City in Waiting (街望, Gaibō) is the ninth episode of the anime Tokyo Ghoul √A.

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Yoshitoki Washuu is granted permission to execute the operation to eradicate the Owl. The many CCG officers involved in the mission take time beforehand to write any last words they might have. Koutarou Amon visits the grave of a fallen comrade, Touko Harima. Akira Mado bumps into him as she also visits the grave of her father and tells Amon about her parents. Many years ago they had been sent into the 24th Ward where they encountered Owl. The team of investigators was not prepared to face Owl's strength, so fell back while Kasuka Mado stayed behind to cover them, but was killed by Owl. Akira's father became obsessed with Owl after that and now Akira plans to take revenge in his stead. Amon is concerned she will do something reckless, annoying Akira who feels that he is comparing her to Harima. She tries to kiss Amon, but he rejects her. She leaves, stating that something like that is just like him.

The night of the operation, the CCG is dispatched to Anteiku where they encounter Enji Koma and Kaya Irimi who lead their old gangs in an ambush against the ghoul investigators, while Yoshimura faces the primary force head-on. After the Apes and Black Dobers decimate much of the infantry, they come under attack by two high-ranking investigators, Chuu Hachikawa and Mougan Tanakamaru. Yoshimura slaughters the investigators facing him, terrifying the survivors with his strength. Yukinori Shinohara and Iwao Kuroiwa arrive in their Arata armors, recognizing their opponent as the manager from Anteiku.

Renji Yomo confronts Touka Kirishima as she tries to sneak out from his apartment after seeing the 20th Ward under attack on the news. Touka does not understand why their friends are being abandoned, so he explains that Koma, Irimi, and Yoshimura intend to fight as "punishment" for their past crimes. Touka questions her own position and believes that she too needs to be punished because she has also killed. She rushes off, thinking about her loved ones and how she does not want to lose anything anymore.

As Ken Kaneki prepares to join the battle, he is joined by Nishiki Nishio and they discuss their decisions. Nishiki assures him that Touka and Hinami are safe, and Kaneki feels guilty about bringing him to Anteiku in the first place. Nishiki dismisses his attempt to apologize though and contemplates seeing his girlfriend one more time, then plans to run off. Shuu Tsukiyama arrives on the rooftop and becomes hysterical, trying to prevent Kaneki from going on a suicide mission. Kaneki defeats him and grief-stricken, Tsukiyama pleads with Kaneki to stay. However, Kaneki has made his decision and prepares to enter the war zone, not wanting to stand by and not be able to do anything anymore.

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