Tokyo Ghoul:re Chapter 23: Nutcracker
I doubt Kanae has had too much fighting experience. His hate for Haise was only going to get him so far, and it was certainly a stretch to have him fight Urie, Shirazu and Haise at the same time – Urie even called him ‘too weak’! I guess that’s about it with regards to any future involvement Kanae might have in the auction, especially if Matsumae is taking him away and retreating. She has a cool kagune though.
Nutcracker made me squirm. And I thought she was going to be defeated there and then! I felt very sorry for Oshiba – did he die? Or did he just have his nuts cracked and eaten? Not that there’s too great a difference in terms of pain, I guess. I was surprised Nutcracker went after that unnamed female dove as well, and quite literally ate her face after complimenting her – the whole idea behind Sasako and having Mutsuki cross-dress was to be less susceptible to being targeted and having their nuts cracked, and thus there was a lot more danger in that operation than we initially thought. Not sure how much that applies to Mutsuki and Juuzou though, with their genitals already in various states of… disarray, to put it delicately.
Like Hinami, it seems that Nutcracker also has a combined-type kagune – a koukaku in addition to her bikaku, which was one of the factors behind upgrading her danger rating from Rank A to S. I must say, I was hoping for that additional kagune to be a rinkaku, because I still can’t get over wanting Nutcracker to just be Rize with a new fetish. Haise and the rest of the Quinx are about to engage her too, and it’d be a great development to the long-term plot of having Haise unlock his memories. Maybe it’s Rize’s sister or something, and Nutcracker will recognize Haise’s smell to be that of Rize’s.
Here’s also where something might start happening with Urie. And it’s honestly not looking too good for them either, because from the map it seems like they’re heading straight towards Takizawa. Ever since the battle against Nishiki, the main emotion Urie has felt with regards to Haise is that of envy – and this auction raid was meant for him to haul in some achievements and get the recognition he sorely wants. In addition to that, he’s only recently managed to persuade Arima and Washuu to loosen the limits the CCG have placed on his implanted kakuhou. He apparently wants to prove his strength here, and having to take Mutsuki out is preventing him from doing that – on Haise’s orders. I get the feeling that he thinks Haise wants the achievements for himself, and so I can see him doing something stupid in the near future – when in reality, Haise probably couldn’t care less.