千路 – Thousand Paths
Okay, what was the point of the second half this episode?
The first half was brilliant. Suzuya’s past was revealed and oh boy was it juicy. As a human raised by ghouls, one of the gourmet ghouls no less, it is no wonder Suzuya is the very definition of kooky. Despite being human, he was brought up to have absolutely no conscience or morality. And that’s where it gets interesting, because this brings up the ever-debatable topic: nature or nurture? This episode was undoubtedly a clear case of nurture. Being brought up in that extreme environment, where it as kill or be killed, torture or be tortured, Suzuya fought for himself, and by some weird extension, his “mama”. Goodness she was all levels of wrong, with the way she tortured Suzuya and all. And yet, in spite of the torture, what became of Suzuya was not someone who wallowed in pain and self-loathing *cough Kaneki cough*, but someone who relished in the act of killing ghouls. Suzuya had been raised to think nothing of lives, regarding them as shruggable. But what saw this episode was Iwao trying to reach out to any tiny shred of humanity that Suzuya might have, and he did so in the most heart-warming way possible – by telling him that he’d be sad if Suzuya were to die. Did that have any effect on Suzuya (other than confusion) at all? Well, one can only guess…
The second half of this episode however, left what’s possibly the biggest question mark floating on top of my head out of all the Tokyo Ghoul episodes. It has now been confirmed that Akira’s mother, Mado’s wife, was killed by the Owl. Hence the thirst for revenge on both father and daughter’s parts. Akira’s being greater of course, seeing as her father was killed by Touka. It was rather heartbreaking listening to her story (Seto Asami definitely nailed it with that amazing combination of stoicism and anguish), especially the bit about Mado having no care for rank and status as long as he had a strong will and a purpose (even though he had both the talent and track record). It was after that entire speech that things got weird. What are they shipping Akira and Amon now? Because they can’t ship Touka and Kaneki anymore? Sighs, I don’t know what else to think anymore.
Rant aside, I guess that maybe what this episode was trying to reach at was to show us the differing consequences that ghoul activity is capable of bringing about. That’s the best I could come up with, really. With Suzuya, we got to see how ghouls destroy one’s humanity without said human actually thinking much of it. With Akira, we saw instead how ghouls affect the lives of a family so drastically. What resulted was father and daughter consumed by vengeance. Two very different reactions, but two exemplary CCG inspectors nonetheless. What is to become of them…? Whatever it is, let’s hope for more action sequences coupled with story telling, and less getting drunk and flustered and spending the night at people’s houses. And also, just a quick question before ending this post: Kaneki our supposed main character, where are you?