1. First rule of TG– no one is dead until you’ve seen the body or quinque. And maybe not even then! (Remember how we all thought Takizawa, Rize and Kaneki were dead in TG? BTW, I also smell something iffy regarding Matsumae, Kanae/Karren and Arata’s fate.)
2. In chapter 89 we never get a proper flashback to Chi She Lian? And Tatara’s backstory is something that’s been hyped, so it seems weird that we weren’t given any satisfactory conclusion? Like Ishida even drew an ending card for him–alongside cards for Rize, Kuro/Shiro and Juuzou, people we know hold important roles. Also, usually in death scenes for significant characters there will be important flashbacks/monologuing about their life (just look at Arima), something which Tatara hasn’t gotten yet.
3. There is a time-skip between when Houji says ‘exterminate SS rated OWL’ and when Takizawa is choking Akira. So we don’t know if they’re in the same place they fought Tatara, or even what happened between those two points.
4. The ending of chapter 92: we see someone approach Miza and Naki (who’s TOTALLY ALIVE BTW)
(Mangastream why is this scan so messy??)
I’ve seen people speculating it could be Nishiki, but that kinda doesn’t make any sense? Like if Nishiki had to be on Rue Island (a pretty big stretch itself), he would most likely be there to kill Torso (who’s dead already). As Nishiki doesn’t really affiliate himself with Aogiri, he has no reason to save or harm Miza/Naki.
Let’s look at a breakdown of the picture… (pretty messy)
Lets take a closer look at Tatara again:
Finally, assuming this is the same ‘throne room’ Tatara was in:
Basically, what I see is that when Seidou was rampaging, Tatara managed to mostly heal up and with Hakatori’s help, quietly escaped during the commotion. Explains why both of their bodies aren’t around….
(Tatara, Naki and Hakatori you both better be alive in the next chapter ahhhhhhhh Ishida you’re killing me D:)
I’m honestly so heated at the possibility of Takizawa kicking the bucket in one of the upcoming chapters. If he dies, I feel like it could definitely qualify as one of the most tragic Tokyo Ghoul deaths yet. In the original manga we have this fairly harmless, multi-faceted character with major feelings of inferiority, who meets a seemingly bloody (and brutal) end by the hand of Aogiri. But surprise surprise, we learn in :re that he isn’t actually dead, and that something possibly worse has happened to him. He’s been given the now infamous half-ghoul surgery, and almost definitely has been tortured extensively by Eto and whoever else is into that kind of thing over at Aogiri HQ (like, c'mon, it’s Ishida, it’s definitely happened). And so sure, he’s killed CCG investigators– as would be expected of a member of Aogiri, not the coolest move, but some of our main cast has done worse and lives to tell the tale. But here during the island battle, all we’ve seen him do is take down Aogiri ghouls, one of them being Tatara, probably the strongest full ghoul on the island and the one who had been actively trying to kill Houji, Akira, and their subordinates. So he kills Tatara and is thinking, albeit in a warped sort of way, “Awesome. Great. My pals are here and I’ve saved the day just like I’ve always wanted. I’ve proven myself and can finally have my life back!” And it’s just like nahh. Houji gives the order to kill “SS Rate Ghoul Owl” and after Takizawa defeats all the CCG trying to kill him, Akira explains how Houji’s intention of killing him was kind? Like, she basically compares killing Takizawa to putting down a rabid dog or something. I’m so frustrated. And now here comes Amon to save the day while Takizawa is painted like some crazed villain. It all reeks of tragedy.
*kills Tatara in order to save the CCG investigators*
Get ready to fight ss owl
Excuse me? Excuse me did you just??? Takizawa saved you and did you just???? How dare?? He saved your ass??? He saved your squad's ass??? He saved Akira's ass???? And you just casually???? What the fuck???? Excuse you bitch but what the fuck??? What the fuck??? Wh-
Narration: The knife that pierced Owl, the owner is…!?
Seidou suffers with the attack on his eye.
Seidou: Ughh… Gah… Ah… Seidou: It huuuurts! You piece of shit!
Someone appears and Akira is surprised.
Akira: Wha… Akira: Mutsuki…!! Mutsuki: …Associate Special Class Mado. I’ve come as back-up. Akira: You… were safe…? Mutsuki: It’s difficult to say I was safe but, this body has helped me. Mutsuki: Besides that, SS Rate Owl and… Floppy.
Amon is seen in pain.
Amon: Hah… hah….
