Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 34: Rose

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 33: Embracing Books

“She’s a ghoul… and I’m a ghoul investigator.”

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I had to go look up what ‘consanguineous’ meant. According to Wikipedia, consanguinity “is the property of being from the same kinship as another person. In that aspect, consanguinity is the quality of being descended from the same ancestor as another person”. Today I learned something new! So basically, the Tsukiyama family have sustained themselves through repeated cases of incest, and thus their RC cells are genetically vulnerable. I don’t really get why that means no-one in their family can develop a kakuja, though. It’s a type of kagune mutation, and from my limited knowledge of biology I seem to remember that children born out of incest have a higher chance of mutated genes? At any rate, it’s impossible for Tsukiyama, and things are not looking too good for him at the moment. I presume being a ‘foul feeder’ relates to cannibalizing ghouls – most ghouls do it with the hope of becoming a kakuja, because other than that it’s not a fun diet.

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I hope Haise keeps Hinami safe. Ayato already doesn’t like him, imagine what he’ll do if Hinami ends up dying on his watch. I think a lot of us were relieved with her being placed into Cochlea at the end of the auction arc instead of dying at the hands of either Takizawa or Arima, but back then we didn’t even know that ownership rights had expiration periods. The time-skip now means that this deadline is fast approaching, and investigators apart from Akira are now saying things about Haise and Hinami. I thought it was a bit odd that Haise decided to reference Kaneki on camera – in fact, Hinami also spoke openly about their relationship and called him onii-chan. So surely anyone watching the camera logs would start to ask questions about them, and suspect that him defeating her was a lie – which won’t do any favours for Haise’s reputation within the CCG, at least amongst those who know about his hybrid status and don’t trust him that much. At any rate, Haise is feeling something for Hinami as Haise himself, instead of as Kaneki – and is questioning the injustice of her being there, which is a rather odd stance to take as an investigator. Or is Kaneki slowly starting to fuse with Haise, represented by the surprising amount of black now back in his hair?

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So as predicted, this next arc will focus on Tsukiyama, in a mirror of the original manga. As much as I want to believe it has something to do with Rize, the ‘Rose’ case most probably refers to the remnant of the Rosewald family they picked up on at the auction – who is, of course, Kanae. I can actually see Kanae asking Haise for help if Tsukiyama’s condition deteriorates far enough despite his hate for him, because Haise is the one thing that’ll rejuvenate him completely. More likely to be an antagonist is this new investigator, Kijima, who looks like a ghoul, a member of V and an ex-Scrapper all at the same time. He’s the most shady investigator I’ve ever seen – how did this guy make it to Associate Special-Class?

Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 32: Eat and Run

How pitiful…

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What has Haise done to his hair?! It reminds me of Touka. I do hope this is just for the promotion ceremony and not something more permanent. A year has passed, and Haise is now a year older – and maybe a year closer to assimilating himself with Kaneki, too. For some reason, the vision of Kaneki is no longer as young as he once was, and now seems a lot more threatening than he was back at the auction. Was it all merely a false sense of security? Now he’s talking about not being able to coexist and him being similar to a caterpillar fungus that’s slowly taking over Haise the moth. It’s interesting that the end result in that analogy is ‘vegetation’, which is something different to both the fungus and the moth – it hints that if Kaneki succeeds, he won’t be the old Kaneki he once was, but will also have a bit of ‘Haise’ and his experiences in him. But at any rate, Haise is remembering more and more. He has visions of Mado, who he shouldn’t be able to picture at all, as well as a younger, glasses-wearing Touka from the time they infiltrated the CCG. And of course, there’s the ‘sharp pain gouging out the back of his eyes’. Hmm, I wonder why he’s feeling that sort of pain, right Special-Class Arima?

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The main thrust of the chapter was a promotion ceremony – pretty much everyone who made a notable contribution to the auction got a promotion. Urie got the Osmanthus Award and a promotion to Rank 1, but is still incredibly salty over how Kuroiwa Takeomi is the only one people are talking about. It’s kind of amusing that he still hasn’t changed even after all that’s gone on: he thinks, ‘why the fuck are you touching me?’ when Kuroiwa Sr. pats him on the shoulder. Juuzou’s promotion to Special-Class is well-deserved, but why was Washuu Matsuri also given a promotion? He didn’t do anything! I mean, he coordinated it all and stuff, but in terms of danger his life was nowhere near as threatened as the rest of the entire CCG. And he was the one who made Haise suffer and left him to fight Takizawa on his own. Similarly, it’s nice that Mutsuki jumped two ranks to Rank 1, but will it help him in the long-run? Presumably you have to take on more dangerous tasks, and more is expected of you in terms of combat ability – neither of which Mutsuki seems to be prepared for. I was under the assumption that ranking changes should take things like skill into account, too.

