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Souta Washuu-Furuta

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Characteristics
Name Souta Washuu-Furuta
Japanese Name 和修旧多 宗太 (わしゅうふるた そうた)
Romaji Washū-Furuta Sōta
Alias Nimura Furuta
PG
Washuu King[1]
Species Artificial One-eyed ghoul[2]
Half-human[3] (Formerly)[4]
Status Alive
Age Around 20 (until Ch. 79)
Around 21 (from Ch. 80)
Around 23 (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
Around 24 (from :re Ch. 32)[5]
Gender Male
Birthday February 29th[6]
Height 175 cm[6]
Weight 66 kg[6]
Blood Type AB[6]
Affiliations CCG
Washuu Clan
V
Sunlit Garden
Akihiro Kanou
Clowns
Ghoul Restaurant (Formerly)
Occupation Ghoul Investigator
Relatives Yoshiu Washuu (Grandfather) †
Tsuneyoshi Washuu (Father) †[1]
Souta Washuu-Furuta's mother
Yoshitoki Washuu (Paternal Half-brother) †[1]
Kishou Arima (Paternal Half-brother) †
Rize Kamishiro (Paternal Half-sister)
Matsuri Washuu (Nephew)[1]
Iyo Washuu (Niece-in-law)
Numerous Unnamed Half-siblings
Rc Type Rinkaku[4]
Quinque Tsunagi <custom> (Bikaku, Rate C)
Rotten Follow (Rinkaku, Rate S)
Rank Rank 1
Manga Debut Chapter 37 (as Souta)
Chapter 117 (unnamed cameo as Furuta)
:re Chapter 33 (as Furuta)
Anime Debut Episode 4 (as Souta)
Seiyuu Ōki Sugiyama (Souta)
English VA Dave Trosko (Souta)
Image Gallery

"I hate fighting, so, let's (slaughter them) solve this (like animals) peacefully."

— Nimura Furuta, Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 76


Souta Washuu-Furuta (和修旧多 宗太, Washū-Furuta Sōta) is a major antagonist of the series, involved in numerous organizations and responsible for several major events. He is the illegitimate son of the CCG chairman Tsuneyoshi Washuu, raised in the Sunlit Garden and trained as an agent of V. While working as a Rank 1 Ghoul Investigator, he uses the alias of Nimura Furuta (旧多 二福, Furuta Nimura).

To further his own agenda, he has used various identities to infiltrate organizations or build personal alliances. As a member of the Clowns, he goes by the name Souta (宗太, Sōta) and was responsible for the Steel Beam Incident. He also joined the Ghoul Restaurant as PG, and has been a partner in Akihiro Kanou's ghoulification experiments. Like Ken Kaneki, he is an artificial one-eyed ghoul who possesses Rize Kamishiro's kagune.

While posing as a seemingly unremarkable investigator, he was partnered with Shiki Kijima. After his superior's death, he became the partner of Haise Sasaki in order to monitor him for his superiors in V. During the Third Cochlea Raid, he used the chaos to stage a coup d'etat of the Washuu Clan with the assistance of members of the Clowns and V. He then declares himself the Washuu King (和修の王, Washū no Ō), in contrast to Kaneki claiming the title of the One-Eyed King.

Appearance

Furuta is fairly tall and has dark, medium-length black hair that is parted on his right. A mole lies near the bottom right corner of his right eye. He wears a black overcoat on top of his suit with a bow tie, like Kijima did. He occasionally wears a trench coat like the other investigators do.[7]

As the Clown Souta, he always hides his face by wearing his clown mask.

Personality

At first, Furuta appeared to have a normal and quiet personality. He seemed very polite and soft-spoken, respecting of his superiors, and acted horrified when they were in danger. He was praised and highly regarded by Kijima as a talented associate, enough that he was trusted to act as the bait during an ambush of Rose's hunting party.

However, that was a facade used to mask his true motivations and allegiances. In truth, Furuta cares little for other investigators and will manipulate and kill them or even use them as human shields. In contrast to his previous demeanor, Furuta delights in mocking others and often giving somewhat flippant remarks to his superiors or those he dislikes. He can be quite gruesome at times as he made Shunji Shiono into pâté and fed it to Eto as a meal. Repeatedly, Furuta has displayed a very duplicitous nature, capable of even infiltrating the Clowns and disguising his intentions in order to find out the identity of the One-Eyed King.

