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Tokyo Ghoul Facts About Hide

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Hideyoshi Nagachika is the childhood best friend of the Tokyo Ghoul main protagonist, Ken Kaneki. Hideyoshi’s nickname is Hide. His debut was in the Tokyo Ghoul manga, chapter one, and in the Tokyo Ghoul anime, episode one.

During the Owl Suppression Operation, he disappeared.

Meaning of His Name

Nagachika Hideyoshi written in kanji is 永近英良. Kanji meanings are: 永 – long time, 近 – close, 英 – hero, 良 – good.

Profile Data/Personality/Habits

Hide is one of the only characters whose profile says “No Data” [1]. He has no official stated birthday date, height, weight or blood type. Based on the fact that he is an important character but has no data (while there are characters who appear in the manga for a brief moment and have more data), many fans believe that the author of the Tokyo Ghoul manga, Ishida Sui, keeps Hide's data secret for a reason.

Hide is very observant and has great analytical skills. Kaneki Ken himself was scared of Hide because of his deduction skills and Nishiki Nishio stated that Hide is “dangerous” (volume 4 - chapter 30 - page 13).

Hide nervously scratching his face.

Hide nervously scratching his face.

Hide has a habit of scratching his face when he is nervous or lying [2].

His best friend, Kaneki Ken, has a habit of his own, touching his chin with his left hand when he's hiding something.

Who Plays Hide?

Hide’s seiyuu is Toyonaga Toshiyuki (also known as a seiyuu of Ryuugamine Mikado from Durarara!! or Shiina Asahi from HighSpeed!: Free! Starting Days movie).

In TGhoul Radio Show 01, we get to know that Toshiyuki originally auditioned for the role of Kaneki [3]. Towards the end when there were three minutes left, he was surprised when the staff asked him to "Act like you're suffering".

He didn't get the role, however, the staff asked if he wanted to play Hide instead.

Kaneki Ken holding Hide.

Kaneki Ken holding Hide.

Second Season Appearance

Kaneki is holding Hide on the official poster of the second anime season: Tokyo Ghoul √A.

The author of the poster was asked to draw Hide’s hand in a way that people wouldn't be able to tell if the hand belongs to a man or a woman.

This might also confirm that in the opening theme, Munō, for the second season, the hands taking off Kaneki’s mask could be Hide’s, based off to the scenes from the last episode of the second season.

Novels

Tokyo Ghoul: Hibi (eng. Tokyo Ghoul: Days) is the first novel set in the Tokyo Ghoul universe. It tells the story about ghouls, humans, and their daily lives. This novel series has 6 chapters in total. In the first chapter (titled Bible) of the first volume of Tokyo Ghoul: Hibi, Hide is a viewpoint character.

Tokyo Ghoul: Hibi is about Hide meeting members of the college Occult Club, who believe that Kaneki Ken is a ghoul. Hide decides to protect Kaneki and covers for him [6].

In Tokyo Ghoul chapter 53, we can see that in Hide's room, he has a poster for Red Dragon, a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal movies (volume 6 - chapter 53 - page 18).

Red Dragon (1981), The Silence of the Lambs (1988), Hannibal (1999) and Hannibal Rising (2006) all feature the cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Fun fact: The Silence of the Lambs became the third film in Oscar history to win the following five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Actor.

The poster of the Red Dragon in Hide's room.

The poster of the Red Dragon in Hide's room.

Hide and Kaneki Ken on the cover of Tokyo Ghoul √A volume 6.

Hide and Kaneki Ken on the cover of Tokyo Ghoul √A volume 6.

Hide's DVD Appearance

Hide appears on the cover of the last DVD volume (volume 6) of Tokyo Ghoul √A, together with Kaneki Ken.

The sixth volume has an original mini soundtrack CD, a booklet and some chibi character goods. On the disc, extras include an audio commentary, a commercial spot, promo video, and some additional gallery artwork.

Tarot Cards

Hide is associated with the Tarot card number one: the Magician.

In Tokyo Ghoul chapter 83, we can see the number 1 on his hat (volume 9 - chapter 83 - page 19). He also played the role of the witch's servant during the school play.

Themed Deck Cards

In the themed deck of cards, Tokyo Ghoul Trump Hide is featured as the "Ace of Spades" [9].

Part of a theory:

The Ace of Spades is the highest and most powerful playing card in a deck of playing cards. That’s why, compared to the other Aces, the Ace of Spades is the only one that is decorated or detailed. This could mean that Hideyoshi Nagachika plays a really important part throughout the whole manga.

How Popular Is Hide?

Hide was ranked 4th in the character popularity poll presented in Tokyo Ghoul: re manga chapter 17.

The first three place were taken by Kirishima Touka, Kaneki Ken, and Sasaki Haise.

Which Stage Actor Plays Hide?

In the Tokyo Ghoul stage play, Hide is played by Shuuto Miyazaki, who is also known by his role as Shinkai Hayato in the Yowamushi Pedal stage play and Nakamura Shinpachi in Hakuouki musicals. He will played Natsu in the Fairy Tail stage play in 2016 [5].

What Is Tokyo Ghoul About?

Tokyo Ghoul is a tragic story about Ken Kaneki, a college student. He meets a girl, Rize, who turns out to be a ghoul, a species who are just like humans, except the fact that they are only able to feed on humans and other ghouls. Rize quickly turns on Kaneki Ken, attacking in an attempt to devour him. During the attack, an accident happens that kills Rize. A nearly dead Kaneki Ken gets subjected to an operation that involves an organ transplantation from Rize. Thus Kaneki Ken becomes a half-ghoul.

Tokyo Ghoul is a seinen manga series created by Ishida Sui. In 2010. Ishida won the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award with a Tokyo Ghoul One-shot, which was later published on March 15, 2011. in the 2nd Issue of Miracle Jump.

The Tokyo Ghoul manga was published from September 8, 2011, to September 18, 2014, in the magazine Weekly Young Jump. The sequel, Tokyo Ghoul:re, began serialization on October 16, 2014, in the same magazine. An anime adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul aired from July 4, 2014, to September 19, 2014, and the second season, Tokyo Ghoul A, aired from January 9, 2015, to March 27, 2015. The second season has an alternative ending than that of the manga.

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