Touka Kirishima is a Ghoul (Monster-like entity) who lives a normal life among humans. After her parents passed away, and her brother abandoning her, she fended for herself posing as a normal human in order to survive. In this particular anime ghoul’s are a species of humanoid beings closely related to the homo sapieans. The similarities between humans and ghouls are so great that it can be difficult to distinguish the two based on appearance. The immediate difference is the change in eye color during a ghouls awakened state. (A state they enter when feeding, hunting, or fighting)
Miss Kirishima is first seen in her normal state at her job at the Anteiku Cafe. Later, she is seen fighting off a ghoul who had just finished hunting a human. Upon entering this state her iris and pupal turn crimson red and her sclera(the white part of the eye) is engulfed in a black pigment.
Touka is a kind ghoul or one who has chosen to not hunt living humans; human flesh is a ghouls main source of sustenance. Instead of giving into her animalistic instants she blends in with society by going to school, acquiring human friends, and even forcing herself to eat human food – a substance that is toxic to her kind.
Touka and her group of kind ghouls spend their lives protecting humans and helping other ghouls see the light. Although, to protect what is precious to her, Touka would not hesitate to take out a human who has learned the truth of her identity.
In both Manga and the Anime Touka appears as a cute, slim, young woman with purplish-blue hair cut short into a bob. Her eyes, when not activated, gleam of purple hues which match her hair. She is somewhat of a tomboy considering her overall dress-down gear, but she is usually in her school uniform or her work attire from the cafe.
When out hunting or using her ghoul abilities out in the open, Touka is seen wearing her unique ghoul mask with a long brown cloak.
Ghouls wear a mask in the open to shield their true appearance from possible on-lookers or the police who hunt down and kill their kind.
When Touka is in “Ghoul-Mode” – a predatory organ ghouls have known as the Kagune surfaces. A ghouls Kagune can be seen externally and is refereed to as their “claws.” These can appear in different shapes, sizes, and functions depending on the ghoul. Miss Kirishma’s Kagune is showcased as sharp wings that sprawl out from either side of her rear deltoid muscle. The wings are a bright red color, and gives her a “Destroyer Angel” look.
Why We Chose Her:
Touka is part of a species that has surpassed humans on the food chain pyramid. Technically speaking, her kind has become the new apex among living things on the planet. With all that said, Touka still chooses to blend in with other humans and live in harmony as one. She displays the fortitude in her will power by not hunting and killing humans to stay alive. Touka has even gone to the lengths of eating human food (which severally weakens a ghoul) in order to a please her human friend who make’s her meals from time to time.
She forces herself to stay true to her moral beliefs and achieves the mind over matter concept day after day. Her inner power and mental durability represent her awesome character.
Touka is truly an honorable mention, her kindness and selfless acts make her a person worth of praise.
“What the hell do you know?! It’s all because I can’t eat, because I could be a target at any time, all because I’m a ghoul! No matter how much I try, there’s a wall I can never jump over, and there’s happiness that I can never have. But I’m still hanging on to life. Despite it all.”
“Everything is ‘terrible?’ Don’t make me laugh. So what about me… for me, it’s been terrible since I was born.”
“I think it’s because we want to live. Is there something wrong about that? We were all given life and raised. If the only thing we can do is eat people… how can we ever live correctly with a body like this? Even ghouls… even I want to live just like you guys!”