ahhhh the parallels

zelinxia  asked:

*chinhands* Now that you've read Kurogane's past, did you notice that Kurogane injured his left hand in Piffle, the same one that got significantly scarred because Tomoyo needed to stop a traumatized, grieving boy? And how Piffle Tomoyo told him to take time to heal - physically of course, but doubly implied emotionally as well? WELL NICK. YOUR THOUGHTS?

I DID NOT REALISE THAT. 

AND NOW I AM IN LOVE WITH THAT. 

I went back and browsed my original posts about that moment in Piffle and my favourite thing is that it all had so much incredible meaning already but when we add the new lens of Kurogane’s past it gets even deeper still. 

Because we have this:

Which, again, was perfectly deep and meaningful at the time because it took us all the way back to the start of the series and wrapped a neat and measurable bow around Kurogane’s character growth so far. 

But HEY, STRENGTH DID YOU SAY? WHERE HAVE WE HEARD THAT BEFORE?

YES THAT WAS RHETORICAL, YOU ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER. 

Kurogane’s existence has always been tied to the idea of True Strength - of protecting the ones you love. And the fall of Suwa was his ultimate failure in that the regard and part of the catalyst that drove him further and further from that true goal. 

At the start of the series we have a Kurogane that embodies the “false” idea of strength that his father gives him during his training, a strength that is focused on getting stronger and stronger and stronger, for no particular reason other than constantly outdoing yourself and your enemies. But Kurogane is also self-aware enough to know this, at least on some level. We saw how, on losing his parents, he went berserk and attacked anyone who came near him. Kurogane at the start of Tsubasa has parts of that still inside him, where he loses himself to the violence and let’s it take over and revels in the strength of it because it’s a distraction of everything he failed to do. But that’s not healing. 

So his first hand wound is shot into him by Tomoyo, against his will at the time, to save him. She is, in a way, demonstrating the kind of True Strength that Kuropapa was talking about. 

And Kurogane’s wound in Piffle is the reverse of that. He wounds the same hand in defense of Sakura’s life - and by doing so both parallels and fulfills the promise of the first wound. He is demonstrating True Strength, like he was always meant to. 

He is healing. 

And it’s impossible to guess how much of this Piffle!Tomoyo is aware of. Maybe the other Tomoyo told her everything, and she knows what this means. Maybe the other Tomoyo told her nothing, and she is just intuitive. But either way, her words cut right into the core of Kurogane’s entire life highlight exactly what this moment means to him. He has a new family now. Even though he “failed” the first time and lost everything, now he’s becoming the kind of person his parents always wanted him to be. 

AND WHILE I’M TALKING ABOUT IT CHECK OUT THE TAGS IN THAT POST. 

“not just from the wound that Tomoyo inflicted on him”

I DIDN’T MEAN LITERALLY, BUT HEY, WHATEVER WORKS. 

ONE’s life lessons: relationships with others

I love finding parallels in ONE’s ongoing works! Especially when both Mob Psycho 100 and One Punch Man’s webcomic update with such similar scenes, it becomes so apparent he’s using both mediums (a shonen manga and seinen webcomic respectively) as different ways to explore the same core themes.

We know both stories are emotionally driven, showing us the consequences of living with suppressed emotions and unhealthily internalizing them (Opm), and how to constructively channel them externally (Mob). And meanwhile, how the possession and pursuit of ultimate, raw power by itself is ultimately meaningless.

But here, the theme is on the importance of human relationships – with friends, family and others, and how having them (or rejecting them) contributes to our emotional quality of life. Things like power, fame, money, etc can be a means to bring short-term happiness, but in the long run, meaningful relationships with others are the things that really matter.  

Warning for spoiler images below.

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Earlier, Ishida released a sample image from an illustration card showing Eto reaching out intimately to Kaneki [x]:

This was reminiscent of Rize’s pose in chapter 61 when Shironeki was born:

After this scene, Kaneki ate the Rize-hallucination to ‘consume’ her strength and accept his ghoul nature:

In the latest chapter, Kaneki is similarly eating Eto’s kakuja:

There were theories [x] going around that the other official art Ishida posted of Kaneki hinted we would see full-kakuja Kaneki [x]:

Which I admit, I didn’t really believe at first. To go from half-kakuja to full kakuja, its seems that the ghoul has to be heavily cannibalising and I doubted Sasaki would have been fed ghoul flesh to do so because of this fact. But now Kaneki has started consuming Eto’s kakuja, which very likely has a high RC factor from her own cannibal eating habits. I’m much more inclined to believe now that full kakuja Kaneki might come out sooner than we had thought. What the hell is going to happen from here on out and how might this new development affect Sasaneki?

Edit: Now after the full chapter release, we have Eto saying this to Kaneki:

Whatever the consequences from Kaneki cannibalising Eto’s kagune are, is Eto now going to fill the role of Rize as Kaneki’s ghoul ‘Mother’? Would this make Eto the Black Goat of :re like Rize was in the first series?