Episode 5 Impressions: Tokyo Ghoul √A

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Humans and ghouls, intertwined in various ways, had begun their fated fights at Cochlea. The exposure of multiple themes and layers attached to these fights signify an impending climax. Which species will go home as the victor?

e5tokyoghoulroota1Synopsis
Diverting from the ongoing fights, we get a small history lesson on Amon, Nashiro, Kurona and Rei (aka Suzuya). We learn that Amon used to be a lecturer at the CCG Academy. The same academy where (surprisingly) Nashiro, Kurona and Suzuya received their training. The flashback displaying conflicting views of the students flows right back into the current timeline where their ferocious battle continues. The twin sisters flex their capabilities but are utterly stomped on by the monstrosity that is Suzuya.

Elsewhere, Ayato, fueled by anger, is throwing everything he has at Shinohara and his familiarity-emitting Arata. But the assault drains Ayato and he finally collapses before Kaneki makes his appearance. After Amon’s shocking reunion with his former students, Nashiro and Kurona, he witnesses the maniacal devouring of Shinohara by Kaneki. Amon chops away at Kaneki as he lays down the law, demanding answers concerning his now cruel nature. The one-eyed Owl ends up retrieving a broken Kaneki and Ayato before the episode ends.

e5tokyoghoulroota2Thoughts
Getting straight to the point: I liked this episode. While I was left unsatisfied in certain areas, the episode did a really great job when it came to blurring and accentuating the lines that separate ghouls from humans. Amon’s black and white judgement was put to the test upon seeing ghouls that not only used to be human, but his former students as well. Almost immediately after that, he faces a very primal Kaneki who, in earlier parts of the series, was the entire reason why Amon started exploring a more gray area with his morality. Brilliant writing.

But unfortunately, there were some problems as I mentioned before. The scene with Kaneki, Eto and Shachi from last week didn’t flow into this week’s Kaneki entrance scene. What happened to Shachi? Did he let Kaneki go? Also, CRC gas forced Aogiri Tree’s retreat. But why did it take so long for it to be used in the first place? It doesn’t only come across as overly convenient, but it takes away from Cochlea’s credibility as an internment center for S and SS-rated ghouls. But in all honesty, it’s not enough to knock the quality writing around Amon’s character. As previously stated, I enjoyed this one and I’m eager to see where we go from here.

Episode 5: Rift

THUMBS UP!

THUMBS UP!

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great!

Pros:

  • Blurring and accentuating lines between the species
  • Great animation during fights
  • Satisfying conclusions (fights)

Cons:

  • Lack of continuity (Shachi)
  • Implementation of CRC gas took too long

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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By offering anime and manga reviews, Ernest aims to cater to the needs of the geeky masses. After having written for various platforms including KissAnime, and with a perspective backed by a plethora of content, he now lends his writing skills to OtakuSpirit.