I was planning
to write a meta about Eto’s plan to turn Kaneki into the OEK but while researching for it, I noticed something fishy going on… and, unsurprisingly, the
Clowns are involved.
Before we start, there are two things I have to make clear:
The One-Eyed King was a half-ghoul that lived over a hundred years ago.
He doesn’t exist at the moment. He’s a legend and a symbol for
2) It’s extremely likely that Eto is trying to turn
Kaneki into the OEK ‒ basically, she’s trying to turn the legend into a
It’s interesting to note that Ishida said that :re will be the story of a legend. → The OEK is a legend in the ghoul world. → Kaneki taking the title of the legendary OEK would result in him becoming a legend himself. It fits perfectly.
Also, Kaneki becoming the leader of such a revolution would fit the whole thing about :re being a fucked up comedy ‒ Kaneki, who wanted to take down Aogiri, ends up becoming the “leader“ of their revolt.
The title of Chapter 56 was “The Second King“. → Kaneki becomes the second OEK.
Eto has been testing Kaneki’s strength the whole time (his fights against Seidou and Karen) and watching his progress. She also gave him a part of her kakuja ‒ a “gift“ that will surely make him stronger. It’s like she’s making all the preparations to turn him into the King.
Eto is treating Kaneki as if he’s her child which makes perfect sense because in a way… Kaneki’s full kakuja form would be born
after eating Eto’s one. And considering that during The Raid on Kanou’s Lab arc, she called Kaneki “The Kakuja’s Egg“, we can say that she’s the mother and he’s her “egg”.
(Here are a few interesting metas that are focused on the whole Kaneki-becoming-the-OEK thing: x ; x ; x)
And now let’s start with the main question of this meta: how are the Clowns related to the OEK?
In TG, we have four main organisations and we know the goals of three of them:
CCG → exterminate all ghouls
Aogiri Tree → (1) create a world in which ghouls can live freely ; (2) “smoke out the liars“
V → keep the balance between ghouls and humans
Clowns → ???
A lot of people will probably say that the goal of the Clowns is “to have the last laugh”, however, I don’t fully agree with that. While I do think that this is probably one of their goals, I think that their main objective is actually something way bigger.
I mean, they have people in the most important places of the TG universe:
The Clowns have also been responsible for some of the most important plot points of the story ‒ Souta pushed the steel beams over Rize, Itori made Kaneki go to the Ghoul Restaurant with Tsukiyama, Nico took part in Kaneki’s abduction by Aogiri, Itori helped Kaneki find Dr. Kanou and Nico told Kaneki the identity of the OEK.
They have such a carefully crafted plan that it would be weird if their only objective is to have the last laugh. And not to mention that they were revealed as “bad guys“ in the very last chapter of the first series.
That’s why I think that their real goal probably has something to do with the OEK (and Rize is somehow connected to this whole thing).
The Clowns have talked about one-eyed ghouls and the OEK on three occasions.
(1) Itori’s first meeting with Kaneki
I was re-reading that scene and a panel caught my attention. The words they exchange seem like insignificant gossip but we all know that nothing the Clowns do or say is simply a coincidence.
Before Kaneki, we know about the existance of two one-eyed ghouls. The seemingly random things Uta and Itori talk about actutually fit pretty well:
The OEK ‒ probably “male” ; “an old man“ (he lived one hundred years ago)
Eto ‒ “female” ; “a small child” (compared to the OEK, she really is a small child ; plus, a lot of characters have commented that she looks like a “child” ; she explained that her God was a child with a lot of power right before refering to herself as God)
Don’t you feel that in this scene Itori and Uta already know everything and are giving Kaneki the answers but at the same time trying to make their conversation seem unimportant in order to mess with his mind??
If you are unaware of the fact, the actual city of Tokyo has 23 wards.
The only Tokyo Ghoul ward missing is the 24th ward, which is fictional.
First, let’s start with the CCG. The CCG is located in the Heart of Central Tokyo - on the map above it is Chiyoda (Ward 1). It is the least populated of all wards, with around 55 thousand residents. It is the political center of Japan - it is the location of the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s residence, and the House of Representatives. It makes a lot of sense for the main CCG building to be located there.
Anteiku is in the 20th ward, or in Nerima. It has the largest area of agricultural land in all the wards, and is known as the birthplace of anime. It is rather far away from Chiyoda, and that is probably planned, becuase there are not as many CCG members in the 20th ward. It is also decently far away from Oota, which is Aogiri’s homebase.
Oota, as just mentioned, is Aogiri Tree’s homebase. Generally, the Ward is well-known for it’s transportation - the Haneda Airport is nearby. As well, Oota has the largest population amongst the wards - perfect for a hideout for numerous ghouls. The ward is far away from Chiyoda is well, for probably the exact same reason. As fun fact, Oota is the sister city of Salem, which I find as somewhat amusing, due to the Salem witch trials happening there
Hysy is in Shinjuku, which is close to the CCG, but also where Uta had lived as a teen, so that makes sense. It might also allude to his somewhat daring personality - he is someone that goes out of his way to occasionally mock the CCG, so being so close to them might help with that. As well, Shinjuku is the economic hub of Tokyo - many companies and businesses exist there, and since Hysy is a business, it is rather fitting.
The Ghoul restaurant is in Sumida - ironically, right between the CCG and Cochlea. It seems to be part of the extavangance - be close to the CCG, but don’t get caught, somewhat like Uta.
Cochlea is in Edogawa, which serves as both it’s benefit and downfall - the prisoners are far away from the rest of the wards, but the CCG would be unable to stop another escape happening due to having to get its’ officers so far away.