I get where a lot of people are coming from but tbh i also understand a lot of people that like mutsukis charackter. Like imagine touka would get abused and then turnt into an abuser herself bc of the trauma with no good development at all and get even more hate for it. I dont want to imagine how the fandom would react if touka would die no one would say 'its his manga he can do what he wants'. I dont agree with people hating on ishida but i kinda agree the way he handles mutsuki is a bit messy?
I don’t think it’s messy at all. I have personally read many, many stuff about serial killers, crime cases, I’ve seen tons of documentaries about psycho killers, the most famous criminals of all times, sociopaths, and when I look at what Ishida has done with Mutsuki’s character, I see all of the symptoms of a psychopath, and with good reason? I think many people here don’t really understand Mutsuki’s trauma, it’s not that he’s going through a small depression with a bit of social anxiety and that’s it, it’s way more complex than that, and it can lead a person to commit the most horrible things.
Mutsuki has been raped by his father probably since he was a kid, his mother also probably never interfered, turning a blind eye. He never spoke about it, never had someone to talk about, someone to ask for help, until he had to take care of the issue by himself, and killed them all, including his little brother who probably had nothing to do with that, maybe he was abused too. And then, he LIED about it, and almost forgot about the incident actually believing that ghouls killed his family, and then he decided that he wanted to live as a boy.
The fact that he started to kill animals when he was feeling unstable and under pressure (his days at the academy were very difficult, and he was being bullied) it’s a huge, HUGE symptom of a psychopath, psychologist can determinate if a kid is dangerous and has probabilities to become a future killer if they start murdering animals at a very young age. Killers kill because it helps them to release their anger and frustration, if we count all the times that Mutsuki has killed something… he was under a lot of emotional pressure.
1. When he lived with his abusive family.
2. When he was being bullied at the Academy and he killed the cat.
3. When he saw Haise and Touka interacting (he went to the forest and killed some animals, or maybe humans, who knows)
4. He killed the investigator to eat him because he was hurt and unable to regenerate.
5. He killed Torso in the most horrible way because he was being tortured and abused, and he didn’t just stab him once so he could die once and for all, he mutilated, this isn’t a normal “self-defense” kind of murder, this is the kind of murder only a sadistic psychopath can commit, playing with the body and enjoying the slaughter. Criminal investigators can detect the type of killer they’re facing just by the way they kill their victims, there are patterns that are being repeated constantly (in this case, Mutsuki taking their tongues).
and now he stabbed Uta to death because of the accumulations of all these previous traumas. Almost every single character in Tokyo Ghoul that went through a very serious abuse or just dealt with many many shit, they managed to move on somehow. Despite how bad Kaneki’s life has been, he always finds the way to get his shit together and move on and face his fears. Takizawa seems to be doing fine right now. Juuzou also had signs of being some kind of psychopath but he got the help he needed through Shinohara and he’s totally okay right now. If you think about it, if you compare that to real life… it’s unrealistic. People don’t overcome their traumas just like that, just because they have someone special in their lives that tells them that everything is going to be okay. Mutsuki is probably one of the first characters in Tokyo Ghoul that has never been able to forget his traumas. Mutsuki is the living example of someone who can’t let go of their past, of someone who hasn’t healed their wounds. Because people like that exist in real life, people can live all of their lives with a trauma and not be able to overcome it.
Many also mention how it is possible that Mutsuki was sexually abused and now he’s using his sexuality to control/hurt Uta. Well, here’s the thing: not every person who has been sexually abused is terrified of sex. It happens, of course, but it’s not always the case. Many people who practice BDSM admit that they have been sexually abused in the past, and because rape is all about domination, they develop a sexual attraction towards this kind of sexual practices. Pedophiles also admit that they were sexually abused as children. What happens in your childhood determinates absolutely EVERYTHING about your future. Mutsuki is the most realistic character in Tokyo Ghoul, because many people in real life had the life he had, or worse, you guys should read a bit more about these topics, because they exist. I don’t see Mutsuki’s characterization as a rushed one or something Ishida made up out of the blue, everything Mutsuki is doing right now it’s expected from a person who suffered what he suffered. Psychologists believe that if a kid who kills animals in a sadistic way, if they’re not stopped in time, if they don’t receive the mental help they need, they have a high chance to level up someday and stop killing animals to killing humans. Mutsuki never received the help he needed, and that’s why all of this is happening right now. This is all about psychology, and how the human mind works. I have studied psychology in high school, we had a subject about it for over a year, and we talked about these topics a lot. This is very complex and not a joke at all. There are many movies about famous serial killers, and no one seems to complain. This is the same thing, but in a manga.