Mutsuki: My apologies. I was stolen of my transmitters… Mutsuki: Are there reinforcements/back-up coming? Akira: Yeah. Suzuya Squad and… Urie Squad. Mutsuki: Urie-kun… Mutsuki: Understood. Mutsuki: I’ll be borrowing time.
Mutsuki lets out his kagune, it whips around, hits Akira’s cheek, and it leaves a wound.
Mutsuki lets out a smile and it looks like he’s ‘awaken’ again.
Narration: That black “intention”, where is it going?
Takizawa saves Houji by jumping on Tatara and changing the trajectory of his flames.
CCG goons: O- Owl? What is it attacking Tatara??
Takizawa is riding around on Tatara’s back.
Tatara: Get off me!
Tatara attacks but Takizawa dodges.
Takizawa: Tata-chan Senpai! This is for what you did to me back at the An time! (The Anteiku raid). Thanks a freaking lot!
They continue to fight, and Takizawa gets the upper hand.
Takizawa: Eat this Tata, you fucker!
However, Tatara’s flames hit Takizawa in the face. Akira is shocked.
Takizawa: Kyaaaaaaaa!! Hoooooottttttt! Owowowowowow ow! Ah, but, butbut, but but that’s blazin’ enough!
He has managed to protect his face with a (kagune?) mask.
Takizawa: I don’t wanna become fried Takizawa! Yikes!
He attacks Tatara with a huge kagune blade that cuts off his left arm.
Takizawa: Meshanko!! (TN: I have no idea what this means)
Takizawa: The Tatara Tartare is ready!
At this time, Hakatori appears and attacks Takizawa.
Takizawa: Kobin-chan! Where were you?
Hakatori: You traitor!!!
Takizawa: Yoshoi! (TN: a sound of exertion)
He grabs Hakatori’s arm and pulls her towards him.
Takizawa: A blindly-following girl like you deserves a womb punch-kick!
He hits her in her lower abdomen over and over.
Hakatori: Ga gyu cough kago ubu cough (TN: just sounds of suffering)
He finishes her off with a kick and she flies off coughing blood.
Takizawa: If I’m a trator, Binko-chan, you’re just useless huh!
He picks up the Quinque that Hakatori has dropped.
Takizawa: Well, this takes me back.
He stabs Tatara though the head with it.
Takizawa: You look like a fleeing soldier, mwaha. Well, “back then” you really hurt meeeee…..
Tatara tries to attack, but Takizawa stabs him through the stomach with another huge kagune.
Takizawa: Yes, yes, that should do it.
Tatara’s fire stops,. and he falls to the ground as his kakuja armor dissipates. He has a flashback to V14 when he saw Arima dragging the almost-dead Kaneki by his hair.
Tatara: King… did you get the “thing you wanted”? I didn’t get either…
Tatara: E… to…
Tatara appears to have died with those words. Takizawa takes off his mask.
Takizawa: Haa… haa… it’s over.
He looks around at Akira and the other CCG members.
Takizawa: … ! … what’s wrong with you? With that, most of Aogiri are done, right? We should all be rejoicing!
They say nothing. Houji walks in front of them all.
Takizawa: Houji-san… I… I am…
Tears well up in Houji’s eyes, and he speaks to the CCG soldiers.
Houji: Everyone, prepare to attack the SS-Rate [Ghoul Owl]…
Takizawa: …!! Why…. why? Why???
-Time jumps forward-
Standing above the battlefield of slain CCG soldiers including Houji’s severed head, Takizawa is strangling Akira.
Takizawa: … I dreamed of this day. I would use my power to kill Tatara…. I saved the CCG…. I became a hero… I really wanted to save you… but still… even though I was his subordinate…. he came to kill me… I can’t forgive that. On that day, if Houji-san had been there, it wouldn’t have come to this.
Takizawa: I… I wanted you to see me do this too.
Akira: Idiot… I saw exactly what you did *cough* Everyone knows. You are a [Ghoul] that kills humans. Ending you here was Special Class Houji’s way of being kind… “Instead of being culled, at least be killed by your former boss’s hand” he wanted that for some reason.
Takizawa: … so in other words “Obediently Die” huh? I don’t wanna do that. And you… you are the same as him.
He tightens his grip on Akira’s neck.
Akira: Guh… Ta… Ki…. Zawa…
The next moment, she is saved as Amon jumps in and cuts off his arm.
Takizawa: What the hell do you want, Amon-san?
Narration: A confrontation between two lost “wills”!