Hi there, This is typicallydia and you are listening to Reanimation on the Dead As Hell horror podcast. Today i want to wrap up my thoughts on the second half of Tokyo Ghoul. Once I was all done watching it, i had to watch episode 8 to 12 again, then watch 11 and 12 twice more, then watch the final fight again. Then i watched the final fight uncensored. suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this series right to the last drop of blood.
Studio Peirrot had announced a second season and there was some chatter about the Chinese distributor pulling the listing for the anticipated January release. I don’t know any more than the casual fan, but it really mustn’t mean a thing. A series that is still coming out in Jump Live and is so wildly popular then had a very successful first season run is likely not going anywhere. Don’t Panic.
So, yes, I was getting a little bored with the stall during episode 7ish and thereabouts, but got extremely excited once the series continued with better pace. At times though I was tired with the investigative Commission of Counter Ghoul, or CCG storylines, but the way they finally converged left me pretty happy.
Everyone was trying to get back to normal while the CCG investigation swirls around them and Mados ex partner swears revenge after some flash backs that solidify their partner relationship for the viewer.
Meanwhile, Kaneki realizes there is more of the ghoul Rise left in him than he thought. Before she came to the 20th ward Rise was in the 11th and both wards are now being targeted by the CCG.
More flashbacks teach us more about Touka and her little brother (Ayato). Yay for flashbacks. So, enter the thugs from 11th ward and Banjo Kazouichi who is a pretty hip thug with cool gasmasked and hoodied thug sidekicks. They are hunting for Rise. So is Jason. enter Toukas brother again, who is incidentally on his way to the ward to hunt Rise as well and from his introduction, surrounded by dead bodies, a bit of a binge eater himself. he demolished the entire 11th ward CCG contingent and seems a little nuts.
It seems Tatara, one of the leaders of the Agori Tree and Eto, his sidekick are heading there too. So tension? Sure. Let’s just pile on tension knowing all y’all prolly hate one another and only one of you is going to get hold of Kanekei or even figure out what happened to Rise and that’s bound to piss one of you off. I like Eto. Remids me of Keyop from old Gatcaman, or Battle of the Planets cartoons I used to watch when i was a kid.
Here we get the first mention of the Agori Tree which is basically a ghoul gang. An organization that is willing to wage war against the CCG and all humans. We also hear the first mention of the One Eyed King, the ghoul equivalent on He Who Walks Behind The Rows,
So it begins as the thugs demo the cafe. They can smell Rise in the air and on Kaneki.He bullshits them as best he can, and discovers Banjo came to warn Rise that the Agori Tree is after her. Enter the super sexy Ayato, Toukas brother. Followed by Yamori Jason and Nico. The cafe is getting mighty crowded by this point. This is also where the storyline really compresses and you may feel, as I did, that too much is happening. I kind of feel like that right now.
So, to chill out a bit, they skip off to the CCG storyline who have now become wise to the Agori tree. They figure a wicked war between ghouls and humans is coming fast so they begin to enlist some pretty interesting characters as ammo in this fight.
Back at the cafe, we get a taste of how much torture Kaneki can withstand, and how much violence Jason can dole out while the other thugs basically watch and his friends are powerless to help. He is beaten to a pulp. Once the cafe is literally coated with blood, Kaneki is whisked away by Jason who is a true sadist and takes him to a not-so-secret torture chamber in the 11th ward. He reportedly plays with his food before eating it, and at this rate Kaneki is properly tenderized.
The ghouls of the 20th ward vow to rescue Kaneki. Right off, it seems foolish. Up against the Agori Tree, Jason, and Ayato? Yikes. The gourmet returns miraculously bent on saving Kaneki and even the sexy smexy Uta is in on this, as he says Kaneki is one of his best customers. Odd, when really, every ghoul seems to have one mask so… um… i think they are all equally his best customers? I didn’t really get that remark, but I will pretend he meant something overtly sexual yes. Anyway. aside from letting you know that the maniacal Jason actually dons a hockey mask type mask as his ghoul persona, which is totally cool for Friday the 13th fans, I’ll let you watch the rest. Knowing that I watched from here on in maybe four times within as many days must say something. Where the first episode hooked me, the 11th episode satisfied all I’d come and stayed for. The second last episode is brutal. Blood and psycho horror with a little action to keep it tense, the last episode is nearly a trippy beautiful sublime counter to that – up until the last few scenes that is.
A note about the red spider lily, which is used as a metaphor in the final episode. Apparently in Japan, they bloom near cemeteries in autumn. They believe the flowers herd the dead from afterlife to reincarnation. I had been interested in adding them to my garden at one point for this reason myself, so was especially pleased to see them in this anime.
You already know what i think of the music in this and how much i like the title track but during the end fight scene, as lame as it sounds, i was kinda galvanized. There is a full length or extended version of the opening title song and it is used to great effect at the end.
There is heavy censorship. You can pop on youtube and see some fan rendered reversals of the solarized gore scenes, but some of the worst body horror and weapon insertion remains blacked out. All the more reason to buy the Blu Ray or DVD. The second volume was recently released, with two more volumes on the way.
All in all, i am looking forward to the second season. I may snag the manga in the off time, but really, i could wait until it comes out with the second volume of anime by the time January rolls around. Now that Kaneki is consolidated both human and ghoul, and his mind has snapped entirely, I can see the narrative becoming quite sober.
What Is Up Next: the Devil is a Part Timer maybe, in snippets. I won’t cover it proper since it really isn’t horror, but I am enjoying the hell out of it. The Devil gets trapped on earth and has to get a job, and dammit, he decides ruled hell, he will rule the hell out of that job. It’s something to watch until 24 episodes of Parasyte start streaming on Crunchyroll. There is a live action Parasyte coming, as well as jewelry, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the band, performs the opening track which sounds pretty cool. Not heavy enough for me, but good. So wow. It better live up to all that! In the meantime, I’d like to talk about Wicked City or some nice classic OVAs before Parasyte sinks its teeth into me.
If there is anything you think I should be watching, let me know on twitter @typicallydia or tumblr, youtube, wherever you hang out. This has been Re:Animation on the Dead As Hell Horror Podcast.
Addendum: Also on Dead Cells, part of splatterpictures.net.