What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 12.
Season finale? Season finale!
So what kind of epic scenes and dramatic moments does the finale hold? It should go without saying that if you’ve read this far in these reviews you must know they have spoilers, but all the same spoiler warning–we’re talking about character deaths!
Deaths? As in multiple? Yes, although most of the deaths are named but seldom scene characters but we do get a death in the main cast of characters!
You sound so excited? Meaningful character deaths are great dramatic material, meaningful character deaths that actually elicit an emotion reaction from me–even better!
So who dies then? Everyone’s favourite blonde haired, sharp toothed CCG ghoul Shirazu gets a big piece ripped out of his side while taking down an SS-class rated ghoul and damn is it a well-paced, well-voice acted and altogether just plain beautifully sad scene… I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two during it! And what’s more it’s not some neat and tidy heroic death, yes he dies taking out a massively threatening and dangerous ghoul but he dies with unfinished business with his terminally ill sister in need of an operation–but lacking the funs, he dies without getting to see ‘Mr. Sass’ again (Haisie) and he dies with genuine terror and regret in his heart. It’s very real and raw and gives an emotional core to an otherwise kind of silly episode.
Oh? Does the episode have issues? A few–though nothing catastrophic or episode breaking. Early in the episode when Like I found ‘The Owl’s’ “final form” kind of absurd looking to the point where it wasn’t even a bit intimidating. Like Eto–the girl inside ‘The Owl’–is far more scary in her human form! Also, I don’t usually like to comment on the animation quality but it’s quite a bit choppier here, like it’s missing some key-frames–seems like they could have benefited from taking a week hiatus to polish it up a bit.
Other than the death scene is there anything else good about the episode? Despite the uptake in action–specifically between Haisie and The Owl, it’s a very introspective episode–at least towards the start, which was something I really appreciated. The scene between Haisie and his younger self in his mind was very well done and led into arguably this episode’s most important development–the return of Ken Kaneki! Yup, that’s right our sweet little Haisie is now hard assed jerk Ken Kanieki!
And that’s important? Probably. There’s still another season of this to come starting in October 2018 and now that a lot of things from this season are resolved and we’ll no doubt see the return of some briefly shown but important Season 1 characters–like Touka, Yomo and Chie Hori–who rescue Tsukiyama (The Gourmet) after he’s thrown off the family skyscraper by Ken.
Right. So how does this finale rank among the rest of the season? I’ll save my thoughts on the season as a whole for a proper 20 Question Review some time down the track, but my specific thoughts on this final episode are–it’s good, very good in fact. I think with a bit more time and polish this could have been even better but ultimately it serves as a satisfying conclusion to some things as well as a promise of even more interesting things to come in the future.
Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review
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