A sequel to any series is tricky, and especially for a successful series, there is a burden of expectations that needs to be fulfilled. Despite its flaws, the original manga Tokyo ghoul delivered some interesting ideas and concepts by drawing the conflict between humans and ghouls, and thereafter promised answers to the loose ends in its sequel. Did it succeed, or at least, was able to keep the quality of its prequel? Sadly the answer is no, even though it looked like the first half of the manga is heading towards a specific direction.
Some spoilers ahead for the following review, mostly from the prequel and
Story:- Tokyo ghoul re starts in a promising manner, after the reveal of the clowns in its prequel, with even more mystery surrounding it. The first 60-70 chapters are decent in that regard, main reason being the story seemed to move in a particular direction, with narrowed focus on characters like Tsukiyama, Sasaki, or the members of the Quinx squad. However after a major event in the Cochlea arc, the story suddenly loses coherence, and the narrative quickly devolves into a mess. The worst thing about Re is that the story has so many fake deaths that it turns into Fairy tail levels of ridiculousness at some points. It takes away any sort of lasting narrative impact, has zero purpose and value, but still are used with characters just to provide a temporary shock effect.
The plot armours of characters are bound to be annoying too, and the main cast, especially the Kirishima siblings show the worst side of this. Here I would also like to point out that the romantic subplot lacks any sort of proper buildup, especially considering there is a time skip of two years. The characters on the antagonist side are either wasted after getting hyped up so much, or used as a plot device after fake deaths. The results of the fights don't follow any power levels, sometimes they are rushed too(chapter 143, just for the sake of drawing parallel). Characters remain popping up alive, no matter if they get beaten to death, or there are supposed hints of death. The pacing remains inconsistent, like Mutsuki's arc which has a weak payoff considering to what extent it is dragged. Needless to say, the story is full of holes, but the last part is by far the worst portion of the series, which is addressed below in a separate section.
Characters- An amnesiac character is always going a step back for any sort of character, as it negates any sort of previous buildup. However if the card is pulled right, the returning of memories can always be a trigger for a huge character development. In this regard, Kaneki simply fails as a whole. After 300+ chapters, the proof that he still remains the same as the beginning are the events of chapter 144. He gives in to the same tendencies, realizes his mistakes again, rinse and repeat. Basically a stagnant character until the very end when he finally realizes how to move forward.
One of the main antagonist of the series who took a central figure in the later portion of the manga, had the potential to be a great antagonist at first but quickly turns into a character who simply couldn't be taken seriously. Since the readers had no idea about his thought process, background or anything, the cliche of foolproof plans always working out no matter what quickly breaks any suspense of disbelief. You hardly get to see his side of working out things, and at the end of everything you always get to see classic "it all proceeded according to plan", making him nothing but a gary stu villain who has everything and everyone controlled, all situations and scenarios working out no matter what until the ending. And the other antagonists from the original series like Eto, Tatara aren't even worth mentioning considering how their characters were butchered.
The quinx squad are perhaps better characters of the manga in this regard, since at least they get some sort of development, Urie is probably the best example of this. The problem with the cast is that it's so bloated since they brought almost every character alive and keep on adding new investigators, that the focus on the characters go wayward, like some promising characters of the prequel are forgotten after becoming relevant for a while like Tsukiyama, or barely receive any focus or development of their own, like Nishio, Ayato, Hide etc.
Art- Inconsistent. Some of the early volumes have decent art, but in some of the arcs like Rue Island, it's just messy and you barely have any idea of what's going on in the fights. Just a point in case here that the some of the scans definitely carry some of the blame for that dark, blurry sketches since it looks a bit better for the higher quality scans.
Now to conclude, let's talk about the final portion of the manga, or the last 20-30 chapters. Worst part of the series by far, the quality goes down by another level. Characters magically coming back alive after that same trope of fake deaths just so that you can destroy their relevance in the series, or absolutely quick or no almost resolutions to the fate of the characters, rushed endings to the plotlines, everything making up a full fledged train wreck ending. In the last chapter, we get a happy fairytale ending for the prominent characters after a few miraculous survivals that the readers have no idea of, just so the fans can be satisfied.
"If lets say, you were to write a story with me as the main character, it would certainly be a tragedy" What an amazing ride this manga has been for the last seven years from the first one to the sequel. In this review i will try to cover only the sequel.
I feel like the story is not the strongest part of what makes the manga that much enjoyable but is the characters and their development as well, but after a certain point of this manga we finally saw what the true purpose of this story is about, as we saw what characters were
the actual main villains and who were eventually the savours. I won't say much more so I don't spoil anything else, but after 60-70 chapters we learn so much about all this untold story which sounds like a completely different take which was awesome and actually made sense!!
At the first 1/3 of the manga the art was a bit difficult to understand at some points mostly because there were so many new characters introduced, plus that the old cast came back and we could a lot of times get confused(mostly in the fights) and also because Kanekis' hair as with his personality chanegd so many times sometimes you could get confused of who is fighting who especially at the Rose arc, but after we got used to the characters and Kaneki finally had a more stabilized haircut , it was easier to understand. Other than that the art is just outstanding i would even say that it was better than the anime graphics at least at the first season of :re, Ishida's art is just unbelievable beautiful.
The strong part of this manga is their characters and the development that happens. Almost every single character gets his own "screentime" with his own background past story(which a lot of times included fights and confrotations with other characters in the show), which builds such a heavy tension if i could say on these characters. It feels like the author makes you feel the same for every character in this show as everyone has his own tragic story, so even when the worst character dies and his past gets revealed we could all feel something for him. The strongest character development is obviously on the main protagonist of the show Kaneki Ken himself, and outstanding development from the first manga up to this one.
