three wise monkey

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三҉̠͇͙ 猿 :  見҉̬̹̫ 猿҉̜͓ 、言҉̠̘͉͙ わ͏̠̼猿҉̳ 、聞か̘̥̼ 猿҉̬͍̳̞͇

Happy New Years! Not only is 2016 a new year of endless opportunities, it’s alsooooooo the year of the monkey! Which is my zodiac. I was in middle school the last time it was the year of the monkey! So being my zodiac year, I felt obligated to draw something to celebrate it. Thus I did this personal take on the three wise monkeys. Juxtapositioning something natural with something glitchy is one of my favorite things to do. Though, the glitchy animations took quite a long time to do…

I hope everyone has a great 2016 and year of the monkey! Hopefully, since it’s my zodiac year, I’ll have more good luck this time around! 

Furuta and the three wise monkeys

Ok so on my Fourth time reading through the latest chapter I noticed something strange about Furuta’s gestures other than him just being his natural Furuta self, the gestures had reminded me of something I had seen before. And I’m sure many others have seen,

the three wise monkeys


See no evil

Speak no evil

Hear no evil

In the latest chapter Furuta actually does all three gestures to see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. I understood that the origin of the three wise monkeys is Japan so I was sure it wasn’t a coincidence. At first I had a hard time determining what it could all mean outside of it’s literally meaning so I had a talk with @therabbitoracle and @smol-kitten-furuta to discuss in hopes of getting a better understanding.

@therabbitoracle said this:

Just as there is disagreement about the origin of the phrase, there are differing explanations of the meaning of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”

In Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts.

In the Western world both the proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance.

It may also signify a code of silence in gangs, or organized crime.

I believe this was a good explaination for why Ishida would make Furuta make these gestures especially the part about lack of moral responsibility, refuses to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way and feigning ignorance. This is something we see Furuta do A LOT. You could say it’s a major part of his characterization but he displays all these traits in the latest chapter back to back.

lack of moral responsibility.

(Setting back and letting Eto kill off all the V members)


Refuses to acknowledge impropriety.

(The last remaining V member begs him to fight he choices to run away instead)


Looking the other way and feigning ignorance (need I explain).


And another interesting part is the Buddhist traditional meaning of it not dwelling on bad thoughts.

(And yet is seems Furuta struggles with that this chapter with some of his strange lines.)

(When he thinks why am I always alone while running.)

When he complains about having to fight.

It is strange but those scenes did not feel like the Furuta we are use to. Through all his acting and clowning these parts felt somewhat genuine (which made me feel a little uneasy.He sounds like a small child or something.)

And then lastly his word to Eto vs his actual thoughts “let’s solve this peacefully.”

vs. “let’s slaughter them like animals”

Everything he’s doing strongly resonates with the three wise monkeys. He fits the western definition perfectly but when it comes to the Buddhist teaching Furuta tries to have this mindset with his “Shake off the past and dash.” gimmick. But can not help but to dwell on it every now and again. I think the fight with Eto might’ve made some things re-emerge especially being told to fight by members of V. 

Still it was a nice reference for Ishida to throw in since everything the three wise monkeys stands for connects well with Furuta actions this chapter.

全忍2で配るミニ年賀の絵柄です。 クリスマスも年末年始も原稿詰めで、季節ものやイベントもの全く手を付けられなかったけど、やっと年始っぽい絵描けたよ〜( ˘̥̥̥̥̥ ᵕ ˘̥̥̥̥̥ )親子が三猿してくれたら絶対可愛いと思ったの……


New Year’s greetings! (It’s too late but I wanted to draw this)

2016 Year of the monkey

“see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”
(Three wise monkeys )

Saru (Monkey - 2016 zodiac animal)


This cute cake represents the famous three wise monkeys (sanen) which can be found for example in Nikko Tosho-gu shrine.

Mizaru (見ざる) sees no evil, Kikazaru (言わざる) hears no evil and Iwazaru (聞かざる) speaks no evil. Their names are a pun on saru (monkey) and zaru (an old negative form).

10-seconds-flat  asked:

Why does Houka cover his mouth with clothing like 90% of the time? I always wondered that. That goes to the rest of the Elite Four I think, but he is the one I never really understood. That and Nonon's skulls. But they all have unique clothing style and I don't know if it's a japanese thing or reflect their personalities.

I believe it’s thematic. It adds to the symbolism of the Elite Four being representations of the Four (or Three) Wise Monkeys, which work as a proverb: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, and do no evil.” There are seemingly just about half a million different interpretations for what this means, but the general consensus I’ve gathered is that its “original” meaning is a message about not dwelling on evil or partaking in evil. (The West seems to have “distorted” this into “turning a blind eye to evil” and pretending it doesn’t exist.)

In any case, though, Uzu represents “see no evil” with his focus on sight and his act of blinding himself in episode 6, Nonon represents “hear no evil” with her focus on sound and her sound-based attacks, Ira represents “do no evil” with his focus on action and his role as the rule-enforcer and Disciplinary Committee Chair, and Houka represents “speak no evil” with his focus on information and how he covers his mouth while not speaking.

At least, that’s one way to look at it! Here’s a chart with similar theories and speculation about Kill la Kill’s symbolism and themes, from back when the show was still airing.

Interestingly, though, Houka only seems to start covering his mouth after meeting Satsuki, and in fact ends his flashback introduction to her by doing so with his hoodie:

This might be representative of him accepting his role as one of Satsuki’s “Four Wise Monkeys.”

As for Nonon’s skulls, the answer is actually… rather macabre! The skull on her hat has been confirmed to be what remains of the monkey she had as a child, as seen sitting on her head here:

However, “because it’s Nonon, she doesn’t care whether her monkey is dead or alive” and “they are still good friends.”

(And again with the monkeys!)

Lazy Dearth

Chapter Meta

Furuta and the Three Wise Monkeys | @tokyoghoul96
Part 2 | @pierrot1220

Furuta and Eto’s Dialogue and Manzai Comedy | @randomthoughtpatterns

Kaneki’s Character Growth | @tinyghoulproblem

Furuta One-Eyed Ghoul Foreshadowing | @littlemissymonster, @static-lilies

Furuta’s kagune and Hairu | @floppyamon

Furuta’s Views on Ghouls and Parallels to Yozo in ‘No Longer Human’ - Discussion | @ladymoonstache, @checkerboard-sky, @karmameister

Kaneki/Eto Lucifer Parallelism@furukane

Kaneki Saves Eto | @harostar

Miscellaneous Meta

Arima Taking Clothes Off | @silverbulletsama

Passages from The Little Prince | @floppyamon

The Title “One Eyed King” as a McGuffin | anon, @coromoor