Hey, R-san! First of all, while I don't always agree with your ideas/theories, I want to thank you (and other meta writers as well, of course), for still contributing to the fandom that way. I say that because, since we began getting answers about the series mysteries, the tradition of making speculations/thories/metas sadly started dying down, little by little. Fans (including you) are now expeculating about the CCG side -that doesn’t buy Furuta’s shit- joining with Goat because of the (1)
the whole mess with Aura and Mutsuki (and Yoriko). I’m 100% on board with that and while thinking about it, an idea came to me. Both Suzuya’s group and the Qs have someone that Furuta could use to manipulate with the whole ‘undead ghoul’ thing: Shinohara and, not only Shirazu (? Maybe?), but his sister as well - both which are in a state of coma. What I wanted to ask was: how do you see this playing out with your idea about the ending or future events? (2)
Thanks anon, it’s just that I arrived late to the party really :P I talk about Shirazu in this post - tl;dr, Furuta will try to tempt Urie and Saiko that way but will ultimately be unsuccessful to their renewed sense of will. Where his sister is concerned, I’m sure those two will continue to look after her as best as they can, even more so with the guilt of not saving Shirazu a second time weighing on their shoulders.
In fiction, characters who fall into comas inevitably wake up from them - otherwise they would have just died. In Shinohara’s case it’s still something of a tragically fitting fate if you take the original series as a stand-alone work; the indomitable Shinohara still surviving despite it all - but with all the faculties that make life worth living taken from him. But because :re is about salvaging those lost to tragedy in the first series from the wreckage, I think it’s likely that he’s going to wake up in this series.
It’s very possible he might be used by Furuta to manipulate Suzuya and brought out of his coma by Kanou. Suzuya will ultimately rebel anyway, and Shinohara will awaken to see the CCG tearing itself apart and find himself choosing Suzuya over his duty in the heat of the moment - and then have to deal with the consequences of his actions. Waking up towards the end of the series like he fell into a coma at the end of the first, he will see the world without the CCG and all the values he held dear. A bird who grew to love its cage might see paradise as damnation - a man out of time - and now it will be Suzuya’s turn to save Shinohara by showing him the light and being the angel Shinohara considered him to be.
Shinohara’s words apply to himself as well - someone who is clearly a good man who hunts and kills Ghouls without remorse. The twisted birdcage has twisted everyone inside of it - when it has broken, the birds must relearn how to fly.