I feel like this is a modern classic at this point, it has been on the top 5 best selling mangas for a while and there is a reason behind it. It is because the manga is so full of character building and action that you never get bored, even if a chapter will be short, or will only have discussion, it will still keep your interest to see what is going to happen next. Especially from like 140 chapter to the end the tension was so big that waiting a week for a new chapter was almost like a tortute haha. I would only give a 9 to the first arc of the manga as it is building up the universe almost from start again, until the old cast gets in to it as well and everyones' fate collapses.
It was honestly an amazing ride, for me i really hoped for a third part, as I thought the author Mr Ishida Sui would go for a trilogy but unfortunately he decided to close the story there, but that was definitely fine because the finale is actually satisfying and closed up every hole that he has left open, so I don't think a lot of people will get disappointed from this manga, but obviously there will be a lot of haters.
For me just don't read any negative review but you don't have to believe every positive as well, if you want to find out if the manga is eventually good or not you should give it a chance and I can assure you that if you liked the first one just be a bit patient with this one as after a couple of arcs it shows its greatness.
"Long time ago there was a man to which was given wings by his father in order to flee from their exile, warned however that he should never fly too close to the sun with them since such would result in the wings melting and ultimatly his dead. Despite the warning, drived by greed and feeling of empowerment he flew higher and higher wich was ultimalty his downfall.
The man name in greek mythology is Icarus; and in mordern time this tale can be applied to the author Ishida Sui whos wings represent his fallen series Tokyo Ghoul."
Before diving into the Tokyo Ghoul:Re manga, wich for
the sake of keeping things easier i will just be refering as "Re" from now on, we need to first understand what made this series so popular in the first place. Tokyo Ghoul gather quite a good amount of attention primarily due to its central theme being something that can resonate with a lot of people in this day and age.
Is a story focus around two species (humans and ghouls) that despite presenting similarities they are both biologicaly unable to coexist together. Set in a world filled with oppression and injustice as our main character experienced both sides of the conflict tries to make a stand and change the world, making it a better place to where both groups can stand in equale terms. A nice premises, that saddly gets butchered completly as the series moves along as the author didnt know if it wanted to presente the story itself as a commentary on society or a character analyze or a full on battle centred story about defeating the main baddy.
Re tries to be all the above and fails miserably, prioritizing certain aspects of its narrative but failing to come with anything substantially coherent in the process.
So with that introduction and without further ado, let's go down the rabbit hole that is Re and how the series failed as a continuation of the, while flawed, decent prequel. As you would expect this review will contain a few minor spoilers, but i will try to not give much away.
Re is set 2 years after the events at the end of the original where we follow Haise Sasaki, a Ghoul investigator with a lot of physical resembles to Ken Kaneki and his mannerisms. He is the leader of a CCG squad named Quinx, that consist of human investigators with built-in quinques in their bodies.
The squad members are the following: Kuki Urie a very ambitious individual guided by nothing more then his own desires to get promoted and be recognized by others; Ginshi Shirazu a scary looking but kind hearted guy with a very straight foward attitude however at the same time with a weak mind; Mutsuki Tooru a very altruistic individual that lacks a lot of confidence in terms of personal strength and as such is always second guessing himself; and finally Saiko Yonebayashi a bubbly, carefree and humorous short girl that is pretty much the happiness of the group and comic relif character. In addition to this character's there were also some other CCG members and ghouls that got introduced in re, but nothing really worth mention for now.
So the story will be focused on the Quinx squad and each members as they progress as individuals throughout everything, right? Well not exactly. Sure they all go through their own character arcs (wich is someting i will dive into more so later), but the problem isn't entirely with the way that happens. The main glaring issue that this series has is that it tries to present itself with a character driven type premises but rapidly switchs to a battle manga whenever the plots demands it, and all philosophical themes are left rotting on the side. Now i wouldn't have had that much of a problem with it if the series at least had some nice fights to complement it, but that isnt the case. From power scales change for the sake of plot convenience, to battles that were built up chapters in advance with no real pay off since they either get off-screen or the fight themself are just a few pages in length, ending everything in a anticlimatic and dull manner.
It felt like the fights were just used as a way to catalyze the plot points rather than being part of the actual narrative and honestly at that point why even bother if all you care about is showing is the result? Discarding two or three fights where both sides had their highlights, all the rest are simply bland and/or one sided.
The story itself is nothing that impressive either, as it suffers from a identity crisis and doesn't know what it fully wants to do and simply walks around in circles while it rehashs a lot of the same basic ideas.
Did you like when Kaneki broke his emotional chains, created a different person and his hair changed colors? MORE of that; Do you remember when characters went completely berserk? MORE of that; Did you like when in the end of part 1 characters were being slaughter left and right? MORE of that; Do you like last minute savings? A TON MORE of that; Do you like fake last panel character's deads? MORE of that.
More and more because more is better right? Is not.
When you reused the same tropes and consepts over and over again all the original impact starts to fade. For example when Kaneki had his first change in personality it was a iconic moment for the series as well as what that implied, but when you repeat it multiple times it becomes nonsencial and this is where Re fails in a storytelling stand point. Re tries to capitalize so much on certain aspects that made its prequel popular without even bothering trying to present new ideas, trying to be its own thing and without even understanding what made those scenes so impactful in the first place. But hey if this type of format is selling well why bother with how repeative the story gets right?
The same can be said about last minute saving. Multiple times throughout the series you will get a character appearing and saving another one that is in distress, which wouldn't be so bad if it happened sporadically. But Re takes a step further and uses this trope all the time to create a false sense of tension.
