After his descent into temporary craze, Kaneki is taking time off to recover and get back in touch with him human side. Tsukiyama (I still don’t trust this fellow), being the friend that he is, gets Kaneki’s favorite books. Reading through them makes him feel like himself again, and along with Hinami he decides to go to the author’s signing (finally). There was an interesting conversation there, and something really feels fishy about the author. Hide also makes an appearance right after Kaneki leaves, but his motive for being there feels very suspicious, more so because he doesn’t use his real name. Kaneki, meanwhile, troubled by the information he got from Kanou in the last volume, seeks out Uta for advice. We get a bit of a flashback about Uta and Renji, whose motives for saving Rize are as yet not known.
On the investigator’s side, Amon finally gets Akira to come along with him for dinner. He is trying to build a rapport with his subordinate, but it takes her to be drunk to finally reveal her reason for being short with him; she partially blames him for the death of her father. Amon, who has a hero complex similar to Kaneki, is once again tormented by this revelation. Although things are smooth between them, he does feel like he should protect her. Character-wise, Amon has always been shades of grey; even though he comes off as being the dutiful investigator, his meeting Kaneki seems to have inspired a change in him that makes him question how he sees the ghouls. I would be interested in how this plays out in the future. So far, this series has been nicely delivering all the complexity, maturity and creativity I expected from it.