Plot

Prologue

He orchestrated the steel beam incident that gravely injured Rize Kamishiro and incidentally saved Ken Kaneki.[8] Heavily injured, they were transported to Kanou General Hospital, where Rize's kakuhou was transplanted into Kaneki's body.[9]

Gourmet Arc

As Souta, he lured Ami to the Ghoul Restaurant by pretending to be in a relationship with her and promising to marry her. In reality, he offered her as one of the three courses of the meal, to the members of the restaurant.[10]

Aogiri Arc

After the invasion of the Aogiri hideout, Furuta accompanied Nico under the identity of Souta and asked him if the One-Eyed King really did exist. However, Nico denied the King's existence, then whispered more details into his ear. He later complained about Nico ignoring him but was happy with Nico's last decision to be more active with him and the other Clowns.[11]

Prelude to Owl Suppression Operation

When Touka Kirishima visited Kamii University, she mistook Furuta for Ken Kaneki.[12]

Owl Suppression Operation

After Kaneki's defeat by Arima, Kaneki recalled his last moments before the steel beams fell on Rize. He remembered Souta stood above them holding up a peace sign before fading out of consciousness. Rize's last words to Souta began as a question she was not able to finish.[8] After the raid, he celebrated with the other Clowns.[13]

Rose Extermination

After Haise Sasaki had a meeting with Hinami in Cochlea, Furuta alongside Kijima greeted the First Class and continued on their way afterwards.[14]

Later Furuta acted as a drunk businessman loitering around possible Rose hunting grounds, complaining about his superior. He then successfully lured a Rose hunting group to attack him, falling into the CCG's ambush.[7]

Both Kijima and Furuta greeted Sasaki again at the S1 meeting. He was in favor of Sasaki's Mask Operation and was one of six that voted for it.[15]

He later joined in the assault on the Lunatic Eclipse Building, and was on standby when Kijima and Hairu Ihei fought Matsumae and other Tsukiyama family servants. When Kijima's quinque dug into its owner's head, Furuta looked at the scene with horror. He contacted Koori Ui to inquire about when reinforcements will arrive, and proceeded to use Okahira, a fellow investigator, as a human shield against Matsumae. When asked what he was doing, Furuta calmly replied he was doing as he was told and standing behind him. He proceeded to destroy Matsumae's eyes barehanded before he stepped over Kijima's body to kill Matsumae with Rotten Follow, apologizing to Mr. MM.[16]

Furuta using Okahira as a meat shield

Furuta using Okahira as a meat shield.

Some time later, Koori Ui and his squad arrived to discover a scene of carnage. Furuta was collapsed against a pillar appearing to be badly beaten, as the only survivor of the battle. He reported that two of Tsukiyama's bodyguards managed to kill everyone, but Furuta actually tore Matsumae's kagune free and used it to kill the other surviving investigator to cover his tracks. While a vehicle was called to transport the bodies, he appeared to break down in tears over the death of his partner, but was actually laughing.[17]

After the battle was over and the CCG transported the bodies of the killed investigators, several members of Aogiri Tree attacked the transport vehicles and stole Ginshi Shirazu's corpse. Furuta watched the scene, holding his smartphone in his hands, while smiling and singing "Donna Donna."[18]

Post-Rose Extermination

Sasaki and Furuta approaching Shiono

Sasaki and Furuta approach Shiono.

Six months after the Tsukiyama Operation, he was partnered with Haise Sasaki, who he accompanied in visiting Shunji Shiono, Sen Takatsuki's editor.[19] After Sasaki interrogated Shiono, Sasaki told him via phone that the interrogation had not produced results yet. In turn, Furuta reported they still needed time to search Takatsuki's room. Sasaki instructed Furuta to continue to search the room, and expressed his trust in Furuta's abilities since Kijima told him Furuta was quite talented with arranging documents, to which Furuta retorted that it is the only thing he was good at. Sasaki then ordered him to play the "good cop" with Shiono. Some time later, he offered katsudon to the man.[20]

After investigating Takatsuki's room he reported to Sasaki that he found nothing of interest and tried to put everything back as best he could. Furuta was concerned about investigating a private residence without a warrant, but Sasaki said he did not care about the consequences so long as he got results. Furuta laughed and teased him for being a subpar employee. He brought up the Quinx Squad hearing that they have been doing well. Furuta briefly informed Sasaki of the status of each Quinx, but Sasaki showed little interest in the new members.

