TG 9: Find the letter

Tokyo Ghoul episode 9 review

Tokyo Ghoul Parrot

So the peeps on Tokyo Ghoul now have a parrot named Hetare as a pet. That’s probably the most interesting thing about this episode, which includes a scene with that evil guy named Mado. I’m not even sure whether Mado is alive or dead; the show is too confusing for me to figure that out. Basically, the investigators are now all teaming up to capture the ghouls. And guess who’s a ghoul? Kaneki! That means… Kaneki is in jeopardy!

Seriously, everything about this episode, especially the Mado scene, was so predictable that I was practically saying the words before they came on screen. This show is a hot boiling mess. I can’t believe people like this crap. There is not one redeeming factor about Tokyo Ghoul – not even the voice acting is good. It is beginning to rival Gundam Unicorn for my least favorite show on Toonami. Thankfully Gundam Unicorn is going away. Please go away too, Tokyo Ghoul.

Episode rating (out of four stars): 1/2

Spiral 14-17: Hunters

Spiral 17

I’m a day late to the party, so here is a quick rundown of the Spiral episodes I watched:

#14: Recrap episode. Nothing actually happens. Rating: no stars

#15: A glorified game of dodgeball that takes up an entire episode. This episode is mainly there to introduce the next member of the Blade Children, Ryoko. Rating: *1/2

#16: This episode is mostly setup for the next one, where Hiyono and Rio get kidnapped. Not much to write home about. Rating: **

#17: The best of the bunch, Hiyono and Rio end up being kidnapped, so Ayumu and a couple of the Blade Children have to save them. They end up figuring their way out through booby traps and jumping on top of an elevator to climb to the top of the building to rescue them. A fun, exciting episode. Rating: ***1/2

There you have it. Spiral is mostly fun, though a couple of those episodes weren’t that great. When it’s good, it’s really good.

HxH 53: Purpose

HxH 53

“Purpose… it’s that little flame, that lights a fire under your [butt]… purpose, it keeps you going strong, like a car with a full tank of gaaaaa-aaaaaas! Everyone else has a purpose, so what’s mine?” – John Tartaglia, Avenue Q

Kurapika has lost his purpose. Everything he desired in the world is gone now. His entire reason for living is now extinct. There is nothing left for him to do.

This makes HxH this week such a seminal moment. This episode isn’t about the Zoldycks, the Phantom Troupe, Nostrade or even Neon. This episode is all about Kurapika and how he’s lost his reason for living.

To compare it to something in real life, to me it would be like someone digging up the bones of Jesus Christ and proving that He is dead. Now obviously that’s not going to happen, try as the “historians” on the History Channel may. Kurapika in the same way has lost every reason he had for living, and it’s all over now for him.

Let’s ignore the fact that this obviously is not the truth; it’s plain and obvious to the viewers that there is a ton of dramatic irony going on here. You can compare it to Romeo and Juliet, which is probably an influence here; isn’t Shakespeare pretty much everyone’s influence? (He’s certainly mine.) It’s just utterly heartbreaking to watch Kurapika lose everything, and yet still carry out his orders, even with nothing left to live for.

I know exactly how Kurapika feels, and I know exactly where Kurapika is right now. He feels hopeless, even while there is lots of hope waiting for him. The ensuing episodes will quite obviously teach Kurapika a lesson, just as I have learned that lesson: never give up in life, no matter how hopeless it may seem.

Brilliant episode.

Character of the episode: Come on, do you even need to ask? (Although Nostrade was pretty funny in a sad way, too.)

Episode rating (out of four stars): ****