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Kaneki Profile Picture

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Kaneki Profile Picture refers to a manga panel of Tokyo Ghoul:re main protagonist Ken Kaneki throwing back his head, with his hair obscuring his eyes. Online, setting the panel as the profile picture became associated with attempting to convey the feelings of pain, self-pity and resignation in the face of being unwanted or rejected, with memes about "kaneki avis" and "kaneki pfps" gaining popularity starting in late 2019. The meme is closely associated with UNRAVEL / Donny's Theme.

Origin

On May 28th, 2015, chapter 30 of Tokyo Ghoul:re manga series, created by Sui Ishida, was published in Weekly Young Jump.[1] The chapter ends with Hinami Fueguchi resolving to not give up on her older brother Ken Kaneki, with the last panel showing Kaneki throwing his head back as if in resignation (panel shown below).


Sasaki Haise This person is Kaneki Ken. Onii-chan

While the panel has been used as a profile picture before, its association with feelings of pain and self-pity did not gain widespread recognition until late August 2019, with the budding meme popularity of Tokyo Ghoul anime theme song UNRAVEL, also known as "Donny's Theme", being a major contributing factor.

On August 30th, 2019, Twitter[2] user @AnimeWifeLover tweeted the image, writing: "just found out my healslut gf played support for another guy." The tweet received over 60 retweets and 220 likes in nine months (shown below, left). On September 6th, 2020, Twitter[3] user @BitchAssBowie joked about Twitter accounts using the panel as their profile picture, with the tweet gaining over 40 retweets and 250 likes in nine months (shown below, right).


Polyphemus @AnimeWifelover just found out my healslut gf played support for another guy 1:16 AM 路 Aug 30, 2019 - Twitter for iPhone Bo w i e @BitchAssBowie why do i have a Kaneki avi? funny you should ask..i am sick and tired of the way life has treated me...in a way, he's so very relatable to the inner pain that my soul endures daily.an outsider, forever alone... 6:55 PM 路 Sep 6, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone

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The meme reached more recognition when on October 13th, 2019, Twitter[4] user @BitchAssBowie posted a mockup tweet which imagined the official Fortnite Twitter account setting the image as the profile picture. The post received over 1,100 retweets and 5,000 likes in eight months (shown below, left).

Between December 1st and 2nd, Twitter user @chopstick made a series of joke tweets,[5][6][7] writing "I jus shot my shot," "Maybe she just fell asleep aha," "Maybe shes just busy," with the last tweet[8] being the Kaneki manga panel accompanied by #NewProfilePic hashtag. On December 2nd, 2019, Twitter[9] user @HolUpKnight posted screenshots of the tweets, gaining over 1,700 retweets and 7,200 likes in six months (shown below, right).


Bo w i e @BitchAssBowie OH NO FORTNITE NOT THAT AVI Tweet Fortnite O @FortniteGame #NewProfilePic Fortnite o @FortniteGame S fortnite.com E Joined December 111 Following 8.7M Followers 4:04 PM 路 Oct 13, 2019 路 Twitter for iPhone @chopstick 鈥 7h gone #NewProfllePic gone @chopstick 鈥 21 h 154 Maybe shes just busy

On January 10th, 2020, Redditor[10] harambeazn posted an inquiry about the meme in /r/TokyoGhoul subreddit, gaining over 620 upvotes in four months.

Starting in February 2020, the manga panel became a popular subject of parodies. For example, on February 3rd, 2020, Twitter[11] artist @TyroneStash posted a Guy Fieri parody of the image, gaining over 10,400 retweets and 38,400 likes in three months (shown below, left). On May 28th, 2020, Twitter[12] user @BobaFettNotDead posted a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure parody that received over 410 retweets and 2,700 likes in one day (shown below, right).


@TYRONESTASH

UNRAVEL / Donny's Theme

UNRAVEL is a song by Japanese musician TK that is used in the opening credits of the 2014 anime series Tokyo Ghoul. Starting in March 2019, the song has often been used in videos that chronicle a person's downfall by presenting their posts and comments. On iFunny, the song is known as Donny's Theme.



Crying Aya Asagiri

Crying Aya Asagiri refers to a viral panel from Magical Girl Site manga series which depicts that main protagonist Aya Asagiri crying. Online, the panel gained popularity as a part of several meme formats, including Sorry for Having X and Babe Please Have Sex With Me, and has been used in conjunction with Kaneki Profile Picture.


11 AYA.00

Various Examples


i am a virgin @catgirlpussy to everyone with kaneki icons: it gets better 4:29 PM 路 1/12/20 路 Twitter for iPhone 2 Retweets 17 Likes oga boga @mrtwo_bonclay 路 39m Replying to @catgirlpussy When TINMINT @Tin2Mint Replying to @BitchAssBowie and @kur1smay "She keeps retweeeting his jokes, man. I know they're stolen off reddit but she just wouldn't listen.. This world is so unfair.. Why did she have to hurt me this way, man ?" 11:12 AM Sep 7, 2019 路 Twitter for Android >
Kaneki profile picture parody Doge with long fringe covering eyes Eren Jaeger @erenjaeger858 She said she sees me as family. anime character looking up in sadness

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