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"I knew I should&squot;ve wrapped it."
"I knew I should've wrapped it."

Welcome back to By The Week, and man, was this one an eye opener.

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major (and rather graphic) parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

Behind the scenes of Kaneki's return visit to Ainteku, Yoshimura tells him the origin of "The Owl". (Whom happens to be Yoshimura; one of TWO apparent "Owls"!) His original name happened to be Kuzen and he was involved in a murderous ghoul gang up until he found love and successfully had a ghoul-human hybrid child. Tragically, the peace didn't last long. His old gang caught up with him and only was able to kill Kuzen's lover while they were running from them with the baby in hand. How the baby turned out is yet to be determined, but they may be even worse than back when Yoshimura was in the gang. Afterwards, Cafe Ainteku gets a bustling day, but Yoshimura had to move some of the staff away, including Touka and Hinami due to some "remodeling" (When the real truth is that the CCG is jockin' on his ass). Kaneki's final decision is yet to be determined while Yoshimura plans for the invasion.

This ended up being one of the most solid episodes here so far, now that we get a lead on the first Owl's identity. We also ended up with a heartwarming moment for the coffee shop and a lot of clarity on where this is going unlike the first half (as awesome as it looked). I hope that the battle that's about to be at hand becomes meaningful to the show and hopefully, whatever Kaneki's final decision is will be a very good one.

Highlights

Had they sat on the couches instead, this would've been the start of the most epic card game battle ever.
Had they sat on the couches instead, this would've been the start of the most epic card game battle ever.
After seeing this scene, I can tell that for staying with a ghoul, she really has a lot of kink to her step...
After seeing this scene, I can tell that for staying with a ghoul, she really has a lot of kink to her step...
On the bright side, at least it was the shop being bet on and lost than being sent to the Shadow Realm with some blinged-out crazies.
On the bright side, at least it was the shop being bet on and lost than being sent to the Shadow Realm with some blinged-out crazies.
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Not with that wacked-out logic you got!
Not with that wacked-out logic you got!

Welcome back to By The Week and right here, we have one of the best ways to be yanked out of the life of a shut-in, as displayed here.

Disclaimer: This blog will contain major spoilers for the episode! Read at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to Crunchyroll or FUNimation if you're subscribed to either one (note that as of this post, Funimation's late AGAIN!). After a week passes, it will be free for all users.

Breakdown and Thoughts

The Earth Conquering Club finds a shut-in at his home on top of a convenience store (which is pretty much Heaven for some people if it weren't for robberies existing), and turns him into a Futon Monster that causes multiple friendships, including Yufuin and Kinugawa's to crumble over due to some spontaneous arguments. This led Yumoto and the others to play detective for a bit until they find the source and deal with it in a rather sweet way.

There may not be as much humor as the previous episode, but it was still greatly meshed well with the storyline of the episode, including the ship-worthy moments of Yufuin and Kinugawa (seriously, those arguments felt really strong as well). Yumoto has a great moment or two as well, and the entire battle ended up being a lot more exciting from the way it was changed up, including the finisher, which is handled differently this time. Overall, I rate this as another great episode. The next one has a member of the Earth Conquering Club more focused on, so I hope it ends up being a rather brilliant one.

Highlights

That&squot;s why you don&squot;t press the "random" button at no porn site!
That's why you don't press the "random" button at no porn site!
I hate it when I transform alone too. :(
I hate it when I transform alone too. :(
Damn, the Heartless spread out a lot further than I thought! D:
Damn, the Heartless spread out a lot further than I thought! D:
But this ship definitely ain't! (Seriously, they're my main ship of the show now.)
But this ship definitely ain't! (Seriously, they're my main ship of the show now.)
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And look who shows up right after I mention him last blog!
And look who shows up right after I mention him last blog!

Welcome back to By The Week! Well, ain't THAT some shit. Well paid for this blog and shit. (I don't get paid for this, as good as that reference sounded. :[ )

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

After Kaneki undergoes some more past-influenced suffering and confides to the bandaged ghoul (whom is also the book author), he returns to Ainteiku and leaves for some good reason, which part of it is later mentioned when Touka catches up to him (along with her feelings). He wanted to strengthen himself up by upgrading his powers but in order to do that, he had to eat some people and join Aogiri Tree to cover up the tracks (which didn't work since he's caused a media circus alongside Aogiri themselves). On the side, the author ghoul pics some interesting and not-so-interesting tidbits with Hinami at the Gourmet Ghoul's cafe (while he was huffing on Kaneki's blood cloth like a freshly grown rose) and near the CCG Base with Juuzou and Shinohara.

