Denpa-teki na Kanojo, episode 1 – tropes

Before we start let me say that this is not a review of Denpa-teki na Kanojo. If you want a review – we already have one written by Shaurya, you are welcome to read it. Here I want to discuss this OVA rather than to review it, so I’ll assume you’ve seen it. It is a good show by the way, and it is fairly short too, so if you haven’t seen it you can start watching it now and come back in 40 minutes =)

Ame Ochibana

I decided to write about Denpa-teki na Kanojo because it gives me a great opportunity to talk about certain recurring setups in anime. Before we start though I would ask you to try not to let any negative preconceptions about these tropes to guide you as you are reading.

The first trope I want to mention is “harem”, basically it is a setup where you have a guy and a group of girls who are showering him with their attention. It is a weird definition, but I find that it works pretty well. I’d personally consider it to be a harem setup if there are at least three girls who show interest in the protagonist. If there are just two of them you can use more specific terms like love triangle or something; these are just words anyways. First episode of Denpa-teki fits this pattern nicely, as Fujishima Kanako (the class rep girl), Satsuki Miya (the girl who turned out to be a psycho) and Ochibana Ame (the Juu’s knight with weird haircut) are all talking with Juu (the protagonist boy) almost exclusively, and each of them shows a distinct interest in him, though their feelings may be different in nature and depth.

Juu Juuzawa and Miya Satsuki

What do you think, does it make sense to call it a “trope”? If you have a character-driven show it is only natural that there would be people of both genders, and since all of them are teenagers it is also natural that there would be a bit of a romantic tension there. And since Denpa-teki is a short anime you can argue that there wasn’t enough room for more than one male lead, so it just happens that Juu has lots of girls interacting with him. Right?

Juu with Ame

While this is a reasonable thing to say, I don’t think it is quite right. Regardless of the writer’s intentions, making your protagonist seem popular with the opposite gender affects the way the show works. Supposedly, it makes the guys who watch the anime associate themselves with the protagonist, and it makes the girls pay more attention towards him because he is popular. These ideas sort of popular are psychology-based speculations, and it is a broad-brush picture. It doesn’t have to work this way, if at all, for you in particular, my dear reader, so don’t complain :P So anyway, making your protagonist popular will likely change the way your audience views him, in particular it would likely make people to wish him well. And this can be exploited.

Kanako Fujishima

Let me give you an example of another show that falls under the harem definition I gave. In Neon Genesis Evangelion its protagonist Shinji Ikari is living together with Misato Katsuragi and Asuka Langley. He is also the only friend of Rei Ayanami, thus making it thee girls none of whom likes him very much, but they do hang out together almost constantly. This anime definitely does exploit the extra attention that Shinji’s popularity draws to him. It does so by making him fail miserably at everything he tries and by making him give up without trying half the time. So, because you wanted him to succeed you feel disappointment, frustration and even anger. Read what people say about Shinji, you’ll see just how well this worked out, he is a legitimate contender to be the #1 in the “most hated characters” list. All because the show is very effective at making you wish for Shinji to succeed. Of course, it is not just about him being popular with the girls, there are like half a dozen different ways the anime establishes him as a character you root for. Check it out, it is a pretty great anime series.

Shinji Ikari, Misato Katsuragi, Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley. The white haired boy is also a friend of Shinji’s

So with Evangelion I’d say using the harem trope was an effective choice that helped the show in achieving its goals. What about Denpa-teki na Kanojo? It is similar, in a way. Imagine you don’t care about Juu at all. Then the events of the OVA become bland, like a not-so-scary horror film. But then imagine that you do root for Juu very much. Or, better still, imagine that you are Juu. Then how do you feel about Fujishima’s death? She is a person who was always running around you, she was a classmate, she was generally friendly and so on. Feels pretty horrible, right? And what about Satsuki’s betrayal? Forget the emotional side of the situation, just being beaten up with a bat and then stabbed is awful enough already. This is how the first episode of Denpa-teki na Kanojo is supposed to work, I think. It tries its hardest to make you root for Juu, and then it uses this connection between the viewer and the character to deliver the impact.

Juu with Satsuki

If you doubt that the OVA was set up to exploit this trick, remember when Juu was attacked by Satsuki. It was a second after she finished a sentence that was worded as if she was going to admit her love for him. If you were gonna root for Juu this was the time. And a second later he is beaten with a bat but that same girl.

