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.
Like many other fans of this series I got into Tokyo Ghoul after bearing witness to the atrocious adaptation that was Root A. I'm not that big into manga though so it took me some time to decide that Tokyo Ghoul was in fact a manga worth reading. I'm very thankful I eventually made that decision because quite simply, it was fantastic. I quickly breezed through 143 chapters only to arrive at an ending that literally could not have left more questions. But lo and behold, a sequel series! Two years following the end of the first series we're introduced to one Haise Sasaki, a Rank 1 investigator who is actually quite special and, you guessed it, Kaneki!!! Yay! Our favorite tragic hero is alive!!! Wait... This isn't Kaneki. This is Haise Sasaki. A poor stand-in for a brilliant protagonist. Yes, that's the issue with Tokyo Ghoul:re, the characters.
The first series boasted a brilliant cast. Characters that we (the audience) could connect with on an emotional level. Characters that underwent development that felt genuine. But :re is lacking in such regards. First we have Haise Sasaki. If he were the protagonist of another story I would probably like him, but I can't in this scenario. He's a bit like the original Kaneki (before all the physical and mental torture) but with a cheerful disposition and the demeanor of Arima when fighting. By all rights he's a good character, but he's not Ken. Call me selfish but I want that bad-ass, tragic hero to return. Ken was the heart of Tokyo Ghoul, a character that many of us could relate to and sympathize with, but he's gone! If only that was the only fault... But no, we are also deprived of a story surrounding the Anteiku ghouls at this juncture. Sure, they get a page or two here and there, but they're the very definition of back-ground characters. The primary focus of the story thus far has been Haise's group of friends in the CCG. We've got the familiar faces of Akira, Arima, and Juuzou. We also are gifted with four new mains that I'm having trouble giving two shits about: the somewhat timid Mutsuki, the ambitious twat Urie, the wild idiot Shirazu, and the nonexistent NEET Saiko. Four young go-getters that are products of experimentation that we're supposed to latch onto and sympathize with. I'll give you a hint, it's not working.
:Re so far has just been a disappointment, which is a damn shame because the solid world and story potential is still there. Yes, the incredible and intriguing world with the Ghouls is still in full force. Aogiri Tree, the creepy as fuck Clowns, the CCG, they're there! The cruel and underground society is prevalent. The premise is still absolutely fascinating and enthralling, but no matter how good the world is you still need good characters to inhabit it.
I understand that by following Haise we're seeing the aspect that Ken is the only one who has a place in both worlds, but dropping in memory loss was in my opinion the wrong way to present that. Oh, and it would help if Kaneki was actually the only one with a place in both worlds, at this point we're approaching about 10 or so others who fit the same criteria, but that's less important.
One other aspect of this series that has bothered me is the manner in which the focus of the story has shifted to the CCG rather than the ghoul society. Following around a specialized police force isn't nearly as fascinating as following an underground society of man-eaters. Not to say the CCG doesn't have it's merits in the story, but making them the focal point has been detrimental.
There also exists a drop in quality in terms of story-telling. The first series' plot moved thanks to the characters themselves. Climatic events occurred because the characters had taken action because of their respective wishes and goals. Unfortunately that's not how the plot has progressed in :Re. I use the term "progressed" loosely as the story has remained relatively static on the whole. But the limited progression we've had never arose from the characters themselves but rather a contrived CCG operation. Kaneki encountered conflict because of his desire to discover and survive in the ghoul world and his efforts to assist his friends. Haise encounters conflict because someone up-top gave him an assignment.
The art maintains the same level of quality it did in the previous series, that being excellent. One aspect that is nailed to perfection is the emotion present on the character's faces. Be it fear, anger, despair, or psychopathic thoughts, the manner of expression carries a sense of realism. You don't have to question for a single second what a character is thinking because their thoughts have been beautifully painted onto their features. Though the quality is the same it is different in style. I don't consider this a mark in favor nor against, it simply exists as a change.
