Yet again, Studio Pierrot has bent the anime community over and fucked us...
The art and animation is basic with most of the action being goddamn slideshows essentially, it just doesn't reflect the manga's great art. However, the sound is actually good in general, especially the OP by TK and the voice acting.
120 chapters in 12 episodes... THERE IS NO FUCKING PLOT! I have read a bit of the manga and I'm still lost; it's too fast and we get no explanations or understanding of what's going on. Due to this pacing, all the characters that have been thrown at us get NO development although
they seem cool and you really want to understand them.
Honestly, I've given up on tokyo ghoul as an anime; it needs the brotherhood treatment badly. It baffles me how people are giving this shit 10/10s and 9/10s, I can't imagine how deluded they must be, this deserves a 5/10 at max! Please, do yourself a favor and read the manga.
Mangaka: I made a sequel to the Tokyo Kushu manga, wanna read it?
Me: Sure, let's see... yeah, this story is fucking awful, every single character was practically mind-raped, the art is so messy I literally can't tell what is happening during these action sequences and there is just too much text for this to be called a manga. Let's face it, this wouldn't be passing any editor's radar if the series was less popular.
Studio Pierrot: *teleports behind my back* pssst, kiddo, we can easily make this thing 7 times worse, just watch.
It's no secret that Tokyo Kushu is a problematic franchise. This for the simple
reason that its anime adaptations are messy to say the least. The first season stays loyal to the manga, the second is non-canon, the third one is based to a manga sequel and assuming that who ever is watching it has also read the manga since anime prequel that leads to the events seen there doesn't exist. And now when the series is for the first time ever getting some consistency with its making, the outcome is --well-- this fucking thing.
The story of this sequel is impressively bland. It's so uninteresting and boring that it's not even worth of getting mad over. The whole thing relies on some supposedly fucked up society and edgy hierarchy system where the plot itself is filled with side characters that are in no way whatsoever believable and cliches so lousily written and executed that it could as well be a parody. Following the story line is hard as hell because the scenes change and story advances in such a tempo, yet nothing that happens really seems to matter because that's how the story presents itself. Half of the entire dialogue, on the other hand, could be replaced with the line "because I am bully." and the series would be the exact same thing. The "drama" writing is so edgy and hard-try sad that I am mainly feeling disgust whenever some suicidal little girl declares their "darkness".
The reason why I ever found this to be good at all are the main characters. I read the whole manga just to see if ships sail, but it was still worth it for few reasons: The characters interacting with each others offers some nice chemistry. The banter is pretty fun and the character centric comedic reliefs -- that rarely are have the real focus, rather work in the background -- are cute and almost relaxing to witness at times. The whole thing with its SoL side had a real "big family" feel to it, and personally, I came to appreciate it for that reason. Now, whoever made this anime adaptation clearly didn't see any charm in that so instead the only thing they really are showing here is the awfully written main story and every single lackcluster of a fight scene. *yawn*... I guess. Some supposedly badass dude said: "645 is the numbers of times I could have finished you off during this fight." Conveniently, I considered dropping this series the exact same amount of times during it. If the action + drama and supposed horror / psychology side of the story -- not to leave the beyond fake mystery side unmentioned -- all were replaced with nothing but (the) slice of life content, this thing would still not be "good" but it certainly would be better.
Just to quote urbandictionary: Mind rape occurs whenever one's brain feels as though it has been assaulted viciously by some event or thing in reality. This applies to half the cast as it is. Since the setup for Kushu Re was executed with memoryloss cliches and writing equally pathetic to that, an extra effort is required to make the thing believable and to make any sense now. So what did Pierrot decide to do? To not even try! 2 cour total is enough to cover 180 chapters worth of manga, it seems. So often when I see a character do something, I wonder who is this person? I know who they are supposed to be, but what they do is just not what their character originally was or what it was developed into. Needless to say, it is not pretty to watch. The pacing of this thing easy to sum up with a meme = fast as fuck boii. The sense our story and characters make = n/a. However, what really makes no sense at all is how the anime adaptation is being dealt with by the studio.
The first season had good production values no matter how it is looked. Its opening song was the biggest meme since Shingeki no Kyojin, every bit of the art and audio was used to make the series better than it would've otherwise been. It was pretty and sounded good. Smart decisions. The second season didn't suffer from many problems considering these departments. Especially the whole scene that leads to the ending is magnificently done no matter how I look at it, production-wise, that is. This season and the 3rd are way more loyal to the awful manga art. The action scenes are almost as messy and tension-lacking as in the source material -- sometimes not even animated. There are not many things currently going in the series that I find worth of praising. The OP is fantastic tho. Tokyo Kushu has been going for worse since the beginning and there seems to be no end to that.
As a person who doesn't especially like Tokyo Kushu, I did quite enjoy seeing this thing destroy itself over the years, but at this point it's not even funny anymore since it being awful has become a part of the consensus already. After episode 01, I was supposed to casually insult all teenage action anime by stating this is the exact same thing as all of them, but damn, at this point even I myself couldn't buy that statement anymore.
I always considered scores like 1 or 2 unusable. They're just unfair in my opinion, because I believe that no matter how trashy a series can be it'll still have its own ups that are worthy of some more points at least.
However, this is the one series (season in particular) that is going to make me change my mind.
The amount of rubbish they packed up here, from horrible pacing, to lousy animation, to poorly developed characters, to lacking intensity, to inconsistent story that keeps jumping from one place to another incoherently, just makes anyone ignore whatever positive you can find (though I doubt you can
find any, even sound is not so good compared to previous seasons) and make the series unwatchable overall.
I just scrammed through the first 4 episodes because I genuinely had the curiosity to see how they're going to handle my favorite chapters in the manga, I'd say. I would like to admit, though, that I'm kinda surprised by how easily they managed to outdo themselves and get worse and worse every season and every episode.
I don't like to focus on negative aspects in the series I watch, and I rarely even write positive reviews let alone negative ones, but I'm really in awe this time. This is my first 2 stars score (never given less than 5) and will probably be my only.
You know Tokyo Ghoul was soooo amazing in season 1 and 2, really had a huge fanbase and a lot of hype, but it took them so long to produce the next season. Yet alas it was here and we didn't get a single recap of what happened or whats going on they expected us to know everything, and it took all my brain power to figure out what was happening and it was really nice in the end.
THEN we have this season and boy if u thought that seasons story was messed haha you haven't even seen this one. Its story is a complete
disaster ud think i am watching another show. I legit thought i had missed some episodes, they don't explain shit! I am so confused here i don't remember any of the characters long enough it is so rushed, they rushed the last season which I kinda enjoyed the whole Sasaki Haisai thing and it reminded of the old TG.
But this is like absolutely terrible, at this point i am just watching cause of the art and action, the story matters no more its ruined, and I am sad to see such a good anime go to waste :(