Tokyo Ghoul Episode 8: The Right To Live

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 8

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.

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 8

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.

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 8

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…

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3 thoughts on “Tokyo Ghoul Episode 8: The Right To Live

  1. One of the cool things about Tokyo Ghoul is it’s ambivalence there is no black and white.
    There are friendly “Ghouls”, but also monsters, the fact that both eat human flesh is something that humans obviously can’t tolerate in this situation. Even when they can’t live any other way.

    Still there seems to be some tolerance for the Ghouls when there is not much activity in a Ghoul district. So, I don’t understand why the special unit was hunting down Hinami’s mum, when there are more dangerous subjects such as Gourmet or Jason in the district.

    She probably never even touched a living human being. The office guy also did not deserve to die, ok later we learned that the victim let his partner always pay for his meals, so he deserved it somehow XD

    This show can be applied to the middle east conflict, closer than I want it to be. Since none of the parties eats people it should be much easier to come to an understanding, but it actually isn’t’
    It just escalated violence often escalated violence harms the “innocent” bystanders not the extremist individuals on each side. It’s the silly loop of violence that creates such hopeless situations.

    • Yes, this series does sort of made me question what is good and what is bad? Just because we saw the bad side of certain group of things (be it people, animal, etc), that doesn’t really paint the whole picture. Very much like the humans in Tokyo Ghoul never really saw the other side of ghouls. They never saw the pain some of them had to go through because of who they are.

      I know right? I think I’ll never understand why they went through such length just to lure Hinami and her mother in order to kill them. Isn’t that illegal? I mean, they are innocent. But then again, it probably is legal in Tokyo Ghoul’s world.

      Besides the conflict in middle east you mentioned, I believe there are many problems out there such as gender equality and rights of LGBT, etc, that the struggles and misunderstandings of both the human and ghouls in the series can paint of a picture of. It’s really sad sometimes we fail to even try and understand the other party.

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