[Review] Tokyo Ghoul Episode 5

Firstly, I WANT TO THANK THE ANIME CREATORS FOR THIS EPISODE

Secondly, this took a while because school just started and enrollment period in my school is like the tenth circle of hell or something. In any case, here it is! Right before the next episode (again). It’s pretty short because I’ve discussed most things in my previous review 😛

Notes:

1. This article comes from the perspective of someone who has read the manga.

2. I wouldn’t be critiquing the plot as much as I am going to comment on its progression.

3. Blue text usually indicates a topic change within a section.

4. Gray text, sometimes labeled as run-on note, are basically that–a no-punctuation ramble about whatever.

5. A spoiler among non-spoiler shit is like this for a reason.

6. If it wasn’t obvious from before, the manga scans I put up are butchered to fit what I’m trying to say. Everything is credited at the beginning though.

Warnings: 

No spoiler warnings this time because they made up for everything they didn’t include the last time. Okay, there is a bit of a spoiler at the end but I noted it so you can avoid it if you don’t give in to temptation.

Gore and violence abound despite the stupid censorship though, so stay safe.

 

Release Watched: DameDesuYo
Screencaps taken from: DameDesuYo Release (I redid the color inversion, though)
Manga Scans from: Twisted Hel Scans (chapter 41), Kawa Scans (chapter 105, 107)

 

Episode 5 – 残痕 (Scars)

Well,

censor 1

censorship

censor 2

aside

censor 3

they certainly didn’t disappoint. They put in all the things they didn’t in the previous episode in a way that still worked. Afaik, Touka doesn’t live in Anteiku. So instead of helping Hinami move in with Touka, Yoshimura tells Kaneki that Touka’s not feeling well and he goes to visit her. Ryoko, still alive in the anime, asks Touka to look after Hinami for her (who knows what she’s doing, but what if she’s going to visit her husband and finds only his mask or someth`ing then Mado will find her then Amon vs Kaneki will happen after all…? I can only hope) and Kaneki helps Hinami with her reading again. Yoriko also visits Touka here and is completely adorbs

yoriko haha

and Kaneki witnesses how much Yoriko means to Touka

itadakimasu

I still wish Kaneki had offered to help Touka with the consumption of Yoriko’s meal though. That would’ve been a sight.

That aside, Tsukiyama really is crazier in the anime than I originally imagined him from the manga (I don’t even want screencaps of those D: ) although they did want the same thing.

perv

DameDesuYo why

Wow, manga!Tsukiyama actually matched anime!Tsukiyama’s craziness here. He’s still much calmer in the manga, though. Also, and I mentioned it before, very gay for Kaneki like

Even with context, I swear. Banjo is so done haha

Context doesn’t make any difference, I promise. Just look at Banjo—he’s so done

But that’s beside the point (and it’s pretty well established by now but I love pointing it out). One thing about this fight that got to me (in a bad way) a bit was this

duuude

because given the cuts, this didn’t have the impact it should have. The thing is, as I explained in the manga deviations part of my review on episode 4, in the manga, Kaneki uses this move on Taro from the concepts from the book he was reading when Tsukiyama visited him in the university

this is where the book comes in

Idk, because they scrapped that part, maybe Tsukiyama shouldn’t have said the iirc comment. It didn’t make sense. Just read the manga I swear everyone’s character is given more depth there.

In any case, the most important part isn’t that, but rather

nishiooo

YES. THANK YOU FOR NOT SKIPPING IT. THANK YOU.

As I said waaaay back on my review of episode 2, I love Nishio. Kaneki finds him after a training session with Yomo (and I’m a bit sad about the lack of Yomo screen time but oh well). Before the second part of the Tsukiyama-beating-the-shit-out-of-Nishio sequence, Tsukiyama sees a scar on Kimi’s shoulders and Nishio gets a flashback

bby nishio

This episode is basically Nishio in pain.

Bby Nishio. How much he’s changed, I swear. You’ll love him too, probably. Also, you’ll be sad when you see him side by side with white-haired!Kaneki because how much he’s changed ;A;

That aside, tbh it’s a wonder Nishio’s still alive, ghoul or not. I mean he hasn’t eaten anything in a long while, and he’s still recovering from the wounds Kaneki gave him, then Tsukiyama causes the same amount of damage (maybe more) on top of it… In any case, Nishio better not die a retarded death (or, you know, at all).

The episode ends with Kaneki letting Touka take a bite out of him and Tsukiyama going bat shit (again).

With that, we’re coming closer to the Aogiri Arc!

