What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 3.
Murder and mayhem? More like an appetiser of what’s to come.
So not a lot of action in this episode then? Correct, this is more an episode that’s setting the table, putting all the necessary pieces in place for the banquet that’s about to be served.
What’s with all the food references? Well we also get the return of another character from Season 1, Shu Tsukiyama better known as ‘The Gourmet’ makes an appearance, he’s bedridden and evidently trying to seek out Ken Kaneki so he can eat him. Though when his cronies only bring back word (and underpants) of a man named Haise Sasaki, he is less than pleased. Evidently there’s more than a few people who want Haise to return to being Ken, not the least Haise himself who is conflicted about whether his old memories returning to him would be a good thing or not.
Wait, why would him having different memories make him taste like a different person if he is the same person? I don’t know, I’m sure it was explained in a previous season or maybe in the manga? I know one character said something about him “having to die” to go back to being Ken, so maybe that’s something to do with it.
You don’t seem very fussed about the fact that you don’t know what’s going on? I just really enjoy this show and its characters, the new ones perhaps more so than the ones in season 1 but it’s still nice to have all these connections to the first series.
Connections? As in more than just ‘The Gourmet’? Well obviously there was Touka in Episode 2 and now we get Juuzou Suzuya, whose character design I absolutely adore. Speaking of which…
Go on… So the Quinx squad—minus the grumpy Kukie Urie but plus the adorably NEET Saiko—go to a club all dressed as women (Saiko is a woman, but just go with it) in the hopes of connecting with a dangerous ghoul called ‘Nutcracker’ in the hopes of getting more information on a human trafficking/auction ring that’s being used to sell young women to wealthy ghouls for the purposes eating, or worse.
That’s dark, that is. Indeed, but what’s great about this show is it can have a mildly comedic scene like watching the Quinx squad dance terribly and get questionably drunk on the job, while still maintaining the serious subject matter in the next scene without it seemingly like tonal whiplash. I don’t know how it does it, but I think it does it well or certainly a lot better than other shows, whose changes in tone feel like they’re making light of serious subject matter.
That’s a delicate line to walk, glad to hear you think it’s achieved it. So still recommend the show? It hasn’t done anything to make me not recommend it, it’s still fantastically entertaining, even when it’s an episode with nearly zero action. That’s the power of these characters and the writing, which features a lot of good introspective moments, especially towards the end of the episode. I’m positively salivating for next week’s tasty morsel!