Butterflies and Moths
I’m not so sure about this as I think the butterfly in chapter 63 does have a deeper meaning for the future of the series as a whole but there has been one mention of butterflies in TG recently before this latest chapter- with Touka in the calendar represented as the Agehamodoki [x]
Agehamodoki- A subspecies in the Epicopeidae family. The origin of the Japanese name is their mimicry of the male Chinese Windmill that contains poison in it’s body and is difficult for predators to prey on. ‘Ageha’ refers to the swallowtail family of butterflies and ‘modoki’ means “like, pseudo”
As far as I can tell, it’s not actually a butterfly but a moth which mimics a poisonous male butterfly for protection. It looks like this, with the Agehamodoki moth on the left and the male Chinese windmill butterfly it mimics on the right:
In the calendar, it’s a pretty clear throw back to Touka and Ayato- they both carry the Rabbit alias, Ayato mimics Rabbit’s kagune and mask to look like Touka, both Ayato and Touka look so much alike that they are confused for each other (Banjou thought Touka was Ayato for a second when he first walked into Anteiku).
And now we’ve had a similar looking insect show up in chapter 63. It’s hard to tell what type of butterfly/moth it is in the panel and it might not have any connection to Touka in the calendar at all. But it is interesting that it doesn’t show up in any panels with Eto but instead is most prominent with people who have one foot in both the ghoul and human world, who would benefit from peace between the two.
Touka and Yomo who mimic humans [x]:
And the Quinx who mimic ghouls, especially Urie whose senses are becoming more and more ghoul-like [x]:
(Ayato is also nearby, who mimics Touka’s Rabbit alias, but it’s unclear so far how he would fit into it)
I don’t think the butterfly/moth has anything to do with Eto personally, but rather how her actions this chapter will affect others. Both butterflies and moths are a symbol of metamorphosis- of change. And where does the final butterfly in this chapter show up?
Above the humans, going about their everyday lives [x]:
I hope this means we’ll have to brace ourselves for big change in the structure of the world that has been set into motion by Eto’s announcement. Is this her plan? To upset the balance of the world that V so far seems to be maintaining? Or is this her declaration of war- a call to arms for the ghouls that she wrote her book for? Or is she trying to get humans to understand ghouls better- to change their opinions on ghouls as mindless killers? Who knows but I’m excited to see where it’s going and where Kaneki fits into this now that he has been seen on live TV standing next to her!
As the caption for the next chapter says, it’s time to face the world and it’s questions!