Ken Kaneki. The man with maturity on the hair.
Ken Kaneki is the classic otaku boy. The right guy to whom life have reserved a Frankenstein-like surgery. The homo homini lupus (we talked about is in Attack on Titan review) has completely changed the morality of the protagonist. Ken Kaneki it’s a fallen Sasuke Uchiha. The only way Kaneki found to move on is that of strength. His static attitude towards the events has annihilated all the values. As a result his hair turned grey. The psycho-physical torture he is forced to face made him react according to Darwinian law of natural selection. The strongests impose the rules to society. The mutation of Ken Kaneki does not stop to the new colour of his hair. From the end of season 1, Ken has to wear a bestial mask: when a human loses its ethical principles becomes completely wild. Even though the sentiment for his friends (Hideyoshi Nagachika and Touka Kirishima) is still present, the protagonist is unable to fix the situation. It’s the story of Ken Kaneki, the anti-hero.
Tokyo Ghoul. When the edgy overwhelms the storyplot.
Tokyo Ghoul is characterized by interesting concepts at the basis. The dark side has a great role in each episode. The stylistic choice is able to transfer the cruelty of the world. However, the sensation of untold remains inside the spectator. It’s a reversed Naruto world where Sasuke (Ken) has buried his best friend Naruto (Hide). The sequence of events seems not to have a clear weave. In particular, referring to season 2, lots of characters are presented to the audience but only a few are deeply analysed during the storyplot. For example, the sacrifice of the Owl appears meaningless at first sight. A lot of questions are left unsolved at the end of season 2. Or, maybe, the real sense of the anime is beyond the mere actions we have (not) seen.
The apparent chaos of Tokyo Ghoul can be located inside a more comprehensive concept of harmony. It’s the permanent contrast of the opposites. According to Heraclitus, the oppositional processes of generation and destruction constitutes a stable state or “justice” (Have you read our Psycho-pass article, the social justice of the Sibyl System?). In that sense:
Strife is Justice.
And you,want do you think of Tokyo Ghoul?