We’ve seen it over and over how apathy leads to destruction. And nothing could’ve set a more grueling example than the shit Kaneki went through.
Tokyo Ghoul might not hail itself as the best anime of this passing season but it is one of the good ones.
And if there’s something I really like with this series (season, rather), it’s how they portrayed Kaneki’s apathy and denial of the events he’s experiencing and how he was forced to face his desires of having a “home” to cling to by having him experience torture.
And it’s interesting because there’s this disjoint narrative between the physical and mental suffering he had to face yet it all ties to how these caused his personality to change dramatically.
Now, I don’t know if the old Kaneki is still there or what face he would wear when he goes back to Hide and Anteikou, but I’m honestly looking forward to how things would develop next season. From Kaneki’s new resolve to stop anyone who tries to take things away from him to what a “normal life” for him is now that he has changed.
Now, on to the notable cast.
Kana Hanazawa’s caliber is really astounding. I think she played Rize’s role so well that she was able to bring out all the necessary emotions that was needed to lay the ground for Kaneki’s change. And it’s not just the psycho-bitch but the warm, sympathetic acting or the temptingly sweet demon who lures Kaneki to power. Now that, is gold.
Now I have a write-up reserved for Hanae Natsuki and Amamiya Sora (Aldnoah.Zero) but I have to say that he played the part of the naive Kaneki well. The reborn Kaneki still felt lacking (no pun intended) but there’s room to explore on that next season.