Lastly, still on the topic of story, i like to address this false idea that everything is justifiable because it is ultimately supported under the notion that "this is a tragedy". Multiple times in Re you have it where certain actions and decisions come out as forced because the story is just revolved around this dramatic narrative but that lacks the most basic fundamentals of how one should be establish.
In a tragedy you need to make everything unfold in a way that is both not only believable but also that gives the characters present in it room to breath, wich is something that Re fails to do.
There is rarely any pause to anything to make us connect with the cast or appreciate the light moments since one moment to the next you will get bombarded by a tragic outcome or revelation. You may think this might make the story more engaging however that is the furthest from the truth, as the story comes off as more jarring and shortsighted more so than anything else.
The first thing you will notice while reading the manga is that there are a lot of characters being introduced in re as well as a good number of side characters from the previous series reappearing. This doesn't have to be a bad thing per say, since it could give the author more room to work with them.. the problem however is that they all end up falling under the exact same character story structure.
"X character is introduced > after a good amount of time X character becomes prevalent to the plot > X character gets a flashback that 99,9% of times is related to him/her having some sort of parenting or family problem > X character gets killed off or we almost never heard from him/her again"
Discarding my personal question regarding what the hell happened to the author that made him have such a big complex when it comes to parent figures, the most important one however is - why apply this to almost every single one of your diverse cast of characters? You dont need to kill off or shove every one of them to the side as soon as their story arcs ends, they can still play a role in your story so dont limit yourself to a single way of storytelling. This does not create a sense of dread and mortality, rather it just ends up making most of them be viewed as discartable toilet paper.
The only character that was actual well written and developed was Urie, wich progression throughout the series was both apparent and without ever feeling oversaturated in oppose to what is the case with some character such as the main protagonist of re. Shirazu also recived some nice characterization much like Arima, but apart from those everyone else got the short end of the stick.
Speaking more so on the main character however.. the mc is, to put it bluntly, the worst part about this manga. He is depicted as nothing more than a sacrificial lamb where every single decision he takes will ultimately result in a tragic outcome of him or his friends getting hurted, while at the same time we as readers are forced to belive that he didnt learn anything from his past experiences and is forever stuck in his own stagnant mental purgatory until the author dictates otherwise.
Not only that but this results in him ending up never really growing as a individual due to the fact that he constantly resets and creates a different persona as a form of escapismin.. all in a writting attempt of making us, readers, try to constantly empathise with his struggles. And when a story is focus on just presenting a character misery without any type of progression or anything additional to complement it, you are honestly pretty much just gonna be reading this manga for the torture porn at that point.
Lastly still on the topic of character i would like to talk about the villain. Because yes apparently instead of focus on the idea that neither side is truly in the right and no party was fully innocent, this manga picks the easy route and inserts a clear villain to try create a scenario where both groups have to put aside their differences and work together to defeat a common threat.
You may find him to be humorous with his references and how he projects himself as a troll in a for the most part mostly serious series. Or in the opposite end you may find him obnoxious in that regard, it is ultimately subjective. The problem however does not lie so much there, rather with his role in the story as the villain for two reasons:
1)Everything goes accordingly to his plans despite all the innumerous variables and conditioning factors outside of his control; and 2) he is presented as big threat only because of not only how he coincidentally has ties with most organizations prevalent to the story, but also the fact that he himself is considered a force to be reckoned with in terms of strength due to a concept that was only introduced midway through the series in a poor attempt to make him out to be this all powerfull "final boss" because apparently the concept of ghouls and RC-cells was growing so stale that no one would be able to take him seriously otherwise.
This doesn't make for a compelling villain, just one that is fun to poke fun off. Wich is a shame because the revelation and build-up to him being this mastermind orchestrating everything behind the scenes was actually well done.
In conclusion the characters shown a lot of promising features, but by keeping everything so formulated and giving too much the exposition to a main character that constatly defaults to his initial state.. it made all the possible character analyze and emotional investment to become non existence.
Tokyo Ghoul:re has some amazing art. The usage of dark tones to paint the gruesome dark atmosphere is outstanding, illustrating well a world abstant of light both figuratively and literally. It as some nice illustration panels and cover pages that showcase well the author full drawing capabilities.
So why give such a relatively low score you may ask? Well starting with the most prevalent reason it as to do with the action. The way the action and movement, wich is usually depicted in a very rough manner and with a good amount of heavy dark lining. Now like i said previously this may fit well with the the series, but in contrast it makes most action scenes difficult to interpret the sequence of events and what is happening. Is not a light read to the likes of lets say Yusuke Murata or Takehiko Inoue wich art manage to not only make their action scenes easy to follow but also captivating to look at. With re you will end up re-reading most of the chapters over and over again just in hope to understand what is happening in the panels.
The other reason for giving it a five, is when it comes to the character design department. Some of the characters have some distinct features that makes them stand out like Urie signals close to his right eye or Nobu big lips. But more often than not you will ending confuding some characters (normaly the females) with another one since the way their facial features are drawn out is not that distinct whatsoever.
Is Ishida Sui a talented artist? Definitely, but that much isn't shown in full view when it comes the full ledge of this manga and that is a big shame.
**Symbolism & Presentation**
Since this is something very prevalent and referred by many like indispensable features that are prevalent in the story, i decided to create this additional segment for the review.
Starting off with symbolism. Symbolism is suppose to be both expressive and subtle when it comes to its usage, either as a way to represent a character state of mind; depick na idea and/or to comunicate with the reader.
