I have been a Touken shipper before the first series ends, and my greatest regret is that I just found your blog a few days ago, I love your insights on the chapters . <3 I find it amusing how Ishida barely voices Kaneki's inner feelings and thoughts, that way each time he does it we get a huge impact on the story and the situation he is in. How do you think the Touken conversation is going to end or what is it about? Touka seems not backing off this time. Especially after her talk with Amon.
Aww, thanks anon, that’s really kind of you to say! Dw you haven’t missed much, this blog’s only existed for four weeks :p
Yep, especially since his torture we don’t really get to see what’s going through Kaneki’s mind until a major event changes his outlook
and hair colour. We get our character insights through the perception of others - Banjou, Hinami, Touka, Mutsuki, Eto, Chie and now Takizawa - which are later confirmed or denied when we get a look inside Kaneki’s usually-pretty-trippy headspace. It adds to the sense of mystery surrounding him; we are put in the same shoes as the friends he shuts himself off from, gradually finding more and more about him before we reach the truth - at which point everything suddenly changes. Kaneki’s head is a real rollercoaster journey and it’s one of the greatest pleasures of the series. We get to see Kuroneki and Haise’s internal monologues more often than Black Reaper and both Shironekis as they are probably the most open of Kaneki’s personas (not that that’s saying much), but even then there are feelings which we don’t get to see outside of those pivotal moments because they’re always repressing them - Kuroneki never mentions his mother’s abuse because he straight-up blocked it from his memory, like Haise did with his entire past life.
As for the Touken talk, I’ve mostly covered that in this post, but the latest chapter makes me think that Touka’s going to try to get to the bottom of the ‘secret motivation’ Takizawa mentioned as well in a mirror of the previous manga’s Chapter 120, and I’m confident she’ll get him to pivot on what’s probably (knowing Kaneki) an unhealthy goal, just like how she managed to convince him to go back to Anteiku. Anteiku Raid Arc 2.0 will inevitably disrupt the insight she’ll give him, but I strongly believe that this time he will be able to come back to his senses before it’s too late.