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|“||...Oh, I see... You're... It's raining. I don't know what the weather outside is when I'm below the surface. My sense of time also gets dull. But I know if it's raining outside from the sound of water... It'll be over soon. We're in V14. No 'ghoul' can pass through here. You can't go any further than 14.||„|
|~ Arima as he confronts Ken Kaneki.|
|“||645 times. 645 times I could have fatally wounded you. 645. 645 times I decided not to. It would take me two seconds to kill you. Your eyes are the eyes of a dead man. The dead cannot stop me.||„|
|~ Arima as he battles Haise Sasaki.|
|“||I... I've... always... hated it. I hated myself, who only ever stole from others... I feel like I was finally... able to leave something behind...||„|
|~ Arima's dying words.|
Kishou Arima is a major anti-villain in the manga/anime, Tokyo Ghoul, and its successor, Tokyo Ghoul:re. He also served as the main protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul Jack, alongside his former partner, Taishi Fura.
He is a Special Class Investigator of the CCG and is infamously known as the White Reaper. He has served the CCG for over eighteen years and is widely considered to be the most skilled among the other investigators.
He was voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in the Japanese version, and Alex Organ in the English version.
Arima is depicted as a man with a muscular physique. He is always seen wearing glasses and one of his common physical traits is his white hair. He is commonly seen wearing a white trench coat in battle.
In the past, he had a slightly slimmer built to him and his hair had a dark shade of blue.
Kishou Arima can be described as being a man with a simple, but menacing personality. No matter the situation he's in, he always displays a calm, emotionless expression. He was a very strict mentor to his students, expecting them to meet his expectations perfectly.
Combined with his talents and skills, he came off being cold and terrifying. The ghouls he's faced off against take note of this, as he never once shows any sign of fear in combat. On top of this, he was a very strategic combatant, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents and knowing how to approach his enemies.
Despite this, he was also a friendly man. He has shown to be able to express genuine and caring emotions, and even display a smile. He was able to form a good friendship with Taishi Fura, who used to be his partner during the Lantern Operation. Haise Sasaki also admired him greatly, not only respecting him as his mentor, but also looking up to him as a father.
Tokyo Ghoul: Jack
In the past, Kishou Arima was a young teenager who was later promoted as a 3rd Class Investigator by Tsuneyoshi Washuu in the CCG. He would often do assignments that not even regular investigators could do by themselves, due to his remarkable talent. One day, he was assigned the task to eliminate the ghoul known as Lantern and was assigned as the partner of Taishi Fura.
The two would later meet Uruka Minami, who would participate in their ghoul hunting activities. It was later revealed that Minami was actually the ghoul the two were hunting down, known as Lantern. While Taishi had to face off against Yamori, Kishou was left to deal with Minami, who he eventually defeated with ease. Taishi would then be the one to finish her off.
As time went on, Kishou Arima continued out his task of killing ghouls. At one point, he came across Renji Yomo's sister, Hikari, and killed her. The death of Hikari made Yomo both regret not being there to save her and detest his brother-in-law, Arata, not being there to do anything about it.
Kishou later took part in the One-Eyed Owl operation where he would face off against the One-Eyed Owl. At the end of this battle, he would obtain a new quinque using the kakuhou of the Owl. This quinque would be known as Owl.
Kishou would later encounter the One-Eyed Owl again, but this time, he got the chance to see the true identity of the beast, who turned out to be Eto Yoshimura. Eto revealed to him her goal of wanting to change the world of ghouls for the better, which caught his interest. Together, the two would secretly work behind the scenes from this point on.
Doves' Emergence Arc
After Kureo Mado was killed, he was later given a funeral among the CCG. Kishou Arima was one of the known investigators to attend his funeral.
After the raid on Aogiri's base, Itsuki Marude came in contact with Kishou Arima and informed him about the CCG's success of raiding the base. This allowed Arima to come in contact with Aogiri Tree and inform them the location of Cochlea, where ghouls are being kept.
Owl Suppression Arc
During the Anteiku raid, Ken Kaneki confronted Kishou Arima himself. Without hesitation, Arima proceeded to destroy Kaneki without giving him the chance to fight back. Kaneki soon began to break down into insanity and attack Arima with rapid attacks, but Arima was able to evade his attacks with ease. Arima soon began to fight on the defensive part and relied on using his two quinques; Narukami and IXA. With Narukami, he was able to blast projectiles at Kaneki and block his attacks with IXA's defense. Kaneki was able to break through his barrier, but nonetheless, was stabbed through the skull by Arima with IXA.
Arima later confronted the One-Eyed Owl and engaged in battle. He had the most advantage doing the most damage done to the beast, causing the One-Eyed Owl to retreat with Yoshimura. In reality, their fight was merely an act and Arima allowed Yoshimura to be captured.
