I feel like the similarities and contrasting elements of these two are deeply unappreciated.
Both Takizawa and Urie strive for success but each have very different reasons for what they strive for.
for success in order to protect. He decided to become ghoul investigator after an old
neighbor lady was killed and his mother became deeply afraid of ghouls (this is
what’s written besides, “I don’t want to die” on his will). Seidou was someone
who wanted to be a hero and save people, gaining rank was a means to that end
because, Higher Rank = More dangerous ghouls vanquished.
for success for the sake of credit and to protect himself because higher rank
meant more strength and recognition. This meant Urie would be able to protect
himself from betrayal and/or I’m guessing, feeling weak and worthless.
2. Rivalries with Peers
and Urie have a rivalry with at least one of their peers and feelings of
Akira’s rivalry seems much more petty on the surface and thankfully never goes
beyond teasing and the occasional rude or ill willed comment
rivalry was based on a feeling of inferiority towards his peer. Takizawa was
under the impression and fear that he could never surpass them no matter how
hard he tried. These feelings started growing after he was unable to surpass
surpassed his peer academically feels inferior to Takeomi because he cannot seem
to beat him in achievement no matter how hard he tries but unlike Takizawa he
will not admit to himself he feels inferior and instead attempts to become
superior. He also never verbalizes his feeling towards his peer and instead
just act passive aggressively furious towards him.
reasoning for wanting to become more successful than Akira is that he want to
become a hero and he has a hard time dealing with the fact that a person who
could seem to care less makes a better hero than him who wants it so bad.
is mainly based off of misdirected anger as he seems to see surpassing Takeomi
as the same thing as proving his superiority to Takeomi’s father and the rest
of the squad that left his father for dead. He feels he must surpass Takeomi
because a coward’s son should not be allowed to surpass the Hero’s (Urie’s
surpassing Akira as secondary to his mission he would not let it get in the way
of protecting his teammates or even Akira herself if necessary. We see this
when he leaves the main mission party to go find Amon and when he lays down his
life in an attempt to protect others.
surpassing his peers as more important than his mission and would most likely
leave anyone in trouble for the sake of surpassing him.
Both Urie and
Takizawa have very different responses to danger.
Takizawa both have a tendency to want to throw themselves into dangerous
intensely afraid of dying but pulls through for the sake of his goals and to
protect those he cares about.
Urie throws himself
recklessly and fearlessly into dangerous situations without much thought to his
or others safety or the success of the mission only his own gain.
4. Feelings Towards Peers and Leadership
the most part treats his peers with respect, as long as he deems them to be worthy
of their position by taking their job seriously. As for leadership he always
treats them with respect (as long as he’s not drunk and clueless) and sees them
as people he can learn from and grow from.
Urie treats his
peers as either idiots he can manipulate or as rivals he must surpass as he
does not trust them to be of any help to him and he only works alongside them
if absolutely necessary. Urie see’s leadership as either other rivals if he
doesn’t approve of them or labels them as morally inferior.
Or if he does respect them he sees them as people to give him
validation that he is strong or doing the right thing.
does not belittle or delude himself about the strength of others just to feel
better about himself.
Urie insults the intelligence, strength or morals of others to feel
more important than them.
5. Dealing with Feelings
When it comes
to dealing with their emotions and thoughts
very outspoken about what he thinks and feels, if he doesn’t like someone he
will tell them even if it makes him seem a bit childish. He shares his thoughts
feelings and discoveries which is important for maintaining the partnerships
and darker feelings he might have. This is also most likely what helped him
change his mind about his assumptions regarding Akira.
Urie on the
other hand refuses to talk to people instead he puts up a front, letting his
anger build up in his mind. When he has an idea or finds something out he
doesn’t share it and seek to only use what he’s learned to his own advantage.
This causes him to fail in instance where he could have succeeded, and leads to
a buildup of dark emotions that are liable to explode..
6. In the End
Urie obviously came from very different backgrounds that somewhat warrant their
differences, however Foils are meant to highlight each other’s faults and
strengths so let us look at what one could learn from the other.
Urie is very
gifted. However his lack of willingness to do many of the things his Foil did
well such as learn from his superiors, work alongside his peers and share his
emotions and fears are dragging him down.
Takizawa is perhaps
not as talented as Urie but we can see through his Foils that being the top
academically and stronger on paper is not the most important thing.
even though Urie’s decent would likely take a very different path than
Takizawa’s if Urie doesn’t clean up his act soon he is likely to end up the
same way. A very insane half ghoul.