Haise is now First-Class like Amon, and Akira has been promoted to Associate Special-Class. I found the hug between them really cute! I think one of the greatest losses Haise will sustain as a result of reverting into Kaneki is his relationship with Akira. It’s now a little strained though, since Haise has decided to keep Hinami instead of killing her and making a quinque out of her as Akira presumably wants. The reason for her father’s death is reading books in Cochlea, and she can’t do anything about it. I didn’t even know ownership rights had an expiration date – but it must be conflicting for Haise. If he still is Haise, I don’t think he’s willing to go against the CCG and protect Hinami just because she saved her life – he has to remember more, first. At the moment, he still refers to her as ‘Yotsume’ and ‘Fueguchi’ instead of ‘Hinami-chan’ or something. At least she’s relatively safe.

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Now, with Tsukiyama on the horizon, it’s pretty much confirmed that :re will be mirroring the original Tokyo Ghoul. This next arc will involve Tsukiyama, and if he ever comes into direct contact with Haise, I’m sure the resulting confrontation will be interesting – regardless of how Haise might have changed, the Gourmet can identify him by smell. I have no idea what’s up with him, but he’s gone from not having an appetite to wanting to eat anything at all, so we’re taking baby steps at least. I know there are theories saying Tsukiyama now has a kakuja, but I’m pretty sure it’s just some sheets or the canopy of his bed covering his face. I mean, you can’t even use your normal kagune if you haven’t eaten anything. How is he supposed to use a kakuja in the condition he’s in?

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 31.5: With The Master

“What do you people want to do? Wait for Kaneki? Or…”

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So the question is: how seriously are we supposed to take this? It’s canon for sure, but for an omake-styled chapter its content seems to be a little too significant – it pretty much reveals the status quo a month on from the auction raid, and there’s a lot that can be inferred. Haise is still alive as Haise, for one, but Kaneki is now a continuing presence in his life – they still talk to each other, and it’s actually pretty nice seeing Kaneki relay little tidbits of advice across to a Haise who’s willing to listen to him. All seems normal with the Quinx Squad as well, with their existence now acknowledged as useful by the CCG. It quickly became apparent that Hinami was not around, and I think this (unfortunately) debunks the theory that Hinami would live with Haise like she used to – this takes place a month after the raid ended, after all. And Haise still refers to her as ‘Yotsume’. I guess she’s in Cochlea. I hope Haise visits frequently at least, it’s the least she deserves after having saved his life. At least he’s thinking of Touka, the only other contender for best girl!

It really is odd to see that treacherous bastard Uta just sitting in :re, as if he’s truly on their side. To be honest, I don’t even know what’s up with him any more, it’s confusing just thinking about the short exchange between him and Yomo. After Uta mentions that he met Kaneki (which he kind of didn’t, since he only really heard his screams over the intercom), Yomo asks what the Clowns are thinking. It’s vague enough such that we don’t know what he really meant – is he directly addressing Uta, thus implying he knows Uta is a member? Would Uta be a double agent in that case, if Yomo is tacitly approving? But then in asking what ‘they’ plan to do with Kaneki, it’s like he’s instead making a general statement, meaning he doesn’t know what Uta is up to. It’s not like Uta’s response is any less cryptic – he says he doesn’t know much about the boss of the Clowns. Is he saying that as a member? As a ghoul with general knowledge of the Clowns? Is he not supposed to be the boss in the first place? Is he just a lying bastard who’s deceiving everyone and their dog?

At any rate, the Clowns are moving. It’s a really audacious move for Uta to suddenly gift Haise his old mask for Christmas. It’s not enough to trigger a relapse (we may not even be getting those spasms of insanity now that he’s found some inner peace) but Kaneki recognized it. I just find it really strange that this is happening now, in a seemingly unimportant chapter – because it’s symbolic and really significant, and I can easily see this moving the plot forward. I guess the same goes with Eto giving him one of her books for Christmas, signing it to Kaneki Ken from Takatsuki Sen. That’s just evil. It also means both the Clowns and Aogiri know where Haise lives, which is kind of scary. It could also possibly be Hide who sent that book, given that he’d gotten a book signed for him back in the original manga at the event Takatsuki held. But that raises questions about what he’s up to, how he knows about Haise and why he hasn’t approached him before now – and now in such a roundabout way. Again, these are issues that are important enough to be raised in a chapter of its own.

