Sorry it’s been a while folks. Being the glutton that I am, I’ve decided to review the last two episodes of Tokyo Ghoul together, and I have to say I made the right decision. Watching these two episodes back to back is probably the best way to coherently follow them. Spoilers after the break.
Episode 11 starts with a brief pull forward, and a taste of what is happening to Kaneki. It is not good things.
Most of the episode is dedicated to showing small fights in progress in the attempt to rescue Kaneki from Aogiri Tree during the CCG’s assault on their hideout. Here wae are mostly getting little tastes of characters. This episode is really more of a cliffhanger than episode 12, because most of these fights aren’t resolved in the final episode. We see:
-The Gourmet, Uta and Yomo both fight a mysterious ghoul simply called Mr. High C.
-Juuzou Suzaya against anyone unlucky enough to run into him
-Amon and the other investigators against the One-Eyed Owl, a ghoul so powerful their commander simply tells them to not have anyone stay there who doesn’t want to die.
Also, there is the death of a motorcycle. Poor motorcycle.
Throughout the episode there are cuts to the horrible torture that Kaneki is having inflicted on him, but we don’t see the full extent of this until episode twelve. All we know is that by the end of it, his hair turns white.
Twelve focuses exclusively on Kaneki. This is where Kaneki’s transformation into a ghoul, mentally as well as physically, comes to a climax. We see the brutal torture, which the censorship kitties prevent me from mentioning, interspersed with Kaneki remembering his past while talking with Rize. Kaneki’s inner world is full of white flowers, and as they converse, the flowers slowly turn red and twisted, as a representation of Kaneki slowly turning blood-crazed and twisted.
There is an interesting philosophical discussion going on in this episode, and feel it is worth discussing. Most of the time I feel when an anime tries to go “deep” it usually winds up not thinking through all it’s points, but Tokyo Ghoul seem different in this aspect. Here, we are given the idea that Kaneki has lived according to the principle that it is better to suffer than to hurt others – that is what a moral person does, and it is what a moral person is happy with. Jason, and Rize inside Kaneki’s mindscape, both insist that this is just weakness that perpetuates suffering rather than stopping it. It’s a powerful argument, and had quite a large effect on me.
In the end, Kaneki chooses to embrace his monstrous side, and proceeds to rip free from his bonds and beat down Yamori in an epic showdown, and in the end, devours him.
I loved this series. These episodes have been incredibly deep and powerful. I really only have one complaint now, and that is that we have not properly ties up what happened to the remaining characters. Word is that there will be a second season, but plans for it still seem a bit hush-hush. This series has been amazing, and I am greatly looking forward to more of it. I thank all of you reading this (all 50 of you, but I love you all dearly), and taking this journey with me. Hopefully we continue next season!