Tokyo Ghoul:re

TV (12 eps)
3.582 out of 5 from 21,854 votes
Rank #4,715

Haise Sasaki has been tasked with teaching Qs Squad how to be outstanding investigators, but his assignment is complicated by the troublesome personalities of his students and his own uncertain grasp of his Ghoul powers. Can he pull them together as a team, or will Qs Squad first assignment be their last?

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I've never really understood Tokyo Ghoul's treasured place in the anime canon. That's not to say that there's nothing to like; I mean, the first season was okay, right? Pretty decent character visuals, cool action segments, interesting colour schemes? The problem lies in that we're now on our third instalment in the TG saga and it's just plain getting worse. :re begins with a fairly simple idea; the CCG, the organisation responsible for hunting ghouls in the world that TG posits, has developed a 'Quinx' squad made up of individuals with similar (artificially planted) abilities to the ghouls that they fight. The squad is led by Sasaki Haise, an individual who, as it turns out, is a one-eyed-ghoul just like previous series MC Ken Kaneki was. Coincidence? Unlikely. Here's what's unfortunate; the season quickly decides that, despite having the perfect opportunity to reinvent itself and make amends for the over-stuffed, terribly-paced, batshit melodrama that was Root A, it wants to basically do that all over again starting from a few episodes in. Even having watched previous Tokyo Ghoul content, I still found it incredibly hard to recall details and characters that the season seemed to think that I should have, and that's without getting into ANY of the new arcs, sub-plots or character relationships that are heaped on top like the anime equivalent of fly-tipping. One of the criticisms of the show that you've probably already heard is that there are too many characters. Now some people have tried to fight back against this accusation, and I'd like to offer a qualifying statement; the sheer number of characters, while destined to be a problem, is a secondary issue to how they're handled. It's very hard to keep a handle on what's going on or who you're supposed to be focusing on as an important (as opposed to side or satellite) character when everyone gets rotated and, often, dropped unceremoniously to the extent that the opening segment of each episode gradually becomes a Who's Who of redundant faces. Like if every couch gag on the Simpsons featured Bleeding Gums Murphy. Honestly, after a promising start, the whole thing becomes tiresome very quickly, and the flashy, high-production fight sequences and fan-servicey touches aren't really enough to alleviate the pain of basically having another Root A on our hands. Characters from the first two seasons appear but don't have anything to do and just vanish into thin air again, so it's difficult to get a handle on what they've been doing or where their allegiances are with now (though you could say that for a whole lot of new folks too). The showrunners, rather cynically, insert fan-favourite song 'Unravel' into the proceedings a little way through and again it seems to be designed as a way to reward brand loyalty, but honestly, it's not even TK from Ling Tosite Sigure's best solo song and it certainly isn't rousing enough to bring a tear to THIS reviewer's eye. Nor are the multitudinous flashback segments that the show appears to use as a cheap last-minute emotion-booster before killing off certain underdeveloped characters, in a way that even the guys over at Attack on Titan Season 2 would probably consider embarrassing. My favourite and least favourite piece of evidence for how bad the writing can get is a certain character inexplicably screaming "I want to eat cheese" as he dies, but it's far from the only stinker. I'm going to leave the review here because, while I certainly have more to say about :re and how bad it is, I just feel like this is one of those series where I'm either going to be preaching to a choir or falling on deaf ears. Basically, it's no better than Root A and in fact I suspect that it's even worse. There's another season arriving in the not-too-distant future and gee-whizz I sure hope we get another 12 episodes of wonkily-paced action/drama and endless unnecessary character introductions because it's worked sooooooooooooooo well in the past.


Tokyo Ghoule:re is a poorly directed, poorly animated mess of a show with incredible music which Studio Pierrot didn't even have the skill to match to the action accompanying it.  Music: There is a scene at the end of the 6th episode, after which I decided to drop the show, which plays the OP in the background.  Tokyo Ghoul OPs are known and memed for their slow entrances and dramatic, epic beat drops followed by a period of higher intensity.  The scene is supposed to be emotional- Kaneki and Sasaki are finding common ground and realizing that they're both afraid.  This scene should be like its counterpart in season 1- the song climaxing as the two rationalize their relationship and bond, breaking free in the 'real world' and using newfound power to end the fight.  Instead, the song climaxes in the middle of some half-hearted dialog partway through the scene, and the actual harmonization of the two souls occurs without any connection to the background music. Animation: The animation in this season is lackluster.  Looping seasons are incredibly common, characters move in jilted motions to save frames, and the sixth episode demonstrates the show's low animation quality all too well, as Mama- a ghoul who emulates a lizard and can climb walls like one, fights by scaling walls and walking around on them... except that the walls have support bars which she is not grabbing onto but glossing over- favoring the bare concrete.  This would be excusable if there were any signs that she was gripping said concrete with sufficient force to hold herself up- instead, the concrete has not marks on it where her hands were or fissures running to where she is supposedly digging into it.  She's just pasted on the walls without any care whatsoever for how they should be reacting to her enormous weight. Characters: The show sloppily attemps to humanize enemies FOR NO ****ING REASON.  Not every flesh-devouring murderer needs to be a nice person!  Seasono 1, for all its flaws, at least had shitty people in it... Tokyo Ghoul:re hands out participation trophies by attempting to humanize literally everyone as they're dying.  This includes Mama, who apparently kidnapped a young girl and raised her so that she could remove organs and eat them, whose actions are played off as a bleeping tsundere. Tokyo Ghoul:re takes everything good from season 1 (which wasn't that much to begin with) and tosses it aside, while maintaining pretty much all the former's flaws.

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