So seems like Ui is your fav, why do you like him so much? He's ok to me I guess
I love Ui because he suffers.
To be more detailed though, I’m more interested in a tightly constructed narrative for a character than whether I like or dislike their personality traits. Literally every panel we see of Ui, we learn something about him.
His first chapter alone establishes that he’s the hope of the Arima squad, and that he has a relationship of some kind with Hairu who is the new character introduced this arc.
Also that him and Hairu have a relationship slightly closer than coworkers, because he allows Hairu to call him by his first name in private. Ui’s uptight and rule following behavior would usually not allow for this kind of action.
His next appearance establishes what Ui is meant to be, the opposite of when Kureo and AMon were introduced, Ui is somebody who genuinely believes that the CCG are meant to be heroes to protect others. It also informs us of the motivation to his character
At the same time it introduces his flaws, Ui is motivated by jealousy of Haise when it comes to Arima, and at the same time a fear of his out of control ghoul side.
Next chapter establishes one that Ui actually does believe his rhetoric, he calls out Kijima and reacts with disgust to the torture video. This is especially meaningful in contrast to Amon, who was very attached to Kureo who carried out similiar activities and never once called them into question. At the same time, we see that Ui is also very easily able to be cowed from his objections against Kijima, Kijima in particular mentions his beautiful feminine appearance as a way to quiet him. Could he have insecurities about appearing too sensitive? Is he more concerned with conforming to the CCG than his own personal morals.
In the next chapter he appears, we learn about Ui’s other habit of criticizing other he’s close to for not acting human enough (ironic no?) and also he drops another hint about the Garden Academy and that it’s different from the regular academy.
His next appearance establishes his sly nature, and also his rivalry with Matsuri.
The next chapter further strengthens his genuine disgust towards ghouls.To the point where he can barely handle a ghoul acting normally like a human.
There’s also the scene with Arima that further establishes how close Ui is to his comrades, before finally, we get to the rose Arc and this scene.
It encapsulates both, all of Ui’s grief and all of Ui’s repression of his emotions in one panel. Hairu was somebody he was truly close to, more than a coworker, her death sends him spiraling, but all it shows on the outside is a slight tightening of his fists.
From this about eight chapters you know everything you need to know about Ui. He’s a strict adherence of the system, but on the inside he’s very sensitive and also genuinely wants to connect with the people he works with as more than coworkers. To him they’re most likely his only connections. Everything you need to know about Ui is compact and well told in the narrative, not a single panel or appearance is wasted. Which is why an emotional climax that came about fifty chapters later worked so well as it did with him.
To me Ui is the most well characterized of the Special Class CCG officers, and yes I’m including Suzuya and Arima, because there’s a very clear line of what he believes, what he wants, what his flaws are, but most importantly how those flaws lead to consequences in his narrative. Not only are there active consequences near constantly hitting him every time he is onscreen, but they further develop his narrative. After this point you can see why Ui’s loneliness and vulernability make him want to believe int he system of the CCG even more and why he becomes so attached to Furuta as his last hope after this point, something that is going to lead to more consequences down the line.
This is in comparison to Suzuya and Arima, Suzuya who I can’t really figure out what his narrative consequences are supposed to be exactly or I keep predicting they might hit him at some point, and Arima who faced his narrative consequences but now is being idealized in the manga and the manga can’t really seem to accept the fact that he is dead.
That’s not a knock against either of those characters, I’m not talking about character I’m talking about integration into a narrative and to me, Ui’s integration into the narrative is among the tightest of the still ongoing characters.
(Also he’s adorable, he’s just so bitter and wound up about everything, and his dumb coconut haircut. Lookit him he’s on permanent babysitter duty).