Last chapter of Tokyo Ghoul was 143 titled “Kaneki Ken” The chapter number could also be interpreted as “I Love You: Kaneki Ken” The person most likely telling Kaneki how much they love him would’ve been Touka.
Ishida could’ve chosen ANY number and person to end TG with, but he choose 143 and Touka (the only one who had faith in his return). Certainly, one chapter, has two meanings.
So if TGre ends at chapter 143, the title of that chapter could be titled “Kirishima Touka” Kaneki has told and showed us he loves his wife Touka tremendously. But her being kidnapped by the CCG, something paralleling Kaneki’s ending in part one, is possible in her case. Even so, Kaneki would have faith in her retrieval if she were taken away from him. They may be split, but they’re bound to get back together because what comes as a pair, stays a pair.
In which we’re hitting out of the park with covers that look
pleasant and cheerful but come with splash text that threatens to drown me in heartbreak
It’s just vague
enough that it could technically mean anyone, but with Sakura in the
background it’s safe to assume that it’s speaking about her and Syaoran.
On the one hand it has the potential cute factor of them
continually drawn together over multiple lifetimes. On the other hand it’s a kick
in the face when you realise that this is one of thelifetimes where they don’t
get to be together. (For now? Forever??) Sakura’s memory resets whenever she
remembers who Syaoran is. Also, she’s not breathing. (Also, Syaoran may or may
not be dead)
The sentiment takes a deeper step into Sad Territory if,
through it’s vagueness, it’s not just talking about Sakura’s reincarnation in
general but specifically the
reincarnations that are story related. How many reincarnations of Sakura
has Evil Wolverine used in his plans? How many have died, never to be reunited
with their Syaorans?
And what is Lava Lamp’s role in this, exactly? Who is his Sakura? Is it OUR Sakura? A different one? How many is Evil Wolverine aware of?
If he isn’t stopped, how many more will they us to try get the Tsubasa working?
The screams. The screams woke the neighbors. Some would ignore it, others would bang on the walls, agitated.
No one would suspect a thing.
She smiled. She smiled often, and widely.
Yet inside, she was praying, begging for someone to realize how broken she was.
She wasn’t selfish. She didn’t ask for much. All she asked was for someone to hear her out.
She was always the go-to person for advice. If someone was sad, they would go to her. She talked to them as if she was the happiest person, as if she herself knew the answer to true happiness.
No one would suspect that she would lock herself away into an unbearable pit of misery and despair.
Some would call her an attention seeker.
She wasn’t an attention seeker. In fact, she hated the attention.
Some would point to the parallel, almost perfectly spaced apart lines that drew across her forearm all the way up to her elbow and look at her questioningly, or with disgust. She grinned and said it was a long time ago.
They nodded and shrugged, no longer caring.
She felt ashamed for wanting someone so desperately for help. She knew others were suffering, so why should she have the right to want help?
People who knew her would whisper about her. “She isn’t really depressed. She has a nice house, nice clothes, an expensive phone and laptop. How could she be depressed?”
She knew they spoke of her. She didn’t know either. She didn’t know how she could be the way she was. She didn’t even have a clear reason.
She was just… Sad.
She was depressed.
Sometimes she would try to bring it up jokingly in a conversation, hoping someone would see passed the exterior and see how she was reaching out for help.
Grounding is a technique that helps keep someone in the
present moment. It is only in the present moment that we can
fully live our lives. Grounding techniques can reduce anxiety, quiet the
mind, and connect you to your inner voice. These simple techniques can ground
you in your own truth and help you get to know your inner self. Grounding is
also essential for basic health and survival. Grounding enhances your ability
to function effectively on a day-to-day basis. When poorly grounded, your
spatial understanding is impaired. You may stumble around physically, mentally,
spiritually, and emotionally. Here are 10 effective ways to ground yourself:
1. Start With Your Breath. Breathe deeply through your
diaphragm and gently exhale any tension you might feel, clearing the energy
channels of your body. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your
mouth. Let your abdomen rise and fall as you breathe. This deep breathing
signals the body to relax and helps calm your mind and spirit.
2. Meditate. Meditation is probably the most popular
grounding technique. Sit or lie comfortably, and then close your eyes. Simply
focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. Feel
yourself relaxing with each breath. Release all of your worldly concerns,
doubts, and fears, allowing them to drift off on the air of the wind, on the
breath of life. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then
try it for longer periods.
3. Play a Drum. Drumming is perhaps the oldest form of
active meditation known to humanity. One of the paradoxes of rhythmic
stimulation is that it has not only the power to move your awareness out of the
confines of the conceptual mind into realms beyond time and space but also the
capacity to ground you firmly in the present moment. It allows you to maintain
a portion of ordinary awareness while experiencing non-ordinary awareness. This
permits full recall later of the visionary experience.
4. Touch the Earth. Just take off your shoes and socks and
get outside. Physically touching or sitting on the Earth has a calming and
grounding effect. Nature calms, helps you connect to something larger than yourself,
and provides a much-needed break from your busy life.
5. Focus on Your Root Chakra. Close your eyes and focus your
attention on the chakra at the base of the spine. The vibratory center located
at the base of the spine grounds spiritual forces in the body to the Earth and
the physical realm of reality. Visualize this energy center as a red disc of
light, about the size of a silver dollar, at the base of your spine.
6. Stand Like a Tree. Stand with your feet parallel, about
six inches apart, and your toes aimed straight ahead. Your knees should be
slightly bent, removing any strain on your lower back. Rest your hands at your
side or place them over your navel. Close your eyes and imagine that you are a
tree. Visualize your head as the crown, your body as the trunk, and your feet
as the roots. Imagine roots growing out the bottom of your feet, extending deep
into the ground beneath you.
7. Walk Mindfully. Mindful walking can be practiced anywhere
or anytime. Simply take a walk and be mindful of every sensation you feel.
Breathe naturally and fully, deeply filling your lungs with each inhalation,
but being careful not to strain in any way. When your attention drifts away
from the sensations of walking and breathing, take notice of those thoughts or
emotions without judgment and gently direct your awareness back to the present
moment, back to the walking.
8. Carry a Grounding Stone. A grounding stone is any small stone
that helps make you more reality-oriented and pulls you into the
current moment. Black obsidian is a good grounding stone to carry or
wear in your aura each day. Black tourmaline is one of the most effective
stones, as it works for both spiritual grounding and protection. These crystals
are easy to obtain as tumblestones, and easy to put one or more of the
grounding stones in your pocket every day.
9. Use Your Voice. Repeat a mantra, chant, or positive affirmation.
Hearing your own voice actively gets you out of your own head. Repeating a
soothing affirmation powerfully grounds you in reality, by reminding you what’s
most important to you.
10. Take a Shower. This is one of my favorite grounding
methods. Heat increases blood flow, slows your heart rate, and calms you down
gently. I personally find this technique to be very effective. The heat and
water pressure from a cleansing, hot shower always grounds me, bringing me back
to the here-and-now.