Parallels in the new chapter
Okay, so talking about parallels with the first series, I think Ishida did something interesting with the news`t chapter. I think the parallels can`t be find directly. By that I mean if you look at chapter 117 of :re and original series, it`s not there. Instead, you have to look a the beginning of the a new arc.
Chapter 117 of :re is very likely the beginning of the Anteiku raid arc in :re, and in the original series that starting point was chapter 108.
Interestingly both start with a colored page about Kaneki, with his other eye hidden under an eyepeatch:
What is more interesting thou is the contest of the chapters. Both chapters basically start off with a character lying in a bed, deep in though, trying to figure things out, who wants to be left alone.
At the end of Kanou`s lab raid arc, Kaneki hurt Banjou and the arc as a whole served as wake up call/shock, that the current method and path he had chosen might not have been a correct one. That made him shut in to his room, and he wanted to be alone.
Now, Akira has woken up in her severe state. She protected Seidou during the Rue Island arc, and told him how she really tried to be the investigator she was supposed to be. She tried to think about stuff coldly and logically, but her emotions finally broke trough and she protected Seidou. I think like Kaneki in the original series, Akira is now going trough some sort of internal pondering about her views about the world.
Probably partially because of that, and also because of the reason that she woke up in a weird place that looks like a prison, surrounded by people she does not know, she shut in her room and does not want to see anyone.
Ken`s stroy about Arima must have shocked her pretty bad too.
Kaneki by hurting Banjou in a berserk rampage made him realize that there is something not right the way he has done thing in the past. Akira, in the other hand, by protecting a friend from a fatal blow, probably came into some similar conclusion.
But wait! It does not stop there and now comes the most fascinating part. In the first part Kaneki starts to feel a bit better after reading Takatsuki´s novels that Shuu dropped, and he finally breaks out of his bad state after Hinami comes. She mentions the book signing by Takatsuki that is happening, and I think she probably partially planned this beforehand to cheer up Kaneki. It works and they both go to the signing session.
Hinami was the key here to broke Kaneki`s depressing state of mind.
And looking at the news`t chapter of :re, who Hirako mentions to possibly be the person to break the ice between Akira and the rest of the gang:
Yup, that is Hinami yet again! By having these two discuss, maybe they can find mutual understanding in their similar suffering. Both have lost their parents because of this twisted world.