Kaneki needs to reconnect himself to humanity, if he wants the revolution to bring a real change
I`ve been playing with this idea relating to Hide for a while now. I guess its not a super important what Hide turns out to be in the end, but I think it would be interesting if he was a human. I think it would be a way to reconnect Kaneki back into the human world. At the moment I think Kaneki is disconnected from it, and to solve the problem of coexistence, he needs to look things from both sides. Allow me to explain what I mean.
Kaneki is taking part in an important fight by defending the ghouls and their right to exist. However when reconsidering the grand scheme of things, I think he is only looking at the ghoul side. This is likely do the fact that a good chunk of his friends and people close to him are ghouls. Addition to this I think there is another factor. This role of a king, the idea of becoming figure head for it came mostly from Eto. When Eto talked about getting rid of the warped root, I thinks she usually talked about how it would make a better world for ghouls to exist. In most instances she talks about making a world better for ghouls:
“To create a good world for us ghouls. A world in which ghouls can live openly and freely.”
“My last work I wrote for my lonely brothers- and sisters-in-arms. Wretched creatures born into the wrong world, endlessly yearning for flesh and blood.”
“If no one steps up, ghouls will continue to die without rhyme or reason. And this puppetlike world will dance on.”
Now, I am not questioning Eto´s words here. I think she is right when she says that the ghouls are indeed in danger. But all the times if I remember correctly, when she is talking about a change in their world, she is always talking from the perspective of ghouls. I think she never mentions humans, who too are caught in this cycle of violence, even thou they are probably having it a bit easier.
I think`s it`s not a surprise that Eto talks from the perspective of ghouls, since she has seen this suffering first hand, but also she identifies herself as a ghoul strongly. She lived her life in the 24th Ward, her care taker was a ghoul, so she has been connected to that world from the very beginning. Heck, when she had that television speech, she said she was a ghoul.
Eto had human connections. I think she valued her editor greatly, and her mother who she likely sees a a source of courage, was a human. Despite that I think she views herself strongly as a ghoul, fighting for the ghoul cause. Even her books use the perspective and life of a ghoul.
So I think passing down the role of a king, I think in away Eto also passed down this strong perspective of the revolution being largely a ghouls cause. That is what it is indeed, but I am afraid that its going to turn into a only ghoul cause.
To see both perspectives and both sides, I think Kaneki needs something or someone to re-connect him into the human world. As a human, Kaneki was already disconnected from that world,
and as he dived deeper into the ghoul world, that disconnection became even deeper. I think Hide, his human friend, could be away for Kaneki to possibly reconnect back to the human world, and see that that side too is needed in this revolution if a true change is wanted.
Hide made Kaneki realize after Ken almost lost hope in the beginning of part 1 that he has a place to belong. But most strongly, I think this scene from V14 is something that demonstrates that Kaneki sees Hide as someone linked to his human side, and humanity as a whole:
When Hide touched the shoulder of his hallucinating, crazy friend, that made him have a moment of clarity. What is more important, that Kaneki in the lower panel has a black hair. He is his pre-torture self, his human-self. This panel is one of the reasons why I think Hide is Kaneki`s link to his human side, to humanity as a whole. I think he would be a great person to help Kankeki reconnect back to that side, a side that is needed in this revolution. Akira is also one connection.
Now I know there isn´t really in a human side and a ghoul side when it comes to a person when we really look into it. The biology differ but their thinking and etc.. is not that different(the biggest things creating the cycle of violence, is that folks think there is a “human and a ghoul way” to think things). Despite that, I think Kaneki is not connected to the human world, and he is looking things from only one perspective, as this illustration by Ishida hints at:
“As I peer out upon the world through a single eye, I chose to adopt a deductive gaze.”
So with Hide, his human friend and a link to humanity, I think Kaneki could re-connect himself with humanity, and remove the eyepatch covering his other eye, seeing that both sides, ghouls and humans, are needed for this revolution.