There is some really good usage of symbolism in TG:Re, like the incorporations of butterflies and centupies in the initial or last page of some chapters, it was nice. The problem however comes when talking about the rest... so lets address the elephant in the room: Tarrot Cards is one of the worst and laziest forms of convaying symbolism if it can even be considered as such. This is not a problem exclusive too re but also the original, nevertheless is still worth pointing out since they are used mainly in steady in-between arcs chapters and are treated like the illuminati symbol on breakfast cereals.
This is not inovative, the author is pretty much forcing you (the reader) too look at pages upon pages in hope to find some hidden meaning to what a character is feeling or foreshadow what is gonna happen to him/her. Is lazy plain and simple.
The other problem is with parallelism, which while not the best form of convaying a idea of how past events tie with present ones, is still fine for the most part if used in either one or two instances. Re however exploits this concept so much to the point that it makes it seem like the entire story is nothing more than a carbon-copy of the original.
Finally the last thing i would like to talk about is regarding shock value… Re has this habit of giving this chapters without any real substance which sole objective is striving to keep the reader's attention while at the same time trying its hardest to maintain this facade of it "being different".
From chapters filled with black panels, referencing Hunter X Hunter to a tee, characters that become infatuated with another one in a blink of an eye, to an whole chapter focus on two character having intercourse. There is no justification to what happens apart from wanting to provoke a reaction out of the readers. And the final arc is the culmination of it all, in which all the sense of story progression is abandoned all together in favor of this type of writing.
**The Final Arc**
If Re was a walking corpse, the final arc of this manga would be the final bullet that put it out of its misery. In which all sense of pacing was set aside, wrapping up all the final plot points left in the most convinient way imaginable.
Prevalent organizations, Clowns and "V", became cannon folder by the end with the prominent figures in both organizations partaking in momentarily last minute fights just to close their stories as fast as possible and move to the "main event"; Characters conveniently receiving power-ups, others acting out of character; obnoxious inner monologue and/or narration that just scream pretentious writing, repeating much of what was already stated beforehand; and so on.
Tokyo Ghoul:re is far from being a good series. It lacks the general basis of how a story should progressing when it comes to the hadling of the main characters, the writing is sloppy ending up repeating the same tropes and ideas, the characters wich could be the best aspect about this manga are not given much room to grow because it focus to much on the so called “tragedy” life of the main character that all the rest is left ignored, constant last minute savings and fake deaths to try shock its readers, the list goes on.
What started as a series that was trying to convey a message of accepting others and more important yourself, got reduced to a convoluted mess with nothing remarkable to tell.
Would i recommend reading re? I would whole-heartedly say no. Even if you were once a big fan of the main series i am incline to say to not bother with re, but i doubt it would serve any diference. If you really like a series than you will untimatly just read it to know how it all concluded no matter how horrible the ride itself may be.
But to those that are unsure whatever or not to start the series, to those i say: Go to a cafe relax, drink some coffee, and if a woman/guy ever approach you asking to read Tokyo Ghoul:re with him/her just run as far away as you can.
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.
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.
So it has finally ended, what a ride it has been. This review will contain minor spoilers but will not refer to any specifics.
In the later half of the original Tokyo Ghoul, Ishida had begun to explore the maddening, fracturing psyche of Ken Kaneki. Tokyo Ghoul:Re is the natural continuation of this exploration and delivers an extremely satisfying resolution about halfway in.
However, things deteriorate after this. The second half of the Manga is sadly lacking in my opinion, delving into a long, uninteresting and poorly plotted arc (with a few standout sequences) which ultimately only leads to a sort of doubling down on the
conclusion reached midway through the manga. This is a shame, and even the ending feels somewhat bland. It is almost as if Ishida reached the conclusion he had been building towards midway through and was then forced to keep on writing.
However, it must not be understated how truly fantastic the first half of this manga is. If the second half of the original TG and the first half of :Re where one piece, it would be a clean 10 for me, a masterpiece.
The exploration of Kaneki's psyche is alluring and intimate, punctuated by Ishida's fantastic art which can be both haunting and insane as well as loving and beautiful. It always manages to retain a poetic and calligraphic quality, dipping into the hellish and soaring into the serene, but never losing its cohesion in style.
Tokyo Ghoul:Re was a spectacular conclusion to probably my favorite Manga, offering a truly mature story of living with the horrors of the world, the cruelty one must embrace and an intangible, fractured self. I wish that conclusion had also been its ending, but it does not bother me anyway near enough for it to sway my recommendation.
Tokyo ghoul: re is the official sequel to the well claimed and popular Tokyo ghoul, & well after that ending that blew our minds with chapter 143, we were left with a great cliffhanger, gladly the sequel continues the series just after a short period of time.
So yeah, Spoiler alert! if you didn't finish TG yet!
So now we're introduced to Haise Sasaki, a rank 1 ghoul investigator, that is a half-ghoul & his squad the Quinx that consist of other half-ghouls, whom are: Tooru Mutsuki, Kuki Urie, Ginshi Shirazu & Saiko Yonebayashi. well, this quinx squad was formed to make a ghoul investigator that could
surpass Kishou Arima (Wish is a godamn god for fuck's sake).
Anyways, we later know, after a couple of chapters that Haise is actually Ken Kaneki, but for some reason, he doesn't wanna be his old self even tho he knows about it, & he struggles to fight it when he's is in tough situations.
Well, all the other characters from the first part get their screen time like: Hinami, Ayato, Naki, Touka (even if she's kinda useless, at this point), Suzuya...
I totally recommend this manga (even if it's kinda slow at times), it's a rare gem, & the readers of the first part will sure love it
A wise man said ''it’s better to burn out than to fade away’’, and this is exactly what sprang to mind throughout this sequel, especially during the last few arcs.