 

So, I think this trope can be used as a writing tool, rather than just being a fanservice device. Of course, there are dozens of anime where harem is the genre, and that is a different story altogether. Also there are anime like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, where the harem setup seems to be used only to make the show more appealing, so in a way it is just a fanservice.

The second trope I wanted to talk about is quite similar to the first one, but it is slightly less obvious. I would call it designing a character to be likable. In Denpa-teki it is Juu, of course. Lets describe him. He is a strong and brave guy with a clear sense of justice. He is slightly wild, but not dangerous. In fact, even when attacked he might not fight back, if there is a reason not to. He would rather get hurt than let another person be hurt. He wouldn’t take advantage of a girl, even if there are no consequences and more over he wouldn’t even want to be in such a position. He is sensitive, being able to understand how a person feels, even if that person offended him or physically hurt him. This particular trait has an absurd magnitude, as Juu is able to be worried about a person who just broke his arm and leg. Even when stabbed in the gut, he thinks of the mental torment his attacker is in. He is also a nice guy to hang out with. When he decided to spend time with Ame he asks her where they should go to, even though she was willing to tail him wherever he himself would want to go. He treats Ame as a person and as an equal even though she constantly suggests that she is his servant.

So, what do you think? Half of those traits are just a normal behavior of a good person. Being strong, brave, just, chivalrous, selfless, nice, that is a reasonable package for a protagonist, there are tons of characters like this. But that is not all there is to it. While the traits themselves are fine, the show obviously puts a lot of effort into showing that Juu has ’em, to the point that half the anime’s run time is spent on establishing his character. As a consequence it feels like half the show was written in such a way as to allow for Juu to display various aspects of his personality.

The disproportional amount of time the show spends on Juu, the more than impressive set of great qualities he has, the fact that the show is willing to throw some of its realism out of the window to make Juu look cooler (as with the scenes where he displays kindness towards Satsuki who tries to kill him), the fact that the show is interested in minute details of his personality while the rest of the cast gets a bare minimum of development, all this makes Juu a “designed to be likable” character, at least in my opinion. In particular, it seems he is sort of designed to feel dateable, as a good portion of of his qualities relate to the way he treats girls. Also his character does not display any human faults that would allow him to grow later, which shows that the writers weren’t interested in his dynamics, rather they wanted to see him in his perfect form from the get-go. And, as I mentioned, some of his actions seem unrealistic and even clash with his personality, which indicates that giving him those characteristics was more important than keeping him “real”. These choices are also a part of the reason I call him a “designed” character.

Just to make it clear, I wouldn’t call most of the characters designed to be anything because they aren’t. Satsuki and Fujishima are both just functional characters, they serve their purpose and that is pretty much all there is to them. Ame has a bunch of different and interesting characteristics, but they don’t have a purpose; she isn’t meant to fit in any kind of mold, like Juu is. Most anime characters aren’t designed to be anything, they are just written to the best of writer’s abilities to fit into the story, serve their role and hopefully be interesting. Sometimes a character would fall into an archetype or something like that, but as often as not it wasn’t because the writers wanted it to happen, but rather because they couldn’t do any better or didn’t care at all.

At any rate, the designed to be likable Juu serves the same purpose as the first trope, making you more invested in the guy and in all the stuff that happens to him. I think all together it does a reasonable job, and the episode leaves a good aftertaste too. Tropes often feel like a lazy writing, but in the case of Denpa-teki na Kanojo they seem to work fine. The show’s impressive visual language holds your attention, and the writing is fairly clever too. Just as an example, remember the scene where Juu asks Ame to hit him because he was doubting her, thinking she was the murderer? She hits him making him bleed. This establishes yet another great quality of Juu’s, him being proactive in setting things right, apologizing the way that would not take advantage of the meek disposition of the person he apologizes to. But it also shows that Ame is not a doll and has feelings as well. If she wasn’t at least slightly annoyed with Juu’s lack of trust she wouldn’t have hit him hard enough to make him bleed. This is a clever way of achieving two goals with a single brief scene.

