Hello! I just wanted to point out the reason why Kaneki has appeared so dull and bland in Tokyo Ghoul Root A. It's because that, together with Tsukiyama's abominable lack of development, Kaneki's interaction with him were butchered too. It seems that no one has realized yet that they both were developed as characters together (and with Banjou/Hinami too) and by erasing that, Kaneki's character suffered also.
oh wow but this is actually a really good point??
holy shit i did not consider this. it’s actually something super important because as i’m thinking about it, kaneki unequivocally suffered too with tsukiyama being out of his life. when tsukiyama was around in the manga he was always trying to brighten kaneki up and reassure him, most notably after the kanou raid…
so not only did tsukiyama mellow out from being around kaneki and actually start to get a grip on some real feelings for him, kaneki wasn’t as dark and brooding because he essentially had a family to come back to and focus on. it’s kind of incredible when you consider that at least six months (or maybe it was closer to a year?) of interactions between the two of them really changed them both a lot, to the point of making them both way more introspective.
they literally made each other better people, it was a mutually beneficial relationship. wow. why didn’t i jump all over this a lot sooner? shit this is great.