Tokyo Ghoul √A: Episode 03

吊人 – Hangman

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So in addressing one of last week’s many question marks, we get more punctuations: Eto = Takatsuki Sen?!

Golly I am so confused, and confused just makes for kiseki not wanting to analyse the episode. Because all that I got out of having watched this episode a third time, is that the storyline so far has been nothing short of disjointed. This second season just feels so far removed from the first; it is as if we have been transported into an alternate Tokyo Ghoul world. And the titles each week are not helping either. Who’s hanging? The only connection I managed to get out of this title is that this episode sure left me hanging, because as it is I am still hovering at (・_・;?

And of course, the introduction of more characters does not abate the confusion, as we had not just one, but two new characters this episode. First, there’s Takatsuki Sen. Okay, not entirely new. We know this character as Kaneki’s favourite author, the one who pretty much got him into that whole mess with Rize. And now, it looks like she it Eto…? I sure am perplexed as to how that fits in with everything else. Although more pieces have appeared, I am quite certain that there are more pieces to be revealed, and we are definitely nowhere near piecing the puzzle together. Three episodes down, eight/nine to go – I am hoping Ishida Sui does not end this season in as merciless a fashion he did with the Tokyo Ghoul manga.

This episode really was an amalgamation of the kooky and crazy, with Jason’s successor, Takatsuki Sen / Eto (Sakamoto Maaya, lovely as always), and the reappearance of Tsukiyama (hello Mamo-chan, it’s nice to hear you go all cray-cray again). Jason’s successor looks every bit as crazy as Jason was and Shimono Hiro fulfilled his role most impressively. How does one sound that desperate and insane? Maybe someone stole his karaage during the recording session… heh. Ohwells, whatever his motivation, it is great to hear the addition of yet another noteworthy seiyuu. Because the character is only as great as the seiyuu who brings it to life. And Tokyo Ghoul, being a character-heavy series, is still doing amazingly with its characterisation thanks to the spectacular performances of its stellar cast.

One cast member who really hasn’t been given due credit has got to be Toyonaga Toshiyuki, seiyuu of Hide. He has been rather overshadowed by the overwhelming performances of his co-stars, but that does not mean that he hasn’t produced a praiseworthy performance, because this episode in particular, he definitely nailed it with the way his nuances. As Kaneki’s human best friend, this character is so underrated despite having had brief cameos the past couple of episodes. While the ghouls at Anteiku (seriously, I do not get the Touka story line at all, and as I have never been too fond of her character, I’m just going to leave it at weird, and be done with it) might be upset over their loss of Kaneki, their feelings can’t possibly compare to Hide’s. My heart really went out to him because of all the characters, he has got to be the one who is most worried about Kaneki.

As has been the trend in my previous posts, I shall once again ask questions. Who are Shiro and Kuro and how were they made? At the beginning of the episode, Shiro and Kuro had a little scuffle with Kaneki. And it didn’t go unnoticed that they have similar Kagune to Kaneki. This is obvious as day, but there has got be more than meets the eye.

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