What do you think about it? Do you think the use those setups I talked about takes away from the anime? Do you think it is meaningful to talk about designed characters the way I did? See you in the comments ^^/

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 10, 11 and 12

The animators have finished airing this show and despite it being interesting I haven’t been able to keep up with it. I have a feeling that this post is going to be very long since I have to review three episodes this time and the episodes have many interesting situations that are worth mentioning.  -.-”

Like this scene for example

Like this scene for example

Firstly I want to talk about Ayato, Toka’s brother.It looked like he didn’t care about Toka anymore. He didn’t mind hurting her when she stood in his way. He was a kid who was afraid of insects and he loved peace.He watched his parents get killed and he had everything taken from him. He had to run and hide to protect himself. All that took it’s toll on him.

Apparently he dislikes Toka's way of living

Apparently he dislikes Toka’s way of living

He was working with Jason. The group he is working with called themselves Aogiri Tree. They were defeating CCG members and taking over cities. They managed to defeat Toka and kidnap Kaneki. Jason conducted some experiments on him, it was more like a torture though. He chopped off Kaneki’s limbs countless times. Kaneki seems to have fast regeneration abilities. All the body parts Jason chopped off grew back almost immediately. I wonder if it is a good thing or a bad thing. He had to go through having one of his limbs chopped off .They grow back and it only meant that he had to go through that pain all over again. Also we got to see a bit of Jason’s past. He was a normal ghoul but a CCG member captured him and used him to experiment on ghouls. He was broken and was made into what he is now.

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Anteiku launched an operation to save Kaneki the same time CCG members attacked Aogiri Tree. They wanted to save Kaneki by using all the confusion. Toka got into a fight with Amon but was interrupted by some other ghouls.Unlike their previous fight, Amon would have been able to push Toka into a corner if their fight had continued. He was fighting for revenge.

I guess Toka finally understood how heavy revenge really is

I guess Toka finally understood how big of a burden revenge really is

At the end, Kaneki snapped because of everything he was put through. He was tortured by Jason and in his mind he kept seeing Rize who messed with the things he believed in. He ended up accepting the ghoul inside of him. During his fight with Jason, they played the opening song in the background. The song which I’ve heard suddenly became more meaningful.[HorribleSubs] Tokyo Ghoul - 12 [720p].mkv_001262084
Thinking back about it now, this is what we’ve been seeing ever since the first episode.We watched people getting broken, getting hurt, losing their way and ending up on a path that might never make them happy.We watched Kaneki, a normal college student become a ghoul who didn’t mind losing a limb or two to win a fight.

It is hard to believe that he was the same guy who was crying in the first episode about being human

It is hard to believe that he was the same guy who was crying in the first episode about being human

The manga is going to end soon and I might read it sometime. I wonder how the mangaka wants to end it though. Tokyo Ghoul is not the kind of anime that can have an actual ending. The manga might end with the people and ghouls deciding to peacefully coexist together. It is kind of hard to imagine. We might think of something like ‘All the ghouls can eat dead people’. How will they get the dead bodies? Imagine a guy walking up to someone whose parents just died and saying something like ‘Hey give those dead bodies to these ghouls. They’re hungry and you’re gonna bury/cremate them anyway’. The guy would prefer having his parents’ bodies buried to letting ghouls eat them.A peaceful future for these people is hard to imagine. The manga might also end up with humans killing all the ghouls or with the ghouls defeating all the humans. This again is unrealistic considering how both sides seem to be strong and killing all the ghouls is just about impossible since they blend in really well with humans.

Just a random image ^.^

Just a random image ^.^

Tokyo Ghoul makes a good argument about why both sides are right sometimes and about how reality has problems that can’t be solved peacefully. It is a good anime but at the same time, Tokyo Ghoul leaves a bitter after taste. It is ruthless ad brutal and makes us feel upset, desperate and lost.

This is what I am talking about ._.

This is what I am talking about ._.

See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 8 and 9

Tokyo Ghoul episode 7

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 8 and 9

The episodes have been out for a while and I apologize for taking so long to write a post about them.I’ll try to make this a short post.

Toka did succeed in killing Mado. He was an interesting character and I was sad to see him go. The episode was interesting nonetheless. The most amusing part was the dialogue exchange between the characters.Amon blamed ghouls for killing humans and bringing grief to their loved ones. Toka blamed humans for hunting down ghouls and killing them. They are both right. Humans can’t help but want to kill ghouls.After all they will feel safer if there aren’t any man eating monsters around. And ghouls can’t help killing humans. They need to eat in order to survive.

