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Tokyo Ghoul √A Ep. 11 – “Deluge of Flowers” (Summary)

The appearance of the real One-Eyed Owl catches the investigators off guard, which results to their quick defeat. Just when the ghoul is about to strike Juuzou, Shinohara shields his subordinate, receiving the deadly blow instead. Juuzou, upon seeing the bloodied form of Shinohara, continues to fight the enemy but he fails to injure it. Just then, Arima finally arrives and he immediately attacks the Owl.

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Akira Mado is commanded by Yoshitoki Washuu to assist the 4th Division Squad led by Koutarou Amon who is already fighting with Ken Kaneki. Tatara flings Seidou to Noro after he refuses to tell the whereabouts of Hoji. The other Aogiri members, including Ayato and Naki, also participate in the clash between the doves and ghouls.

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The One-Eyed Owl swallows the unconscious body of Yoshimura before fleeing after Arima starts to overpower her. It is then revealed that Takatsuki Sen is Eto, who is also known as the One-Eyed Owl of Aogiri.

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Both Kaneki and Amon suffer from heavy injuries as their battle comes to an end. Kaneki loses consciousness for a while but when he wakes up, he finds himself in Anteiku, where he is greeted by his best friend, Hideyoshi.

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Tokyo Ghoul √A Ep. 10 – “Last Rain” (Summary)

The raid in the 20th ward continues as the CCG officers and the Anteiku ghouls fight each other. Koma and Irimi have the upper hand at first, but they are eventually defeated by Tanakamaru and Hachikawa. However, just before they are completely killed by the doves, Ken Kaneki arrives and rescues them. He is seen by Touka and Hideyoshi when he returns to the battle where he encounters Koutaro Amon and the 4th division squad.

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Yoshimura, on the other hand, is surrounded by several special class ghoul investigators and their associates. Yukinori Shinohara, Iwao Kuroiwa, Juuzou Suzuya, Koori Ui and Kousuke Houji attack the One-Eyed Owl simultaneously, and even with his quick regenerating abilities, the ghoul suffers heavy injuries until he is completely subdued.

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The CCG officers rejoice after successfully defeating their biggest enemy, but before they can even strike their final blow, the real One-Eyed Owl appears, and the investigators are suddenly caught off guard.

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Tokyo Ghoul √A Ep. 9 – “City In Waiting” (Summary)

Everyone in CCG is required to write a testamentary letter before their upcoming attack to the 20th ward, and they all feel the dread and tension, especially Seidou Takizawa.

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Just before the operation starts, Ken Kaneki and Touka Kirishima find out about the attack as the announcement is shown on television. Touka immediately leaves her apartment even though Renji Yomo tries to stop her. Enji Koma and Kaya Irimi welcome the doves who have already begun to surround Anteiku, and the fight between the ghouls and the CCG officers commences.

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Mougan Tanakamaru, the leader of the 2nd Division, faces the Devil Ape, while Hachikawa of the 3rd Squad fights the Black Dog. In the midst of the attack, Yoshimura finally appears and transforms as the One-Eyed Owl and assaults the officers until Yukinori Shinohara and Iwao Kuroiwa arrive to repress him.

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Nishiki Nishio meets Kaneki on top of the building and assures him that Touka and Hinami are safe. Just then, Shuu Tsukiyama suddenly shows up and attacks Kaneki. He struggles to stop Kaneki from joining the fight as he raves about eating him. However, Kaneki easily subdues him as he lies on the ground weeping, still trying to prevent him from going. Kaneki thanks him for his concern, but he states that he can’t stand not being able to do anything anymore.

“I can’t stand not being able to do anything anymore.” ©Pierrot

 

Tokyo Ghoul √A Ep. 8 – “Old Nines” (Summary)

This episode reveals what the manager and Kaneki discussed during the latter’s visit to Anteiku. When asked about the Owl, Yoshimura narrates a short story about a ghoul called Kuzen and how his life changed after meeting a human named Ukina. They had a child together but their happiness was short-lived when the woman was killed by other ghouls. He fled together with his child, but by the time he finished wiping out his enemies, his daughter was already gone. That child then becomes the One-Eyed Owl. As Yoshimura ends his story, it is revealed that he, in fact, was Kuzen, and the Owl is actually his child.