:Re is the continuation of TG, a prequel that offered an intense journey, delving deep in the characters’ psyche. Kaneki, Shuu, Touka, Suzuya, Amon-- they all got a fair share of character development, making the audience care about them, their backstory and struggles. Since the ending of the prequel, :re’s task was to wrap up all the loose ends and offer another side to the story, the CCG’s, ultimately ending in a non tragic way.
I certainly enjoyed reading up until Rose Extermination, it soon became apparent that :re had some fatal flaws. For one, the characters stopped getting any attention. They only served as plot points, vehicles that will move the story forward successfully. Touka was shown fleetingly before becoming Kaneki’s woman, Suzuya is just CCG’s fight tool, Hide is just a person that comes in handy for Kaneki and the CCG. Their rushed treatment erased any kind of nuance and originality they used to have.
A second mistake was Ishida’s obsession with parallels. Foreshadowing and parallels do not necessarily equal good writing. Making parallel arcs in :re that mirror TG’s means ultimately nothing if it seems forced, rushed, inconsequential or involves overused plot devices.
Thirdly, while TG has always had fight scenes, :re was filled to the brim with them-- to the extent of sacrificing character growth and reflection. New characters, new battles, new missions. All of those would be cool as long as you were getting a glimpse of the characters' struggles, thoughts and emotions. That's the only way you can care about whether a character lives or dies. If you don't have that, the battle arcs seem pointless and dull. TG’s brand and originality stem from Ishida’s masterful psychological writing. If you add a really large cast of characters and just put them in fight sequences then, even if you cared about said characters, you will disconnect from them precisely because you’ve stopped seeing what you used to love about them.
Truth be told, there were a few glimpses of excitement in :re, however it winded up a huge let-down for the aforementioned reasons. I can’t help but look back to my 16 year-old self, who was begging for a sequel announcement after TG ch.144 was released. Back then, the story was still vibrant and immersing, full of potential that :re could seamlessly explore. But now, all I see is that this sequel has come at the cost of indifference. As painful as it is, it’s better to see something you love end quickly than to slowly stop caring about everything you used to love about it.
Like many people, I discovered Tokyo Ghoul after the Studio Pierrot’s adaptation. I had fallen in love with the series and started to read the manga. I’m glad I did so.
After the baffling conclusion which our main character gets "killed", we are presented 3 months later to a sequel. The premise was simple. The story would take place 3 years after the Anteiku raid.
The beginning of the manga could be a little bit out of place for old fans. The slow pacing, the environment and the new personality of our mc
seems very different from the dark tone and pacing we were used to in the prequel. Also, we are constantly presented to new characters and old faces that had little screentime in the original. It's normal to get lost, not knowing who is who.
The amount of characters caused arcs such as Auction and Rue/Third Cochlea Raid feel kinda messy. The chapters tended to focus on many different events in the same chapter. However, reading the chapters in one go makes the reading become smoother. It's as if the author was expecting the readers not to read it weekly. However, that's not the case since Ishida has overused misleading cliffhangers during the Rue Island part, which its usages only makes sense to weekly readers.
However the story has never failed to deliver. We had massive character development with the main characters, the story is always connecting itself to things that often pass by unnoticed by "regular" readers like me, the amount of symbolism, the psychological issues... Everything was and is very hyping!
Also, the way that Ishida nonchalantly touches dark themes really appreciates me. He manages to revolve about many different themes in just one manga! It's very interesting!
On the other hand, the major problem I and many other fans have with TG is the fake death move that the author constantly makes. You can often feel disappointed or angry when characters that were supposed to be dead pop up alive somehow. This makes the battles lose their 'tention" sometimes because you know there are high chances that the characters involved are probably ending up alive.
To sum up, Tokyo Ghoul :re is a sequel that has some minor problems that could be annoying, yet, the hype of the fights, the character developments, the world building, the revelations, the charisma of the characters, the amazingly written story and it's dark tone are what amuse me and makes me regard it as my favorite manga series.
This is an absolute slog of a manga to read. Toyko Ghoul:re tosses out every major character that we grew to know over the previous story and complicates things with another dash of vague narrative and some very off-model characters.
We're introduced to a new cast of characters, including Ken, who is now working with the ghoul hunters in a specially created squad. What then follows is 32 (up to where I got) chapters of boring filler, with Ken playing Scooby-Doo with various ghoul characters. The new cast members are not fleshed out enough to carry this story any further than the initial premise. If anything
these chapters feel like they should be one arc, not half the entire manga.
Bit characters from the first are introduced but seemingly do nothing, some having their designs changed completely to ensure that you forget who they are. Once again furthering the confusion by adding additional characters who you may remember to an already over-crowded cast.
The author seems to have taken the vague exposition of the final chapter of the first story and applied it to everything here. You will become very, very lost as characters talk over each other about subjects that you are not savvy to. Some characters become off-model to further infuriate you.
But that vague narrative style is being applied to a very simple story, Tokyo Ghoul:re simultaneously manages to be too dense and too thin, it's not worth the effort to figure out what some of these characters are doing and you'll find yourself becoming very, very frustrated over how little of significance is occurring. After smashing through the first in a few days, I rapidly ran out of steam trying to get through re.
EDIT 7/19/18: Imagine giving another chance to a series that already self destructed just because so much time was invested. The result? A tremendous loss. Yeah, I'll take this L because I was hoping that Tokyo Ghoul REEEEE would be anything but droll, but it consistently let me down and it got to the point where a chapter of porn was the highlight of the entire sequel. The characters continue to display unlikable traits, poor interactions, and just god awful dialogue. Accompany it with unclear art direction and you got Tokyo Ghoul REEEEE. The rushed ending was a secretly a blessing because readers just couldn't
stand the last chapters looking like rough sketches. And the final arc was actually the most poorly constructed idea I've seen in literature. It tried to be Persona 5 so badly, but it ended up a regurgitated idea with poor execution. I really gave Tokyo Ghoul REEEEE a shot, and the 120 additional chapters I read since the initial review did not improve my opinion of this godforsaken manga. Thought Urie was bad? Toru Mutsuki takes the cake as the biggest POS in manga.
