Finally caught up, at least for the moment. Spoilers under the break.
This episode picks up where the last left off, with the investigators killing Hinami’s mother. Hinami runs to find Kaneki, and Kaneki rushes to intervene, but is powerless to do anything but hide with Hinami while Mado slaughters the poor woman with a weapon made from her dead husband. It’s a powerful moment almost ruined by a sudden jump cut censorship. I will say this about Tokyo Ghoul: it keeps finding new ways to censor itself.
After the open we see the ghouls gathered round in grief over the loss of Hinami’s parents. Touka, finally out of her funk, comes to join them. She doesn’t take the news of slayings particularly well. She argues for getting revenge on the investigators, but is argued down that killing them will just bring more. She leaves, and we see her in her room toying with a rabbit mask.
The investigators are discussing recent activity in the ward, and break to go home for the evening. Amon and two other head to get a quick bowl of ramen and we get to learn a little about the academy Amon attended. We also learn that Amon has apparently lost many people over the course of the years as a ghoul investigator. He leaves, and the other two investigators decide to go walk down a darkened street at twilight throwing death flags around, like you do.
The two are jumped by a ghoul wearing a rabbit mask. One investigator is instantly killed. She goes to attack the other but is knocked away by Amon when he suddenly appears on the scene. They tussle for a bit with Amon getting his ass kicked for most of it and almost killed when Mado shows up with his quinque. Mado successfully taunts Touka into attacking him and manages to injure her before running off.
Touka flees back to Antieku. There is a moving scene where Kaneki discusses what he thinks is right and wrong. We see that Touka doesn’t seem to care about throwing her life away because she seems to have some deep seated guilt about killing others, but doesn’t want ghouls who have never killed to be hurt. Kaneki agrees with her, and agrees to help, and it’s at the end of this episode we see Kaneki’s mask for the first time.
This episode really shows one of the things Tokyo Ghoul does well, which is moral ambiguity. All the characters have very strong, well-rounded personalities, and you can’t say readily who the bad guys are. Mado is a psychotic asshole, but it’s hard to tell how much of that is real and how much is psychological warfare made necessary by the job. Amon on the other hand seems to be fueled by a strong sense of justice. Touka is a strongly likeable character, but is an admitted killer. Kaneki can’t say he knows what is right.
We are gearing up for a big fight at the end of this episode, and the title of the next episode, “Circular” makes me wonder if maybe we will see the point that all the ghoul-investigator violence is really a vicious cycle. We shall see, on the next episode of Tokyo Ghoul!