青桐 – Aogiri
New faces; new voices (Yusa Kouji, kyun~); getting acquainted with characters (Suzuya, finally a dove worth rooting for!); and getting reacquainted with familiar characters (haven’t we all missed the resident gourmet?) – Tokyo Ghoul is really pulling out all the stops in the lead up to an exciting finish!
The search for Rize is underway and the unfortunate ones at Anteiku get caught up in all that mess. Unluckily for Kaneki, he smells exactly like Rize (understandable, seeing as he is using her organs) and the Aogiri take him away instead. This sounds simple enough, but there was a fair amount of violence and bloodshed before the said kidnapping took place. Banjo (Itou Kentarou) was the first of the ghouls from the 11th Ward to stop by Anteiku, and that in itself was quite an amusing visit. Cue Ayato’s (Kaji Yuuki) entrance, and things start to get a little messy from there. After a little sibling squabble between the two Kirishimas, Jason and Nico (Tsuda Kenjirou) also arrive at Anteiku and that is when the chaos ensued.
We know Jason to be the violent, bloodthirsty monster of a ghoul, and he proved just that once again in this episode. After much antagonising, Jason engages in some Kaneki-bashing. The entire scene, although censored (contrary to many comments I have read so far, I thought it was quite well done), left a rather bad taste because I cannot for the life of me even begin to appreciate Jason’s sadistic ways. Don’t get me wrong; it is not that I do not enjoy the occasional psychotic, cold-blooded villain. Truth be told, I do tend to favour those types. However, Jason is just a bully, a mean old bully. People who have read the manga would probably know why Jason is the way he is, and while it is understandable I can’t say that I agree with his ways. So he gets a kick out of torturing and maiming others. That is honestly all fine and dandy. But his open violence is severely lacking in elegance and I guess that is what really bugs me. It is just gory and boorish and discomforting.
Now Ayato on the other hand, is a whole different story. He appears to like the violence as well, and might be an outright pompous arse towards Touka, but I find his character quite interesting. Also, his and Touka’s dynamics make for so much entertainment – sibling rivalry and what not. Lol~ Side note, this is Kaji Yuuki’s brattiest season yet, with his characters in Ao Haru Ride (Kou), Barakamon (Kanzaki – spoilt doesn’t begin to cover it) and Diamond no Ace (Narumiya Mei – goodness is he annoying in that one), to name a few. Although doing so much better after his train wreck that was last season *cough Black Bullet cough*, Kaji-kun has had, at best, a lukewarm season so far in my opinion. Therefore it is very nice to hear him in this series, and I am very much enjoying his take on Ayato, because it is just refreshing to hear him using this register after having not heard his rough bratty voice in a while.
One other seiyuu that was just captivating from start to finish this episode was Kugimiya Rie. While I have not heard very many of her performances, I daresay that out of all that I have, this is her best so far. I love what she is doing with Suzuya just so so much. And again, it is always the white-haired characters who are the most intriguing, and I am glad that Kugimiya is doing more than justice to this very insanely fascinating character. Kooky doesn’t even begin to describe Suzuya, but his is still SUCH a refreshing character all the same. And speaking of amazing seiyuus, the clincher (okay, not exactly. Yusayusa was the clincher but meh, same same) for me this week was Miyano Mamoru’s grand appearance at the end. Do listen out for him, because the gourmet is back and just as amusing as ever with his melodrama. No kidding.
I have just been harking on about the new characters, but let’s not forget the older ones. This episode marks just how much our characters have grown. Although they have been missing for quite a bit after their respective storylines in the previous episodes, they have all banded together in a effort to rescue Kaneki from the 11th Ward. In spite of all that had happened between the various characters, it is lovely to see them all wanting to fight for Kaneki. Touka and Nishiki, especially, could have simply dismissed Kaneki’s kidnapping, but they were in fact the first two to insist on saving him. It was very touching seeing them stand firm on their decision, and even more touching to see the rest of Anteiku join forces. Two episodes left and we are on to very exciting stuffs. I expect it is going to be one hell of a reckoning in the final two episodes.