So now the only thing missing is that entire arc. Still, I’m glad they put this up after all. What I’m wondering next is how they’re going to end the next episode. Basing on previous episodes, I don’t see Touka and Tsukiyama’s fight going on for longer than a quarter of the episode (it’s pretty short in the manga, iirc). They might do what I said above with Ryoko, but I’m not really holding too much hope in that. It’s a lot more possible that they’re going to jump straight into the Aogiri Arc. But I’m still hoping because I’m an idiot.

 

To compare so far, the anime is less dark because of the (current) lack of death. The extreme prejudice against ghouls have yet to be seen too, although I guess it’s not that far of a leap.  They haven’t shown how the CCG people smile and say that all ghouls must be eradicated. But because we, unlike the humans in the Tokyo Ghoul world are privy to the lives of ghouls, we see how wrong the treatment is.

I’m not saying that the prejudice is not understandable. It is. Completely. And that’s exactly why it’s brilliant. I can’t imagine humanity reacting any other way towards a threat like that. Because in this case humans are the prey, it’s understandable to think of the predators as nothing less than monsters incapable of feeling. It isn’t even far from the truth—case in point, Tsukiyama, Rize, and before the thing with Kimi, Nishio. We know the indiscriminate killing of ghouls is wrong (and inhumane in a sense) only because of how Kaneki comes to know them himself. Had he not become a ghoul there’s no way he would even attempt to know about ghouls, much less think of them as anything more (or less) than what the human authorities say about them. But because he did, he basically didn’t have a choice but to see. Now, he knows firsthand what it’s like to be a ghoul who do not want to kill humans but do not want to die either. The problem is a ghoul cannot ingest human food without harming themselves. The nutrients they need come from humans. If they don’t eat when they should, dying doesn’t even seem to be an option unless they too drained or injured to move. They starve until they go berserk and most probably kill and devour any human they encounter until they’re satiated. As Touka said previously, a ghoul’s hunger is like hell. Both the anime and manga illustrates this effectively through Kaneki. As Kaneki was human before he became a ghoul, logically speaking (and totally not disregarding how the ghouls do not want it either), his desire not to eat and kill humans is at a whole other level. For him, it’s tantamount to cannibalism (which is a widely frowned upon thing, and, speaking with the full bias of being human, totally disgusting). And yet, even he couldn’t stop himself when he was starved. Touka had to stop him from eating Hide, of all people. For ghouls who want to live among humans, not eating is more dangerous.

Anyway, going back to my original point, with the entire arc they cut gone, we have yet to see the side of the humans, specifically the CCG. Sure, we see them meet and see Mado and Amon killing ghouls left and right, but that’s not all there is to them. They’re not the antagonists. They’re human for crying out loud. They’re protecting their place like any human would from a threat. Yes, even Mado who by the way has a badass daughter. And this is one of the things that make Tokyo Ghoul so fascinating for me. We have opposing sides, neither of which are innately evil. We yearn for a resolution that does not seem to be possible (because hello they eat people).  I am looking forward to seeing how this combination will play out.

 

Something else. Erm, totally spoilery so don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled.

I don’t think it’ll have a bearing to the anime because they might not reach this far into the story, but just in case okay I really need that scene with Amon because in the manga, Amon sees white-haired Kaneki eating one of the CCG people and he goes

I KNOW THE FEEL

I KNOW THE FEEL LOOK AT AMON’S FEELS WE HAVE THE SAME FEELS

Of course, a couple of chapters later we (and Amon) find out that Kaneki wasn’t  and Amon goes

amon bby

Well, technically, Kaneki isn’t the only “one-eye” Amon bby

I still wish they’d continue the anime ’til the end. I don’t mind them mixing up the order of events (that is the gourmet arc and Hinami’s story) because Amon and Mado weren’t in the gourmet arc anyway and it doesn’t really damage the storytelling much if they do decide to do Hinami’s story now. But if they’re going to do the Aogiri Arc without Kaneki vs Amon happening… I may be a little biased about this, but the lack of connection between Amon and Kaneki would be quite a loss for reasons I’ve already tackled in previous reviews. The problem is if they’re going for just 13 episodes, the Aogiri Arc is pretty long. If they’re going for 26 episodes, they can tackle Amon and Kaneki’s “understanding” then proceed with the Aogiri Arc, but I’m unsure how they can end it without cutting off the aftermath of white-haired!Kaneki’s coming and ending on a depressing note because white-haired!Kaneki ;A;

In any case, I hope they’ve got it all figured out!

 

The next episode will be available to me tomorrow! Hopefully I can write the review for it over the weekend. Thanks for reading!

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