Allow me to also hand out accolades for the alterations in the character designs of characters reappearing from the first series, they've been excellent. Touka specifically... Damn. By making her features softer and more mature she moved away from the pissed-off high-school girl and change into a truly gorgeous young woman.
If the scores of this series are any sort of judge my opinion is likely not that which is popular. As such I would not be surprised if only 1 in 20 souls happen to share my opinion. But with so much potential awarded by it's predecessor, I felt the need to share why :Re has felt like a failure. Maybe it's my inherent dislike of memory loss and character regression, but this series is radiating an overwhelming feeling akin to wasted potential. Most of our questions have yet to be answered and the emotional ties to the characters have been severed. I don't read each week because I'm looking forward as to what happens next, I read in the hope of seeing change. I cling to the naive hope that every time a new chapter comes out the steps for Ken's return are taken. Instead my nightmares are actualized as I'm continually teased and lead along by the leash with Kaneki himself hardly being a topic for discussion...
Despite the many gripes I hold for these first 46 chapters I must say that it could definitely get better; but for the foreseeable future I don't see that happening. We'll be stuck with the same new cast wistfully longing for the days our favorite waiters and baristas return to the forefront of this tale. Tokyo Ghoul :Re is not terrible per se, but it's a far-cry away from what I had been hoping for.
Edit as of Chapter 48:
Alright, someone hand me a hammer, it's time we nail Tokyo Ghoul:Re's coffin shut.
One tag on this series that likely caught a lot of eyes was "Seinen". It sure as hell caught my attention. We all know what Shounen are, and we go to Seinen anime and manga in our pursuit of stories that don't cling to childish tropes. The all too common cliches present in basically every famous Shounen: plot armor, feelings serving as a power-up, speeches on friendship. Unfortunately, I fear that Tokyo Ghoul:Re is more deserving of the tag "Shounen". We're almost 50 chapters in at this juncture, if we use the first series as a judge we're now 1/3 of the way through the series. By this point I had hoped to see something happen to these characters. Anything would do! Death, despair, injury, coma, sadness, guilt, some sort of hardship or trial that our characters would be forced to overcome. For heaven's sake, wasn't there supposed to be a proverbial "tragedy" tag attached to this series?? Perhaps I should clarify- a series does not need these elements to be considered good. I'm not bitching because there isn't a contrived death or tragic event. I just can't stand it when characters are able to fight enemy after enemy but have every single cast member walk away when all is said and done. So on the Shounen check-list we can now add "plot armor" (though, if we're being honest, the first series had a lot of that too, but not this much.)
Let's continue the Shounen check-list, shall we? What's next- "feelings serving as a power-up". This is one truly despised element of Shounen. The notable title "Fairy Tail" receives a lot of shit for having this in copious quantities arc after every bloody arc, but I've also seen it present in Naruto and a number of other less long-running titles that need not be named. Suffice to say, it's quite the odious notion. The idea that thinking of your friends and family will somehow give you a boost in power and skill. Never mind your adversary's power, friendship and lovey-dovey feelings are stronger (looking at you Dumbledore). And though it pains me to say it, we can add Tokyo Ghoul:Re to the list of tales that utilize this woefully childlike plot device. A moment of silence, please. . . . .
I wish I was lying, honestly I do. Tokyo Ghoul has had a decent amount of friendship and love incorporated into the characters' motivations from the beginning, most notably Ken Kaneki's. The difference is that those feelings served as motivation as opposed to power. We would see people training to learn how to fight, pushing themselves to train more because they needed to gain the power to fight for their friends. I'm sure most of us remember Kaneki training alone with dozens of books open and scattered around the room. Only to later walk out of the shower shirtless, giving the fan-girls their favorite panel in the entire series, but I digress. Motivation, that's a perfectly acceptable notion. And to be fair we've seen some characters in :Re train, Urie for one, and... umm... shit, yeah, just the one. (I'm partially joking. For the life of me I can't recall if any of the other Qs have been shown training to improve their combat capabilities. If they were, it was likely a single panel or two, hence it's lack of placement within my memory. But, I cannot actually say they don't train, so I'll leave it as neutral.)