At some later point in time, he was approached by Kishou Arima and informed that V had summoned them.[21]

Answering the summon, Arima and Furuta were greeted by Kaiko in a massive chamber that appeared to belong to the organization. Kaiko questioned whether they believed that Takatsuki was the One-Eyed King. Furuta gave a flippant response and was chided for his lack of manners, and mentally noted that Kaiko's manners were not any better. The two men were given orders by their apparent superior, with Arima assigned to take care of "that" related to Rize, while Furuta continued to observe Kaneki and Eto for the organization.[22]

Furuta Briefing Sasaki

Furuta speaks with Sasaki about the uproar caused by Eto.

Furuta spoke with Sasaki about the fiasco Eto started at the press conference. The response that Eto was a ghoul and CCG had taken her into custody was big enough that they were overwhelmed with phone calls that gave various opinions. He asked Sasaki if he had a chance to read her new novel, King Bileygr. Sasaki gave him a brief explanation of what the book was about; how on the surface it looked like a regular work of fiction. However, since Eto had dedicated the book to her ghoul comrades, the book took on a different meaning if one recognized the clues.[23]

Afterwards, Furuta visited Eto in her cell, complimenting her new haircut and telling her it suited her, to which she replied with a smile, demanding him silence and calling him Kanou's Clown.[24] Furuta was amused by Eto's extensive knowledge and flaunts his own about Aogiri. Eto went over the mischievous things he had done over the years since working for Kanou, like collecting samples for ghoulification experiments, alerting Aogiri to the transport of a Quinx body, and the steel beam incident. Eto expressed confusion over how his actions related to V, but Furuta denied revealing his motives. He diverted the conversation towards Eto's own goals, confused himself about why she would not rather stay on Rushima, but Eto claimed that she had nothing left to do. Furuta found her attitude attractive and began to flirt, stating his desire to dominate her until Eto expressed her curiosity about what he wanted with her. He wanted to know about the One-Eyed King and was willing to make a trade: reveal the King's identity and Eto would be allowed to live in the VIP rooms of Cochlea until she died.[25]

Furuta reveals that he&#039;s Souta

Furuta reveals he is Souta.

Furuta talked a bit about his predecessors, about how they have long learned how to control the masses if they diverted their attention to a common enemy. As long as they upheld the status quo, they could get away with whatever they liked. However, Eto and the One-Eyed King were irregular enemies and made things difficult. Eto expressed relief that they did not know anything about the One-Eyed King and Furuta went over his efforts to uncover information, from sneaking into the Ghoul Restaurant to joining the Clowns. His efforts were fruitless however as even those in the know knew nothing and even one source claimed the One-Eyed King did not exist. Eto affirmed the King did indeed exist and was "in their bellies." Furuta tried to enforce that the current sense equilibrium was ideal and that Eto's attempt at revolution would only harbor pain and sadness, but Eto called out the hypocrisy as ghouls got the short end of the stick. Seeing as Eto did not provide the information he sought, Furuta ended the meeting, begun to walk away and grinned at the prospect of her execution and the spectacle he would make when it happened. Eto referred to him as "Washuu" and taunted him for not being able address his own father as "father" while tossing other insults. He lost his composure and repeatedly told her to die, but Eto only mocked him.[25]

The event triggered a memory from his youth where he encountered a young Rize and inquired if she was also "bred," which she affirmed. To himself, Furuta muttered he would punish Eto hard for that. Sasaki approached him and commented on his pallor and Furuta quickly tried to compose himself, claimed illness and took his leave.[25]

Third Cochlea Raid

Some time later, he paid another visit to Eto. He feigned hurt feelings in response to her cold attitude, and revealed that he was there to serve her meal made from the corpse of Shunji Shiono. Furuta praised the man's efforts to see Eto's final work published, but confirmed that he was killed as punishment for his involvement in releasing King Bileygr. He showed off the patě he had prepared, and slid the container into Eto's cell. Any further interaction was interrupted by alarms going off in the prison, and he rushed off to meet with Warden Shinme Haisaki. Assuming his meek and clumsy persona, Furuta checked on the situation and learned that Sasaki had begun freeing prisoners.[26]

Hinami pierces Furuta with her kagune

Hinami impales Furuta with her kagune.

