since Tanaka can barely keep up his more human form, Sebastian starts answering Paul's questions. When Tanaka reverted back to his miniature form, Sebastian starts speaking with more enthusiasm to revert Paul's attention to write down everything, when finished Paul asked for a picture but Sebastian refused, Paul then leaves.

 Sebastian Saving Ciel
 Sebastian Saving Ciel

            Ciel tells Finian to throw a pillar with a statue toward him. Finian does this and as the pillar was about to make impact,  Sebastian got in its way. Dragons with firecracker-like light surrounds them because of Lau.  As the three servants get the photo developed, Pluto enters the room and breathes fire on them and surrounding areas, thus ruining the picture.

Photo of Ciel, Sebastian & Pluto 
Photo of Ciel, Sebastian & Pluto 

          Sebastian tells Ciel that a picture is just an illusion for humans to hold dreams in. Sebastian takes a picture of Ciel and when developed, it shows Sebastian and Pluto. Finian contemplates in his head why Sebastian would be in the picture if the camera is supposed to show things that are dead but he doesn't particularly care.

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Ciel Phantomhive ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Maaya Sakamoto ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sebastian Michaelis ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Ono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Maylene ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Emiri Katou ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Finian ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuki Kaji ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Bard ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiroki Touchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tanaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shunji Fujimura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pluto ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ran-Mao ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Lau ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Koji Yusa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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Toshiya Shinohara Director
Mari Okada Series Composition
Minako Shiba Character Artist/Designer
Ian Sinclair ADR Director (English) Ian Sinclair is a US voice actor for the FUNimation company.
Yana Toboso Artist Yana Toboso is a female Japanese manga artist best known for her manga Kuroshitsuji
Taku Iwasaki Music Taku Iwasaki is a Japanese composer known for Jazz-sounding scores.


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