I’m a bit disappointed that we finally get the appearance of the real Owl, only for nothing to come of it.
The Cochlea raid has come to an end, and everyone is back to planning their next move. In that down time though, we finally get some focus on the CCG squad. They had been introduced as “villains”, to an extent, and had very little development over the first season. Now that we have a recurring cast of CCG members (more than just Amon and Mado), it’s only fitting that we learn a bit more about them.
Juuzou was a victim of the gourmet restaurant. Big Madam kept him as a pet, and forced him to fight for his survival, while torturing for her own amusement. Being taken away at such a young age, he was never exposed to proper social interactions, and has no sense of morality because of it. He doesn’t seem too fond of human or ghoul life, but he still has a soft spot for the innocence of animals.
When Shinohara rescued him, no other investigators were willing to put up with his erratic behavior. Never having experienced love or a family, Juuzou was in his own little world. Shinohara is a man with a big heart, and reached out to him. He sees Juuzou as if he were his own child, and continues to watch him grow.
News of Kaneki continues to spread around Tokyo. He started off as a nobody, and now here he is, one of the most feared ghouls in the city. As a human, he was a quiet kid, who never really attracted much attention. Since being thrown into this world, he tried to continue living as he did, but he’s hit a point where he’s taken a proactive approach.
After awakening his Kakuja, he has trouble controlling his body. All of the torturing and emotional stress caused him to have split personalities. There’s the quiet Kaneki who just wants to protect everyone, and the sadistic one that seeks power.
Akira gets a bit of redemption for her hard attitude. She had a no BS approach to everything, but it all stemmed from her upbringing. She’s lost everything in her life. Both of her parents were taken away from her. They fought to protect the world, and their daughter, yet they lost their lives for it. The world isn’t fair, and she holds a grudge against Amon. In retrospect, her father would be alive if he hadn’t been alone, and she can’t forgive Amon for that.
She’s still a young girl, who was forced to grow up quickly. Deep down, she’s incredibly lonely as seen in her apartment. Given her super serious personality, it’s weird for her to own a cat, something that requires time and effort to care for. Since she has no personal relationships, and no family, this cat keeps her company, and helps her deal with her loneliness.
Amon, in a sense, is similar to Kaneki. He’s still eaten up by the fact he couldn’t save Mado. Had he been stronger, he could have protected those he cared about.
The majority of characters in this world just want to protect their daily lives. Kaneki, Ayato, Akira, Amon, all of them just want to protect the people they care about. They push themselves so hard to achieve power, all for the sake of others.
Overall, it was a much slower paced episode, but some much needed character development was had. It probably would have been less confusing had we gotten some more info on the characters before they all clashed. Had the series been 24 episodes, they definitely would have had the time to properly build the characters, and lead into the events.
The story telling feels a bit strange to me this season. From the source material, the story primarily focused on Kaneki, and his suffering. Root A takes a different approach, and puts a larger emphasis on CCG, and all the other characters. We basically have to infer changes in Kaneki’s character, or read the source material to get a clearer picture of his character progression. For being the main character, he’s had very little dialogue this entire season (unless you count screaming).
Now that we’re half way into the season, I’m extremely interested in how they’ll adapt the rest of the series. The end of this episode seems to confirm that we’ll be building towards the raid on Owl. They still have yet to show a crucial arc, as well as get into the back story of several important characters.
You can watch Tokyo Ghoul S2 Episode 6 on Funimation