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Tokyo Ghoul makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a battle field. You see why the battle is happening and why it can’t be avoided. But as you watch their pain, their suffering and their desperation to win, you can’t help but wish for things to be different even though you know that it is impossible.

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3The fight itself wasn’t so interesting though. Mado lured Hinami into the tunnel using her mom’s scent and Toka went there to save her along with Kaneki. Toka planned to trap Mado in that tunnel. She should have been better prepared by laying some traps that would guarantee her victory. Mado should also have surrounded them by taking the help of other CCG members. But all they did was walk in and fight.

It was Hinami who managed to overpower Mado. But watching this little girl rip off the limbs of a man while crying remonds us of how twisted Tokyo Ghoul reallly is

It was Hinami that managed to injure Mado. Watching this little girl rip off the limbs of a man while crying reminds us how twisted Tokyo Ghoul really is

Kaneki fed on Amon during the fight since he thought he had to use his kagune to prevent Amon from going after Toka. He also managed to restrain himself from killing Amon. It looks like Kaneki managed to accept the ghoul inside him a little considering how he didn’t mind borrowing her power.

In the tenth episode we got to see Toka’s family. She has a little brother who now wants to capture Rize. Apparently she and her brother decided to walk different paths.

Toka became a peace loving ghoul while her brother became her exact opposite

Toka became a peace loving ghoul while her brother became her exact opposite

I wonder why a lot of people are after Rize though. It looks like they don’t know that she is dead yet.

MAL says that Tokyo Ghoul will have 12 episodes. So this anime is going to end in three more episodes. I hope we will get to see more of Hide in the coming episodes. He is an interesting character and he deserves more screen time.[HorribleSubs] Tokyo Ghoul - 09 [480p].mkv_000878097

See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 7

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 7

This episode could be one of the best or one of the worst depending on how you see the latest development. Toka wanted revenge for Ryoko’s death and went after the CCG members.

She killed a guy who had nothing to do with Ryoko's death

She killed a guy who had nothing to do with any of that

He was just an ordinary member of CCG who wanted to help humans. He did a desk job and probably never killed a ghoul in his entire life.

This was probably the stupidest thing Toka could have done. Now the CCG members will want to hunt all the ghouls in her ward and make them pay for his death. She just killed an innocent man and put her entire ward in danger.This is also the best thing about Tokyo Ghoul. There are no ‘good’ people in the anime. Humans kill ghouls as if they are animals and ghouls kill humans without a second thought. Tokyo Ghoul is full of people who only see what they want to see. They close their eyes to everything else.

She almost got Amon too but Mado materialized out of nowhere and saved him. That is the part I dislike about this anime. The main characters always find themselves in the right place at the right time. The fight between Mado and Toka was satisfactory though. Mado overpowered Toka. He had a lot of experience with ghouls and he knew Toka’s weakness. She had to retreat in the end. It wouldn’t have made sense if this guy with lots of experience lost to a teenage girl.

We also learned what quinque are. They are kagune that the CCG members literally ripped off ghouls

What is more interesting is the fact that Toka knew that she did something wrong. She knew it wasn’t right but she did it anyway. All she managed to do was make the CCG members get mad at her and now Amon wants to kill her.

I wonder if she felt any better after killing that guy

I wonder if she felt any better after killing that guy

Toka plans to kill Mado too. She laid some sort of trap for him but Mado already saw through her. He had been dealing with ghouls all his life after all.

I wonder what she actually plans to do

I wonder what she actually plans to do

For once I want Toka to fail. She is killing innocent people in the name of revenge. Of course it is okay for her to feel bad for Hinami but that is no reason to start killing people randomly. I don’t want to see Mado die either. He is one of the characters who make the show interesting.

We’ll get to see what is going to happen between those two in the next episode.

See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

We finally got to see Toka’s kagune in this episode. Tsukiama was no match to her when she was at her full power.

Her kagune looks awesome *-*

Her kagune look awesome *-*

She could fly  :3

And she can fly :3

Toka killed him.The fight was great but it didn’t seem awesome because of all the censoring. If I ever decide to drop Tokyo Ghoul it would be because of the censoring. Let us look at some pictures of the fight.