I'm now going to quote chapter 48, there will be no context, nothing to serve as spoiler, simply a statement that was made out to be fact given the results of various fights:
"Of course skill is important. But what's even more important than the sword and shield are... those feelings. Feelings are what make you stronger."
There it is, feelings are more important than skill. Some of you may want to spin this quote in such a way that those feelings were mere motivation. Well, I hate to break it to you (I'm lying, I'm quite pleased to do this), but motivation shouldn't be able to change an outcome beyond reason. It does not, and cannot supersede skill. In this instance those "feelings" served as the deciding factor in what was an evenly matched battle. "Feelings serving as a power-up", our Shounen check-list continues.
Speeches on friendship time! Well, my perspective of this particular trope hasn't changed. These are where they need to be and are not aspects I would view as faults. As I've said, friendship is a motivation for some characters, discussion of the characters' respective motivations is not something I need to mark off for. Thankfully, there haven't been any instances where combat was stopped so the characters could stand back up declaring their love for their friends. Should that happen... *shudders*... I'd rather not even ponder such idiocy for fear of my brain cells deteriorating at a hastened rate...
So there you have it, the Seinen tag was annihilated almost as thoroughly as Kaneki's memory. Don't take this little commentary as naught but a rant on a single chapter. This one chapter served as the final nail in the coffin, it's indicative of what the entire series has become. I would change the score to a two or a three, but the lower I go on the score the less likely people are to give my review a fair chance.
Edit as of Chapter 58:
Fair warning, below I will not include any spoilers, but given my thoughts displayed in the rest of the review you will be able to easily ascertain some of what may have occurred.
There is one huge question that often pops up in anime and manga: "is it worth it?" People want to know prior to watching or reading if the story in question is worth their time. For months now if someone had asked me "Is Tokyo Ghoul:Re worth it" my answer would've been an immediate and emphatic "no". But now, I'm not so certain. I would honestly say "I don't know". You see, some things have happened, some things have changed, and the only thing anyone can say for certain is that shit has indeed gone down. At this juncture not all of my issues with the story are fixed, but some of them appear to be well on their way to being so. I wish I could say more "review" things with this edit, but there's regrettably not much I can say without diving into the depths of spoiler territory. I just felt that I had to add this little stipulation that things could be looking up. But, even if things are trending back towards the sky my previous words should not be disregarded. You shouldn't have to trudge through over 50 chapters to arrive at the well written parts, but in some cases it becomes worth it. Whether Tokyo Ghoul:Re is worth it remains to be seen..
Since this is a review, and I have to you know, review, I'm going to say that my original score of five is what you should go by. But that is a tentative score, it could rise or fall. My hope and expectation is that it will improve. If only hope wasn't so hollow, right?read more
“I'm not the one who is wrong. What's wrong… is the world!”
...or so the protagonist says, thus whether he's a ghoul or an investigator the world is wrong, this manga shows how both the sides (CCG and Ghouls) neither are bad or they both are in some cases. After the tragic incidents of the previous manga, it's a really good continuation of the series showing a different aspect of this ghoul world. Sui Ishida put a lot of thought about the story and it shows, every arc starts with much expectation and as it goes on the unexpected elements makes each arc much more better than expected.
*****NOTE: This simple review, my first actually. Rather than critical review it targets the good aspects of TG:re. As to why should read it.
The story starts with a 3 year time skip with Sasaki Haise as a ghoul investigator who leads the Quincke squad, quinckes/quinx are humans with kagune transplanted in them. Sasaki has no memory of his past life as Kaneki Ken only that they keep trying to resurface in his mind as a new personality thus he avoids using kagune but how long will this go on as his past acquaintances starts to show up, he somehow figures out he knew them, what would happen when he stops rejecting them and accepts the past memories, he fears Sasaki might die, he as this personality this person he is and his relations will all be gone, this part of the story is what makes it worth looking forward to. As Ishida promised the main characters from the previous manga starts to come back slowly and slowly as the story progresses.
