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Tokyo Ghoul Novel Masterpost

So here are all the translations or summaries I’ve found so far.

Novel 1: Days

Novel 2: Blank Space

Novel 3: Empty Days


A special thank you to every single wonderful person that summarized or translated stuff. You are all amazing.

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This is the second time I’ve ever used Elf to make a Tokyo Ghoul and that’s two too many.

Hide’s Role as the 2nd OEK

Finally finished writing this meta with @glittery-meme-rabbit (’’: She put the idea forward and I mostly expanded on it more than anything else.
All calendar images are from @tgcalendar2016.


There has been a lot of speculation concerning Hide’s whereabouts as well has the potential motives behind his apparent involvement in the ghoul world. It’s safe to assume that he may possibly have interests outside of Kaneki, or at least developed some as a result of following Kaneki into the ghoul world. Many have speculated that he may have ties to the Washuu, particularly because of the “yoshi” in his name following the Washuu’s naming patterns (and Yoshitoki being called “Chika” at one point), and after further investigation, there seems to be a lot of solid evidence to back up this claim. However, in this post, we’ll be discussing how Hide’s potential Washuu roots may give him direct ties to the original One Eyed King and what that may mean for his current role in the story and Kaneki’s current aims for revolution.

The Washuu clan are pretty sketchy overall and their goals are questionable, to say the least. Since they’re ghouls, it’s possible that the original One-Eyed King was a Washuu himself and split off from the clan when they rose to power as a result of disagreement about their aims and the methods they used. It’s possible that the original OEK rebelled against the will of the clan and left them to pursue his own goals, which most likely would have been creating coexistence through the eradication of V and the Washuu. However, the Washuu would have prevented his plan from succeeding, landing him where he is now.

If we make the assumption that Hide is a Washuu, then it wouldn’t be surprising if it turns out that his goal is similar to the original OEK’s, especially if he escaped from the sunlit garden.

Firstly, he appears to have developed a distrust of adults from an early age. We can see evidence of this in the 2016 calendar page for the nineteenth of June which gives us some insight into Hide’s perspective on things and shows us that he doesn’t seem to have a very positive attitude towards adults as a child.

“It’s times like these when adults needlessly toy with us.”

He sees them as people who toy with children in a similar way that the Washuu toy with the weak, which would explain how he developed this outlook. The Washuu created the CCG to combat ghouls but also created V to shield the eyes of the public from the truth, like how an adult would talk down to a child or make them ignorant of the world around them. Since Hide developed this mindset at a young age, it’s safe to assume his relationship with the Washuu and desire to rebel against them originated from this.

Exposing their secret to Marude was one way of doing this, and even living a normal life and aiding Kaneki when he knew he was a ghoul were ways of rebelling against the Washuu’s will. Even if Hide doesn’t seem to care about ghouls being on the same plane as humans, he’s been shown to treat them as equals (e.g. staying friends with Kaneki despite his ghoulification, befriending Ikuma, and holding no malice towards Nishiki.) Even his “sacrifice” for Kaneki could be an example of him being blind to species since he was willing to sacrifice himself regardless.

As Haise, Kaneki earned himself the nickname “King of Fakes”, but I think this still applies now. Kaneki has stepped in and assumed the role of King when that role does not rightfully belong to him as a result of his lack of ties to the original OEK. In other words, Kaneki isn’t the true heir to the metaphorical throne of the One-Eyed King.

However, if Hide really is a descendant of the original OEK through his ties to the Washuu, and shares the same goals as him, then this would make Hide the true heir.

We’ve been shown in the past through Arima and Eto how the role of OEK can be shared. As the OEK, Kaneki is still viewing the world through only one eye, which creates a bias (in Kaneki’s case, his bias is in favour of ghouls) which means he won’t be able to achieve his goal alone. He is only one half of the solution, and until his other half joins him in the role of King (two One Eyed Kings together makes two eyes to view the world through and therefore help them to see the true nature of reality rather than through the lenses of their own biases), he won’t be able to achieve his goal of unity between the species.

Also, just as a side thought, considering the fact that Hide was most likely severely injured by Kaneki down in the sewers, it would certainly be interesting if he returned with severe damage to one of his eyes or without it entirely ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

That would make for some meaningful symbolism.

There are multiple pieces of evidence which hint at Hide being Kaneki’s other half, and therefore the person who should join him as King. Firstly, Kaneki’s birthday being on the 20th day of the 12th month, and Hide’s being on the 10th day of the 6th month, therefore making his birthday half of Kaneki’s. Secondly, the battery day calendar page which marks Kaneki with the number two, and Hide with one (half of two) as well as the fact that this places Hide in the pitcher’s position, being the one who plans and strategizes, and the receiver (Kaneki) being the one to actively put those ideas to work.