She overpowered Tsukiama

She overpowered Tsukiama

You can hardly see him in this picture -_-

You can hardly see him in this picture -_-

After the fight Toka wanted to kill Kimi since she knew about Nishiki and Kaneki.The most interesting part of the episode is this.

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It was unrealistic. Even though Kimi was blindfolded she could hear everything. She must have known that Toka was trying to kill her and she should have been scared of her. Her saying ‘How pretty’ as soon as she could see didn’t seem real. If we ignore the unrealistic part we have to admit that it was beautifully done. Toka wouldn’t have listened to anything Kaneki or Nishiki tried to tell her. Kimi accepting her was just about the only thing that could have stopped her. It probably hurt her a lot too. Kimi accepted everything about her with a single word. It must have been too much for her to deal with.Here is a girl she wanted to kill and the girl looked at her kagune which she is going to use to kill her and she actually said it is pretty. They managed to show how weak and vulnerable Toka actually is.

All it took to shake her resolve was kindness.

All it took to shake her resolve was little kindness. And look at the expression on her face. She doesn’t look like a powerful ghoul who managed to kill Tsukiama.

Hinami’s dad got killed in this episode. Jason, the guy who asked him to make the weapon ended up killing him. It is an obvious plot twist. The CCG members got into a fight with Jason after that. The weapons they use to defeat ghouls are called quinque. They look more or less like kagune. It would have been more interesting if they used guns or other weapons.

This is what quinque look like

This is what quinque look like

 

The problem with Tokyo Ghoul is that they are trying hard to show that ghouls have a  human side and are being cruelly rejected by humans. It makes all the humans look like bad guys. Especially Mado, they make him look like a crazy guy who likes killing ghouls. Being sympathetic towards ghouls is okay but making the members of CCG look like villains doesn’t sit well with me. If the ghouls and CCG were real we would all be cheering for Mado.

Mado and Amon managed to trap Hinami and her mother by using her father’s scent. Hinami’s mother is trying to protect her by buying some time for her to run away. We’ll get to see what is going to happen to these two in the next episode.

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See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

This is going to be a long post.So much happened in the last two episodes and I think fitting it all into one normal post  is going to be difficult -.-”

The anime makers  are trying to concentrate on showing us the dark side of ghouls at this point. We’ve been watching good ghouls for a while now. So this change is welcome. Let us start with this guy. He is the craziest person we’ve seen so far.

Tsukiama

His name is Tsukiama

He got interested in Kaneki because of the way he smelled, he has human’s scent mixed with a ghoul’s scent. He acted nice and lured Kaneki to a place where ghouls kill people and eat them. Kaneki believed him despite Toka’s warning.

This was all it took to fool Kaneki

This was all it took to fool Kaneki

 

It was a place where the ghouls first watch someone kill their prey and then feast on him

It was a place where the ghouls watch someone kill their prey and then feast on him

Looking at all that blood I wonder how many people were killed there. They brought in a huge guy to kill Kaneki. His eye turned red during the battle and all the ghouls were surprised to see a one eyed ghoul. One eyed ghouls are supposedly stronger than normal ghouls and none of them had ever seen one before.At this point Kaneki’s already messed up life became even more messed up. Even if he got out of that alive, now there are lots of ghouls out there who know his true identity and would like to eat him. Let us get back to the fight.

Here is the guy who tried to kill Kaneki

Here is the guy who tried to kill Kaneki

Tsukiama saved Kaneki from him, not because he felt sorry for him, but because he didn’t want to share Kaneki’s meat with anyone else. A one-eyed  ghoul is supposedly a rare delicacy.He killed that big guy and tried to convince Kaneki that it was all just a joke.

Like anyone is going to buy that -_-

Like anyone is going to buy that -_-

Let us get back to Toka. In these two episodes we saw what a good friend she is. She ate normal human food for her friend Yoriko’s sake  and ended up getting sick. Despite all that she didn’t try to get rid of the food Yoriko made for her. She is trying so hard to act like a human. Watching her hurt herself is kinda sad.

This is how she ended up because of it

This is how she ended up because of it

We also learned that Toka wasn’t always this way. There was a time when she was like any other ghoul and didn’t mind killing people. I wonder what changed her.