Talk about a complete farce of a sequel, RE does not live up to it's expectations that the predecessor set for it. While Tokyo Ghoul wasn't amazing, characters had distinct personalities and the action was abundant. It is what I expected Tokyo Ghoul to be. RE takes on a different tone, shifting to a new cast of characters and taking the route of delving into the other side of the faction, the CCG.
Tokyo Ghoul didn't focus heavy on one faction, equally balancing both factions of Ghoul and CCG. Some psychological elements were present which made the story feel like there was tension and had some emotional impact. RE fails to set up in what was suppose to be a coherent action/fantasy story. With the focus on a squad within the CCG, expect a lot of exposition-heavy panels which is pretty insignificant to the story as it reaches the late 40 and into the 50 chapters. Much of the story felt stagnant with the exception of the late 50 chapters where it is looking like it's following its predecessor's footsteps. Everything leading up to that point feels like a waste of time as well with the few plot twists that pop up. It's almost as if the reader was supposed to be incredibly bored to lead up to a few chapters of action and adversity. Above all, the story just isn't fun. The stagnant nature of it with lots more dialogue then the author knows what to do with makes for an incredibly boring read.
The new cast of characters feature a squad within the CCG. All of them are poorly characterized with the exception of the main protagonist who is only interesting because of his alter ego. One guy for the WHOLE story just thinks about getting promoted within the organization. That's about it for that guy, I mean talk about one of the worst motives coupled with forced reactions in other situations makes him easily the worst character in RE. The other characters are very bland as well, making it seem like RE would've been better off having high school kids save the damn world vs what RE offered. The mindboggling thing is the previous cast of characters that made Tokyo Ghoul interesting get little panel time. Reading the first 20 chapters, the reader has to wonder if this is the sequel to Tokyo Ghoul.
A bland story coupled with terrible characters made RE easily one of the worst reads in all of literature. The more I think about it, the more I would have rathered read an economics book. It's complete shift in tone is what did it in and the open ending to the first season doesn't help. Actually, it makes RE look even worse because of that. Lack of personality within characters made for a tough cast to follow and ultimately connect with. The opposing faction was more interesting and all the reader gets in RE are little snippets of the things going on behind the scenes with minimum dialogue. I can't see RE getting any worse from here on out though, but I wouldn't hold my breath. It absolutely baffles me that I can browse the internet and find that this POS can lead in manga sales. The Tokyo Ghoul franchise is on a 90 degree downhill rollercoaster and avoid this if you can.
The original Tokyo Ghoul is, by quite a few metrics, your standard action manga. What made it particularly unique however is that it did a fantastic job humanizing the conflict it presented. Writers that tackle this theme have this tendency of making one side of the conflict comically evil while the hero’s side unbearably good. Ishida did his best to avoid this cliché entirely by making the two groups, humans and ghouls, quite literally natural enemies of each other, while also implementing a main character that was forced to represent both. Not only was this dynamic interesting, Ishida also applied the finishing touches to this
theme by humanizing these characters outside of the fights themselves in a natural way. While Tokyo Ghoul didn’t always clear this hurdle every time, I would still say that it did a great job *providing* context to the fights instead of just letting them happen, utilizing its unique setting to provide conflicts instead of pulling from typical ones.
The unfortunate thing about Tokyo Ghoul: re is that it’s literally just non-stop fighting from start to finish. This is a bit of a hyperbole, but it is very telling when re manages to have almost twice the amount of fight scenes in almost the same number of chapters.
The important thing to note about the original Tokyo Ghoul is that what made it particularly emotional is that many conflicts centered around the idea that ghouls just wanted to live like normal people, and the inherent tragedy is that they often couldn’t. Anteiku was a place to call home for much of the main cast, which is why it’s destruction was contextually meaningful. The problem with Tokyo Ghoul: re is that very few of the conflicts themselves really deal with more humanizing dimension of the story. Not only does the main conflict of the story shift between fighting major groups like the Cochlea rather than tackling smaller and more personal events like the original did, re also introduces characters at an extremely haphazard rate while giving them very brief backgrounds, if any at all. Even main characters like Urie and Shirazu are given extremely brief expositions while characters like Saiko are basically given none at all, and by the first 40 or so chapters you’re introduced to dozens of doves that you can’t possibly be expected to keep track of, and frankly even less so to care about.
It seems apparent that re seemed to prioritize far more on the fights themselves then really who comprised of them, possibly to capture a sense of scale and pace, but really this can be summarized by quantity over quality. The latter half of the manga unfortunately devolves into a more basic concept of this “evil mastermind pulling the strings” which magically dissolved much of the basic contrasts between humans and ghouls. Once again, this failed to take advantage of a conflict that would be unique to Tokyo Ghoul and instead takes one that could quite literally be in any other narrative.
If the fights themselves were good then this would at least be somewhat acceptable, but the fight scenes in Tokyo Ghoul have never really been that amazing by themselves; in my opinion have only seemed so because the manga did a great job establishing the context to each one. Not only is this dimension extremely neutered in re, but the rough art that initially defined the aesthetic style of the original Tokyo Ghoul was, combined with the consistently abhorrent paneling and the frequently busy fights, far too messy, and it was often unnecessarily difficult to tell what was going on (though to give credit where credit is due, I still like Ishida’s art style and there are some scenes where it ended up working phenomenally in his favor).
