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The One-Eyed King
V and the original King
The past King and the 24th Ward
Arima and Eto
The Sunlit Garden and Kagune
The forming of CCG
The new One-Eyed King - Kaneki
Rize and the original King
A second One-Eyed King
Furuta and Rize
The One-Eyed King
The One-Eyed King is a mysterious ghoul believed to be the leader of Aogiri Tree. Due to that it was often said that Eto Yoshimura (also known as the author Takatsuki Sen) was actually the One-Eyed King, which was denied by her later in Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 61. After that it was questioned many times who the real King was or whether he even exists. But, in chapter 86 she revealed that the King was actually Arima Kishou and that he and Eto were working together on "raising" a new King.
In reality, however, the King is revealed to be a title passed from one individual to another. Arima held the title of the One-Eyed King as part of a much larger plan - starting a revolution led by the new One-Eyed King. In the book she wrote - "Bileyg, the King", Eto was actually talking about the One-Eyed King. Her depiction of the King is a ghoul that leads the other ghouls in a rebellion to reclaim their rightful place in the world. She sees the King as a symbol of hope for all ghouls. Eto's real aim for writing that book was to spark the flames of hope in the ghouls who read it, and for them to wish for the coming of a new King who will save them, as explained by Ayato.
Arima and Eto
In Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 86 it was revealed that the real One-Eyed King Arima and Eto have been working together all along. Their ultimate goal was to find a new King who would be able to lead a rebellion. I believe that the one to actually "choose" the King was Eto. As the one with more freedom to move than Arima, she was the one to decide on a worthy King and she chose Kaneki Ken. You can read for what reasons Eto chose Kaneki as the second One-Eyed King here: The second One-Eyed King in Tokyo Ghoul (Toukyou Kushu). [Theory PROVED].
Eto was the one preparing him for the big day from that moment to the moment Kaneki was captured by Arima and "reborn" as Sasaki Haise. The fact that Arima didn't choose the new King can be seen when he first fought Kaneki. After witnessing how great his potential was, Arima said: "Oh, I see... You're...". He was most likely referring to the King candidate Eto has prepared for him. After that, Arima took the fight more seriously, since he wasn't fighting just any ghoul, he was to fight the future King and draw out his potential. Then, when Kaneki actually managed to wound him, he seemed satisfied and stated: "You're good, Kaneki Ken.". This line brought me to believe that he was testing Kaneki to see if Eto had really chosen a good candidate and was more than impressed with the end result, thus deciding not to kill him, but to "raise" him as Sasaki Haise. Also, the fact that he knew Kaneki's name even though they had never met before could just prove my previously mentioned point. This could mean that Eto mentioned Kaneki is a good candidate to Arima before.
The fact that Kaneki's new name was Sasaki Haise also connects to the name of the main character in Eto's book - the King Nameless. Nameless is a ghoul who leads his fellow ghouls as their King, flying the flag of rebellion against a world that oppresses his kind. In Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 51 Kanae von Rosewald called Haise's name which was translated from the German language as "No name". This fact brings Kaneki one step closer to the King Nameless from Eto's book, since "no name" literally means "nameless". I highly doubt that Eto chose the name Nameless by coincidence. I think that this was her way of saying that the King is supposed to be Sasaki/Kaneki himself and that he is to lead the ghouls to a new future.
Also, when Kaneki asked Eto about the meaning of the book, she responded with saying that this book was an offering to the King, probably hinting to Kaneki himself, who loves to read books, especially Takatsuki Sen's works, but also to show him the real purpose of the King.
The New One-Eyed King - Kaneki
After deciding to train Sasaki/Kaneki so he could be able to carry the title of the King, Arima and Eto decided on the last test which would prove whether he is a success or a failed attempt. Kaneki's last test, which was given to him by Eto, was to kill the One-Eyed King, which later turned out to be Arima. Even though Kaneki ignored Eto's request, he still ended up fighting Arima, so he could buy enough time for Touka and the rest to escape, determined to die by Arima's hands. At that moment, Arima judged Kaneki to be a failed attempt, since he couldn't bring him to fight seriously and with determination. But, due to Kaneki's "talk" with Hide, he recovered once again ready to fight for his own life.