Post Owl Suppression
After the raid on Anteiku, Kaneki was captured and taken to Cochlea, where he would suffer from amnesia, among other things that drove his sanity away. While he begged for them to let him see his friends, Arima told him coldly that he had killed all of them. As time went on, Arima noted the state that Kaneki was in and if he were to continue on like this, chances are he would die pretty soon. Arima decided to help recover his mental health, starting off by giving him books to read. Arima would later discuss with Yoshitoki and Tsuneyoshi, in which he decided to take ownership of Kaneki.
Arima would then return to Kaneki and help give him a new name. Kaneki would eventually give himself the name "Haise Sasaki", based on two words he had liked; coffee and world.
Torso Investigation Arc
Some time afterwards, along with Akira Mado, Kishou Arima was in charge of supervising Haise Sasaki and his Quinx Squad. After the Torso investigation, Arima had a meeting with Haise, where the two did a quick sparring with each other. Haise later apologized to him about engaging the Serpent with his kagune, but Arima had no issue with it. He then listens to Haise as he looks up to him like a father.
Auction Mopping-Up Operation Arc
At one point, Arima had given Urie permission to proceed with the frame release surgery, in order increase his Rc cell output on his kagune.
Arima and his squad later arrived at the auction where they encountered Hinami Fueguchi, after her fight with Seidou Takizawa. He was prepared to kill her, until he was stopped by Haise, who decided he would be the one responsible to take ownership of Hinami. Arima, who apparently saw Hinami being owned by Haise as a sign that he had began to reconcile with his former self, accepted it without reluctance, likely pleased that the time when he would finally pass on his mantle is closing in.
Tsukiyama Family Extermination Operation Arc
Arima stops by to see Koori after hearing his promotion as a Special Class Investigator. Before Koori could reply in return, however, Arima was called back to take care of another situation.
Arima meets with Furuta to discuss matters regarding V and Ken Kaneki. The two reported in Eto's location and the rumour about her being the One-Eyed King. Kaiko then gave Arima the task to monitor Rize for the time being.
Arima later confronts Shachi, with the intentions of capturing him. Shachi took care of his squad and was left to face off only Arima. Arima was a greater threat for him, however. Arima was able to evade his attacks then land a hit through his eye. He then slices through his neck with his quinque, causing great injury towards Shachi. Shachi was left laying on the floor and as he watched Arima, he admired how strong his opponent truly was.
Third Cochlea Raid Arc
As Cochlea was being raided by ghouls, Arima took part in the mission of managing the situation. At this point, as Eto noted later on, Arima was close to death and as Sasaki had already regained his memories and reached a level of strength sufficient anyway, Arima decided to finally make Kaneki his successor. Knowing his attachment to the main leaders of the raid, Arima set his eyes on them. He first attacked Ayato Kirishima and engage in battle with him, easily overpowering him and leaving Ayato astonished on how he couldn't even land a hit against the one-hand using Arima. Arima soon lands a hit in Ayato's legs, causing him to lose his footing. Before he could finish him off, Renji Yomo steps in to prevent him from doing so. Touka then tried to attack him from behind, but he was able to block her attacks with IXA. After a brief battle, Yomo, Ayato and Touka were able to escape.
Arima begins to chase them down and eventually separates the group from each other once he's caught up with them. The three ghouls try once more to defeat him, but Arima proved to be too much for them to handle. Soon, Sasaki enters in the battle, preventing Arima to cause any more harm, which apparently was what Arima had been waiting for and the reason he targeted those Ghouls as he knew Sasaki would save them.
While the three ghouls escaped, Arima dueled with Sasaki and the fight initially went reasonably equal, although Arima still showed no strain in countering Sasaki's rapid attacks and unleashing his own, with Sasaki opting to target his weak spot. Astonishingly, however, Arima, likely due to predicting Sasaki's attempt, effortlessly countered and finally summarily left Sasaki in his mercy by chopping off his limbs. He then proceeds to land multiple stabs on him while gloating him to fight back seriously and even threatening to kill all those precious to him along with revealing how much he held back in their spars, saying he had over 645 chances to kill Sasaki. Arima then made it as if he was about to kill him and then hunt down his friends, finally earning an extreme reaction from Sasaki, who heals himself and breaks through Arima's defense. From this point on, Arima pulled out his trump card, the Owl.
Arima then takes off his coat, revealing the battle armor he's been wearing. Sasaki jumps in to land his attack, in which Arima proceeds to clash with him. Soon, Arima was able to end the clash then slash off Sasaki's arms once more. Sasaki soon began to recover, this time, with his memories fully back as Ken Kaneki. He looks upon at Arima with a smile, who in return looks at him with a smile as well.
Kaneki begins to fight Arima strategically, knowing in terms of fighting skill, he was obviously outclassed and no projectile attacks could hit Arima. He was able to bait Arima into a trap and grab him with his kagune. Arima manages to free himself, however, with the Owl, but Kaneki soon heads straight towards from behind. While Arima was able to block his attack, the Owl was destroyed in the process.
