Tokyo Ghoul Root A

Tokyo Ghoul Ep 1 -4Episode 01

Faith (Shin Kou)

The world attacks and kills each other. We each try to justify ourselves by saying it’s only right. But there is no reason that allows one to kill somebody. The act of taking a life amounts to… evil.

 

I’m clearly failing as a blogger and an Otaku, having NO idea that the second season of Tokyo Ghoul was out. The second season of Tokyo Ghoul, is dubbed “Tokyo Ghoul Root A“. Apparently, it’s an “anime-only story created and approved by the original manga author (Ishida Sui)”. The episode begins with Hideyoshi riding his bike toward Aogiri’s home base. Meanwhile, Owl faces off against the Ghoul Investigators. Yukinori orders Amon to stay out of the fight, yet he refuses. They use new Quinque, the Arata prototypes.

Toka fights against Ayato and he dominates her, and violently bits off her Kagune. In the battle against Owl, Iwao and Yukinori attempt to use new armor.They state that the armor “is incredible since the gear they had ten years ago would have cost their lives“. Shu repeatedly stabs Noro, then Uta stabs him with his hands holding him in place as Renji kicks off the top of his torso. However, none of their attacks appear to have much effect. Noro leaves as he receives a message on his mobile device, ignoring Renji, Shu and Uta.

Tokyo Ghoul Ep 1 -3While fighting Owl, Yukinori and Iwao push their prototypes, using hidden abilities. The Arata Prototypes begin digging into their flesh, devouring their bodies in exchange for more power. Meanwhile, the fight between Ayato and Toka appears over until Toka calls for her father. Enraged, Ayato attempts to kill her but Kaneki saves her. He begins to face off against Ayato, Kaneki easily bests Ayato in close combat. Noro grabs Ayato, and flees. The aftermath of the battle has resulted in hundreds of casualties from both sides. Kaneki tells Toka he’s joining Aogiri, the episode ends with Kaneki leaving with Aogiri.

The series picks up right after the previously, literally. The problem with this is that a new viewer would be lost without some sort of primer. The fight between Owl and the CCG wasn’t particularly interesting, save the use of the new Arata prototypes. How much power can they gain using them and at what point do they become indistinguishable from the Ghouls they hunt. Noro is an interesting character,his healing ability appears impossible to defeat though I don’t think it will remain that way.

TG1The big dramatic change in this story (compared to the manga), is that Kaneki joins Aogiri. I find Kaneki’s psychological change a little too dramatic. It remains to be scene why he did this, maybe there’s more to his decision. Personally, I prefer the animation from season one. I haven’t been reading the manga (I probably should start), but I’ve been reading that this season of Tokyo Ghoul is missing a lot of the details that the manga provided. Overall, this episode was missing some important details but I give it a few more episodes to provide them.

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Tokyo Ghoul JasonEpisode 11

High Spirits

Jason tortures Ken as his friends find away to free him. Meanwhile, the Dove’s mobilize over one thousand troops to protect the citizens. Mr.Banjo tells Ken to “hang in there” as he wait for an opening to save him. We get some back story on Jason. He was arrested by CCG and subjected to the same torture he’s inflicting on Ken. During his torture he created an alternate personality to protect himself.

DerrtThe CCG and Anteiku face of in a gun battle, as Toka and the other infiltrate their headquarters. The CCG seem to be holding their own, but they are no match for the stronger ghouls. Mr. Amon faces the “Bin Brothers” as Shu, Renji and Uta face an unknown ghoul. Mr. Amon defeats the two S class Bin Brothers as Toka faces Ayato.

124556The CCG continue to advance taking over the Anteiku headquarters. While, on the roof they see the “one eyed owl”. This episode was amazing as always. I really liked the fact that the CCG wasn’t just easily slaughtered by the Anteiku. At the beginning of the series I though that the CCG wouldn’t stand a chance against the Ghouls. They’re still at a disadvantage but they can at least challenge them.

