Hey how ya doing lil mama let me whisper in ya ear
|In a move that surprises no one, I’m going to be blogging Tokyo Ghoul in all of its bloody glory. Yoroshiku. There are actually a ton of shows this season that are right up my alley, and this is just one of them. Hopefully you guys are enjoying the Summer season as well!|
Tokyo Ghoul is a dark show that revels in providing shock factor after shock factor. It either wants to freak you out or to indulge those with sadistic appetites. It certainly keeps things interesting, but I always get the feeling that they’re trying too hard. Kaneki’s emotional reactions range from nothing at all to excessive screaming with tears, snot and god knows what else frothing out of every orifice. And by “range” I mean he’s either at one extreme or the other. There isn’t exactly an in-between. It’s like every scene is the climax of a theatrical Shakespeare performance. These moments should be used sparingly to provide a bigger impact instead of just hammering us over the head so much we’re totally desensitized to Kaneki’s suffering. The result of having this much intensity all the time is that it only works some of the time at getting me to feel something. The rest of the time, I end up laughing at inappropriate moments at how ridiculous it gets.
For the most part, Kaneki’s interaction with Nishiki was hilarious instead of ominous or threatening. Nishiki was Evil McBadguy for no apparent reason other than to have a character that’s a total dick antagonizing our hero. Tokyo Ghoul has all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop, and prefers to tackle issues head on with lots of violence. Themes that originally seemed complex, I fear will end up being reduced to the simplest of terms.
However, I mustn’t get too ahead of myself. I started out with the bad, but Tokyo Ghoul also has a lot of good! At the moment, Kaneki’s position as a halfling is really cool. It allows him to learn about the lifestyles of the ghouls while still living a relatively normal life as a human. It presents a totally novel issue to simply being born a ghoul as well. People like Nishiki and Touka had to endure this persecution all their lives. It was no doubt a terrible way to live (I don’t want to picture a toddler ghoul chowing down on a full grown man) and getting used to being a flesheater must be rough when you’re the minority. But that’s all they’ve ever known. They’re used to it. Kaneki lived a comfortable life and now he’s been completely torn away from it.
Kaneki discovers that indeed, cranberry juice is another thing he cannot eat
For example, they say people who are born blind do much better than those who become blind later on. Those who have congenital blindness learn to adapt to their illness, and they never miss something they never had (that thing being eyesight, of course). But if you have sight for half your life and suddenly lose it, you feel as if a huge chunk of you is missing. You become depressed. You’re unable to learn how to navigate your environment quite as well. It’s harder to rely on your other senses as well because those born blind learn, at birth, how to use their other 4 senses to cope. Kaneki doesn’t have the benefit of that learning period, so he’s stuck trying to get used to this completely alien lifestyle. Although it’s impossible to say who really has it worse for subjective issues, it’s safe to say that Kaneki is really struggling with the transition.
I can’t wait to see what else he learns about ghouls and what will happen when these ghoul hunters start becoming more central to the plot. I assume Kaneki will end up protecting the ghouls instead of joining the hunters. Even though he’s only half, he still needs to eat humans to live. That means he has to be hunted down. As much as Kaneki wants to say he’s human, the fact that he has adopted just about every trait a ghoul has makes him pretty much a ghoul. I’m glad he’s starting to slowly accept that, because that means we won’t have to watch him hyperventilate over slabs of meat anymore. For a second I thought the coffee was bone marrow steeped in water and a horrible trick was being played on him, but alas…being force fed human blood wouldn’t be until later in the episode.
Is it still bromance if your friend wants to eat you?
I also really like how Kaneki’s transformation takes a toll on Hide. His friend is really quite an incredible person, bringing him food and looking after him so thoroughly. He’s wonderful. All of this is emphasized right before Kaneki almost eats him, which is my favourite scene of the episode. After fawning over how awesome Hide was only hours ago, Kaneki becomes so hungry he almost accidentally eats him. Who the hell accidentally almost eats their friend? Aside from Hannibal Lector. That just proves how powerful the hunger is that ghouls feel. They cannot control it, even when they want to. That’s why many of them act rashly when they’re hungry. Touka will most likely teach him that ghouls are just like humans, and that their hunger is what makes them insane. Not all of them are terrible people. That’s what makes ghouls a very, very interesting creature to study. It’s becoming easier to sympathize them with every single episode. Just who will I stand beside next week? Will I be Team Ghoul by the end of the series?
So although Tokyo Ghoul seems to be laying on the drama a littttlllle too thick, I’m enjoying the little story threads that are slowly being unraveled. There’s a lot of stuff going on in this world, and Kaneki is only beginning to understand how things work. It’s a diamond in the rough right now, and I’m hoping I don’t end up with a lump of coal at the end.
Some pleasant imagery before you go :3