Tokyo Ghoul episode 2 opens with Touka forcing Kaneki to eat a piece of human. He resists, but sustenance appears to have immediate positive effects. Still, he relents and scolds her for it. In response to his plea that he is human, she gives him a light beating which he recovers from right away. This proves that he isn’t fully human anymore. He says that becoming a ghoul made his life a living hell, but she replies that she has been a ghoul her whole life and would like to know what it’s like to be a normal person. She is essentially accusing him of being selfish. She then challenges him to go as long as he can without eating and says it feels worse than anything.
Tokyo Ghoul Episode 2: Incubation
Then the manager of Anteiku, who is also the manager of the coffee shop, comes to lend a helping hand. He invites Kaneki to the coffee shop and offers him a cup. Kaneki is hesitant to try it because ghouls don’t like food, but he finds it to his liking. Apparently, coffee is the one thing that both ghouls and people can drink. He also gives him a parcel of human meat with the promise of more. When Kaneki leaves, Touka questions the manager’s hospitality. He reveals to her that the boy is the same boy that was near death and had Rize’s organs transplanted into him. It had never been done before.
Kaneki continues to resist the temptation of meat in Tokyo Ghoul episode 2. Hide gives him a call, distracting him from his pain. He finds him at college later. Hide explains how much he missed him and he reminisces about old times. This had happened before. He then points out the fact that Hide is very insightful, even when he plays dumb. Later, they go to Hide’s upperclassman to get lecture notes, and it turns out to be the ghoul who fought Touka earlier. He was kissing a girl when they walk in on him, and she runs away in embarrassment.
He recognizes Kaneki right away, and they all eventually come to the conclusion that they have to go to his house to get the notes. On the way there, the upperclassman offers to buy them a snack, which he also eats. Somehow, he is able to stomach the food even though he is a ghoul. Kaneki is slightly impressed at how well he meshes with society. Unfortunately, when they reach a secluded alley, he kicks Hide away and starts to attack Kaneki. He accuses him of wanting to eat Hide because that’s what a regular ghoul would do. He even regurgitates the food he ate.
Friends, Not Food
The upperclassman proceeds to threaten Hide’s life in Tokyo Ghoul episode 2. His intentions are unclear, but he seems content to ruin Kaneki’s meal at the very least. Kaneki is powerless to protect him, and continues to get tossed around. His ghoul powers prevent him from dying, but the upperclassman points out that he is soft, perhaps softer than the average ghoul. He then reveals his ghoul tentacle, a bluish tail. But before he can land the killing blow, Kaneki has a flashback about the past.
He remembers how he and Hide became friends. Hide approached him on a grassy hill because he noticed that he was alone in school. Hide was also alone because he moved from out of town and had no friends. He asks Kaneki to be friends on the spot, and he agrees. Hide’s past friendship and devotion prompts Kaneki to go on a rampage, unleash his powers, and attack the upperclassman. Three tentacles erupt from his back, similar to Rize’s power. After a few moves, he is able to finish him off with a flurry of stabs to the abdomen. The upperclassman notices Rize’s power, hinting that it may be stronger than others. After all, she was much stronger than him.
Food, Not Friends
The fatigue of the battle immediately ignites Kaneki’s latent hunger. He notices Hide bleeding on the ground and is completely overwhelmed. He tries to fight his inner demons that have materialized in his head in the form of Rize. She does her best to convince him to eat his friend, and he eventually relents. As he approaches Hide, Touka arrives. Even another person isn’t enough to snap him back to reality. She tries to deter him because he will regret it, but he isn’t able to think under the circumstances. Instead of talking, she gives us a glimpse of her power, which seems to be some sort of flame, but Tokyo Ghoul episode 2 isn’t ready to reveal it just yet.
Before we can see any more, Kaneki wakes up at the manager’s house with blood in his mouth. He asks to see Hide, who is in another room unconscious but okay. Then the manager admits to feeding Kaneki some flesh. This upsets him, but he’s more upset by the fact that he may be a danger to his friend some day. Because he lost all control, he feels he cannot be around him any longer. Furthermore, he now belongs to neither group, humans or ghouls. The manager disagrees, saying that he now belongs to both. It is a privileged vantage point that he can benefit from. The manager also invites him to join Anteiku to further his potential and to learn more about ghouls.
It is unclear why, but Hide opens his eyes after the two of them leave. He looks at peace, as if either he didn’t hear what they were saying, or he was okay with it for some reason.
Elsewhere, Tokyo Ghoul episode 2 ends with two operatives of some sort investigate the Aqua building in the 20th ward that Rize attacked. They identify the man in the ski mask as “Jason,” and say the incident occurred three months prior. Both subjects were ranked “S”. It is safe to assume that S is the highest rank. One of the operatives appears to smell or sense something and finds the wrench belonging to Jason that Rize stole and threw.