“For someone else’s sake… I would lay down my life.”
ONII-CHAN KEPT BEST GIRL SAFE
THANK YOU ISHIDA
EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING HURTS (EXCEPT AYATO)
HINAMI IS FINALLY FREE
I’m so happy. I’ve been waiting for this moment for such a long time. At one point I was even starting to doubt whether Hinami would be saved at all. I think some were even afraid that Arima would covertly move up her execution date so that Kaneki wouldn’t get any funny ideas. But it’s all okay now. Onii-chan will protect her smile! In retrospect, I can kind of understand why Kaneki stopped visiting. For one, it wouldn’t make much of a difference. It’s not like he goes to her cell every time he visits her – he had no idea where it was, meaning she was probably brought out to some sort of interrogation room instead whenever he questioned her. He also no longer has any excuse for visiting her, since being scheduled for disposal is tantamount to the CCG saying she has no more useful information left keeping her alive for. As a non-employee of Cochlea, the only opportunity he had left to get anywhere near it was during this mission – and so he simply waited until he had the best chance of successfully breaking her out.
The key issue now is whether and how Kaneki and Hinami will make it out alive. Ishida is cruel to cute girls, after all. I feel really sorry for Ayato, having gone to all this trouble to break into Cochlea only to have Kaneki make it to Hinami first – and now while they make their getaway Rabbit is stuck fighting Arima.
If even Shachi couldn’t scratch him I doubt Ayato and Banjou will be able to do much – their survival will probably depend on whether Kaneki or maybe Amon come to their rescue. It’s also a little disappointing that Kaneki doesn’t seem to be intent on releasing any more ghouls from their cells – he’s only done all the A-rate ghouls, and even then only as a distraction to keep the guards busy while he heads down to the SS-rate floor to look for Hinami. It would have been good if he released Donato and Eto at the same time, but it’s nice that he’s giving priority to best girl. It’s quite clear that at least someone will die, and I’m sorry to say that (although I like them both) I’d trade Eto’s life for Hinami’s in a heartbeat. I think Kaneki would do the same.
Come to think of it, Eto can probably break out on her own if she eats the slabs of Shiono that Furuta made for her. Furuta is definitely really really bitter about the Washuu comment. It seems like he’s doing everything he can to get back at her short of actually physically harming her – which includes revealing that he knew about the wiretapping as well as killing Shiono and making her eat him. Poor Eto. I remember wondering a couple of months ago whether Eto actually cared for Shiono, and I think I have my answer – she does. Or did, anyway. Furuta may have still been very clever this chapter, but I don’t think his actions were as effective as some of the stuff he’s done in the past – because those seemed like it was effortless control of the situation on this part. Now that he’s been unsettled once by Eto, it just feels like he’s having to try especially hard to hurt her, and it comes off as a little forced. He’s still good at acting and lying, though.
As for Hide – Kaneki really is an unreliable narrator, especially when he’s Centipede. If you look back at Chapter 136, which was the chapter in which Hide appeared in the sewers (incidentally, as as a number that would be a double of this week’s Chapter 68) you’ll notice that he in fact says absolutely nothing about Kaneki eating him or Arima being dangerous and Kaneki having to prove to Arima that he’s worth keeping alive. If Kaneki was told to eat him, and Kaneki woke up and tasted blood in his mouth before the V14 fight, I think Hide really is dead – as much as I don’t want to believe it, because I do think Hide has an important role to play in the series. I’m an advocate of the ‘Hide is a Washuu’ theory, after all – and it’s suspicious to me that he knows so much about how dangerous Arima is and the possibility that Arima will want to keep Kaneki and turn him into an investigator instead of killing him outright. Now that we know there are disowned Washuus like Furuta, it’s looking more likely that Hide had or has something to do with either the Washuus or V. Of course, Kaneki could have just eaten a bit of Hide, and like with Amon and Takizawa we haven’t seen a body – so hope still remains. He could have just sacrificed his arm.
Lastly, I also wonder whether Kaneki really wants to be just like Hide. I’m really happy he thinks Hinami is someone worth risking his life for, but is he doing it because he thinks Hide is admirable? Or is he ultimately just doing it because doing something for someone else’s sake is a way to die in style?