After watching this, I'd have to say that it was really confusing with the initial path that Kaneki chose for this season and I still feel confused now after knowing what his motive was and from the visit to Ainteku. After all of that (and the author ghoul's interviews), this pretty much feels like filler from here. Hopefully, we get a better time next episode, but I feel that this episode was not the weakest either.

Highlights

Dating all of the wrong dudes already.
Dating all of the wrong dudes already.
Now's not a good time to talk about fetish-related novels, madam.
Now's not a good time to talk about fetish-related novels, madam.
Damn, I walked into her brushing Nishio's teeth. Someone's gonna be pissed...
Damn, I walked into her brushing Nishio's teeth. Someone's gonna be pissed...
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SOOOO glad that this bar allows pets!
SOOOO glad that this bar allows pets!

Welcome back to By The Week and man, the excitement for this one was real. But does it deliver....?

Disclaimer: This blog will contain major spoilers for the episode! Read at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to Crunchyroll or FUNimation if you're subscribed to either one (note that as of this post, Funimation's late AGAIN!). After a week passes, it will be free for all users.

Breakdown and Thoughts

The beach episode has arrived and both the Earth Defense Club and the Student Council are in for some shenanigans. Through the side of "Wild Man Beach", we get Wombat and Yumoto partying like hell (and finding an obvious trap that looks like a dominatrix) while the others relax, a mystery over the usage of Io's toothbrush and a test of courage that turns out to be some rather close crap with the School Council and right next door to the side of the most quiet beach in anime history, said council relaxes up until when they decided to check out the forest for no good reason.

We get a lot of gags here throughout in place of the usual plot (despite the Earth Defense Club transforming in this one), but due to this whole episode's execution and the rather "shounen-ai" scenes being for laughs (and potential ships), it ended up working out for the better on their part (and the fujoshi's too ;] ). It was all in good fun, but next episode is going to be a trip for the Earth Defense Club. There's not much to say here, but it IS a beach episode after all. One of the best beach episodes seen in terms of enjoyment.

Highlights

Nevermind the noise, this guy is so pretty, he puts most of this season's gals to shame!
Nevermind the noise, this guy is so pretty, he puts most of this season's gals to shame!
Wow, McDonald's has an interesting new uniform.
Wow, McDonald's has an interesting new uniform.
Io, just be glad Yumoto asked you instead of people like...
Io, just be glad Yumoto asked you instead of people like...
AND...
AND...
They would choose a LOT worse! (Wrong shows, I know!)
They would choose a LOT worse! (Wrong shows, I know!)

[Other shows in order: Maria, The Virgin Witch, Tokyo Ghoul Season One.]

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I can't believe that I let myself get an episode behind for the blog last week.
I can't believe that I let myself get an episode behind for the blog last week.

Welcome back to "By The Week"! The ship is strong with this one.

Disclaimer: This blog will contain major spoilers for the episode! Read at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to Crunchyroll or FUNimation if you're subscribed to either one. After a week passes, it will be free for all users (which it already has as of this post!).

Breakdown and Thoughts

This time, the Student Council makes TWO attempts to get the Earth Defense Club dissolved: they jack up the rules by adding a "preferred average" to the guys' test scores and manage to persuade everyone's favorite money lover, Io to become the treasurer of the Student Council. They also manage to make the top test scoring student's day a lot worse for him than before by turning him into a (literally) screwed up tank monster.

This round of humor was well done like some of the other episodes, and when the predicaments that the Student Council put them were applied, things only got a little more interesting for the Earth Defense Club. They even get to meet the Council in their villainous Four Heavenly Kings-like guise (with their faces blurred out, of course) and spark up some potential on a major battle. Also, to some people that ship Io and Ryuu already: This is your episode and judging from how Ryuu gets rescued from the Screw Tank, more ships could be about for those kind of fans. Episode 7 has arrived already and this is one of the few times that I'm excited for "the beach episode" since forever.

Highlights

Please don't ask Old Man Google that. He'll head you to something nasty.
Please don't ask Old Man Google that. He'll head you to something nasty.
Good-ass anime had us like...
Good-ass anime had us like...
It's too late, man. The nudes of you and your girlfriend are all over the internet.
It's too late, man. The nudes of you and your girlfriend are all over the internet.
Sounds like the start of almost every porno ever made.
Sounds like the start of almost every porno ever made.
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