Note: This is part of the XIV Days of Darkness reviewing mini-series. This review is for Day II and contains severe spoilers. Your discretion has been advised.
Tokyo Ghoul: Root A is a 12-episode action horror series that picks up right after Tokyo Ghoul's first season left off. This time, Ken Kaneki joins forces with Aogiri Tree to search for answers of his own. Or, so it seems...
Storyline After the events of Episode 1, where things seem like they are being patched up, the rest of the story goes all over the place. There are a lot of inconsistencies within the plot as returning and new characters show up, despite the development for some of the more prevalent characters. The ending of the show ended up raising more questions than most of last season did, especially with how the climax dragged on for a bit.
Characters Most of the characters here don't serve much purpose outside of Amon during his battles, the two Owls (moreso on Yoshimura) and Kaneki, whom shockingly didn't feel like he had a lot of development (let alone appearances) until much later into the show. A fun surprise of the show happened to be Juuzou and his ruthless personality.
Pros and Cons The three pros of this was that this was treated as an alternate route to the original manga's story and most of the battles were entertaining, especially through most of the final war and the Ghoul jailbreak battles. As expected, the uncensored version enhances the battles as knives and dismemberment were covered up in the other version from the jailbreak onwards, most likely due to a harsh conflict that affected Japan at the time. The animation was smooth and looked cool on the most part.
As for what else was wrong besides the horribly paced and jumbled story was definitely the musical score, especially the opening theme (where I thought Kaneki was getting lucky). The ending theme and the piano version of Unravel during the war's end were the only good themes of note here. This may be the alternate route to the main story, but it definitely leaves a rancid taste in the palates of readers of the manga, let alone those who were exclusively viewing this show after Season One.
Final Verdict This walks away carrying a 3/10 in it's arms. I remember being hyped for the show only to feel absolutely lost the first time I saw the whole thing through and I feel even worse after seeing it a second time with my senses together. Season One was fine, but this did it very little justice.
This show can be legally seen via Funimation in both dubbed and subbed versions.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Yeah I was highly dissapointed. Especially after reading the ugly manga which was way better. In season one I knew that stuff were missing, but never to the point where I was tempted to read the manga. The last episode of seaseon two piss me off so much that I had to read the manga, because I was in disbelief on how crappy that ending was.
Also I find it funny how you went to review possibly my favorite last episode from 2015 ( well ignoring One Punch man and Death Parade), to my least favorite last episode. If they would had stick to the manga for the climax, it could had at least been okay. Instead we got 7 minute of walking.
The 2nd season is complete filler, but it was the mangaka's intention of doing that way despite the manga ending after season 1. I never understood why they didn't make it faithful. Then again, I'm not a person who needs to say an anime adaptation needs to 100% faithful to the original source material to be successful. There are some crappy manga and light novel series who had a better anime adaptations.
For another thing, this second season has been touted as not only a conclusive one for the story, but also an anime-only story created and approved by the original manga author.
However, the season 2 was pretty bad nonetheless. However, it was praised for being a good What If Story. If you read the manga, you see how things are different based on decision that was chosen differently in the anime.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT