TG:re Chapter 31.5 related questions.
First, some random questions:
Anon said: You think about the title of Chapter 31.5? It gives me chills
As far as I know, the chapter title is With the Lord (not “With the Master”), but from around Chapter 100 onwards there’s puns in every chapter’s title; this week’s pun is Rest. Both of them have relationship with the chapter.
Anon said: How do you think the relationship between Urie and Mutsuki will change after the auction? Urie now knows that Mutsuki is a woman, will he use this information against her or will he keep quiet?
Well, they seem a bit closer now. For instance, Mutsuki, who is usually shy, complained about Urie trying to be alone and not helping with the Christmas party; on the other hand, Urie actually went to get the stuff Tooru asked him, when he probably wouldn’t have done it if someone else had asked.
Anon said: Is it just me or does Haise look a lot like Hide in the last scene of chapter 31.5? Before I read the translated chapter, I saw some spoilers on my dash and my first thought was “Wait… Is that Hide?”, even though I knew it wasn’t likely. I mean, we’ve seen Haise’s bed hair before and it looked completely different. I wonder, was Ishida hoping we’d make that association (so that we’d recall the book signing), so he made Haise’s hair similiar to Hide’s or is it just me seeing things?
First time we saw Haise’s bedhair, he had fallen asleep sideways when he was working…
…that’s why his hair is all plastered on the back, a little to the left:
I guess that after the Christmas party he was really tired, so I assume he slept with his face buried in the pillow (it’s the only explanation I could think of for his hair to be that huge
Still, he does resemble Hide a bit.
Hirako and Arima.
Anon said: Why do you think Hirako didn’t go to Haise’s party? Initially, I thought Arima and him were pretty lonely, but Arima did go while Take didn’t. Why do you think this is?
Both Arima and Hirako are pretty lonely, but there’s a huge difference: Hirako chose solitude, Arima didn’t. For instance, for the Christmas party, Haise invited them both, but Hirako didn’t show up, even when two of his squad members did.
Maybe he didn’t want to meet the Quinx, his squad, or Arima; maybe he had something else to do; maybe he felt he would be out of place. Whatever the reason was, he chose not to go.
Arima, however, did. Thing is, I doubt he would be so lonely if he was given the choice to interact more with people. For example, once they got over their initial differences, he and Taishi actually got along nicely:
Still, people see Arima as someone invincible, someone they can’t talk to, as a legend; this leads him to extreme isolation, he is forced into loneliness. It is people like Haise, people who know him, the ones who see for what he really is: a human.
Anon said: What’s your opinion on Arima’s reaction to Sasaki’s gift?
Well, I doubt he had received a Christmas/birthday present in a long time, if he ever did; guess he wasn’t expecting it and didn’t know what to do.
Also, there’s the fact that Sasaki admires and cares a lot for him, but Arima knows that, despite everything they have done together the last two years, he hurt Kaneki and even owns his life. Maybe he cares for Haise, maybe he doesn’t, but he does show regret when they talk:
Besides, like I said before, most people don’t consider Arima to be human. Giving him a gift, just like he did with the Quinx and Akira, means that Haise sees and thinks of Arima as a human.
theconfusedknightingale said: Hello! So in chapter 31.5, Juuzou’s stitches look different from before, now the XIII of Death is now split into the X of the Wheel of fortune and the III of the Empress, what do you think about this possible new symbolism?
m0nsee said: I was re-reading tgre last chapter and i saw Susuya change the numbers of his eyes, before he have the XIII in the right eye, but in the 31.5 chapter have the X in the right eye, and III is in the left, i found it weird, maybe this has/have a meaning? (sorry bad english)
I assume that symbolices that he got some closure with Big Madam.
The ones bellow his eyes are The Empress (III) - Creativity, right path, abundance, prosperity, emotional security, peace, compassion and Wheel of Fortune (X) - Positive change, knowledge, wisdom, vision, destiny, turning point, time to live. And the one on his lip, Judgement (XX) - reborn, absolved, inner calling, true vocation, new start.
Uta’s true purposes and Touka’s decision.
Anon said: I don’t know if Uta is a bad guy or not. He seemed to have fun with Kaneki’s tragedy,became the host of the auction and messed Hirako around but now, he talks about Clown’s work with Yomo. What’s on his mind? Is he planning a new joke? (Love ur blog)
Thanks for the support! At this point, it is impossible to know his intentions. For instance, after the Anteiku Raid he looks thoughtful over Kaneki’s disappearance…
…and just a moment later he seems to be happy about the whole thing:
I’m not sure whether he is or not an actual Clown (messing around with Hirako could’ve been just part of his personality), but it seems like he cares for Kaneki.
thedirtyknb said: Wait, does that mean that Anteiku is aware of Uta being part of the Clowns?? But??? Either Uta is the boss and lying about it or he really isn’t the boss…? I’m so confused. Also what do you think Touka meant by “I’ll continue doing what I decided to do”? And is “that person” Haise was talking about Touka?
It seems like he is a spy of some sort (just acting like a Clown, but reporting everything to Anteiku), but he might be a double agent (he does tell stuff about them to Anteiku, but he actually has the same ideals of the Clowns). As for him being the boss, I guess it’s a possibility; however, there might be someone else.
About Touka, I think she was referring to this:
She will wait for Kaneki to come back by his own means. And it seems like Haise invited Touka, but she didn’t go (the place was full of CCG investigators, so even if she wanted to, she couldn’t go).
Anon said: Just read the Christmas chapter for tg and I’ve got so many questions and I would love to hear your speculations on them: 1. Waitttt Yomo knows that Uta is in the clowns gang so this implies that Uta is a spy in the clown gang…?! (Splited this in two parts)
He might be a spy or a double agent.
Who sent the presents?
(Continued from before) Anon said: 2. Who the heck is Hysy that sent Haise the mask? Maybe Uta because in the panels before it he mentioned that Kaneki is still a special customer to him but Im just not sure where “Hysy” came from? 3. HIDE IS ALIVE? That signed book…?
HySy ArtMask Studio is the name of Uta’s shop:
Anon said: How do you think sent Sasaki the book and his old mask? I think that was the book Hide got signed for him, but if he sent it I still wonder how he got the mask. Also do you have a clue who Sasaki was thinking about when he thought: “I wonder what’s going on with that person today… a date, perhaps?” (Love your blog btw, but you seem to have a lot in your plate on place take good care of yourself :))
He was thinking about Touka (I think). Thanks for the support! Don’t worry about me, I really enjoy answering questions (I have over 100 to answer now, though); besides, it helps me get distracted (especially lately; I’ve been really sick and it helps thinking about something else).
Anon said: Just a proposition, but i think Touka (+Uta) sent Kaneki’s mask and book to Sasaki. Since it was mailed directly to the Chateau (wich is a secret/secure location for the safety of the quinx squad), only someone who knew the adress could mail them here. It seems that Sasaki invited Touka to come to the party. In this chapter (31.5), he wondered why Touka was not here, impliying that she was supposed to come by herself. She would need the adress of the house for that. Ps: I like your work, T.Y.
Thanks for the support!
So! Touka is deffinetely involved, given the fact that she is the one who knows where the Chanteau is. Uta is involved too, since the mask said “Merry Christmas from HySy”.
First things first, we need to wonder if that’s the original mask or it is another one. In both cases, Uta is the prime suspect. However, in the first case, how did Uta retrieve Kaneki’s mask? While it is possible, there’s someone else who had direct access to it: Hide.
In the sewers, when Kaneki was loosing his mind, he had the mask:
When Hide appeared, he had his Kakuja mask out and the other one was nowhere to be seen:
And when he waked up, when Hide was nowhere to be seen, he didn’t have his mask anymore (he had a little eyepatch instead):
Once again, anyone could’ve found it, but Hide is the one person we know for sure was there.
Now, about the book, there’s four people involved: Takatsuki Sen, Kaneki, Hinami and, again, Hide.
Eto doesn’t know when Kaneki’s birthday is, but she’s still a possibility.
The other three have autographed copies of the book, “The Hanged Man’s MacGuffin”. Still, Hinami had hers signed for herself:
We don’t know where Kaneki’s copy ended, but I guess either Banjou and his crew, Hinami or Tsukiyama could’ve taken it. Then again, Shuu doesn’t know that Kaneki is alive, Hinami is probably in Cochlea and we don’t know what happened to Banjou.
That leaves us with Hide, who knows Touka. There’s the possibility that he works with :re now, or he could be in the hospital; either way, it is possible that he gave Touka the book so that she gave it to Sasaki.