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Ghoul

Ken still is being tortured by Jason. He “dreams” of Miss Rize and learns to except his ghoul side. As Jason tortures him he tells him that he was an experiment. Ken has a series of flashbacks that help him accept himself. Eventually Jason gives Ken a choice to choose which one his “saviors” he should kill first.

9uuuKen doesn’t want to be responsible for choosing which one lives or dies. He offers himself but Jason kills Haru anyway, then he kills her boyfriend. This is the finally straw as Ken finally attacks Jason. Ken’s hair changes to white he dominates Jason, who can’t manage to hurt him. Ken pins Jason down and apparently eats him.

KenI couldn’t love this episode more, nothing was tied up and I don’t even care. Ken’s transformation was great, I was surprise that his hair color changed (though that doesn’t really matter). His brutal treatment of Jason was much deserved. It appears Ken will be using enemy ghouls as a food source for now on. This episode left me wanting more and I can’t wait to see the next episode.

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Episode 9

Birdcage

Tokyo9.1Amon remembers being assigned to control division one and how he become partners with Mr. Mado. They first investigate a elderly ghoul named “Applehead”. Amon finds Mr. Mado to be rather strange and questions his methods. Together they question the old woman and Mr. Mado concludes that she ‘couldn’t possibly be a ghoul”. Amon becomes annoyed by Mr. Mado’s investigation style and storms off.

While walking away he sees the old woman walking across the street and helps her. As they walk down a dark alley Amon notices blood leaking out of her luggage, and she attacks. Mr. Mado quickly kills her, we flash forward to the present 49 days after Mr.Mado’s death. Meanwhile, a news report says that crime is increasing in the 11th Ward. We learn that Hinami moves in with Touka, and recovers from her parents death.

Tokyo9Ken discusses Rize “overtaking” him with Miss Itori. She reveals that much isn’t known about Rize, as she “just showed up” one day. She suggests that he go looking for information in the 11th Ward, he considers doing so the following day. While walking home Ken is picked pocketed by a odd person singing. While at work Hide and Ken are discussing his being rob when the conversation turns to Hide’s assumption that there’s a “ghoul organization” in the 20th ward.

He believes that due to “remarkably fewer predatory cases”, he assumed that ghouls were working together. He shifts the conversation to the book he’s reading and leaves. Meanwhile, we are introduced to two new investigators Mr.Hoji and 2nd Grade Takizawa Seido. They will be over seeing the 20th division, while Amon will go to the 11th. Touka wonders where the family of the bird and Mr. Mado are. She flashes back to her family, her younger brother and her father.

Tolyo9.2Hide is sitting drinking when he over hears the “Jason” talking about Rize, and the 20th ward is invaded by ghouls looking for her. I liked this episode (what else is new), I enjoyed that they skipped the personal turmoil that both Amon and Hinami, but still acknowledged it. A lot of new characters were introduced (although I think the new investigators are going to be slaughtered). I assumed that Touka’s brother had died but the fact that he’s still alive will be interesting for the emotional Touka.

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Episode 10

Aogiri

Tokyo10.1The branch of control is being attacked by a “band of ghouls”, called Aogiri Tree. Mr. Yomo states that the leader of the Aogiri Tree is the “one eyed king”. Meanwhile, at the coffee shop several ghouls arrive looking for Mr. Yoshimura. Their leader asks about Rize and reveals himself to be Banjou Kazuichi from the 11th Ward. He smells the scent of Rize on Ken, and assumes that they are together.

The investigators gather to discuss the attack on the 11th Ward district’s control, no survivors were left. Back at the coffee house Banjou asks what happened to Rize and Ken lies and tell him “shes gone”. Banjou tells Ken “if he sees her again, to tell her to run”. He explains that Aogiri Tree, took over the 11th ward. He is interrupted by Ayato, Touka’s brother.

Tokyo10.4Meanwhile, at the Doves headquarters they prepare for war between ghouls and Humans. During the brief they are interrupted by the strange theft from the previous episode. The theft is introduced as “Shinohara-san’s protege, Suzuya Juuzou”. He apologizes for her lateness, Yamori decides to kidnap Ken and Touka attempts to stop him. He brother interferes and she is defeated easily.