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We still got some fun, omake-style interactions though. Stuff like Saiko only being able to decorate the bottom half of the tree, the doves playing Smash, or stories about Arima defeating ghouls with umbrellas when he didn’t have Ixa – I think it’s the happiest we’re going to see these characters for quite a while, if ever. It’s still really unnerving whenever I see Arima and Haise talk casually though. I mean, Haise is giving a Christmas present to the same guy who ran through his skull twice through both his eye sockets, giving him forced brain surgery and further mental instability.

And now they’re smiling together.

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 31: Pute

“I see… I was not the only one who was afraid…”

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“Haise. Am I… scary?”
“…Yeah.”
“Why?”
“You’re asking… why? Because you are… strong.”

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_re 31 Img008An incredible chapter this week. I’ve had trouble containing my excitement all weekend after seeing some of the raw spoiler images. At long last, the auction is over, but we’ve been left with a couple of massive reveals and developments. The first of those is as regards Haise and Kaneki – the mentality of the former with regards to the latter going forward will be very different from how it’s been up until now. It wasn’t quite a ‘merger’ between the two as per my speculations, but Haise has accepted Kaneki to an extent, and is willing to accommodate his presence. All this time, Kaneki has been pleading for Haise to ‘look at him’ – not (just) so that he can seize the chance to tempt him into the darkness, but because Haise has been getting the wrong idea about him all this time. Before Hinami, he was terrified at the supposedly savage monster who lived the first twenty years of his life. But now, the Kaneki that appears in his mind is just a kid, and this change is a major step for their future relationship going forward. Haise seems to be willing to take requests, too – his bold request to Arima must have been influenced by his inner Kaneki in some way.

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_re 31 Img005And what a request it was. I literally froze when Arima appeared and had his men surround Hinami – and like Hinami herself, I thought she was going to die for sure. It was the worst possible scenario – apart from Kaneki, when has Arima ever spared a ghoul? It’s also debatable whether we can say that what Arima did was ‘sparing’ him. I have a feeling that Arima knows full well that Haise was lying to him, or at least was aware that there was more to it than what he could see – but when he lied, he was still Haise. And that’s what I think Arima was there to check. He’d just finished another operation, and yet he rushed over to check on Haise – out of concern, perhaps, but also definitely in case he started reverting and going on a rampage again. At any rate, it seems pretty radical to let Haise just keep a pet ghoul like that, even if Hinami is most likely willing to live in the house with him and the rest of the Quinx Squad. Or will she be thrown into Cochlea?

_re 31 Img006My initial prediction for Floppy arriving on the battlefield was that it would be either Rize or Amon, and that they’d help unlock more of Haise’s memories. As the newcomer turned out to be Arima, that little idea was temporarily foiled – until Amon actually did appear, with Kuro at his feet no less! Amon is indeed Floppy, and despite being only featured on a single page, that was just about enough to tell us about his current situation. He is most likely a fellow one-eyed ghoul experiment – but a failed one, assuming that Takizawa and his mentally-broken state counts as a success. Before the auction, Eto told Ayato to ‘finish it’ if Floppy ever came – meaning that Amon isn’t with Aogiri, but instead was with them. But unlike Takizawa, in the face of all the torture he did not descend into madness, and managed to escape. If he’s helping the CCG clean up, it means he’s essentially anti-Aogiri – and the symbolic reversal is thus complete. Amon is now forced to live as a one-eyed ghoul, and is now in the same position Kaneki was in after he experienced his torture. And Haise is forced to live as a human, and is now a First-Class Investigator like Amon if he gets promoted as a result of his ‘distinguished service’ in the auction raid. But seriously, how long has Ishida been planning this for? Look at this!

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It’s like ‘Halfway’ all over again! I presume ‘Yasuhisa’ is Kuro, and the absence of Shiro does suggest she’s dead. At least Kuro is alive. Maybe not safe, but alive. Rescue her, Amon! I wonder what Amon thought of Kuro and Shiro when he first found out they were one-eyed ghouls. At the time, their appearance was just to make him believe in the existence of the concept, but I do wonder whether he would have killed them if he had to directly confront them. He is a kind person, but also one very much driven by justice and a hatred for ghouls. Now he’s in the same position they were – but I can’t see him eating humans at all, which is probably why he’s cannibalizing the Aogiri members he defeats. When he meets Haise, the two need to have a nice, long chat.

If we consider this arc as :re’s Hinami arc, the next arc will involve Tsukiyama and his father. There have been parallels – Haise has discovered more about himself like he did at this point in the original series, and Hinami has been ‘rescued’ from certain death at the hands of a scary, white-haired dove. I cannot wait for the impending argument between Hinami and Saiko over onii-chan and Maman.