Two years have passed since the CCG's raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organization Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG's growing threat to their existence.
The creation of a special team, known as the Quinx Squad, may provide the CCG with the push they need to exterminate Tokyo's unwanted residents. As humans who have undergone surgery in order to make use of the special abilities of ghouls, they participate in operations to eradicate the dangerous creatures. The leader of this group, Haise Sasaki, is a half-ghoul, half-human who has been trained by famed special class investigator, Kishou Arima. However, there's more to this young man than meets the eye, as unknown memories claw at his mind, slowly reminding him of the person he used to be.
Tokyo Kushu Re is bad excuse for a sequel. The story starts off as a complete mess, directly jumping into action without any build-up and focusing around characters that have not even been introduced. Somehow the series assumes that it doens't have to put any efford into explaining any of these new things because it's part of already existing franchise.This makes it very hard to actually care about anything that is happening.
Soon after, it becomes clear that our main character has gone thru some trauma and now suffers from amnesia. Great, isn't this just perfectly cliche writing and also a way to turn all the
character development seen in season 1 and 2 back to zero. I am not exactly sure what type of author hates their characters so much to go and do something like this. I disliked Kaneki Ken in the beginning of S01, but still came to like him because of his character development. And now I am supposed to see the same shite again? How about no. Alternative version in the same universe would have been a much better idea.
I admit, I was never a big fan of Tokyo Kushu. I did see S01 twice, S02 once and read the manga once, but still this 3rd season is inferior in every way. All the good things were removed, the director was changed and now the OST - which made the first seasons seem better than they actually were, is now garbage, too. Thus far, there has only been one good scene in the whole show in episode 2 and even that was lend from S02. It's very hard to recommend this to anyone. Especially those who liked the original series for its characters should stay far away.
Ken Camelion is back with new hair and a new personality.
Tokyo Ghoul:re takes place 2 years after the events of √A.
So what do we get after the long wait?
Well, the transition from the previous season is very rough and hard to understand if you haven't read the manga, but that is due to the unfaithful adaptation √A was. So far :re seems to be following the manga far closer, which is a good thing, because with :re we get to the most interesting part of Tokyo Ghoul.
After the first episode we know that Ken Kaneki is a part of Haise Sasaki, I won't spoil why
that is, but I'd say that it's the main reason :re gained my interest.
Overall I'd say that :re has great potential to surpass the greatness of the previous seasons, even if the new cast puts you off at first.
For me as a long-term Tokyo Ghoul fan, the newest anime adaptation does little to redeem the troubled state the Tokyo Ghoul franchise, as a whole, is currently in.
Tokyo Ghoul :re starts out strong, even if not as outstanding as the original. There's (still) the man-eating species known as "ghouls" terrorizing modern Tokyo. There's (still) the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG), a complex, very police-like organization tasked with protecting the populace from this menace. The job of a CCG investigator is hard: identifying a ghoul is only half the story, since ghouls will resist with superhuman abilities; prominently "kagune", predatory tentacle-like appendages.
original Tokyo Ghoul focussed on a group of "pacifistic" ghouls in hideout from merciless capture and extinction, the narrative focus of :re shifts, at first, to the CCG. We're introduced to a colorful palette of completely new investigators. There's timid outsider Mutsuki, likable simpleton Suzuki, lazy nerd Saiko (the only girl in the squad ... or is she?) and resentful careerist Urie. Our main character also appears in this underperforming CCG squad, as enthusiastic but ultimately unfit leader Haise Sasaki.
Gradually, the one-dimensional ghouls-vs-investigators massacres will make place for a twisted, unpredictable narrative. Since Haise Sasaki isn't just a mediocre investigator: figures from his past will resurface -- and they're not only investigators-gone-missing from the first part, but also ghouls with a game-changing agenda.
In particular, the namesake for the sequel is cafe :re, where old acquaintances are waiting for Haise to make his move. "re" may also reference to the one-eyed king: the legendary ghoul-human hybrid that will put an end to the dramatic inter-species war: but how? And what are the brutal ghouls of Aogiri, the human (?) elites of the CCG, the enigmatic V and the psychopathic Clowns up to? We'll find out, but as Kaneki from the original Tokyo Ghoul warned us: this story will become a tragedy.
Sounds like a fantastic anime? Well, it certainly could've been. If (!) the anime was well-produced and, more importantly, if (!) the source material (manga) had kept its shit together. My disappointment could not have been greater, as neither has proven to be true.
