In episode 10 of Tokyo Ghoul the raid on Anteiku is very close to ending. I found myself repeatedly wondering if this would be the episode that forced us to watch the end of everything Yoshimura fought so hard to keep. Tokyo Ghoul: Lost Rain had enough battle scenes in this episode alone to make up for the slow pacing that so many people complained about in the middle of the season. Lost Rain introduced us to the Anteiku raid by showing us the battle between Koma, Irimi, and the different CCG members. Unfortunately, Koma finds himself up against one of the higher-ranking CCG members. Despite the fact that he was able to take down a large percentage of the other members, he is not able to beat this man. It seems as if he will die soon and it seems as if he is completely prepared to die during this battle.
Unlike Koma, Irimi had the ability to fight all of the CCG investigators that attacked her. She was doing perfectly fine during this battle until an older civilian was caught in the battle. This older woman was never evacuated before the raid on Anteiku. Hachikawa does not seem to be concerned for any civilians that are still in the area. He shows complete disregard for the woman’s life and even uses her as bait. He decides to attack Irimi despite the fact that the civilian will die from the crossfire. Irimi no longer has the same cold heart that previously made her famous. Irimi refuses to let another innocent person suffer because of her. She risks her life in order to save the civilian and it seems as if she is facing certain death after this scene. Koma and Irimi are both perfectly fine with sacrificing their lives in order to save the lives of the people around them. They are prepared to die for the sins that they have committed and are happy to have the chance to fight beside their manager.
Kaneki on the other hand is not ready to lose the life that he created at Anteiku. We all know that he spent the first season of Tokyo Ghoul watching the people around him. Because of his lack of action, many bad things happened. He felt complete despair when people he cared about were taken from him. He watched the pain and suffering of others that he cared about as well. He sacrificed the same people he cared about in order to become powerful. He even sacrificed his sanity. Kaneki has come an extremely long way since the first episode of Tokyo Ghoul and I think that this is the episode that really proves this fact. He has watched innocent people die because of him. In addition, he was tortured by Jason and could not do anything to save Hinami’s mother. He has finally figured out that he has to protect the people he cares about himself if he wants to keep them safe. This is the main thing that drives him to fight for Anteiku. He found a way to save Irimi and Koma but he still feels the need to try to save Yoshimura. This seems completely hopeless. Yoshimura is surrounded by CCG members. It will be interesting to see how Kaneki will fight these investigators. On his way to find Yoshimura, he runs into Amon. I’m excited to see the confrontation between Kaneki and Amon in the next episode.
We have learned that Juuzou has become an important part of the strategy to defeat the Owl. A vision of Mado appeared during the battle against Anteiku in order to tell other CCG members to let Juuzou fight the way he wants to fight. Even though it seems as if Juuzou is unable to handle the amount of stamina it takes to carry on his attacks, it is best to let him handle things his way. Juuzou has amazing senses while he is on the battlefield. In addition, he is extremely unpredictable which makes it hard for his enemies to fight him. Even though trying to have strategies prepared for battle seems like a good idea, one must be prepared for anything. Juuzou has the ability to rely on his instincts more than others do. This gives him the chance to adapt to nearly any situation that he is faced against.
With the help of Juuzou, the CCG investigators finally take down Yoshimura. During this final battle, Yoshimura sees visions of all of the people that he is saved. We are shown a vision of each person at his or her best and each person at their worst. Yoshimura even sees a vision of his wife, Yukina. During these visions I noticed that everyone he has saved have become happier because of Yoshimura. However, Kaneki is the only one who has not found his place in the world yet. In fact, he seems even more lost.
After Yoshimura was defeated, the sounds of celebration can be heard throughout the area. While the CCG investigators celebrate the completion of their mission, Touka and Kaneki are forced to deal with the fact that they could not make it in time to save him. They came all this way for nothing and now Kaneki has become the next target of the CCG. It amazes me how fast Kaneki climbed the ladder of power. He went from no one to the next main target of the CCG.
At the end of Tokyo Ghoul: Last Rain, the real Owl finally makes another appearance. However, this Owl is far more terrifying and deadly than the last one CCG fought. This ghoul is seems to be more like a monster than Yoshimura. It is common knowledge that he has taken down entire squads in the past. There is no doubt that there will be an even bigger battle in the next episode of Tokyo Ghoul.
Tokyo Ghoul: Root A is following the manga for the most part. However, Touka was not there during the raid on Anteiku. In addition, many different character details were not included in the anime. I’m still wondering if the ending will have any differences from the manga. The Tokyo Ghoul anime did provide much information on Naki, Shachi, Shiro, and Kuro. Does this mean they will not be a big part of the finale? I’m still interested in how Kaneki’s old friend will tie into the story.