I needed to collect my thoughts a bit before answering this because I happen to have very particular opinions about Touka’s character as a whole, and my opinion of her has varied throughout the series.
Just a warning beforehand, this is going to be a long post.
I originally enjoyed Touka’s character in the first half of part 1 because she was getting a lot of screen-time and was being fleshed out well as a character, and I liked the Kaneki and Touka duo during this time.
The thing about me is that while I understand it can be necessary in writing, I tend to get annoyed when strongly focused characters are essentially removed from the story for a LONG time. In Touka’s case this was for roughly 130 chapters, which I dunno about you but to me that’s a fucking lot.
So yea during the period she was removed from the story, having one appearance every 40 chapters or so, I became detached and didn’t really give a fuck about Touka. Not until she became largely relevant to the story once again of course.
As for the Kaneki/Touka relationship, what can I say? I enjoy it, I’m pleased with how everything turned out, it felt mostly natural and well written to me. The only part of the relationship that I’m shaky on is the fact that Touka waited on Kaneki’s return for four goddamn years without the guarantee that she could ever be close to him again.
By real life standards obsessions don’t usually go this far, especially when Touka hadn’t actually known Kaneki for all that long before he went edgy mode and left Anteiku. I understand that Touka did have an unhealthy attachment to Kaneki, just like he did with her too, but I personally just find the whole four year wait rather absurd. Aside from that, I pretty much have no other problems regarding those two.
Now as for what’s been happening in this last arc, I also have certain opinions on Touka, consisting of both positives and negatives. First of all let’s get this out of the way, what do I think about Touka’s pregnancy? Well, I actually do understand why Kaneki and Touka didn’t bother thinking about protection, and weren’t scared of having a child.
I mean if you consider the whole situation including the fact that survival in the current Tokyo was difficult, and it could be easy for either of them to die, they wouldn’t exactly care about something like preventing pregnancy when you take those extreme circumstances into account. Do I think it was irresponsible? Yes I do. Do I understand why they still did it? I would like to think I do.
Anyway moving onto the whole irresponsibility thing, we already know that Kaneki sucks at being a leader not to mention he didn’t actually give a fuck about the whole human vs ghoul conflict until the idea of protecting Touka and their future baby came into his mind. People have talked about this enough already, but I haven’t seen many talking about Touka’s irresponsibility either.
As we know, Touka was equally lacking in any desire to change the human vs ghoul conflict, and basically brushed off everything she heard which could have had significance to the conflict. So she’s very similar to Kaneki in this regard, and would probably only want a better world for his sake and for her future child.
I’ve seen a lot of opinions during this arc that Touka is very strong and independent and that her behaviour is commendable, but I disagree. The way I see it, Touka was essentially a damsel in distress in this arc, and I knew this was going to be inevitable since for one, she was the “One-Eyed King’s weak spot”, and for two she had to be extra careful in combat because of her baby.
To me Touka’s irresponsibility stuck out the most when she had to be saved by several characters including Yomo, Hirako and even Hinami. Of course, Touka hated having to do this because she hates being powerless, but she did kinda get herself into this mess as well. Now, she’s only been repressing her intense stress and even though it looks like she was going to let it all out a few chapters ago, she was conveniently stopped by Shuu who by the way had less reason to defend Kaneki than Touka herself.
So basically, I do enjoy Touka’s character right now, despite the last part looking like a rant I actually like how Touka’s flaws are represented, as to me they appear relatable and realistic. I’m just hoping that we see Touka explode soon to let out all the negative emotion that she’s been bottling up.