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Tokyo Ghoul √A Ep. 12 – “Ken” (Summary)

“Kaneki, thanks for going all-out trying to save me back then.” ©Pierrot

When Kaneki wakes up, he finds himself inside Anteiku, where his friend Hideyoshi greets him with a cup of coffee. Kaneki tries to cover his left eye, but he is surprised to learn that Hide already knows that he is the “eyepatch” ghoul. His friend even thanks him for saving him when he was beaten by Nishio before. Regardless of his new identity, Hide still considers him as his best friend and his impression of him didn’t change at all. However, their conversation gets cut when Hide suddenly collapses on his own pool of blood. It turns out that he is injured because of the raid and as his consciousness starts to drift away, he asks Kaneki to go home together.

©Pierrot

Outside the coffee shop, the remaining officers aid their colleagues and rescue those who survived the battle. Kuroiwa is severely injured, but Shinohara is still unconscious and is in a much more critical condition. Marude calls Koutarou Amon, but there is no answer from him. The cold night turns fiery as the sky is filled with sparks from the fire that devours Anteiku. Touka cries as she sees the cafe getting burned, but she also gets surprised when Kaneki comes out of the building carrying someone covered in white sheets. She tries to chase him but Renji Yomo stops her as part of the final order given to him by Yoshimura. They silently watch as Kaneki walks in the middle of the snow-covered road filled with corpses of ghouls and officers who died in the battle. Everyone just stares at him as he carries the lifeless body of his friend Hideyoshi. After he puts him down, Arima walks to him and takes his suitcase, implying that a battle between him and the CCG reaper ensues.

©Pierrot

©Pierrot

The next day, Arima is shown standing still in the middle of the snow-clad road with his quinque stuck in the ground, and Kaneki is nowhere to be seen. The episode concludes with a time skip after the Anteiku raid where Touka opens her own coffee shop and begins a new chapter of her life.

“All right. Let’s do this.” ©Pierrot

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Tokyo Ghoul Episode 12: GHOUL (Summary)

(The series already concluded last month, September 18, but I only started watching all the episodes yesterday. Hence, I decided to just make a summary of the final episode even though it’s too late already. ^^)

Apart from all the physical torture that Kaneki has endured from “Jason”, he also suffers from mental torment from Rize. She asks him about his mother, and Kaneki recollects the time he spent with his mom until she passed away due to overwork. He strongly believes that “it’s better to be hurt than to hurt others“, just like what his mother taught him. Meanwhile, Kaneki continues to count backwards by sevens from one thousand as ordered by Yamori to keep himself sane amidst the excruciating agony he experiences.

“Meanwhile, Yamamori took my hands and feet…again and again, again and again, and again, and again, and AGAIN…” ©Pierrot

His fingers and toes are repeatedly extracted using a pair of pincers, due to his extraordinary regenerative powers. Jason also inserts a red-headed centipede in Kaneki’s ear, as he begs him to just finish him off immediately. Instead, Jason presents him with an unbearable task, and that is to choose who he is going to kill between Shu and Haru. However, since Kaneki cannot choose between the two who helped him earlier, Jason decides to kill both of them. Because of that, Kaneki blames himself for not being able to do anything. Rize continues to mock and daunt him for his inability to change himself and his beliefs.

She proceeds to remind him about his mother, and Kaneki soon falls into her trap. He finally gives in to his ghoulish psyche, and as his world drowns in red and his hair turns white, he devours Rize and finally embraces and acknowledges himself as a GHOUL.

“I’m not the one who’s wrong. What’s wrong…is the world!” ©Pierrot

Back in the chamber, Jason, who is still clueless about the changes in his prey, tells Kaneki that their time is about to end since the doves are closing in on the place. As Jason releases his kagune to devour him, Kaneki quickly unchains himself and bites the Aogiri member instead. During the course of their battle, Kaneki launches his Rinkaku kagune which eventually knocks Jason off even with his incomplete kakuja. He remains conscious though, as Kaneki questions him about numbers. He repeatedly strikes him as Jason begins counting backwards by sevens. Sitting on top of the tearful ghoul, Kaneki cracks his finger, a trait he inherited from his torturer, as he opens his mouth to devour him.

