Tokyo Ghoul √A: Episode 02

舞花 – Dancing Flowers

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What’s going on??!

What with Touka’s sudden infatuation with Kaneki, Shiro and Kuro being one eyed ghouls, the Owl supposedly getting older/weaker/smaller, Anteiku manager’s implied relation with said Owl (kiseki comment: yes, this is my take on the matter! How is the manager involved in all of this?? I do believe his personality is much darker than he lets on), new girl Akira’s hypotheses and Kaneki’s ever fleeting appearances, this episode has got this viewer as lost as stars in daylight.

But back to the “new” girl. Well, not so new seeing as we did catch a glimpse of her in the previous season as the mysterious suited up-flower-carrying-braid-in-hair-person walking past Amon after his visit to Mado’s grave. So yes, not so new girl, Mado Akira (Seto Asami, who plays Kurokami no Onna in this season’s Death Parade), aka Mado’s daughter (and here I was thinking Mado’s family had been killed by the one-eyed ghoul). I like her. She is as sharp as they get; a cut above the rest. Honestly, if the doves were all as keen and thoughtful as she was, maybe they wouldn’t be in the mess that they currently are. Because let’s face it, not everyone is as much of a daredevil as Suzuya (Kugimiya Rie’s take on this character still blows me away). Doves who are shrewd like the Mados are few and far between, and that is probably why the doves remain at the losing end. Akira is a much-needed addition to the CCG, and I expect her superior analytical skills might just be the thing that saves the lives of many.

Akira might be brilliant, but to her superiors and even some colleagues (Tachibana Shinnosuke, doing a complete 180 from his role as the devastatingly beautiful Tomoe in this season’s Kamisama Hajimemashita), she comes across as aloof and disrespectful. Amon sure doesn’t take kindly to her attitude, but I guess it is only natural that a superior would want some respect from his subordinate. But while Akira’s personality really isn’t the easiest to get along with, I have to admit that I adore her nonchalance. The way she effortlessly brushed off Amon’s request for her to treat him with more respect – “Let’s not concern ourselves with trivialities, and put all of our efforts into the investigation”. Well done Akira, very well done indeed. Girl’s got style, just saying~

That said, I do love the array of characters we have. I have said it before and I will say it again. Tokyo Ghoul has managed to hold itself up courtesy of its superb characterisation, and this season is no different. Ishida Sui has created so many different characters, all of which are fascinating in their own right. Even the dislikeable characters (kiseki comment: don’t deny it, you know there are at least one or two characters that you just can’t seem to bring yourself to like… admit it, accept it, embrace it!) are disliked with good reason. The characters are interesting to watch in and of themselves, but the interaction between the characters is what makes Tokyo Ghoul all the more enjoyable. Even Kaneki and Ayato make for such an oddly entertaining combination, and we know what a brat Ayato has proven himself to be (because Kaji Yuuki does brat like nobody else can).

Akira stole the episode for the most part, but Eto definitely stole that ending. Yes, Eto. Bandaged up, always by Tatara’s side Eto. We know that much, but really, who is Eto? That’s the question hanging over my head as this episode ended. It would appear she has a slight obsession with Kaneki. Then again, every other character seems to have an obsession with Kaneki. I guess that’s understandable, seeing as his agenda remains a mystery. The story might be all over the place at the moment, but it has nevertheless piqued my interest. Hopefully we get more revelations soon~

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