Toka in the past

Toka in the past

In the fifth episode Kaneki saved Nishiki when he was being attacked by some ghouls. We got to see Nishiki’s past in this episode. Nishiki had a sister he loved. But her identity was discovered by her manager and she was killed. He couldn’t believe in humans ever since then.

Nishiki and his sister

Nishiki and his sister

His sister's death

His sister’s death

However he met a girl called Kimi who accepted him even after she discovered that he is a ghoul. It was something he didn’t expect. Kimi was kidnapped by Tsukiama. He did it to blackmail Kaneki and get him to meet him.

Kimi

Kimi with Kaneki and Nishiki

Tsukiama defeated Nishike and Kaneki with ease. As usual Toka appeared to save the day.

She always manages to be in the right place at the right time

She always manages to be in the right place at the right time

In the next episode we’ll get to see her fight at her full power.I am looking forward to it.

Toka's kagune

Toka’s kagune (Kagune are those tentacle like things the ghouls use to kill their prey)

Sorry about the long post. I’ll try to make one post per episode from now on.

See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

They introduced some new characters in this episode. A ghoul that Rize beat in the first episode came looking for a ghoul called  Yamori. He lost his weapon during his fight with Rize and he wants Yamori to make him a new one. Yamori’s wife and kid started spending more time at the cafe where Toka works since they don’t want to disturb Yamori while he works on the weapon, not to mention that it might be dangerous for them. Yamori’s wife’s name is Ryoko and the kid’s name is Hinami.

She doesn't look like a scary  man eating ghoul when she smiles right?

Hinami. She doesn’t look like a scary man eating ghoul when she smiles right?

Also I was right about Hide. He is acting as if he hasn’t heard anything. It might be the best thing he can do for now. I doubt that Kaneki would be willing to sit down and discuss his situation with Hide.

I wonder how long he can keep that up

I wonder how long he is going to keep that up

Two officers of CCG, the department that takes care of ghouls, are given permission to investigate the 20th ward, the place where Kanenki and the others are living. Their names are Mado and Amon. They are going around attacking ghouls and killing them. Mado looks kinda crazy but that does make some sense. Imagine the life of two people who have to hunt ghouls. If they make a mistake they will be killed. That kind of life messes with peoples minds.

Mado and Amon

Mado and Amon

It is difficult to say who are in the wrong here. In fact no one is in the wrong .The police are trying to protect  people by killing ghouls and the ghouls are following their nature and hunting humans to live. Humans and ghouls are doing what they believe should be done. The CCG members think ghouls are trash and the ghouls think that the CCG members are trash. It is hard to say who are the good guys . The ghouls are not just monsters who hunt for fun. They have a human side too. There is also this scene.

Most of the ghouls do understand the importance of the lives they are forced to take

Most of the ghouls do understand the importance of the lives they are forced to take

I am impressed that he could say something like that with a smile. He likes people but he has to eat them. People will call him a monster and will try to kill them if his identity is revealed. Yet he said something as painful as ‘I like people’ with a smile. There is Toka too. She tries so hard to blend with the human society. She goes to school and studies hard for the tests. Everything she is working so hard for will disappear in an instant if people come to know that she is a ghoul. She still tries and works hard anyway.

She looks like any other student when she is studying

She looks like any other student when she is studying

The cafe owner wanted Kaneki to get a mask. These masks help hide their identity if they meet any CCG members. There is a shop where the ghouls can get their masks made. He wanted Toka to accompany Kaneki.

Of course Kaneki wasn't late :3

Of course Kaneki wasn’t late :3

The mask shop owner

The mask shop owner

We already know what Kaneki’s mask is going to look like. After all we’ve been seeing it in the opening song since the second episode.

Opening songs have so many spoilers >. <

Opening songs have so many spoilers >. <

We learned that the ghouls who don’t want to kill people feed on suicide victims. They go to places where people usually commit suicides and get the corpses. 2014-07-20_0830

The animators are trying not to show blood and gore during some scenes. It is understandable since there are people who would rather not watch blood and gore. But doing so will reduce the impact of the scene. We won’t feel the horror of the situation as much as we are supposed to feel.

I am talking about this scene

I am talking about this scene

See you next time ^^/

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1