Hide’s role as the witch’s servant in their school play also heavily foreshadows this. Eto is the only character who has shown to have been associated with a witch, so we can assume that the witch parallels Eto. Eto was working with Arima as part of the One-Eyed King gig, and Arima was the one who most closely prepared Kaneki for this role. As the witch’s servant, Hide would have close ties to the witch, presumably Eto, which may mean that she too is preparing him to take up the role of OEK alongside Kaneki. In fact, the ending of the play has the witch’s servant leaving the witch to join his childhood friend, the Prince (Kaneki) and promising to work alongside him. This could possibly be foreshadowing of Hide leaving Eto’s side to join Kaneki as the joint OEK.

There’s also been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Hide is a half-human, and there appears to be some evidence to support this theory. Without going into too much detail, this line from  the redraw of chapter one of Tokyo Ghoul seems to be the most compelling piece of evidence, and the fact that “ghoul” is in quotation marks implies that Hide is talking about something which is not exactly a ghoul but similar to one (half-human would make sense in this case since they are equal parts ghoul and human aside from the fact that they display mostly human characteristics).

There are a bunch of other metas discussing this subject floating around tumblr so I’m sure they’re not difficult to find but this one by @deimos-the-otaku I think in particular addresses something which other theories haven’t so I’ll throw this one in particular in.

If this theory is true and Hide does turn out to be a half human, then this just strengthens the possibility of him being the second OEK, or perhaps more appropriately, the second half of the OEK. If Hide is a half-human and Kaneki a half-ghoul, this would parallel the previous OEK duo since Arima was a half-human and Eto a half-ghoul. Not to mention, it would be interesting to have the current half-ghoul OEK (Kaneki) trained by the previous half-human OEK (Arima) and the current half-human OEK (Hide) being trained by the previous half-ghoul OEK (Eto). It would also make far more sense for a half-ghoul to lead the unity of the two species with a half-human since they are both equal parts human and ghoul yet display characteristics of one species each. This would make more sense symbolically than Touka, for example, being Kaneki’s partner in revolution (since she’s a full ghoul) or Hide being his partner if he was human (since he would be a full human) so there would be an imbalance.

Not to mention, Hide’s tarot card (the Magician) is supposed to represent the bridge between the world of humans and the world of spirits (in this case, we can assume that the world of spirits represents the world of ghouls).

This theory by @echo-from-the-void also talks about how meeting with Hide, what Kaneki considers his human side, could aid him in reconnecting with humanity and therefore aiding him in the success of the revolution he’s planning, and what better way to adapt his tactics to suit both sides than to have a second king (the other eye of the One-Eyed King) come from the opposite perspective, that of humans? This would bring Kaneki’s ‘ghoul eye’ and Hide’s ‘human eye’ together, and subsequently, their two perspectives together to see things from both the side of ghouls and humans equally.

Another minor detail I noticed but am not really sure of whether it’s relevant or not is that every time Hide, Kaneki and Touka are drawn together in Ishida’s art, Hide and Kaneki are drawn beside each other while Touka is off to the side. If this does have any relevance, it could point to Touka’s companionship to the One-Eyed King being a red herring. We’re made to think that she’s Kaneki’s Queen, but that’s not what this cause needs; it needs another OEK. I wouldn’t say this is too farfetched since it’s quite similar to what happened with root A; we were given a number of hints which misled us into thinking that Touka was the one Kaneki was holding under the cloth in the promotional art and that the hands in the opening belonged to her, when really, those were all red herrings and it was Hide all along.

(Also note how in the above image, Kaneki seems to be being crowned King with Hide by his side ?)

Also, if the child of Kaneki and Touka dies, which seems extremely likely (check out this theory for evidence/foreshadowing of the child’s death in Ishida’s art and poems), it could be symbolic of their union being incapable of uniting humans and ghouls (since it failed to make a human/ghoul hybrid), further implying that it’s a red herring (chucking @fakeking here since he copyrighted this idea apparently). Then Hide would have to step in as the second OEK to aid the revolution.

It would be even more significant, symbolically, if Touka was never pregnant in the first place, as some have started to speculate (partly because of the little “probably” in her speech bubble when she was giving Kaneki the news), because this would symbolise the fact that their union was a falsehood all along.