After Kaneki regained his will to live, Arima was finally able to carry out his plan - he wanted Kaneki to kill him. But, there was only one problem left, due to the time they had together, Kaneki began seeing Arima as his own father and didn't want to fight him at all, let alone kill him. He tried many times to make Arima surrender, but it was in wain, since Arima had decided on what he was going to do and wasn't going to change his mind. After Arima tried everything which was in his power to provoke Kaneki to kill him (threatening him and even piercing him with his Quinque), Arima finally gave up. He confirmed one last time whether Kaneki would kill him or not, and after receiving the answer "No", he slit his own throat.
With only a little time remaining, Arima explained to Kaneki that he would have died anyway, even if he had not killed himself. That is because Arima, along with Furuta, Hairu and everyone who was raised in the Sunlit Garden, are actually not human, they are Half-Humans, failures with mixed blood. Half-Humans are children born between a human and a ghoul. The belief that children like that mostly die (or become a half-ghoul like Eto, which is a really rare case) was actually a lie. The children who are born like that are no different than normal humans. They don't always manifest Kagune and they are able to eat normal food. But, they have highly developed physical abilities and shorter life-spans. That means that Arima was aging faster than a normal human would and was already at death's door for a longer period of time.
On his death-bed, Arima asked Kaneki for one last request and that was to make it look like Kaneki was the one who killed him. Arima explained that he would very soon find out what it is that he actually wants to achieve by doing that and after Kaneki accepted that request, Arima died peacefully with a smile on his face, like he had finally been able to leave something precious and meaningful behind. With the 0 Squad (Arima's Squad) appearing, Kaneki found out that Arima even planned out Kaneki's escape and ordered his squad members to help him.
Later on, Kaneki encountered the wounded Eto, who was also one breath short of dying. She was the one who revealed the truth about Arima and the plan they were working on. She told him the real identity of the One-Eyed King (Arima) and that they were only keeping the throne warm for the new King. She gave Kaneki the choice of whether he would take on this responsibility and sit on that throne or if he would destroy it. It all ended with Kaneki declaring that he is the new One-Eyed King, showing us that he is determined to carry on Eto and Arima's legacy.
After all this, I can conclude that Arima wanted Kaneki to take over the title of the King and do what he was unable to do this whole time. The reason for that is most likely his short life-span, but perhaps the fact that he killed a countless number of ghouls and was feared by them as well. Maybe he was not confident enough that he could do it due to his connection to the CCG, since the One-Eyed King was supposed to be a symbol of hope. This is further confirmed by the 0 Squad since Arima gave them the order to help Kaneki, but I also believe that they are to "serve" Kaneki as the new King, just like they did with the last King Arima. They even defied the CCG for that purpose and helped Kaneki defend Touka and the others by attacking their fellow ghoul investigators.
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- What Happened to Hide from Tokyo Ghoul (Toukyou Kushu)? [THEORY PROVED]
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A Second One-Eyed King
Despite everything written up to now, there are still some things that seem rather confusing. One of these things is the fact that V, or the Washuu Clan, didn't know that Arima was the One-Eyed King. Their main goal was to find out his identity and defeat him, but who would have thought that he was actually in the CCG all along. What's more, they thought that the One-Eyed King was most likely Eto. We can see that Arima wasn't really fond of and didn't trust V despite working for them, so he never told them that he was the King.
That also connects to the reason why he revealed to Kaneki who the V are and that the whole foundation of the CCG lies on a lie. He probably meant for him to fight against them, though the real reason is yet unknown. The real objective of V is still hidden and not even Arima knew why Half-Humans were "made". The one thing we do know about the V is that they want to get rid of the One-Eyed King at all costs.
Before she got caught, Eto mentioned that the parent organization of the CCG was founded over 100 years ago in response to the appearance of an extremely powerful One-Eyed Ghoul. What could their connection to the first King be? This is a question I will talk about later in the text.