Anon said: You mentioned that Hide may be the one who sent Haise the Sen Takatsuki book but I remember in the anime Hinami received the signed book from Eto/the author. I did read the manga, but I just cant remember if Hide was the one who truly got the signed copy… it could have been Hinami who is held at the CCG who asked Arima to drop off the gift in her place you know?
As much as Arima treats ghouls quite differently than other people, I doubt he’d do that. Also, I doubt Arima would give Sasaki a birthday gift, if not so that he doesn’t remember, at least so that he doesn’t get confused. Also, I doubt Ishida-sensei takes the Anime as reference for the manga (I mean, he wrote the story for it, but there’s a lot of differences).
Anon said: Your theory on the birthday / Christmas gift that Haise got?
I think both gifts are meant to trigger some memories, but each takes a different focus. For one part, Sasaki got his mask; we can see it as something that belongs entirely to his ghoul side.
For other part, he got a book by his favourite author; he always liked reading, mostly because of the memory of his father. Let’s assume Hide sent it; Hide has always represented Kaneki’s human side.
Getting both things represent that, right now, Sasaki is in equilibrium and whoever wants him to get his memories back would like this to stay that way, further implying that the person who sent this cares for him (or at least doesn’t want him to go nuts).
About the cover.
Anon said: In the released image of child Shironeki and also Ishida’s twitter profile picture, what do you think he’s holding?
Anon said: Have you seen the new cover for vol.3? What do you think Kaneki is holding? Many people assume it’s a head but idk I also read somewhere that it could be a birdcage because of its shape +cages were mentioned before in tg, e.g. by Kanou or anime Ep.9
That’s not Volume 3′s cover (by the way, does someone know anything about that? I think it’s Seidou, but I’m not sure), it’s only this chapter’s cover.
Anon said: I LOVE your blog!!! It’s so amazing!! So I’m sure you’ve seen the cover color page for the next chapter the one with little shironeki? :3 I’ve heard people say it’s a head and others say it’s a bird cage just wanted to know what you think? :DDD
Thanks so much for the support! (*^▽^*)
It looks like a birdcage to me. If you look closely, where the sheet is pressed you can see some bars marked:
As for the meaning behind this, I can think of three possibilities:
- Kaneki is technically trapped inside Haise’s mind.
- Hinami is often associated with Hetare, especially because she cared deeply for the little guy; now Hinami is in Cochlea (I think), so this could mean Kaneki is going to protect Hinami no matter what.
- Kanou mentioned a bird cage once, so this could be a reference to that or Haise/Kaneki is going to search for Kanou to get answers (he has the mask now, so he can go and do things as a ghoul again).
Also, there’s a few petals on top of the sheet; this probably means Kanae and Tsukiyama will appear this Arc.
About Sasaki and Kaneki.
Anon said: So I saw a theory that Kaneki is actually trying to manipulate Haise, so what if creepybabykaneki holding a cage (on the color page) is symbolic of the hold he has over Haise? (That is assuming that’s what he’s holding. Certainly looks like it though)
Not going to deny that possibility, but I don’t think that’s what’s going on here. Kaneki had accepted his weaker side before:
Now, Haise accepted his stronger side:
Also, Kaneki had failed to protect his human side, and now Haise promised to save Kaneki:
Also, that tiny Kaneki is Haise’s mental representation of Kaneki. First he saw him as someone dangerous; the CCG probably told him he was an unstable ghoul:
Then he just sees him as a shadow:
And then, when he finds out his other part is also scared, he just sees a child. Also, while Kaneki was somewhat mean to Haise at first, he’s never once manipulated (or even tried to) no one. Then again, it could be.
Anon said: I love how in the latest chapter 31.5 on the last page, Haise casually is like “He says it’s an eyepatch” while mentally conversing (kind of) with Shironeki haha those two are really cute (I mean they ARE one person) and I love how KAneki is just chilling there with his book. Also is it just me that Shironeki looks a bit wary/worried when he looks over to Haise?
Probably my favourite panel of the chapter (asides from smiling Arima):
He seems a bit worried, probably because Haise is casually speaking to him in front of his squad or because he is wondering who sent the mask.
Finally! Damn, this was a bit hard (I keep getting distracted
damn ADHD). Sidenote, this happened:
Thank you so much for the support! Seriously, I appreciate it a lot
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