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Tokyo Ghoul (Ep. 12) – Ghoul

Compared to the few episodes of Tokyo Ghoul that have been released recently, with all the pacing and story telling, I was pretty worried about this last episode. But it was amazing. Remember episode one, where we get to see all the horrific details and the emotional turmoil that Kaneki endures while turning into a ghoul? Well, this episode brings back those terrifying themes, and it delivers wonderfully.

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*

Last episode, we didn’t get to see Kaneki’s face at all, and you’re basically left in the dark to wonder what exactly he is going through. This episode backtracks a bit, to give the viewer a better understanding of what was happening to Kaneki and what caused him to change his hair color. Here it is, in a nutshell.

  • Kaneki’s fingers and toes are repeatedly cut off by Yamori
  • Yamori sticks a centipede in Kaneki’s ear
  • He forces Kaneki to watch as he kills a couple, a man and a woman who vowed to help Kaneki escape

And while all this is happening, he’s hallucinating Rize. She takes him back to the days when his mother was still alive. This is great because it gives us a better understanding of what exactly happened to Kaneki’s mother and how exactly she died, so kudos to the director for shedding some light on that for us.

After all of this, Kaneki is forced to accept what happened to his mother, and in turn, somewhat resent her for choosing work over him. For choosing to pay her sister, rather than spending time with him. He’s left screaming for his mother, wondering why she didn’t just choose him over all of those things. Rize, who is egging all this on, is later devoured by Kaneki, hence his hair turning white as he finally accepts his ghoul side.

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Once his ghoul side is awakened, Kaneki then retaliates toward Yamori, fighting him until he’s left on the ground, counting back by seven as Kaneki then, too, devours Yamori (At least that’s what it hints to)

What I love about this episode is that it dives so far into the depths of Kaneki’s mind as he’s spiraling downward toward the side of him that he’s tried to repress this whole season, and we finally get to see him stand up for himself and completely wreck everything around him. He’s merciless, he fears no pain (example; he twisted off his own leg because Yamori simply wouldn’t let go. Yikes. ) and he appears to be gaining the characteristics of Yamori, even after taking one simple bite out of him.

This episode was great, don’t get me wrong, but this was definitely not the right place to end it. Not at all. What happened to Touka and the others? What about Aogiri Tree? The CCG? The One-Eyed Owl? Nothing is revealed here, and we’re left simply wondering…

Did you guys enjoy Tokyo Ghoul? What was your favorite moment? Will a second season ever come to be? Let us know in the comments below!

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