Yamori brutally abuses Ken as Banjou watches helplessly, eventually he interferes saving Ken’s life. Mr. Yoshimura  finds his coffee shop destroyed and with Ken kidnapped and decides to close up shop. Amon chooses one of Mado’s “effects”, Hide is clearly investigating ghouls himself. Everyone gathers at the coffee shop, Mr. Yoshimura states that they will likely never “see Kaneki again”.

Tokyo10.5He states that he was always going to rescue Ken, and that they all must risk their lives to save him. Just as he finishes Shu arrives to help. This episode got me excited for whats to come. I’m eager to see if Mr. Yoshimura will fight, and if he does how strong he is. I wonder how Banjou will react once its revealed that Rize is dead and Ken has he organs. The new investigator (which I thought was a girl), is clearly crazy which should make him a fun character. I can’t wait for the next episode.

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tkg7Episode 7

Captivity

The censorship is ruining this great series. I’m hoping they release it on blue ray unedited because it getting to be too much.

We start with Hinami’s mother being killed by Mado of the Doves organization. Ken only manages to prevent Hinami from witnessing her mother gruesome murder. Touka is told the news the following day, and isn’t pleased when she is told not to attack the doves. Ken is saddened by his inability to succeed in aiding Hinami’s mother.

bnjlTouka stalks and kills on of two of the Dove inspectors. Mr. Amon and Mr. Mado manage to save the other and attack Touka. She is wearing a mask to conceal her identity and Mado taunt’s her about killing Hinami’s mother, calling her “weak “. Touka takes the bait and attacks him head on. He “reviews” the differences between “types” of ghouls, noting that Touka has high speed but low stamina.

Mado asks Touka for Hinami’s location and she retreats not without being hurt. Ken offers to help she takes him to get a mask. This series plays with your emotions and allegiances. While I never sided with the Doves I did at least feel sorry for the two lower lever inspectors.

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Circular

Mr. Mado prepares for a confrontation with Touka and Hinami, using “pieces” of Hinami’s mother to draw Hinami out of hiding.  Hinami finds the bag with her mother in it and screams. Hinami cry’s in Touka’s arms before Mr.Mado appears. Ken simultaneously battles Amon.Mr. Mado uses his weapon on Touka but it gets caught and she’s able to hurt him.

Meanwhile, Ken is having a hard time fighting Amon. Amon and Touka both wonder why their friends had to be killed. Mr. Mado releases Hinami’s mother’s Kagune hurting Touka with them. Ken realizes that he is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between humans and ghoul. Mr.Mado taunts Hinami about killing her parents, as Ken allows Amon to attack him without defending himself.

hhjjjjjHe aims to “break the chain of grief”, Ken decides to bites Amon and use his kagune. Ken begins to lose control and he begs Amon to run. Meanwhile, Mr. Mado aims to finish Hinami and Touka when she releases her kagune. Together they both defeat and kill Mado, he references the “one eyed ghoul”. Touka removes the glove of Mr. Mado and is shocked to see a ring on his finger. Amon finds Mr.Mado and is devastated.

The mirrored feelings of Amon and Touka is telling of the entire series. Both sides have similar or the same view of each other but fail to see the common ground. Ken felt that he could help but failed to sway Amon until he ironically gave up and decided to fight him. In telling Amon to run away he at least created doubt in Amon’s mind, but all that may be for nothing due Mr. Mado’s death.

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Episode 5

Scar

G1Ken has a nightmare about the events of the previous episode, he awakes in a cold sweat. The next day he’s working in the coffee shop, Mr.Yoshimura tells him that Kaya will take over and he should see Toka. Toka “sickness” is due to her friend feeding her human food at school the previous day. Hinami is with her and she makes coffee while Ken help Hinami with her reading.

Toka’s friend Yoriko knocks on the door. She is concerned about her and made her something to eat. She see’s Ken and jumps to a conclusion, becoming angry. Toka eats the food even though it will make her sick. Meanwhile, Shu is still obsessed with eating Ken. He figures out a way to accomplish this though its not entirely clear how.