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Back to the present, Nishio and the rest of the Anteiku staff are busy with their job as the cafe is surprisingly packed with customers. On that snowy day, unbeknownst to them, the doves are starting to make their move as the CCG stealthily spy them. However, Yoshimura already received that report from Renji Yomo, and he instructs him to take care of Hinami and Touka as the two don’t seem to have an idea about the imminent attack to their shop.

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Right after the three left, Yukinori Shinohara pays a short visit to Anteiku, and the manager treats him a cup of coffee as the two of them briefly chat. When the investigator leaves, Enji Koma and Kaya Irimi inform Yoshimura that they have already taken care of everything, including the documents. The manager serves them coffee as he expresses how much he will miss the others, and Koma assures him that he and Irimi will stay by his side until the end. Yoshimura, with a distant look in his eyes, whispers, as if talking to Ukina, that his wish did not come true in the end.

That same moment, Yoshitoki Washuu and Itsuki Marude ask the CCG chairman for his approval to implement the mission to exterminate the ghouls in the 20th ward—and the exact location is in a coffee shop called Anteiku

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Tokyo Ghoul √A Ep. 7 – “Permeation” (Summary)

Ken Kaneki continues to be tormented since he still cannot control his kakuja. He is haunted by Rize and Jason, and realizes that he wasn’t cannibalizing ghouls but instead, he was the one being eaten.

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Tsukiyama returns to Anteiku and informs Yoshimura about Kaneki’s cannibalism and kakuja. As he is about to leave the cafe, Hinami asks him about Kaneki, so he invites her to another coffee shop to have a little chat. As he excuses himself for a moment and goes to the bathroom, Sen Takatsuki appears and briefly converses with Hinami. The novelist frankly tells her that she cannot do anything to help her big brother with the way she is right now. She leaves the cafe and gives Hinami her business card, telling her to contact her whenever she wants.

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Takatsuki then goes to CCG and briefly interviews Shinohara and Suzuya who have just returned to the office. She asks them about the possibility of creating a human ghoul, but Shinohara cannot give her a definite answer. With that, she ends the inquiry and leaves the area after subtly informing them about a “rumor” in a coffee shop in the 20th ward.

Kaneki surprises Roma when he suddenly pays a visit to Anteiku and talks with Yoshimura. When Hinami learns that he is in the cafe, she immediately finds Touka and tells her that Kaneki is in Anteiku at the moment. Touka rushes to meet Kaneki who is already on his way back after talking with the manager. He said that Yoshimura asked him to return to Anteiku, but he still doesn’t know what to do. He wants to get even stronger to be able to protect her and everyone else who is precious to him. However, Touka gets furious with him and yells at him not to come back to Anteiku anymore. She hits him repeatedly as she asks him why he had to end up like that.

“You have no right to want to protect us. We have no business being protected by you. You pretend to be thinking about others, but ultimately, you’re only thinking about yourself.” ©Pierrot

Shinohara and Suzuya, on the other hand, pay a visit to Anteiku and asks the manager about Kaneki. Yoshimura only tells them that he lost contact with Kaneki two months ago. The investigator seems to recognize the manager and mistake him for someone else, but as he and Suzuya leave the shop, he affirms that they will come back to Anteiku—the coffee shop in the 20th ward that Takatsuki told them about.

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Tokyo Ghoul √A Ep. 2 – “Dancing Flowers” (Summary)

The beginning of the episode shows a brief recollection during the first battle of CCG against the One-eyed Owl. Kureo Mado and Yukinori Shinohara were faced with the overwhelming strength of the ghoul, but it was Kishou Arima who rushed headlong into battle with the enemy.

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The scene is cut and the setting resumes to the present time where the high-ranking CCG investigators are having a conference. They discuss the situation regarding the Aogiri group and its connection with the “eye-patched” ghoul. After the meeting, Shinohara and Iwao express their opinion about the apparent changes with the One-Eyed Owl during their first encounter with him compared to the most recent one.

Shinohara formally introduces Akira Mado as Koutarou Amon’s new partner. Akira is the daughter of Kureo Mado and the rival of Seidou Takizawa who is her classmate from the Academy. She presents her accurate deductions concerning the ghouls such as the binge eater, the Gourmet and the Aogiri Tree to Amon, Suzuya, Shinohara, Seidou and Houji.