All this would also fit nicely on the timeline since the previously mentioned theory would place the child’s death sometime soon, especially now that the Oggai have made it underground, and if we assume that Hide returns in chapter 136 to parallel the original series (and also would mean that the chapter would be released around the time of August 11th, Hide’s cliffhanger page from the TG calendar), it would fit quite well with these events for this to be the time that he breaks off from Eto to take up his spot beside Kaneki.

However this goes, I’m almost 100% certain that Hide’s role in the story has run far deeper than we’ve been shown, and even if he appears as an antagonist, I believe his destiny was always to end up by Kaneki’s side. Everything in the series so far has pointed to that conclusion; all their symbolism together, the fact that Hide’s entire character revolves around Kaneki, the immense sacrifices that Hide has shown to make for his best friend, the way in which Hide has been portrayed as Kaneki’s link to the human world many times before, and last but certainly not least, the conclusion of their school play practically spells it out for us.

Whether the position he takes up is as significant as the joint One Eyed King is still debatable, but it’s definitely one of many possibilities, and I believe he’s definitely needed to play a significant role in the unity of ghouls and humans.

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anonymous asked:

I know you are very reluctant about giving your opinion, but I wanted to ask you something that has been bugging me for a while, what do you think of the fandom's double standards? For example, the fact the everyone think that Hide's and Shuu's love for Kaneki is the purest thing in the world but Touka's bad and she is suddenly a witch for acting according her feelings

All characters is bads.

That’s my hot take. 

anonymous asked:

I wonder how ikuma felt when he saw hide after what happened in the sewers. Got some hcs?

You bet >:)
(Once again, credit to @gifti3​ for discussing these with me bc I can never leave her out of ikuhide matters.)

• When Ikuma first sees Hide, he feels extremely relieved that he’s alive, but when he sees the scars, he feels a sense of anger towards Kaneki for what he did to Hide. However, he knows he has to contain it because he knows this is a decision that Hide wouldn’t think twice about making again and he knows he just has to be supportive of Hide now.

• Ikuma gets a little jealous (of course he’d never let it show but he keeps it in) seeing the lengths that Hide would go to for Kaneki. Hide sacrificed so much for Kaneki because Ken is so important to him and Hide loves him so much; Ikuma knows that he won’t ever be as important to Hide as Kaneki is.

• Once Hide’s feeling a little better after some time of hospitalisation and physiotherapy, Ikuma and Hide decide to learn sign language together so that Hide can communicate with Iku better.

• Hide’s upset because, now that he’s lost his voice, he won’t be able to sing with Ikuma anymore. Ikuma really misses Hide’s voice but he doesn’t really say anything about it because he doesn’t want to upset Hide. Ikuma thinks it’s unfair that someone with such an angelic voice would be robbed of it. Hide probably gets extremely frustrated with his inability to sing because he remembers the warm smile Ikuma would give him when he sang for him. He gets so desperate one day that he tries really really hard to sing again, but the words just don’t come out right and it just hurts him physically to try.

• Ikuma notices the small signs that Hide’s upset or frustrated because of his new disabilities. Hide’s clearly upset about losing his voice and he doesn’t really go out in public anymore because he doesn’t want anyone to see or ask about his face. Ikuma feels that anger towards Kaneki again and tells Hide that he’s sorry this had to happen but Hide just tells him that he shouldn’t be because he doesn’t regret what he did for his best friend and he never will.

• Hide thinks about Kaneki a lot during his recovery, and Ikuma can’t help but feel a little jealous and slightly angry that Hide can’t let go of someone who caused him so much pain and gave him nothing in return for what Hide sacrificed for him. Ikuma’s worried because he thinks Hide will just get hurt again if he keeps trying to do things for Kaneki. He thinks Hide should let go but he knows that Hide would never do that.

• Ikuma ends up begging Hide to forget about Kaneki. He doesn’t want Hide to get hurt anymore, but that just makes Hide cry because he knows he couldn’t ever forget about his best friend, not after everything he’s done for him.

• Even though Ikuma saw Hide’s face (since he saved him from the sewers) Hide still feels too insecure to let Ikuma see him again. He doesn’t want Ikuma to think he’s ugly or pity him for what happened and he doesn’t want to upset Ikuma. That means Hide keeps the mask on all the time unless he’s sleeping or showering and he never lets Ikuma see him when he has it off. Ikuma misses Hide’s kisses.

And now that I’ve hurt you I’ll try to slightly ease your pain with a single fluffy headcanon:

• Hide carries two notepads with him; one he writes in and the other one is filled with pre-prepared jokes and pickup lines. Ikuma is concerned because Hide knows exactly which page to flip to each time.