The original Tokyo Ghoul isn’t some untouchable masterpiece; like I said, by many standards, it can be considered a fairly average action manga. Perhaps re can’t be completely blamed for what it came to be since the original did start some of the gears that saw its conclusion in the sloppy final arc of re. But it at least did an honest, (and I would say) successful job on trying something different, even if it had to borrow from a few ideas along the way. It tried to be a piece much more than just the fights that it had and gave personality to characters that we will now remember for years. Re is incredibly soulless in comparison, trying far too hard in making the narrative all about the fights while misunderstanding the power characters can have on them.
This is probably the one and only time I give something 1 and I don't regret it.
Tokyo Ghoul: Re is a perfect example of a disrespectful cash-grab. Reading Re, I felt like all my humble memories were raped, no kidding. I read only 50 chapters, because I couldn't handle it anymore.
I actually wanted to praise the author for taking such a bold move and not focusing too much on the original's events and trying to tell some new story. I thought we'd spend about 20-30 chapters with CCG and then Kaneki would return to his senses. Nope. I'm at chapter 50 and everything is
at the point of your typical detective movie. They solve cases, someone from the first manga appears, we get hyped up for Kaneki's return and... it doesn't happen.
The original had a perfect balance of CCG and Ghouls. Right when I started to get bored with CCG's part of the story, I'd go back to Ghouls. Every story-line and group had two sides, there was never a "Ghouls are too bad" or "CCG is too bad". Well, in this manga ghouls are pretty much your regular baddies. One side. Oh, and there's even a ghoul that takes pleasure cracking man's nuts. Her motivation was that she "wanted to be beautiful". Mother, bring a towel! I'm gonna start crying...
Even the dialogue is very strict and almost forced.
It's bad. Occasionally I'd find myself wandering who the hell is the person that is being shown and who the hell "owns" the dialogue bubble. Remember those awesome epic double-paged moments from TG? Well, now the only memorable design you get is a CCG investigator who has some ridiculously huge alien-like lips. Just great.
I really hate this part. The older characters from the original are used as a pure click-bait! I can name so many chapters that ended with someone appearing from the original, it was countless! Then they get one or two pages and dissapear for the rest of the issue.
The only character I cared about was Shuu. And mainly because his condition (he was on wheel-chair, starved, broken, unhappy, wanted to get his old Kaneki) during first 50 chapters resembled mine when I was reading this. Truly! Right when Shuu said "I don't know you, Haise" - I realized: it is time for me to drop this manga.
Kaneki's happiness was quite annoying and stupid.
The QX's cast was way off. Especially the little girl who only played video games and did absolutely nothing. I more or less liked the transgender character, but that's it. I don't even remember their names.
CCG cast... remember the amazing and vivid feel of every character from the original? Now all you have is yet another CCG investigator who looks and acts exactly the same as any other.
None. Within 50 chapters I felt like Kaneki when he was tortured by Jason. Let's imagine that my love for TG is Kaneki's set of fingers. Me (Kaneki) grows those fingers just to have them clacked away by Jason (author of the manga) over and over again... I had to drop this book to stop this torture and rape of all the enjoyment I had with the original anime and manga.
A pure cash-grab. The originals were brilliant.
Money is good. Money is great! Tokyo Ghoul :re is the proof of it. The proof that popularity makes the manga most of the time. Ishida Sui (the author) sold his soul to the money devil, and along with it went Tokyo Ghoul, RIP. Not that I blame him, I mean, he must definitely be wiping his tears in money right now.
Disappointing, disappointing, disappointing. That describes Tokyo Ghoul:re.
I am someone that began reading the original back in the beginning. So we have definitely come a long way. And I can say proudly that Tokyo Ghoul, the original is a masterpiece. Amazing. Fantastic. *Insert similar adjective*.
I loved everything about it.
But this, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls. This, is shit. If we compare it to the plethora of garbage out there, sure, it is ok i guess. But if we compare it to the original, than :re is bad.
Story meh, characters meh, art bad in some aspects (though not all). And now that this is popular, terrible community.
The thing is, Ishida seems to have reached a consensus with his team. Crazy characters = awesome. The story is pathetically predicable now. Just random arcs with crazy people appearing left and right. Not to mention ass pulls. You know Ishida, the whole go crazy after torture and gain power up worked once. You can stop now ok?
Yes that's right Ishida found his magic formula and is rolling along with it. Damn you money!!! Anyway, here it is:
Step 1: Get one of your characters
Step 2: Make them seem relatively happy
Step 3: plot twist
Step 4: Character actually has a dark and sad past
Step 5: Torture them or something similar
Step 6: Is the character already crazy? If yes, then make them more crazy. If no, just make them crazy
Step 7: make their hair go white
Step 8: make them super crazy strong
Step 9: make 15 year old teens across the globe squeal, because they think they are super mature and cool by reading this dark edgy stuff.
Step 10: ???
Step 11: Profit. (literally in this case)
Step 12: Repeat from step 1.
That is how predicable :re has become. Ishida now seems to just be doing stuff to please fanboys. Pick any character. There is a pretty good chance they are fucked up in the head. woooooo so fun, so dark, so smart.
But I gotta admit, if this was Ishida's plan all along he has earned my respect. He has so thoroughly brain washed his audience, that anything he does is seen as "OMFG KANEKI KYAAAAA!! ISHIDA SO SMART!! TOKYO GHOUL BEST MANGAZ!!". And if you say anything it is always "OMG YOU STUPID GO READ SHONEN! DERP THIS IS TRAGEDY MANGA DERP!".
