The Tokyo Ghoul manga ending messed with me, man.
You’d think that by the end of this manga, that somehow things would be wrapped up in a tiny little bow. As readers, we want to know everything. However, that is not how tragedies work.
Even though it is more or less debatable whether or not Kaneki is dead, he faced some serious demons at the point of his alleged death. Instead of being able to foolishly covering up his demons like he had all this time, he had no choice but to face them right as he was dying.
He was trying to balance two very different identities that had always resided in him: the “human” (i put quotation marks because it is a stereotype) side of him that cherished a single life and acknowledged it’s value, and the “ghoul” side of him that saw people as nothing more than food.
We don’t truly have any answers because of the fact it is a tragedy. Unlike in a lot of animes, sometimes you’re just left with this sad-excuse-for-an-ending that you have no choice but to accept. Even in life, there are multiple perspectives to things that you could never get everyone to understand.
This type of ending was inevitable. There was no way that a vast majority of humans could have ever accepted ghouls as anything more than monstrous and inhumane cannibals, just like there was no way that a vast majority of ghouls would accept humans as anything more than food.
But from seeing both perspectives of humans and ghouls in this manga, we know that neither of these stereotypes are true for all of them.
However, Kaneki wanted to be both. But in that world, it wasn’t possible. I’m sure you can find similar circumstances in our lives that are direct parallels with this notion. Not all people are good or evil, they just lack the ability to understand other perspectives. The characters in this manga is a great example of this.
Kaneki got the best ending possible in that type of world. He—to some degree—accepted who he was. He was trying to understand everthing about the world, and never lived to realize that he had been fooled all that time. But that doesn’t truly matter at this point. Kaneki fought his demons.
I seriously praise this manga for it’s realism.
Life sucking site with no apparent use other than to keep your lazy ass (and mine) glued to a chair.
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