“You tried to devour me. So you have no room to complain…if I eat you, do you?” ©Pierrot

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(Like what most fans probably felt, I was also kinda disappointed with the ending. It was a total cliffhanger, and because I was eager to know what’s gonna happen next, I decided to start reading the manga from the very start. I want to develop a much more established connection with the characters, especially with Kaneki. On the other hand, I must also give my compliments to the animation team. The fight scenes put me at the edge of my seat, and the amount of blood and brutality left me cringing. (But at the same time, there was this part of me that still wanted to continue watching them.) Though there were some changes in the story, the team still did a great job compressing some of the important parts in just 12 episodes. (Although the new characters were not properly introduced and the sequence of events were not put in the correct order like in the manga.) Anyway,the story has just begun, so I’m pretty sure that there will be a second season to describe the continuation of the events following the transformation of the main protagonist. And I’m gonna wait for it! ^^)

Free! Eternal Summer Final Episode: The Eternal Summer of Beginnings

Haru and Rin return to Japan and they are welcomed by Makoto at the airport. Haru is a bit timid to speak to Makoto since they had an argument right before he went to Australia but Makoto seems to have fully disregarded their earlier fight as he welcomes Haru back to his home country. Both of them meet Nagisa and Rei (who has been worried about him since that incident during their previous relay). Haru narrates his trip to his friends and his decision to continue swimming to reach his newfound dream which he discovered thanks to Rin. While watching the rehearsal for the national tournament, Haru plucks up the courage to apologize to Makoto for what he said before. Makoto shakes his head and tells him that he is the one who’s sorry for not telling him his plans. He explains to him how he came up with his decision to quit competitive swimming and just continue being a swimming instructor to children. The happiness and sense of achievement that he felt when he was able to encourage Hayato to swim inspire him to continue teaching more kids the fun of swimming. He wants to be a swimming teacher and to achieve that dream, he will attend a college in Tokyo.

“Rin-senpai! Can I have my souvenir, please? Koala! Kangaroo!”

The night before the competition, the four of them watch the glowing scenery of the ocean from the bridge as they reminisce the memories they have spent together from the moment they started the swimming club up to the recent times. However, the fact that they can no longer swim together next year weighs them down. Nagisa and Rei burst into tears as they realize that Makoto and Haru will be graduating soon. Makoto comforts them by saying that they should not cry since nothing’s over yet, as they still have to swim together for the competition tomorrow. Haruka agrees, and assures the other two that no matter what path they choose to take, they will always be connected to each other because the swimming relay is what binds them together.

“I want the four of us to keep swimming together forever!”

On the day of the national tournament, the four of them see a brand new sight as they delve into the pool competitively which earn them a loud cheer from the crowd. It is then shown at the end of the episode that their team won sixth place in the competition.

As for Samezuka Academy, Rin appoints Nitori as the new captain of their swimming team prior to his retirement and instructs them to become the ultimate team which will carry their dream in the future. When it is just the two of them, Rin encourages Sousuke and tells him that he will be waiting for him to come back in the world of swimming.

Before Rei, Nagisa, Haru and Makoto meet Rin, they first drop by the Iwatobi Swimming Club to bury their letters where they wrote the sights they saw during the relay competitions. They all agree to open the time capsule when they see each other again a few years from now. But for the meantime, everything will remain as a secret. Right after that, they meet Rin at Samezuka who greets them with a pool covered in cherry blossoms. Everyone gets excited upon seeing the incredible sight before them, and they all run toward the pool and swim to their delight.

As the episode nears its ending, it is shown that Makoto and Haru are still meeting each other from time to time. Makoto is busy with his studies, while Haru is diligently practicing and improving his swimming skills. Nagisa and Rei continue to manage the swimming club in their high school and they have surprisingly recruited a lot of new members for their club. The same goes for Samezuka Academy with its new captain Nitori.

Is this a swimming club or a modelling class? HAHAHA!

Towards the end of the scene, both Rin and Haruka are shown competing against each other in the professional swimming tournament. And the moment the “go signal” is given, Haru is seen jumping in the pool, towards the fulfillment of his dream…

For the future…

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: Final Episode

(I have just recently started watching this anime and I am depressed that it only has 12 episodes. I am hoping for a second season while waiting for the manga’s next chapter.)

Sakura Chiyo finds the box of chocolates that she was supposed to give Nozaki last Valentine’s Day. However, since she couldn’t get a hold of him that day, she failed to give it to him and it has been stuck in her fridge since then.