The :re anime repeats the exact mistake of previous Tokyo Ghoul adaptations, by running through at a breakneck pace, which doesn't let story or characters breathe. The mostly great character designs from the manga haven't been built and improved upon in the anime; instead, they have been colored in a rather flat and predictable fashion, as far as I can tell.
Yet, these minor complaints actually pale in comparison to my actual complaint: it's not about the anime-specific adaptation issues, as I may need more episodes to properly evaluate these. My actual complaints are about the source material, the Tokyo Ghoul :re manga series, whose deep flaws a middling anime adaption will only exacerbate.
See, the original manga series used to have it all: a flashy and well-executed concept of man-eating humans, iconic art direction with memorable and unique character designs, an engaging story with a multitude factions and facets, fascinating characters, tense edgy atmosphere, references to highbrow literature done right, and, last but not least, gory over-the-top action.
All of these perks placed the original Tokyo Ghoul manga far, far above yr average run-of-the-mill dragged-out-for-profit shonen action series (think of One Piece, or Bleach). Now, straight to the issue: what the sequel to the brilliant original, Tokyo Ghoul :re, turned out to be, is ... yr average run-of-the-mill dragged-out-for-profit shonen action series (think of One Piece, or Bleach).
:re, currently amassing 170 or so chapters, managed to stay good for about 60, decent for about 90 and tolerable with a grain of salt for about 120 chapters. With infuriating rigor, Ishida Sui murders his story and forcefully drags its mutilated corpse so far away from the original direction that leaving it to fan-fiction aficionados may have been a kinder fate for this once great series.
Starting with needless and anti-climactic deaths of his very best characters, Ishida proceeds to rush through long-awaited plot developments in the least satisfying way imaginable. Equally disappointing, populist and banal climaxes to formerly subtly blossoming romantic and personal relationships follow. What's left is a pointless and directionless exercise in continuing for the sake of continuation, as long as sales numbers permit.
Along the bumpy path to ruin, we will be served city-sized monsters and banal melodrama as surrogates for psychologically compelling writing. Formerly interesting female heroines will be reduced to subservient breeding cattle, in "best" shonen traditions.
Sound power balances will be abandoned; battles will be decided by kicks to the groin. In the increasingly rare case a confrontation becomes interesting, it HAS to end offscreen, lest this manga might become interesting again. Death flags will be ceremonially displayed in lame cliffhangers, but no one ACTUALLY dies in this manga. Unless it's an interesting and well-written character: then, its either offscreen butchering or poorly motivated suicide for ya.
At his worst, the main antagonist acknowledges he had no idea what he had been doing the last 60 chapters. Well, neither does the reader. The authors' self-awareness seems to slip through, as he ends his worst chapter so far with the line "Stop. Just stop."
I'm not exaggerating. Read the manga. Or, rather -- don't. It's a tragedy.
Is Studio Pierrot actually giving the adaptation the manga deserves? NO, but it is still a much better job from season 2, as the studio is trying to follow the manga this time. But still they are skipping the manga like crazy and the pace is ubelievable fast. But let's catch up from the start.
So we have a new story of haise sasaki and his group called quinx. This is a group made of one-eyed ghouls(5 in total) and they are working under CCG to chase and exterminate ghouls. They are pretty much a ghoul investigator team with ghoul powers. Their leader is
Haise Sasaki as he is the main character. We get a lot of new characters introduced in the anime and there are still more to come. I won't say more of the story so they won't be considered as spoils so if you want to check it out you can watch it.
Personally i'm enjoying the season and i think that all manga readers, as I am one, need to stop hating the series. At least we are getting a decent try. From an anime perspective i can understand why a lot of people will drop the series because they don't undesrtand a thing. I'm reading every new chapter that comes out on Monday, so I can assure them that they need to be patient because we will get the greatness this anime/manga deserves. Also that is the reason why in my oppinion we should have gotten a 24 episode season up to 84-85 chapters, because most things will be perfectly explained after season 1 which will finish around chapter 55 which is unfortunate because people will complain. Anyways it's still pretty early as the anime is still 4 episodes in, from a manga perspective about the story and stuff i would easily give it a 9-10 but I think we all need to wait to see how the studio will adapt the whole season first. Also I like some changes about the art but the fights seem to be out of synchronization with the music and sometimes they are low budget, hopefully they will change that on the way as well. To sum up everyone anime/manga watcher should STOP complaining about EVERYTHING and be happy we got a new season which actually follows the manga. If you want to learn everything then read the manga to fill the shit season 2 and things they miss out in other seasons. That's all for now i might update when the season ends thanks for reading guys!!
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.