Ishida Sui is a great artist we already know that from his previous work, and this one is even better in terms of art. The locations and scenes are something Ishida Sui spends lot of time drawing and researching he draws the locations based on real world places in Japan and does it perfectly even smallest details are very clear. The new characters are unique not like some other manga where everyone looks same expect clothes, hairstyle, eyes.
Sasaki Haise has a great personality, being kind and supportive and being scary at the same time, people who were too attached to kaneki will automatically hate Sasaki just because they love Kaneki they want the psycho back, that is just too unfair they are technically the same person and it is indeed mentioned by the characters in manga that even without memories they are still same, as the story goes on I have noticed many fans starting to like Sasaki he's the mix of the after trauma and before trauma kaneki someone who's in control of his self and doesn't have suicidal tendencies.
There is a lot of character development in Sasaki's case a lot and it can be seen in the very few chapters i.e. if you are not being ignorant and willing to notice.
The new characters Ishida introduced are pretty interesting among sasaki's squad the, anti-hero type Urie Kukie a kind of an a-hole, the guy has a terrible past and is willing to go to any length for promotion while being smart and manipulative, talking behind people's back and always looking for things that can benefit him. The others characters too have some interesting past like Mutsuki who has gender issues, Yonebayashi an airhead otaku who doesn't wanna work she's the comic-relief of the squad, then there's Shirazu this guys seems like nothing at firs but Ishida manages to prove his characters are never as simple as they seem, Shirazu too gets a considerable amount of character development.
From what I just said above it might seem it's all about the new unknown characters but no as time passes the old ones return and become an important part of story and they are just gonna keep coming and get mixed with the current events. Oh and about the side characters I was surprised how Ishida succeeded in making those characters interesting who only appeared for one or two arcs the way they are made I mean their personality Ishida perfectly shows how they came to be so that nothing seems like non-sense and you can relate to them even tho they are not human you still understand their reasons, what they went through what they endured what they feel, a prime example is the character of 'nutcracker'.
Throughout the story many old many new and many other who changed after the time skip will be seen, some badass, some psychos and some badass psychos, the reader has no idea who will stay and who will go, believe me the recent chapters proved that.
Honestly I enjoy reading it even re-reading it, it has a good amount foreshadowing, suspense, funny moments, dark secrets, fights and always the unexpected element at each arc. It may not be enjoyable to those who finished the previous manga in a day or two and have to wait weekly for this, well that is just ignorance towards the quality of this manga.
There are many first time readers in tokyo ghoul fandom most of them hate waiting weekly but if you are a patient person or a regular reader of manga(s) or you love tokyo ghoul that much that it doesn't matter waiting then believe me nothing is more enjoyable than this. If you read the previous manga and are skipping this one then sorry to say that would be stupidity. read more
Alright, so I read the whole manga after watching the anime and I LOVED IT. I start reading the first couple of chapters and to be honest, I had to adjust to it. I read the first chapters a couple of times to realize what's going on. After I had finally got what was going on, I now loved the story. Its great that this is around 2 years after the Anteiku Raid. So many questions still unanswered since that latest chapter was 25. This follows Haise Sasaki (who looks almost exactly like Kaneki), a CCG investigator and the supervisor of the newly formed Quinx Squad, which are humans that have built-in quinques. Old characters emerge, but the new characters so far are very interesting. The art is the same from the original manga, which is great. I enjoyed EVERY chapter. I will conclude this review by saying this, it will ONLY GET BETTER. So far, its another masterpiece in the making. read more
Tokyo Ghoul is one of the more prominent figures in the Anime/Manga industry as of late. With the two anime shows showing in the last year, and the original story ending late last year. Tokyo Ghoul:re is the second manga by the author, Sui Ishida, and the continuation of the story which takes place a few years after the first. It is full of everything the first manga series brought to the table. The author certainly has not lost an edge in the years.