She offers it to her friends but they encourage her to just give it to Nozaki though it might be late already. (FYI, Nozaki also didn’t get any chocolate on Valentine’s Day.) In the end, she makes up her mind to try giving it to him again but as she walks in the hallway, someone bumps her and the chocolates roll out of the box down to the floor. It turns out that the guy who bumped her is none other than Nozaki who apologizes to her incessantly. Sakura assures him that it is just fine although she had hoped for him to eat them. Nozaki misunderstands her and thinks that Sakura is extremely mad at him. He picks up one of the chocolates on the floor and eats it in the hopes of abating her anger. Sakura is surprised but she eventually gets happy for what Nozaki did. (And again, he misinterprets her LOL.) He asks her once again if there is something he could do to make up for her and so Sakura requests a candy (as a White Day present).

After school, Sakura sees Seo and they decide to meet Kashima and Mikoto at the festival.  Little do they know that the others are also there. Nozaki and Wakamatsu are strolling around so Nozaki can use some references for his next scenarios. While they are eating yakisoba, Seo finds them and immediately comes running toward them. Wakamatsu sees Kashima with her and thinks that she is her senpai’s boyfriend. Seo tugs him by the tie and invites him to scoop some goldfish. He thinks that she is doing it to make her “boyfriend” jealous but to his surprise, Kashima just coolly waves at them.

On the other hand, Hori and his friend are also seen wandering around the festival. Hori states that it is a good idea that they did not invite Kashima with them since it would only cause them trouble. He also uses that oppprtunity to take pictures of the places that can be used as backgrounds for the manga. And while he is lying flat on his stomach taking photos, Kashima spots him and asks him what he is doing.

Meanwhile, Sakura is left alone and as she searches for her friends, she bumps into someone which, again, turns out to be Nozaki. However, he doesn’t seem to recognize her since she is wearing a yukata. He stares at her intently but she feels nervous about the situation so she tries to get rid of the awkward atmosphere. She feels like she has already learned how to read Nozaki’s thoughts but she immediately shakes off the idea when Nozaki unexpectedly takes a bite of the apple candy she offered him. Nozaki invites her to go to a higher location so he can take photos of the people in the festival. However, since Sakura cannot climb because of her yukata, Nozaki helps her and lifts her up. That instance, Sakura recalls the first time he met Nozaki and the reason why she fell in love with him.

It was during their first day of school. Sakura was running late for the entrance ceremony and there, she saw Nozaki who fell asleep while trying to climb the school gate. He woke up and when he realized that she was also late, he lifted her up and helped her get on the other side of the gate. Nozaki told her that he wasn’t actually planning on attending the ceremony, but since he wanted to get the flower for his (manga) reference, he decided to go. At first, Sakura thought he was scary, but eventually, she laughed and realized that he was actually cute. She was thankful for his help and for saving her when she was panicky and about to cry.

Back at the festival, the fireworks display has already begun and the two of them are sitting side by side. Sakura stares at Nozaki beside her as she reminisces their first meeting and their memories together and absentmindedly mutters the words “LOVE YOU“. She suddenly realizes what she said and gets nervous. Nozaki looks at her and murmurs something as her eyes grow wide.

As the sky is lit with fireworks, all the characters are shown together with their partners. Hori, for example, is with Kashima. Due to his short height, he has a hard time looking at the fireworks display so Kashima, being the considerate kouhai she is, offers to lift him up so he can have a better view. Wakamatsu, on the other hand, is having a miserable time with Seo as he chases after her energetic senpai. Mikorin is seen enjoying the festival alone. Miyako is watching the event from her apartment while Maeno greets Miyamae (who, on the other hand, is frustrated again with Nozaki’s storyboard LOL.)

The scene switches back to Sakura and Nozaki. Flustered, she asks him one more time about what he said a while ago. The fireworks are so loud that she cannot hear him well so Nozaki leans closer to Sakura and whispers the words…

But then…

 

I was fooled there for a second when I thought that he would already confess to her! 

Seems like Sakura’s hopes are once again crushed by a clueless Nozaki. However, she accepts it positively and feels contented to remain as a friend to Nozaki for the time being.

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ARRGH! I thought I was going to have a heart attack! Nozaki, you troll! I am definitely hoping for a second season, especially when Nozaki’s brother had a cameo in this episode. Mayu was only briefly shown but I fangirled a lot when I caught a glimpse of him. Well for now, I guess I have to stick with the manga for the meantime while waiting for the next season (hopefully!).