He managed to intercept Sasaki and Hinami Fueguchi as they sought to escape through an alternate route, and questioned what his boss was doing. Furuta took on a comical demeanor, stated that he was going to miss his "kid boss" and attacked with Rotten Follow. His seemingly-wild swings with the chainsaw missed, but he managed to catch Sasaki's leg before being tossed into a wall. One of his front teeth got knocked out by the impact, and Furuta rolled around on the ground in an exaggerated fashion before he retrieved his tooth. He shoved the tooth back into place, and went for Sasaki's eyes in a "thumb attack." However, Hinami impaled him from behind with her kagune and threw him aside. The two exited the area and left him for dead.[27]

Nimura revealing that he&#039;s a Ghoul

Furuta reveals he is a one-eyed ghoul.

As Ayato's group proceeded through the compactor to escape Cochlea, Furuta reactivated the pressing machine and crushed the ghouls inside while numerous members of V stood behind him.[28] However, the group was ambushed by an enraged Eto who obliterated the machines and killed several V members. Furuta observed Eto's gigantic kakuja in fear, while the latter stated that she would kill him.[29] Furuta was further pursued by Eto in her kakuja form, who effortlessly killed the rest of the V member group while she mocked him in order to coax him into fighting as Furuta tried to "reason" with her. As Eto cornered him to a wall, Furuta unleashed his kagune to cut Eto's kakuja to pieces, which revealed the kakugan in his right eye.[2] Furuta defeated Eto in combat and noticed that the Owl quinque had been destroyed. He claimed he was glad for having Kanou's operation done, and affirmed Eto's inquiring about the nature of his kagune being Rize's. He confidently said he would accomplish his goals and kill the One-Eyed King. When Eto asked what his true intentions were, he responded that he wanted "super peace" and danced away.[4]

Goat Arc

Furuta resembling Yoshitoki

Furuta resembling Yoshitoki.

After the Clowns reached the CCG Chairman's office, Furuta declared himself the Washuu King who controlled both the Clowns and V after he killed his father, Tsuneyoshi Washuu.[1] As he was walking down the street, he was approached by Ken Kaneki. The duo had a brief chat, as Kaneki asked who assaulted the CCG's chairman, while Furuta indicated it was himself who did it, and that he expected Kaneki to be blamed. Furuta offered Kaneki to take the blame, while the former would "reunite ghouls and humans," as Kaneki rejected the offer, he asked Furuta why he chose to drop the steel beams on him while he was attacked by Rize. Furuta laughed maniacally, and stated that his intentions were to get Rize, and that Kaneki was just in his way. He then explained his family bloodline and said that he was in love with Rize, and hence he helped her escape, although she never noticed him. He justified his actions as he claimed he just wanted to keep Rize close. He jokingly stated that he can do whatever he truly wants, and that he wants to have a lot children with her, leaving Kaneki with his companion shortly afterwards. Later, he feigned concern over the news of the branch office attacks that followed.[30]

Relationships

Shiki Kijima

Kijima was Furuta's superior and partner. While he was acting drunk, he mentioned that he was annoyed by his boss.[7] He seemed to care for his superior, but this ultimately proved to be false after Kijima's death. Furuta showed an utter lack of regard for his superior, even going so far as to step on his body.

Shuu Tsukiyama

Furuta was associated with him under the alias PG before the destruction of the Ghoul Restaurant. Their relationship seemed neutral. Furuta naturally turned his back on Tsukiyama during the extermination.

Haise Sasaki

Some time after the Tsukiyama Family Extermination Operation Furuta worked together with Sasaki, as his underling. Sasaki usually had Furuta handle the more menial work. He also imposed irregular tasks, for instance, Furuta investigated a private residence without permission and was suddenly asked to play "good cop" to a suspect Sasaki had terrified. Furuta directly teased Sasaki for his behavior, but Sasaki was not bothered and even agreed occasionally.[20][21]

Kishou Arima

The relationship between them was unclear, however, they were both involved with V. Arima sought Furuta out to inform him that V called about Ken Kaneki.[21]

Kaiko

Their relationship is superficially professional, but indications of strain exist. Kaiko berates him for his lack of manners, while Furuta expresses negative sentiments in his thoughts. Despite this animosity they massacre the Washuu Clan indicating they can cooperate professionally.

Akihiro Kanou

Furuta works with Kanou acting as his body guard, leaking information, and helping him acquire tests subjects. The full extent of their relationship is unknown.

