Episode Summary: While Doves, Aogiri Tree, and Café de Ghoul are fighting outside Kaneki is strapped to a chair. A chair he has been in for a few days. Jason is still torturing him. Part of the torture is counting backwards by 7 from 1,000 that we heard Kaneki doing earlier. This is something that was done to Jason during his torture. Kaneki tells himself this is the only thing that is keeping him sane, focusing on all the numbers. Jason comes and goes in the room, probably making Kaneki worry when the next round of torture is coming. It turns out that this tool that Rize got rid of and Jason sought to make a new one is…used to cut off Ghoul toes and fingers. Kaneki has been tortured in such a way and Jason is filling a bucket with toes and blood. Jason is fascinated by how quickly Kaneki can regenerate. During the episode Jason reveals it was he and the Doctor (not sure if it was the human one or not) that planned Rize’s death (maybe) so they could create a half Ghoul hybrid. So Jason has known all along that Rize was dead and Kaneki was her. It is not explained why Jason hated Rize so much but there is more knuckle cracking and hurting of Kaneki who just wants to die at t his point. Eventually Jason drags in the two Ghouls who were going to help Kaneki escape. Apparently they are a couple and Jason wants Kaneki to pick which one will be killed in front of him. Kaneki slowly loses his mind, thinking that picking would somehow make him the killer and he could never do such a thing. The boy Ghoul begs Kaneki to pick him to die and Kaneki says if someone has to die make it him. Jason just keeps going and going until he kills the girl first then the boy. Kaneki cries in anguish. After a while Jason comes in and says that his time with Kaneki is done, that he is to fight now and he is going to kill Kaneki. It is implied that Jason is going to eat Kaneki although that might not be the real purpose of creating Kaneki. As Jason approaches Kaneki he sees the boy has white hair.
During this entire episode Kaneki was losing his marbles. Besides counting backwards Kaneki would retreat into his own mind that was full of white flowers. At one point he thought his mother had arrived to save him but it was Rize. How not fun. X___x. Kaneki is no longer safe in his own mind as Rize transforms all the flowers into red and has her own mindset on things. She basically thinks Kaneki is being weak and that he needs to stick up for himself. Or at least make some big boy decisions. When Kaneki fails to pick a survivor and both Ghouls die Rize is there to tell Kaneki it is his fault and he should have picked someone to live. Kaneki operates his life under the philosophy his mother taught him, it is better to be hurt than hurt. Rize wants to go down this memory lane. None of it includes dad as he was already dead. His mother worked like 3 jobs but still had time to help him read and learn harder words. He loved how kind his mother was and felt such sadness when she died, a sadness that only Hide could help fill. Rize keeps cutting into Kaneki as the episode goes on, starting off with the idea that his mother was not that kind. It is revealed that the mother would give money to her younger freeloading sister all the time instead of saying no and eventually the mom died from over working. Rize forces Kaneki to realize he was pissed that his mother didn’t choose him in life. He is eventually able to vocalize that he was upset enough to wish his aunt dead. Rize tries to take it further, that life is all suffering and to be okay Kaneki has to hurt others and what not. Kaneki doesn’t go that far but decides to stop being a pushover when Rize brings up that Jason will probably go on to kill his friends after he is dead, including Hide whom he has lied to. So when Jason approaches Kaneki he has accepted Rize into him soul thus the white hair? I don’t know. Suddenly Kaneki turns into a zombie ninja Ghoul and is able to escape the chair. He breaks his own leg to get away from Jason’s attack and receives several serious blows. Kaneki is like…do you think that could hurt me after all you have done to me and continues fighting. Jason gets more and more upset and loses his mind, saying he is going to eat Kaneki. Kaneki starts acting like Jason, finger cracking and what not and proceeds to use his own kagune to defeat Jason so he can help his friends. The series ends with Kaneki pinning Jason to the ground, demanding his start counting backwards while he eats Jason. THE END!
So…that was a fun 24 minutes. And by fun I mean scarred for life. That was 24 minutes of torture, both physical and psychological on poor Kaneki. Then poof…he snaps and becomes mini Jason and the episode ends. Ends for a while. It has been confirmed there will be a second season but still. Cliff hanger is very cliff hangery and not….well…you know…positive. I know animes are not all rainbows and kittens like American cartoons but just…my eyes.
Did I mention I was eating while this was all going on? I am usually okay with those kinds of things, as long as it doesn’t involve eyes or needles. And maybe there is a disclaimer played in Japan before the actual episode. But I can see how people might be running and puking like Kaneki did when he was in Ghoul denial. So while I have complained about censors before…I think it was okay in this episode. Because just imagining things was okay enough for me. I could just imagine buckets full of blood and the floor covered in Kaneki fingers and toes. My brain folks.
But before Kaneki's life got all horrible because of Ghouls he had to a pretty asshole Aunt. Yay family!