Tokyo Ghoul: Episode 09

鳥籠 – Birdcage

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If anything, this was more of a breather episode to enable us to catch our breaths after the intensity that was last week’s episode, before stirring things up again as we move on to the next part of the plot with the introduction of several new characters.

This episode paid homage to Mado (best dove yet!), and very deservingly so. We know from the previous episodes what a resourceful dove he was. And from Amon’s flashback in this episode, we saw how just sharp and brilliant Mado was. We also found out why Amon feels so strongly for Mado the way he does – Mado had saved his life back when Amon first joined the Anti-Ghoul Investigators (really though, hearing Namikawa Daisuke as Special Investigator Arima really made it difficult for me to pay attention to Amon).

Rize once again becomes the talk of the town. It looks like every other person is out to get her. Just what had she done previously to garner such a bad rep? Sure, she is the infamous binge eater and all, but that can’t be reason enough for everyone to want her head, can it? Whatever the reason, this is one character that has intrigued from the very beginning, and I am eager to see how Kaneki handles the problems that I am sure is bound to come his way.

This episode gave us not just one, but two flashbacks. The first was Amon’s as previously mentioned, and the second was a look into Touka’s life when she was younger. We saw her as a little girl, with her brother and her father. It seems she was quite the tomboy, just like her mother, while her brother was the opposite. It was nice to see Touka being so innocent and carefree, a far cry from what she has now become. Just what exactly happened to her still remains a mystery, but I am definitely keen on finding out. Returning to the present, we see what has become of Touka’s brother, Ayato (Kaji Yuuki, putting on his beautifully badass voice). Vicious and blood thirsty, he is also one of the people looking to capture Rize.

In spite of the slight standstill in plot advancement (which is obviously not going to last beyond this episode), here’s why this episode was worth the watch: Namikawa Daisuke, Itou Kentarou, Kaji Yuuki, Tachibana Shinnosuke, Kugimiya Rei and Hayami Sho. Yes, enough said *kyun~*

On a separate note, the ever-elusive Uta finally makes his reappearance after the ED. And um.. let’s just say he is much cooler the way he is now. On the other hand, Yomo really made an impression this episode, with the way he held Hinami’s hand as they walked past an alley (which caused Hinami to recall her mother’s death). It was such a tiny and simple gesture, but in my opinion it showed how caring a person Yomo is. I previously mentioned that he wasn’t a particularly interesting character, but I now take it back!

Another thing to look out for in this episode is undoubtedly the music. A new track was introduced (from 7:59 to 10:07) and it was exquisite. The track features the flute, and there was something so mystical and magical about it, that it won me over in a heartbeat. Kaneki’s calm narration suited the music beautifully. The scenes were made very tranquil, a stark contrast from the くそ (damned but still very funny, and a nice comic relief moment) arguing between Touka and Nishiki in the scene that followed.

After the whole incident with Mado, Touka and Hinami, we learn that things have settled down, Hinami is now living with Touka and things are almost back to normal in the 20th Ward. Almost, but not quite so. And with these new characters coming along, it looks like things are going to be shaken up quite a bit. It looks to be a riot in the 20th Ward in the episodes to come, and I can’t wait ^^

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