Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 30: Unravel

“It’s okay if I disappear, so… please give me the power to protect.”

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The lyrics of Unravel actually fit Haise so much more than they do Kaneki.

A really poignant chapter – and a really cool one as well. I’m so proud of how strong Hinami has become – she looks like she can use four rinkaku tentacles now, but she doesn’t even need to rely on her koukaku to be able to push back Takizawa. It’s very same Takizawa who wrecked Haise easily, but Hinami is able to cut off his hand in a flurry of badass and force him to say that ‘it hurts’ – and in light of all the torture he must have gone through at the hands of Aogiri, to get Takizawa to say that something hurts is a feat indeed. And yet, even though she’s grown so much stronger, she’s still the same Hinami deep down – a girl who loves books, and someone who still misses and believes in her onii-chan even years after his disappearance. It’s become apparent that her goal in leaving Banjou and joining Aogiri is ultimately ‘to protect’, and this auction is the first opportunity she’s had to do that directly, instead of indirectly minimizing the damage caused by Aogiri through her influence.

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It was vindicating and yet a little sad to see Juuzou confronting and ultimately killing Big Madam. Well, his subordinates did, anyway – Hanbee is such a great guy, you know? No matter what Juuzou thinks of Big Madam, it’s undeniable that she (or he?) brought him up, and her last words were not something he would have wanted to hear. I love how Juuzou came to terms with both his past and present though, and it really cements how he’s matured so much: “I don’t hold a grudge against you. This is just my job.”

_re 30 Img006It doesn’t look good, though. Takizawa does indeed have a power-up, and it seems like Hinami can’t handle him in his half-kakuja form. It’s really odd that it seems to mirror that of Kaneki, though of course we have no idea what Yoshimura and Eto had for half-kakujas, or even if they went through that sort of transition. It’s given Takizawa a major boost in power whilst turning him crazy, as all half-kakujas do, so negotiation has gone completely out of the window now. If Haise couldn’t handle normal Pineapple, he has a snowball’s chance in hell against his half-kakuja version. But are we still dealing with Haise, here? In the panels below, he’s displaying some awfully Kaneki-like traits. He has decided to accept the Kaneki inside him as the ‘power to protect’ – and remember, a desire to protect is exactly what triggered the transformation during the battle against Nishiki. And yet, it doesn’t seem like he’s about to descend into insanity. Is Haise still at conflict with Kaneki? Even if he doesn’t remember Hinami, he now knows that Kaneki was loved very much – and that this girl is willing to protect him, even if he’s not Kaneki, several years down the line. Haise has always mentally blocked Kaneki out of fear and denial, forcing him down into the recesses of his mind as an evil, unstable entity – but now he has recognized that Kaneki may not actually have been a bad person. Both Haise and Kaneki have people who care for them – Haise has Saiko, and Kaneki has Hinami. It feels like Haise has come to some sort of silent reconciliation with himself, and if I had to predict his change now, I’d say it’d be more a merger than a takeover.

That is, if he even has time to engage Takizawa properly before the unknown question mark makes its way to their battlefield. Get hyped, because Amon Rize Floppy is here!

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 29: Hinami

Because she heard the voice.

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I think I’m tearing up a little ;_; Hinami is such a goddess. She became so strong and beautiful. And yet, at the same time it’s really relieving to know that she hasn’t changed too drastically – after all, she joined Aogiri over the time-skip, and whilst her co-operation with the same group of ghouls who tortured Kaneki could be explained by her desire to find out exactly what had happened to him, we could never be sure. A lot must have happened to her, and people do change – look at Takizawa! And up until now, Hinami has always appeared as a sombre and composed young lady. I think it’s clear where her loyalties lie though – it’s the second time we’ve ever seen her use her kagune in the entire series, and this time it’s to protect her precious and dying onii-chan while she hugs him close to her. Hinami, you’re too perfect ;_;

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It seems like a chapter of reunions. Apart from Hinami and Haise, we also had Juuzou and Big Madam finally meeting face-to-face. And Urie met reality, I guess. I did feel really sorry for Urie this chapter. I think there’s been a general shift in how Urie has been portrayed recently, marked by him being eaten by Big Madam. A lot has been done to make people dislike Urie, and now all that pent-up distaste is quickly being transformed into pity – it’s really tragic that he’s been so fixated on promotions and nothing else. He’s far too bitter over it, but at the same time he is trying his best, and has been denied over and over again. I also gained a new fondness for Mutsuki for reaching out to Urie in his crazed, Kaneki-like state – I do want them to form a proper friendship after this, especially as Urie has been looking down on Mutsuki all this time out of a perceived weakness.

