The Washuu and the Band of the Hawk
It’s been awhile since I have last written a meta for Tokyo Ghoul (:re) and in the time that I didn’t really touch any matters of analysis, I read Berserk. In an odd moment of sudden realisation my brain made the connection between Yoshitoki and Griffith, two characters who don’t really seem to have much in common but when I spent more time thinking about it, a parallel between them actually makes perfect sense to me.
For all the people who are familiar with Tokyo Ghoul but not Berserk, I will explain all relevant information you need to fully understand what I’m talking about but there will be several spoiler ahead, as well as possible trigger for death mentions and emotional abuse, so please read this with discretion.
Griffith is one of the main antagonists in Kentaro Miura’s manga Berserk, he is first introduced to the reader during a confrontation with the main character Guts in which later tries to attack Griffith, the reason for his rage isn’t explained, it’s only mentioned that they have known each other for quite a while.
It is later revealed (during the Golden Age arc), that Griffith used to be the leader of the mercenary group Band of the Hawk. What you need to know about the Band of the Hawk is that they were a group of over hundreds of people (men of all ages with only 1 woman in their ranks, but she was second in command and well respected and beloved by the soldiers) under the command of Griffith, Casca and Guts.
Griffith’s reasoning for forming the Band of the Hawk was his dream to one day rule over his own country, or as much simpler explained with these 2 two screenshots that were provided by my dearest @linkspooky
Of course Griffith is way more complex than that but most of it will be relevant in later parts of the analysis so let’s get started.