What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 7.
Is the fighting finally over with? Yes, after what seems like a month (or at least a months worth of episodes) the big auction-house battle is done! And miraculously, none of the main characters died. Well, none of the “good guys” just a couple of “bad guys”.
That’s kind of lame. Yeah, kind of. After how high the stakes ~seemed~ and how long it went on for, it was obviously a centrepiece battle and while there was some good action scenes and a few pivotal scenes, having everyone escape pretty much unharmed is a little bit weak, at least in this reviewers opinion.
So what comprises the bulk of this episode? Checking in with pretty much, every character on the show, like I’m not exaggerating when I say we probably see at least 30 side characters having at least a passing scene in this episode, and I don’t know who half of them are or their relationships to other characters. I say this nearly every week but I really need to read the manga to properly appreciate how interconnected many of these characters are.
So it’s a confusing episode then? Surprisingly not—well assuming you can kind of just ‘go with it’ and not try and unpack every little moment of the show. Suffice to say if you’ve come to this review with the hope of some deep analysis and break down of all the moments in the episode, you’re not going to get that here!
What am I going to get? Me grinning over how cute Saiko is—also Haisie throws a “home party” for his colleagues and his superiors to celebrate their promotions after their victory at the auction battle. The party is kind of adorable and cloyingly sweet, tonally worlds away from the previous episodes. It’s a nice breather from the mayhem and allows the characters to have an oasis of happiness and merriment amidst the darkness of their lives.
Fair enough. So anything plot related happen? I mean plot related that you could actually follow and not stuff that got lost to your forgetfulness about this series… Yes, in fact. We get another look at The Gourmet, who is starving, by which he means he’s gorged himself on dozens of humans to try and satiate his hunger for Haisie but to no avail. Also it looks like he’s undergoing a sort of transformation of sorts? It’s kind of hard to tell…
Anything else? Yes! Haisie gets a mysterious package containing the mask his former-self Ken Kaneki wore in Season 1 along with a book of probable significance—of which I’ve obviously forgotten. This leads him back to the coffee shop as he tries to unravel these memories and we get to see Touka again! I like this show a lot more when I understand the character’s significant relationships to each other, even if Haisie still can’t remember who these ~familiar~ faces are or what they meant to his past self. I look forward to seeing where The Gourmet plot line goes as well as the dozens of other story threads that have reared their heads in lieu of this episode.
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