At least he’s not dead, right?

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So what happens now? Saiko is hiding from Takizawa, and for good reason. I know she cares for Haise just like Hinami does, but she must be both terrified and confused right now. She was never there the last time this happened to Haise, when he met Nishiki – so what she’s witnessing is one ghoul saying some strange things and torturing him, before another random ghoul goes up and protects him from the first one. It really would be safest if Saiko stayed where she was – it’s looking more likely that Haise might be abducted in the near future, and she could get hold of the clues the Quinx Squad need to go after him. Hinami may very well take him away, either to Yomo or elsewhere – certainly not back to Aogiri. Takizawa was about to kill him before she intervened, and this is pretty much tantamount to standing against Aogiri. I doubt Ayato has much love for him anyway, even if he is a little more mature now.

Before anything, it’ll be Pineapple vs Yotsume, and if Haise wakes up I hope he remembers her. There’s also Akira – who has cut the phone line with Washuu and is presumably heading over with a Fueguchi quinque that looks identical to Hinami’s rinkaku. It spells trouble, but given that she has connections with all three of Haise, Takizawa and Hinami, it’s impossible to predict how she’ll react. All I know is that it’ll be big – because next week’s chapter will be the last of Volume 3. I hope Hinami will be on the front cover, like Touka and Haise were for Volumes 2 and 1 – it’d be a direct parallel to the original Tokyo Ghoul volume covers.

Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 28: Situation in Disorder

It’s time.

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I think he’s back, guys. His eyes have turned white, and Haise is clearly responding to being called ‘Kaneki Ken’ by Takizawa – and on top of it all, he’s being brutally thrown around by him. I do think, if nothing else, Takizawa is about to get the beat-down of his life – and he’ll learn a thing or two about who’s weaker than who. Eto and Aogiri compared Takizawa to Kaneki, not to Haise, and Takizawa has been fighting Haise all this time. In terms of Haise’s power level, reverting to Kaneki is like removing his limiter, and Takizawa is probably going to learn that first-hand. It may still be possible to restrain Haise if someone intervenes now, but in my opinion his old name was what pushed him over the edge. A lot of uncertainty has been cooked up in terms of exactly who is screaming in the last panel – all this time, Takizawa has been the black speech bubbles while Haise has been the white ones. But it seems to me like Takizawa is only laughing, and nothing else – the final scream of pain, despite being highlighted in black, is not him. It’s someone who, when uncontrolled, is insane enough to justify the black. It’s Kaneki.

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In other news, I am very proud of Saiko! I’m so glad both Saiko and Shirazu are still alive – it’s amazing that they’ve managed to beat Nutcracker together. And really, it seems like Saiko is the most amazing of them all – it’s infuriating and typical of Ishida that her rampage was cut out, but from the aftermath it looks like she rained down destruction upon Nutcracker. “I’m not so sure who’s the monster now anymore,” says Hayashimura. And I have a feeling she has inherited Kaneki’s kakuhou, which would explain why she’s so close with Haise. Anyway, so what’s just happened is that, with Hayashimura and Washuu as witnesses, two no-name, Rank 3 investigators from the controversial Quinx Squad have single-handedly trapped and brought down S-rated Nutcracker. That sounds like a well-deserved promotion to me, right Urie? huhah

Thanks to Scarecrow, every single combatant can now hear the beat-down Haise has been receiving – and therefore, every single combatant can hear how he’s reverting to Kaneki. All of them recognize his screaming – Uta does, Hinami does and Akira does. I suspect Akira recognizes Takizawa’s voice as well, and that she only asked Washuu in the hope that her doubts would be proved wrong – with Washuu’s silence doing the exact opposite. What will probably happen now is that Akira and Hinami will immediately head for Kaneki, with Saiko and Shirazu doing the same. Akira will want to fight Hinami if they run into each other, but if Kaneki has lost his mind, and this is an even more pressing concern, then the ultimate dream will be for the two to team up and deal with him. I can dream, right?

P.S. Go Ayato!

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 27: The Chosen One

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