Eto Yoshimura

They have an unfriendly relationship that borders on volatile. Their conversations are laced with insults and Furuta harbors a strong desire to see her be punished and die.

Rize Kamishiro

Furuta and Rize knew each other as children, and Furuta was shown to had developed quite deep affection for her though it was mostly one-sided since Rize didn't seem to reciprocate his feelings in same way. In order to save Rize, Furuta helped her escape. However, Rize took her freedom for granted, and Furuta was depressed over her ignorance towards his aid in saving her, thus leading him to "keep her close at hand" by dropping the steel beams on her. Furuta openly states his desire to bear a bunch of children from her.

Nico

They seem to have an easy-going relationship conveyed when Nico and Souta had a talk after the Aogiri raid about the One-Eyed King's identity, during which he made fun of Nico's appearance and Nico joked in return.

Roma Hoito

Souta enjoys teasing Roma about her feelings towards Kaneki. Roma appears to be loyal to Souta, as she went to defend Kanou against her former associate upon his request.

Powers and Abilities

Half-Human Physiology: Born as a failed half-ghoul, Furuta has increased physical capabilities as well as a shortened life span.[3]

Ghoul Physiology: After gaining Rize’s kakuhou, Furuta has an increased healing factor along with a rinkaku kagune.[4]

  • Rinkaku Kagune: Furuta displayed his kagune in his fight against Eto, possessing one to two tentacles that could easily slice through Eto’s kakuja.[2]
  • Superhuman Strength: When he provoked an investigator, he ripped off Matsumae’s kagune without any problems and proceeded to throw it with a force strong enough to crack the wall behind the dead investigator.[17]

Swordsmanship: When wielding his quinque, Furuta uses it in a destructive manner and slices up the things around him.[27]

  • Tsunagi <custom>: A bikaku-type mass-produced sword quinque. He seemed to have temporarily abandoned it during his fight with Matsumae in favor of Rotten Follow.
  • Rotten Follow: A chainsaw quinque powered by a rinkaku-type kakuhou. Furuta inherited this quinque from his deceased former superior Kijima, and used it for the first time to attack and finish off Matsumae during the Tsukiyama Family Extermination Operation.

Trivia

  • The name Furuta Nimura (旧多二福) is a play on his birthday: The family name Furuta plays on "one day more," while the given name Nimura is a play on "2/29." The literal meaning for Furuta is "many old" and for Nimura is "two blessing."
  • In the redistributed version of Tokyo Ghoul Trump, he is featured as a "Black Joker." As Souta, he is featured as the "Five of Hearts" in both versions of the card deck.
  • His birthday, February 29th, is an extra day in the calendar that only occurs every 4 years, known as Leap Day.
  • The Tokyo Ghoul Flip Calendar includes a coded message concerning him, found on Shiki Kijima's birthday. This message, which combines characters written in red, spells out: "Furuta - Is - Ghoul - Agent."
  • Touka Kirishima mistook him for Kaneki during her visit to Kamii University.[12] This was confirmed in an omake in :re Volume 5, which retells the event from his point of view and reveals he knew Touka was a ghoul.

Quotes

  • To Ami: "You can cry out 'oink oink' all you want but you were fattened up so you could be devoured in front of me. Everyone, please have a taste of oily fat."[10]
  • To Eto: "My predecessors have contemplated long and hard. What is the best way to control the masses? It turns out that it is to focus their gazes on one thing. And then your average group of idiots walking in step can easily be coerced to even end their own lives."[25]
  • To Eto: "Ms.Takatsuki. Revolutions are all well and good, but the more you desperately try to effect change, the more sad and dead you leave in your wake."[25]
  • To himself: "Nimu-dash, faster than the wind..."[2]
  • To Eto: "I hate fighting, so, let's (slaughter them) solve this (like animals) peacefully."[2]
  • To Eto: "I wasn't able to weasel who exactly the One-Eyed King is out of you, but... no matter. It seems I've no longer any need to concern myself with all that, anyway. Looks like I'll be able to get my hands on 'What it is I want' ever so swimmingly. I'll even mess up the One-Eyed King for ya."[4]
  • To Kaneki: "There is no real need to have a reason to do things. People who can't act without a reason are trash. I will do what I want. I mean, I've got this precious life and everything; might as well make the best of it, right?"[30]

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