Persistent People (執徒, Shitto) is the fifth chapter of the manga Tokyo Ghoul:re.
- Tooru Mutsuki's father (Mentioned)
- Tooru Mutsuki's mother (Mentioned)
- Tooru Mutsuki's brother (Mentioned)
- Tooru Mutsuki
- Ginshi Shirazu
- Kuki Urie
- Haise Sasaki (Mentioned)
In a flashback, a younger Mutsuki converses with CCG investigators, talking about the misfortune of his family. They offer Mutsuki a place in the CCG’s Academy Junior School and explain to him that he will be living a normal lifestyle. Mutsuki requests to be referred to as a man. He explains that he would always feel incredible disgust or distaste towards his existence as a girl.
Torso gets excited over the scar on the left side of Mutsuki’s chest. Mutsuki takes out his quinques and manages to cut Torso. Torso is surprised that Mutsuki was a Ghoul Investigator and immediately falls back. However, Mutsuki is still beaten by Torso as he receives a barrage of punches to his face. Urie and Shirazu ride a motorcycle as they approach the taxi. Torso notices them. Urie carries a quinque case, explaining how he discovered that Torso is Karao Saeki. They speed up when they see Mutsuki in the back of the car.
Shirazu aims for the tire with his kagune; his right arm turns into an Ukaku and a missile shoots out of it, but he misses the tire. At that moment, a police car appears behind them. The Police ask both vehicles to stop because they are breaking the speed limit. The police car closes in on Shirazu’s motorcycle and Urie does a hand gesture, that signals that the target is a ghoul. The Police cooperate with them and start chasing the taxi, but both cops are beheaded by Karao’s kagune. Karao is surprised to see a barricade of police cars on the road up ahead.
Urie wonders if Sasaki requested the barricade. Karao gets out of the taxi, and Shirazu fires one more missile, gouging out Karao’s stomach. Urie releases his kagune and counters Torso. Mutsuki attempts to unleash his kagune but to no avail, berating himself in comparison to Urie and Shirazu.
Urie and the rest continue to fight against Karao. Shirazu explains that Karao is a Rinkaku type and that he heals fast. As Urie and Shirazu are about to capture Karao, Serpent appears. Serpent uses his kagune to blast away the surrounding police cars. Serpent approaches the investigators.