The original story was an absolute masterpiece. Everything tying together, with certain what if moments and twists sprawled out throughout every single chapter. The developments and maturing of characters seemed to run off the page and made you experience something that is real. These characters bloomed with life and vivid details. :re takes this concept and continues it seamlessly through the time skip, and notably brings forth some really interesting changes in characters we came to love in the first manga, as well as new characters that we come to enjoy that were not previously involved. The reason why this rating is in an 8 range is because the story itself hasn't had that much happen in it, with only the real "IT'S HAPPENING" moment starting around the recent chapters I have read at this time (27-29). This isn't to say the story itself isn't impeccable already with plenty of really intriguing moments. Even recently a character we saw in the previous manga, coming back in a way I don't think anyone even anticipated. There just isn't enough of the story to rate accurately yet. In the future this could be subject to change as more moments and broader arches come into play, with character developments of course.
Ishida is one of those manga artists that know how to portray emotion and passion into the paper he draws on. As mangaka, they tell their story not just through the words and spoken dialogue, but the images being presented. This allows the reader to construct a story within their mind, much like novels do. The difference being, novels are done with words, manga is done with images. The story is beautifully drawn, and absolutely mesmerizing at certain high points. The characters all seem to have their own aura when watching them go about this crazy world Ishida is painting. Each one with their own unique characteristics and styles. Their own images, set apart from others. Furthering the relation the reader can express while glancing across the black and white surface. The art makes the characters come alive.
Much like the story portion, we simply do not know enough about the characters at this point to make any real judgement calls. The characters we do know about however, have really come a huge way from the first series. The developments that now span two different series, tie together in a way that are so satisfying for the reader with their own new quirks. The uniqueness of even the "throwaway" characters really comes to mind, especially in the recent Nutcracker portion of the story. Ishida being the master he is, paints this character in a unique light and puts so much mood and feelings into the short amount of time the character is in the spotlight, all done on a few short pages. Many other stories in a lot of other mediums seem to always have a copy paste method of characters. The whole "seen it all before" stereotype that we all come to expect from certain stories. But Ishida is adept at not falling victim to this ploy in his works. Even if you think you know the character through and through, something surprises you about them. And to that I give so much credit to the story as a whole. Hopefully this trend continues into the later chapters.
Tokyo Ghoul is one of the only series of mangas I have actually sat down and read through and through. The hook of the story in the first few chapters of the first manga really packed a huge punch into my interests, a typical non-manga reader. Even today, the only manga I look forward to every week for release is :re. The story here in :re like the original knows how to appeal to the person's life. Their feelings. Their struggles. Because let's be honest, many of us don't have perfect lives. We all experience some bad. Some tragedy. And Tokyo Ghoul plays onto this fact. It shows you tragedy. It lets you know that people are out there. We are all out there. Living a life. One life. And in that fact, we all have some weight to bear. It brings a huge down to earth feeling to the reader, that many can really relate to. Life isn't always a shounen after all.
It's hard to rate a story fully without seeing it in it's completion. At the time of making this, I am currently up to chapter 29. With a lot more story and chapters awaiting in the coming weeks, months, possibly years, I will edit this review as it sees fit. Much of the perception of this is hinged on the fact that the person has read the prequel to this story. Highly recommend doing such, because you cannot truly grasp everything in this story without the background and the perception the first series gave to the reader. For now, the story cannot be perfect or close to it. Too much needs to be done before rating it that high. For now though, an 8 is a good place to put it for all that we have now. Looking forward to the future of this series.read more
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Ghouls hide among the clueless citizens in Tokyo, feasting upon flesh. In order to protect their identities and their loved ones the ghouls wear masks. These masks prove to be iconic in the tragic story of Tokyo Ghoul.