It’s not easy to watch Tokyo Ghoul, in my opinion. No, I’m not talking about the splattered blood and man-eating scenes. If you’re thinking of picking up the series, don’t worry, it’s not as horrifying as I make it sounds. I said the new series is not easy to watch is all because of the ongoing conflict between human and ghouls. The prejudice against each other and the lack of equality drove them to reckless attacks and murders.
In the most recent episode, to be more precise, episode 8, it shown the internal struggles and feelings of what I call representatives of the two species.
Let’s start with the ghouls: Touka and Hinami. At the very last few seconds of her brush with death, Touka cried out her will to live. The fact ghouls are conditioned to only can taste human is not by choice. They’re born this way. In order to survive, they have to eat. But to eat healthily, they should be served human. Hinami, the poor the little girl who lost her parents to human, was crying out her loneliness. She is prime example that she chose not to be a killer. That’s a choice. She could’ve been a powerful killer, but only wanted no one to be hurt.
Now, move onto the human: Amon and Mado. Amon also suffered the lost of a fellow officer. Like Hinami, he was hurting. To have someone they know taken away from them is harsh. It’s a void in their heart they have to live with it for as long as they live. Amon complained about the innocent death of his friend and colleague and that he was in grief. More importantly, he blamed it on the ghouls. Mado, driven to madness by the death of his beloved wife, is also a victim of circumstances.
The reality is that Amon’s friend’s death could have been avoided if he had not hunt down Hinami’s mother with Mado. Hinami’s mother’s death could have been avoided if Mado and Amon would just stop at where they found Hinami’s father. They didn’t have to go all the way to track down the family. In fact, all the unnecessary deaths could’ve been avoided if they take on Hinami’s lead and not to seek revenge.
It’s not as if human are not capable of crimes and in context of the series, killing and cannibalism. It wasn’t highlighted in the series because it’s ultimately a series about ghouls vs humans.
Both species are breathing. Both creatures are co-living in a same space. Both has feelings too. One is blaming another for their grief. And yet, each of them shares the same right to live. The liberty to do things while living shouldn’t be taken away just because they’re different. To humans, ghouls are different because they’re on a different diet. To ghouls, human are different too. The never ending loop of senseless killing will forever continue until they strike a common understanding.
Does this sound familiar?
I decided to write this piece, drawing inspiration from each of the cries to live, be it Touka’s or Amon’s. Because in this world we’re living in right now also suffers from the same prejudice. Not against ghouls, you silly, but many, many other issues…