G2While Ken is walking home he hears a commotion and spots Nishiki Nishio being beaten in an alley. He interrupts them and they tell him to basically get lost as they are going to “cannibalize” him. One of them attacks Ken, who effortless defeats them off screen. He returns Nishiki to his home where his girlfriend clearly aware of the fact that he’s a ghoul is waiting.

Ken asks his girlfriend why she’s with him knowing he kills humans. She says “as long as her doesn’t kill her parents or friends, she turns a blind eye”. She then asks Ken “what she can do to help Nishiki”. He response is that if he doesn’t eat flesh he’ll be in trouble. He offers to help, she’s relieved but on her way home she is kidnapped by Shu.

G3Ken finds a rose and a note inviting him to dinner with himself and Kimi. Nishiki arrives at Kens door and is told about Kimi’s abduction. He along with Ken arrive to save her. Shu proclaims that he wants to “eat Kaneki while he eats Kimi”, both Ken and Nishiki are disgusted. He attacks Ken and Nishiki easily dominating them until Toka arrives. Toka and Shu begin to fight, and Ken joins the battle. Shu breaks Ken’s arm then puts his fist into his stomach tasting the blood.

He uses his Kagune to pierce Toka’s abdomen. Shu notices a “ugly” scar on Kimi’s shoulder, Nishiki has a flashback to when his sister is killed and he meets Kimi. It’s revealed that the scar is due to Kimi feeding herself to him after his fight with Ken. Nishiki tries to stop Shu but is brutally beaten and stabbed. Ken and Toka come up with a plan, Toka should eat a piece of Ken’s shoulder. After witnessing this Shu becomes enraged, claiming that Ken “belongs to him”.

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Episode 6

Cloudburst

G22This episode picks up right where the last one left off. Toka rampages toward Shu striking him with her Kagune. Shu becomes excited at the prospect of fighting Toka at her top level. He tries to take a bite of Kimi to heal himself, but Nishiki stops him long enough to allow Toka to defeat Shu. After Shu dies Nishiki finally reaches Kimi only for Toka to tell him that she must die.

Ken tries to reason with Toka, he fails but when Kimi remarks on “how pretty” Toka’s wings are she leaves wondering “how am I . . . pretty”. Following morning thing seem pretty good. Nishiki begins to work at Anteiku, Hinami makes an outburst over wanting to she her father. We shift to her father, he gives the pliers to Yamori. He attacks Dr.Fueguchi knocking him through a wall.

G23The Doves arrive and engage the Yamori in battle. Hinami continues to be upset about her father and makes up with her mother. Meanwhile, the doves fight Yamori as he effortlessly dodges their attacks. Yamori breaks their weapon and escapes. Dr. Fueguchi however is killed by the Doves. The Doves begin searching for Mrs. Fueguchi and Hinami.

While walking home from the book store, Hinami smells her father. She follows the scent only to find the Doves waiting. Mr. Mado asks if he could “have a moment of Mrs. Fueguchi’s time”. She attacks them with her wings and instructs Hinami to run back to Anteiku. She runs calling for her “Big Brother”, “Big Sister”then finally her Mom.

G25Opinion:

These two episodes featured a lot of good action. The story has been expanded a little bit. Nishiki as a character has evolved, becoming more in sympathetic. His relationship with Kimi is interesting, and at the same time I think that their relationship has inspired both Ken and Toka. Their relationship has also expanded the potential for what human and ghoul relationships could be like.

The battle between Toka and Shu was epic, Toka’s Kagune was cool. The Kagune haven’t been explained much yet, however it seems like her Kagune has some electric aspects to it? In the next episode we are introduced to the “Jason” from the first episode Yamori. He clear is a major player in this series, and considering the fact that “Jason” seems to be a class there’s likely more like him.

Hinami has become the heart of this series so far. Her love of her father was touching and it was sad to know that he died. The Doves were cruel to use a part of his body to attract his wife, but it was a good plan. Mrs. Fueguchi’s winged like Kagune managed to be both elegant and creepy. I don’t know if she’ll die but in this series it’s likely.

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