I know a lot of people are upset about Endless Summer and The Crown and the Flame ending after three books, but I’m a huge proponent of things going out on a high instead of going on and on to the point where the quality dwindles
do you think at the end of tg, we'll get a happy ending for Kaneki?
Certainly yes. If Tokyo Ghoul was supposed to be a tragedy, :re shouldn’t even exist, the entire story should’ve ended in chapter 143. The original manga had a perfect tragic character arc for Kaneki, but :re gave him a second chance. What was the point of all this if he fails to change and dies tragically like in V14? What a waste of time. I’ve seen some people mention the possibility of him dying heroically for the coexistence of ghouls and humans since the original manga didn’t solve that issue, but I don’t think that was the point of :re. A death like that wouldn’t be a heroic positive thing for someone like Kaneki, it would be another tragedy. The manga has over and over again painted Kaneki’s suicidal tendencies and the desire to have a stylish martyr death that makes everyone love him as a bad thing, something he needs to grow out of. Everything about that flaw of his represents Kaneki’s worst aspects so if he got what he wanted in the end, it would most certainly be a tragedy. It doesn’t matter if he dies selfishly or if his death is a heroic thing that saves the lives of many, it is still a bad thing, because Kaneki has been desiring death all this time. I believe Tokyo Ghoul is a story about Kaneki finding the resolve to live and you simply don’t write a compelling narrative by rewarding a character for refusing to grow. That is not what Tokyo Ghoul’s message has been all this so I doubt Ishida would suddenly change his mind. The message is to live even if it is not stylish so it would be rather strange to make the main character die stylishly. I doubt Ishida would make Kaneki get over his sucidial tendencies and then kill him anyway either, because what even was the point of his journey then? The World, the last card of the Fool’s Journey, is about accomplishing your goals and feeling fulfilled therefore Kaneki has to get what he wants in the end. He has to be happy and content with the way things ended up going. Like I said before, there is no way the narrative is going to let Kaneki become a martyr and die heroically so it must be something else that Kaneki accomplishes. What is a better goal than the desire to live? There’s a lot of things that support Kaneki getting a happy ending like TG’s themes, the fact that we have a sequel, Fool’s Journey and how you write a compelling character arc. When you put all those things together, the only logical way to end Kaneki’s journey is to give him a happy ending. I expect he’ll live happily ever after with Touka surrounded by people he loves without desiring death ever again. It might sound a bit cheesy, but unlike a lot of happy endings in fiction, it’s not forced at all. It makes perfect sense, more than a tragic ending at least.