Poor Amon. XD ©Pierrot

Touka, on the other hand, spends most of her time studying for the entrance exam to get in Kamii University. The staff of Anteiku are also busy preparing for the opening of the cafe after it was closed during their fight with Aogiri. Uta, Itori and Yomo visit the coffee shop to celebrate its reinstatement together with Touka, Hinami, Nishio, Yoshimura, Koma and Irimi.

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Meanwhile, Kaneki continues to work with Aogiri with Ayato as his partner. Towards the end of the episode, Eto is seen entering a room and undressing her bandages. The lower part of her face is shown as she smiles while uttering the name of Kaneki.

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Tokyo Ghoul (Review)

You see, I only began reading the manga last week after I finished watching the anime. The last episode was a total cliffhanger so I decided to read the series especially when I found out that it already concluded. Be warned, though. This post contains some spoilers (if you haven’t read the manga yet) and some possible long rants lol.  Yosh! Let’s start!

The first few chapters of the manga reminded me of the scenes in the anime although I instantly recognized the parts that were a little bit altered. Since the first season of the anime was too short, I couldn’t completely connect with the characters that much. But with the manga, I was able to establish a more in-depth understanding of them, especially of the protagonist, Ken Kaneki. The story is definitely tragic and more than half of the scenes are vicious and gory. (Therefore, this manga is not for the fainthearted!) As you may probably know, the story revolves around ghouls devouring humans and the protagonist here unfortunately ended up being a hybrid after a ghoul’s organs were transplanted into his body after a certain incident. He tried to suppress it at first, but he eventually learned to embrace his new self after getting help from other ghouls at Anteiku. However, after he was kidnapped and tortured by Jason, Ken began to drastically change. From being a timid and frail teenager, he suddenly turned into an atrocious ghoul who sought more power to protect those around him. He faced a lot of enemies, including the CCGs and Aogiri members. And that was where the climax of the story began.

This is probably a given due to the nature of the story, but still, I must definitely give all the action scenes an A+! Browsing through the pages of each chapter kept me at the edge of my seat since almost all chapters contain grisly images of ghouls and human being severed into pieces. These parts would definitely look more awesome in the anime adaptation, so I’m extremely hoping for a second season!

While reading each volume, I also developed a sense of connection with the characters, especially with Kaneki and Amon. There were also quite a handful of surprises that left me astounded, confused and depressed. Most of the characters were given some brief background details that explained their stance in the latter part of the story. Take, for example, the case of Suzuya. When he first appeared in the story, I ultimately despised him. But toward the last chapter, I suddenly found myself sympathizing with him. The character development of most characters were distinctly written that they’d make you change your impression toward a certain individual. You could never be certain whether the character was a heroine or a villain.

I had no particular problems with the story so far. Well, not until I reached the climax. The battle between the CCG and Anteiku ghouls was probably the best fight in the series. It also clarified some questions about Yoshimura and the One-Eyed Owl but other than that, the last chapter was a disappointment for me. Disappointing in a way that the ending didn’t particularly clear a lot of issues. In fact, several questions remained unanswered. Ishida-sensei did give some hints about some issues but they were too implicit for me to comprehend since I could only make assumptions about the ending. The way Kaneki died looked plain to me. I was expecting a more intense fight between him and Arima. Kaneki’s death was definitely tragic, but also upsetting at the same time since he didn’t even manage to deliver a fatal blow to the investigator. Kishou Arima also didn’t have a lot of scenes in the manga. No background story was given and the only thing I know about him is that he’s exceptionally good and apathetic. ( I also read the spin-off manga about him but so far, nothing really significant has been revealed about Arima.) Questions about Uta and his group Pierrot still haunt me as well. The body of Amon wasn’t also shown though he was presumed to be dead. Same with Kaneki’s friend, Hide. And what happened to Hinami and Rize? You see, I have a lot of questions and I’m not sure if I just missed some important details while reading but I would only be satisfied if the announcement regarding Ishida-san’s “surprise” would be about a sequel.

So if I have to rate it, I’d probably give it 7 out of 10 points. The peak of the story was truly gripping but the end of the series left me discontented.

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This was like me after I finished reading the manga LOL