Some Ghoul Getaways for some underrated Ghouls! Isi, Luna and Viperine!! I love this line, I’m praciticng my repaints with the ghouls available from this line in my city. (They’re on clearance still!!! Go me!!)
What's with all of these "couples" being focused on this arc in particular?
Why are so many characters coming out for their feelings to others?
As we later find out that the title suggests, Tokyo Ghoul :re is about the coming of age of a King, and his progression through the life cycles of infant, adolescent and adult, with the adult phase signalling his readiness to take on the title of King. Each of these phases in life come with a different priority for relationships: first family, then friends, then love. But because Kaneki is the main character, the story revolves around him and the story’s themes are aligned with his development. So when Kaneki develops, so does everyone else. The child phase was the first half of the :re manga, the teenage phase was the Rushima Arc, and the adult phase is this latest Siege Arc - and now, love is the focus.
Kaneki -> Touka: Haise was his childhood; naive, oblivious (not even having his memories), and utterly controlled by senior figures, Haise was at least happy - except for the nagging sense that something was wrong which heralded the onset of his spiritual adolescence. He hits the adolescent phase with the return of his memories, and with them an enormous amount of greater insight, emotional turmoil (not to mention edginess), power, and the desire to break away from his family (Arima) when their flaws and injustices become apparent, favouring his friends (Hinami). He at last breaks from the egg in the Rushima Arc when he overcomes the emotional crisis of his adolescent stage through the mental image of the closest of his friends, Hide, and by coming to understand the true nature of his ‘father’. On reaching adulthood, he symbolically overcomes his father figure, who then removes himself from the son’s path and steps aside to allow him to become the One-Eyed King. But now he is free from the yoke and chain of his parent, Kaneki still feels lonely in his absence. Now in the Siege Arc, Touka has offered to fill that hole for him with the emotional requirement of an adult - love.
Touka -> Kaneki: Touka’s development doesn’t fit the mould quite like the other examples, with both the revelation of her moving on from her family and the fruition of her romantic feelings happening in the Siege Arc. The former occurred when Touka was talking to Akira in Ch 120 and demonstrates that she’s come to see her father how he really was, allowing her to graduate into the adult stage of life (while she’s been in that stage for some time, it’s not important which arc it occurs in, it’s important which arc the reader sees it in). The latter, of course, happens in Ch 122.
Amon -> Akira: In Amon’s case, his child phase is not related to familial feelings, but rather expressed through his confinement at the hands of the fatherly Kanou. He is rescued by a friend in Scarecrow and thus progresses to the teenage phase, his moral compass in torment as he struggles to live as a Ghoul but help the CCG. But in the teenage phase you can go both forwards and backwards, and Amon falls back into Kanou’s hands, only to be rescued again by a friend in Takizawa. Now completely free and in the adult phase, Amon turns to love through Akira.
Akira -> Amon: Like Haise, Akira was an obedient investigator who followed orders, largely due to the overwhelming influence of her father even beyond the grave. But in the Rushima Arc, she violated protocol and did something her father would never do - for the sake of her friend, she shielded a Ghoul, and she begins to question everything she once believed. When taken to Goat in the Siege arc she begins the phase of her spiritual adulthood, forming new points of view and leaving her father behind in her talk with Touka, coming to truly understand him beyond the figure she idolised. And while she’s struggling to adapt to this new life, she finds comfort through love in the form of Koutarou Amon.
Takizawa -> Akira: Takizawa had resigned himself as a plaything in the hands of Aogiri for a long time, but in the Rushima Arc he turns against Tatara, the figurehead for Aogiri, and kills him for the sake of his friends, Akira and Houji. In his teenage turmoil, he then reeled between his childish self and his future adult self, until his friend Amon pushed him towards the future. In the Siege arc, rather than at the orders of his controlling pseudo-family, he risks his life for the sake of his love for Akira (it’s also in this arc that he has the memory of eating his parents, a fitting if grim reflection of his displacing of them into the adult phase). Sadly Takizawa’s romance didn’t work out, but not all do, and his storyline reflects that truth while still allowing romance to develop his character’s progression through the stages of life.
