The raid on Cochlea has finally ended. Tokyo Ghoul: Thousand Paths follows the main characters as they plan their next moves. The main difference between this episode and the story that is followed in the manga is the fact that there is a larger focus on the CCG. Tokyo Ghoul Root A tries to find an even balance between the CCG and the ghouls.
Episode six of season two also tells us the story of how Juuzou came to be the way he is. As it turns out, he has a very good reason for his strange ways and lack of morals. Do you remember the gourmet restaurant full of ghouls back in season one? Juuzou is one of the victims. He was the pet of Big Madam. She forced him to fight and destroy other ghouls in order to survive. It almost reminded me of the gladiator days. He had to fight others in the ring in order to survive. In addition to that, it seemed as if his reward for being a good boy was torture. As we have learned through watching Kaneki, torture can drive any man insane.
Juuzou is just a boy. Since he grew up in this environment, he has no idea how civilized humans are supposed to react. Normal social interactions are foreign to him and he has adopted the same lack of morality that most ghouls have. He has no need to care for the lives of ghouls or humans. However, animals are a different story. He draws pictures of various animals and spends a lot of his alone time with them. I think he is drawn to their innocence and their capacity for complete love. Shinohara is the one who saved him from Big Madam. He was the only one who was willing to try to get through to Juuzou. In fact, Shinohara treats him like a son.
Since the raid on Cochlea, rumors and news of Kaneki as the One-Eyed Ghoul has spread like wildfire throughout Tokyo. This undoubtedly takes a bit of a toll on Touka. Kaneki has quickly become one of the most notorious ghouls around. He has also become one of the most feared ghouls in Tokyo. This makes things a bit dangerous for him. It will be hard for him to get around without being noticed. This is especially the case if he is not able to control himself soon. The Kaguja has been awakened within him and he has no idea how to control it or his hunger. Is it possible that switching sides was a mistake? He cannot live his life as someone who is invisible anymore. In addition, recent events have caused him to form split personalities. Even though the old Kaneki is still there, this new personality has become extremely strong. He wants to consume and he wants power.
I liked the focus on CCG in Tokyo Ghoul: Thousand Paths. Since Tokyo Ghoul Root A has introduced Akira, she has been a serious person who seems nearly unapproachable. She has been all business and nearly inhuman up until this point. Thousand Paths has introduced more depth to this character. We are reminded that she is the way she is because she has lost both of her parents. She constantly tells herself that her father would still be alive if Amon had not left him alone. She is convinced that he killed her father and actually told him that she hated him for it. Because of the death of her parents, she had to grow up fast. She didn’t have time to live out her childhood. We also see that she has become quite lonely. Despite her hatred for Amon, she asks him to stay the night.
Amon is currently fighting his own demons. He feels extreme guilt over his inability to save Akira’s father. He believes that he would have been able to save Mado if he had been stronger. Instead, he let himself get distracted by Kaneki. Amon’s personal battle is part of an underlying theme in Tokyo Ghoul: Root A. Almost every person in the second season of Tokyo Ghoul has a burning need to protect his or her loved ones. Unfortunately, you have to have power in order to protect your friends and family. Sometimes you have to do bad things in order to obtain the kind of power that changes lives.
One of the greatest things about episode six is the fact that the character development that we were looking for took place in this episode. However, I do wish this had happened before everyone met. We might have been able to understand character reactions a bit better. For example, some of the things that we see Kaneki do don’t make much sense if we did not read the manga. There is not a big focus on Kaneki in season two of Tokyo Ghoul. Most of the changes happen off screen and his downward spiral seems a bit sudden to some people. I am expecting things to pick up in the next episode. I am also hoping we get to see more of the Owl in the next few episodes.