What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 6.
What’s new in ghoul town? The battle continues! Literally, the big fight(s) that started in Episode 4 are still going on. I’d say things are getting excessive but I’m kinda into it, like there’s nothing worse than a show that has a battle between two powerful characters and it ends in mere minutes.
Right, so who’s still battling? Most of the characters actually, Ginshi and Saiko intervene in the fight with Nutcracker, after some much needed coaching to get Saiko to actually fight they kill the testicle-stomping villainous, not before a surprisingly touching—albeit extremely brief—flash back to her destitute childhood, and her dying words “I just wanted to be pretty”. Ghouls have feelings too, guys! They just have trouble expressing them in healthy ways…
And who else? Well if you’ll remember Urie was in the middle of being eaten by Big Madam last episode with Mutsuki looking on helplessly. He manages to break free from the vore-lovers fantasy and goes ~insane~ for a little bit, verbally lashing out at his co-workers and physically punching Mutsuki, which is the final push he needed to unleash his Kagune. They embrace and everything is mostly okay. Then super-cute Juzo decides to confront her villainous mother and again we’re treated to something of an emotional moment as Juzo confesses that even though she was tortured by Big Madam she can’t actually kill her because the memories are too powerful to overlook. But the other CCG members dispatch the beastly broad all the same.
And what about our white-haired protagonist? He was dealing with an absolute insane opponent last week was he not? Indeed, Haisie is outmatched, Takizawa taking every opportunity to beat on him all the while Haisie keeps going in and out of visions where he’s confronted by the Ken Kaneki version of himself (and a much younger version too), who’s desperately trying to get him to remember his old self. Meanwhile Hinami, Haisie’s ‘younger sister’ from his old life and full-fledged ghoul joins the fight to try and protect him. And then, and then… we get the best damn thing this whole season!
You’ve been busting to get to this point this whole review, haven’t you? What is it? *deep breath* Only one of the best damn musical call-backs in an anime ever. Okay, maybe that’s overselling it, but hearing the song ‘Unravel’ (a.k.a the Season 1 theme song, a.k.a one of the best damn theme songs of any anime period) play in its entirety over the last moments of the episode was just so damn cool! Sure it could be seen as pandering fan-service, but I thought it was really effective and if nothing else it’s just great to hear that song in this series again!
Fair enough. So I take that to mean you enjoyed the episode a lot? That would be correct, though once the hype dies down and I take in the show as a whole it’ll be telling what my opinion is like. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really enjoying this show still but even though I’m out of the loop on so many of these stories because of the gap between season 1 and this season I can still tell some of the characterisation for the side-characters is lacking. I can tell that there’s things being omitted for the sake of telling a more streamlined story and that just makes me want to read the manga even more! Though for now I’ll just keep enjoying the ride and see what happens next episode!
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