Nonetheless, Arima continued on the battle with his broken quinque. While Arima continued on to slash through his kagune, Kaneki attempted to convince Arima to stop the fighting. Curious and pleased over how he had been defeated at long last by the one he always intended to inherit his mantle, Arima asks if Kaneki truly has intentions of killing him, in which he assured him that was not case. Seeing Kaneki would never have the heart to kill him, Arima, knowing the only ending was for him to die and Kaneki to become his successor, decided to kill himself, slashing his throat.
Arima soon collapsed down onto the floor, while Kaneki rushed to him and held him. From here, Arima reveals everything that was kept from everyone; that he was a half-human born in the Sunlit Garden and due to his accelerated ageing, he would have died anyway even had Kaneki had not killed him soon, indirectly revealing he fought him on the verge of death and had been holding back all along. Before he dies, he asks Kaneki to grant him the wish of taking the blame for his death and that he always hated his very own existence, as he felt that he would take the lives of many, yet he would not give anything to the world in return. Arima hoped that Kaneki would not make the same mistake he did and that he would be able to leave a gift behind for everyone. Kishou Arima soon lost his breath and was laid to rest by Kaneki.
Powers and Abilities
Half-Human Physiology: Being born a half-human, Kishou Arima possesses inhuman traits that makes surpass both humans and ghouls. While he does not possess the abilities of an actual ghoul, his natural skills and talents make up for it.
- Superhuman Speed and Agility: Arima has demonstrated to be one of the fastest characters in the series. He has been shown to outpace Ghouls as powerful as Yoshimura, Sachi and Eto along with easily blitzing and catching the likes of Kaneki, Touka and Ayato combined completely off-guard. Even in his weakened state, his speed was still such that not only was he able to easily surpass Kaneki initially during their last battle but even when Kaneki had already entered in his kakuja state, he was only able to catch Arima off-guard through a clever trap.
- Keen Intellect: Arima is cunningly intelligent. He has been very calculating since his teenager days, where he has shown to be able solve cases from little evidence in his possession. Because of his deduction skills, he was the first one that was able to discover the identity of the One-Eyed Owl and Eyepatch, though he kept this as a secret.
- Master Combatant: Arima is an exceptionally lethal combatant, particularly in swordplay, his fighting talents earning him the reputation as CCG's strongest investigator. Even in his youth, he was described as being so gifted in battle he had killed over 30 Ghouls. Although primarily relying on his Quinque's powers with devastating effect, Arima is an extraordinary fighter in close combat as well, as combined with his superhuman speed, no one was ever able to land a hit on him that he couldn't block and he has been seen to effortlessly outclass the likes of Ayato, Sachi, Touka and Yomo, all seasoned Ghoul fighters, along with having overpowered Eto and Yoshimaru using his Quinque as swords. Even Kaneki, who had already defeated Eto, was unable to match Arima in skill and had to rely on surprise attacks to defeat him, even noting it would be suicide to take on Arima in melee.
Due to his half-human physiology, Arima has significantly gotten weaker as time has passed. He developed white hair in his late 20s due to his accelerating age, which was a sign showing that he was going to die soon. He also developed glaucoma, which began to mess up his eyesight. As such, Arima's strength could not be compared to that of his prime and though he remained as one of the strongest characters in the series, it was this dying state that weakened him enough for Kaneki, who had unlocked much of his full strength, to ultimately defeat him, although it was mostly due to surprise attacks and even then Arima also held back and was further hindered by how he was at the verge of death as Eto later noted Arima had been allowing himself to be defeated and Arima even stated he would have died anyway had he not committed suicide, leaving it a mystery whether Kaneki would have won even against the dying Arima had Arima fought fully.
- Yukimura 1/3: A koukaku-bladed quinque that has been used since Arima's younger days.
- IXA: A koukaku quinque that both serves as an offensive lance-like weapon and a defensive barrier, equipped with a shield.
- Narukami: An ukaku quinque that is capable of firing bolt-like projectiles by condensing the Rc cells stored inside. It acts as both a firing weapon, as well as a sword as it is armed with a blade.
- Owl: A quinque made specifically from the kakuja of the One-Eyed Owl. It is the most powerful quinque in Arima's possession, combining traits from the Narukami and take them at a higher scale.
- Before the reveal, it has been hinted for awhile that Arima was actually the One-Eyed King. Certain artwork, such as the volume 13 cover of Tokyo Ghoul, have depicted Arima with his right eye being hidden, indicating that Arima was indeed the One-Eyed King.
One-Eyed King (Kishou Arima | Ken Kaneki) | Eto Yoshimura | Tatara | Noro | Yakumo Oomori | Bin Brothers | Miza Kusakari | Ayato Kirishima | Naki | Akihiro Kanou | Seidou Takizawa | Hooguro | Shousei | Yumitsu Tomoe | Shikorae | Karao Saeki