The second thing which was suspicious to me was when Furuta Nimura talked to Eto while she was imprisoned in Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 66. During their conversation, Furuta told Eto: "I am rather uncharacteristically afraid of YOUR King.". The fact that he used the word "your" is rather confusing. Wouldn't it be just enough to say that he is afraid of the King? Also, later in that same chapter he also said to Eto: "You and YOUR One-Eyed somebody, irregular enemies, if you will, are an incredibly sharp thorn in our sides.". It's not like there is more than one King anyway, right? Or could that mean that there is actually one more King we know nothing about?
Another interesting thing happened in Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 84 when Donato Porpora broke out of his cell. We can see that Uta came to pick him up and they are going to MEET THE KING. Now if we consider that they are talking about Kaneki, who at that time has not yet been confirmed to be the new King, then there is also the question how did they know about this. The only ones who knew about this plan were Arima and Eto, and their teams, the 0 Squad and Aogiri Tree (which I think that not everyone knew about the plan, maybe Tatara and Noro who were closest to Eto). So, did Donato or Uta find out? None of them are part of Aogiri, much less of the 0 Squad.
Now, if we take into consideration that the King they are talking about is not Kaneki but someone else, then it makes much more sense. They are both part of the Clowns and guess who is as well... FURUTA. The King they are talking about is actually the one from V. It may be strange, but Furuta is also part of the Clowns as claimed by Eto. She even claimed that he doesn't seem to care about either the V nor the Washuu. He may have sold their secret out, and that is that they also have a King of their own. That could explain why he addresses the King we know about as Eto's ("your") and why V is so determined to get rid of him.
In Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 82 Furuta thanked Eto for getting rid of V members because they would have seen his Kagune and wiped him out. Furuta also stated that he will be able to obtain what he wants "ever so swimmingly". And he also said that he would mess up the One-Eyed King for HER (implying that he will gladly do the job instead of her). Once again if we take into consideration that Kaneki is the one and only King, this doesn't make sense.
Why would Eto want to mess him up like Furuta said. Also note that this time he didn't use the word "your" meaning that he isn't talking about Kaneki. But, if he means another King, it makes perfect sense, even Eto wanting to mess him up. I already mentioned the possibility of V having that King. That would explain why Furuta knows, since he is a Washuu. Moreover, he doesn't care about V (he even did the Kanou operation without their approval), so he doesn't mind killing him for Eto. He just doesn't care what will happen to them because he has a goal of his own which is yet unknown. Everything connects perfectly.
Furuta as the King
In Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 98 it was confirmed that there is actually a second One-Eyed King, and his identity is none other than Furuta himself, although he is a self-proclaimed King. At the end of the mentioned chapter, we got to see Furuta who killed almost all of the Washuu clan members alongside Uta, Donato Porpora and an unidentified V member. Furuta stated that the King's crown and victory were both in the hands of the Washuu's King - himself.
Although Furuta is now the second King, there are no information which would prove or deny the existence of an earlier second King who was part of the Washuu/V. In fact, I would say that there indeed was one, but Furuta killed him and took over his title, since he told Eto he would get rid of the King for her. This would mean that there were two Kings, Arima and someone from the Washuu, and each of them had their title passed on to someone else. Arima passed it down to Kaneki/Sasaki, while Furuta forcibly took the title. Looking at the way Furuta became the KIng, it is noticeable that the Washuu never meant for him to become one. My guess is that the V's previous King was most likely the chairman Tsuneyoshi Washuu.
Other articles you might find interesting:
- Hide is Evil [Tokyo Ghoul Theory]
- 36 Tokyo Ghoul Facts about Kaneki Ken/Sasaki Haise
- The Second One-Eyed King in Tokyo Ghoul (Toukyou Kushu). [Theory Proved]
You may be wondering what Rize Kamishiro has got to do with all of this, but you will see. Actually, her role in all of this is way bigger than you may have imagined. Rize is not just any ghoul. Also, Kamishiro is not even her real name. Let's start with what we know about her. In Tokyo Ghoul:re chapter 64 it was revealed that Rize was found by Shachi (Matasaka Kamishiro) and since she didn't have a last name, he gave her his, and thus she became Kamishiro Rize. Now, at the beginning of that flashback, Rize wondered if she was able to get away from "them". Who was she talking about?