Mutsuki -> Haise: Mutsuki was constantly in the shadow of her father’s abuse - but in the oblivious nature of a child, she blocked it out from her memory. Facing that kind of abuse in the Rushima Arc at the hands of Torso, she was put through unbelievable emotional turmoil that enabled her to remember her past and understand the flaws of her family, symbolically overcoming this by turning the tables on her abuser. In the Siege Arc, with a helpful push from a Clown, she turns her attention to love - her love of her Sensei, Haise Sasaki. But unfortunately, she has not escaped her turmoil unscarred, and her attitudes to love are as twisted as her father’s were.
Matsuri -> Urie: Matsuri was cocky and prideful for the first half of :re, naively believing he’d paved the path to success out in front of him as he followed the orders of his father and grandfather. The Rushima Arc breaks him of that conviction, when his father and grandfather are murdered and Matsuri is shoved prematurely into the adult stage of life without ever having the chance to question his family, psychologically breaking him. Unprepared for this stage of life, he is completely swallowed by his love for the one man he believes to be on his side, and soon can think of little else.
Urie -> Mutsuki: Urie’s development is a little delayed, with his teenage phase and the onset of adulthood both happening in the Siege arc. Urie was in the CCG for the sole reason of living up to his father, but Donato, whose alias is literally ‘Father’ and who had a history with Mikito Urie, forced Urie into questioning his devotion to his father and pushed him into such a great state of turmoil he momentarily became a monster. Saiko filled the hole left by the absence of his father with friendship, and when Urie wakes up, he registers his transition between the teenage and adult phases by thinking of their primary figures in turn. First he thinks of Saiko, who fulfilled the requirement for friendship, and then he thinks of Mutsuki, who he hopes will fulfil his desire for love. (This is assuming Saiko meant ‘love’ in a platonic sense, judging from her calm demeanour and the fact that she hasn’t left her child phase yet - she had the chance to do so by sparing Amon, but she didn’t take it.)
Ui -> Hairu: Like Matsuri, Ui has been shoved into the adult phase in the Siege Arc before his time. His relationship with Arima was not familial, per se, but he clearly had a deep respect for him as a mentor. When Arima died and Ui’s other friends, Hirako and Haise, defected, Ui was at his wit’s end. So long as Arima was around he could remain in the child phase without the need for romantic love, and so long as his friends were around he could stay in a teenage phase and rely solely on them. But without them, he has nothing, because the woman he loved had already been snatched away from him. He was faced with a gaping hole that nothing seemed to be able to fill - until Furuta offers to bring Hairu back to life. With nothing else he can do to fill the emptiness, Ui has no choice but to dance to Furuta’s strings.
Furuta -> Rize: But who was the first link in this chain of romance? Naturally, a Clown. This all started when Furuta announced his love of Rize in Ch 101. At the end of the Rushima arc he murdered his father and became free from his controlling influence, in order to pursue his grand ambitions to win back Rize and effectively rule over Tokyo (and further, depending on how far V’s influence extends) with her.
I think that’s it for the pairings, but if you’re interested in some other examples of family splits in the Rushima Arc, there’s Tatara (unable to move on from Yan and Fei and pays the price), Kurona (moves on from Nashiro and confronts Kanou) and Yomo (moves on from his sister).
So in a sense the manga itself has reached the adult phase, and that’s why this latest Siege Arc has been spreading the love - beyond Ishida trying to kill us all with feels, that is.
I wanted to thank you for all of your voicework and all of the playthroughs you've done on PBnT. I'm having major health issues in my life right now as well as financial difficulties, but you always make me laugh. Good luck when you get to Handsome Ansem!
Hey, my pleasure. I hope you get better soon and I’m glad we can cheer you up when you’re havin’ rough times.
A colored part of Ch. 122 to help you cope up in the Golden Week :’D Sorry for the delay! (It was supposed to be posted yesterday, but due to tons of workload, I wasn’t able to D:) Anways, hopia like it! :D
Imagine-its a quiet night out in the zones. The desert is dead quiet, the ‘joys are finally gettin’ some sleep. Quietly, from somewhere far in the distance, the only thing that can be heard is a faint sound of an explosion, followed by a quieter “god damn it ghoul!”
Abraxas was the god who was both god and devil, he had elements of good and bad. For this character of a god could not reach ultimate power with being absolutely good. I need only bend over that dark mirror to behold my own image, now completely resembling him, my brother, my master.