And this is all sad, remember that I was someone that loved this manga... Oh how the mighty have fallen...
I can't even go ahead and say which category made :re worse. It is now a convoluted mess, each category bringing the other down. A plethora of new characters that sprout out of nowhere just to make more fodder. Instead of reusing good developed characters, it is apparently a good idea to disregard most of them, introduce a bazillion of new ones and develop 6 of them. Some of the old side characters haven't even re-appeared yet. Pretty sure Ishida forgot about them.
This flood of new characters just helps bring the story down since there are so many new characters you can barely get their names. And no, I'm not going to re-read the chapters 5 times just to try to get who is who. A good manga like original Tokyo Ghoul only had me reading the chapter once to understand everything. This is not thick plot. This is bad writing.
One example of the characters bringing the story down are the random grunts from each side that serve just as fodder. Some of them have less than 3 pages dedicated to them, yet have whole fucking chapters showing their super sad past, right before they die. Why even? What is the point? Do you think anybody cares?
Speaking of bad, art got a lot worse in fighting scenes. Now it is just a drawing mess with blurs appearing in each fighting panel. I'm going to be completely honest. I barely understand what is going on most of the time. And no again fans, no, I'm not going to read the same chapters 15 times.
But it is not all terrible. Art outside of battles did improve. It is amazing now I really like it. And although the story doesn't touch the original's feet, it still is better than most stuff out there. Also when :re does shows glimpses of the originals glory, damn, tears flows through my eyes remembering the good old times. But that is quickly fucked up by another character going batshit crazy.
Yeah sure, years and years of reading manga and watching anime made me grumpy and weary, But then again, it also made me achieve a state of nirvana in which I can distinguish masterpieces from disguised shit.
So, should you read this manga and are you going to like it? Well, honestly, if this wasn't a continuation but a stand alone, it would be ok. But it isn't is it? Still everyone should read it if they have nothing better to do.
But the real question is, are you going to like it? Well if you are a teen you will probably love it. If you like stories that characters get power ups because they go super batshit crazy but don't make sense, then you will also love it. If not, then no, you will find it "meh", so go read Golden Kamuy or something better.
I honestly do hope I end up editing this in the future, because I do want to enjoy this. I really do. But as of now. Nope. This is as of chapter 81.
(a quick outpouring of my myriad feelings after thinking about the most recent chapters of RE. aka don't expect quality)
Ishida Sui is a genius. His story is sprawling, with twists and turns and foreshadowing in every corner.
Small, maybe insignificant details you may have written off on a first read through carries new meaning afterwards. For example, a reveal in a relatively recent chapter (~mid 50s) will ensure that I will never be able to read any part of the original, beginning to end, the same way ever again. This reveal was foreshadowed everywhere, from Kaneki Ken's psychological mindset, to indications in the art, in his
actions, in his words. This reveal is (hopefully, for the sake of my poor shredded heart) one of a kind, but such like it happen on a smaller scale everywhere in the story, echoing the "Black Goat's Egg" - Rize foreshadowing.
In terms of actual story, the central message seems to be that there is no bad, and there is no good. There are only people. And people can be anything at all.
The original story had what essentially amounts to cannibals, the ghouls, portrayed as the sympathetic figures, while those who were saving humans, the CCG, were not the heroes. In almost any other story, the protagonist would be saving lives, and the cannibals would be the villain. But, what seems to be the impassable dividing line between humans and ghouls is not the dividing line between good and evil. Everything is in shades of grey. If anything, Aogiri Tree would be the villain, and yet characters from Aogiri are also fleshed out and portrayed as sympathetic, such as Ayato. There is no apologizing for their "evil", their grey, either. They are acknowledged as morally reprehensible, and that is amazing.
[slight spoilers?] Even Eto, the "big bad", is portrayed in shades of grey. Abandoned by her father, belonging to neither of the two worlds, author of multiple novels that Kaneki is enamored with, slightly insane a la half-kakuja Kaneki. If anything, she needs to be sent to a therapist. (They all need to be sent to therapists, lbr) [end spoilers]
RE is showing all the good sides of CCG that we could not necessarily see just through Amon and Suzuya in the original, after ghouls were already established as sympathetic figures in Tokyo Ghoul.
The beginning seems a bit slow, especially if you're coming in straight off the Anteiku Raid, but in all honesty, looking back at the beginning of Tokyo Ghoul, RE escalates much faster. Once the tragedies start, they just never stop.
All of Ishida Sui's characters are amazing, nuanced, and flawed, all in one. The sheer diversity of characters is amazing - ghouls and humans both good and bad, both with morals and without. Male, female, nonbinary. The only romances I can think of that play a role in the story are Akira & Amon, which is peripheral, and that of Kanae, which debateably goes either way, so I won't count diversity of sexuality as something Ishida explicitly includes, though there are certainly hints. But the best part is that none of these characters are pure good or pure evil, they simply are. Not even the protagonist is some sort of fount of goodness in the world, as happens with many protags. He makes mistakes, he makes bad decisions, he has issues with morality and he hates. The best compliment you can give characters is that they're people. And Ishida Sui's characters are people.
[spoilers - you probably already know this one, tbh]
When Haise is revealed to be Kaneki without his memories, Haise is revealed to be yet another step in the tragedy of Kaneki Ken. He provides meaning to the quote from the original: "my only salvation is to sleep and have a happy dream."
Haise is the happy dream Kaneki dreamt up when he was cut down in Arima's garden of corpses. Haise is the Kaneki who has never known tragedy, who woke up one day in his twenties with a place to belong to and people to belong with.
RE is, at its heart, still a continuation of the tragedy of Kaneki Ken, and he can't dream forever.
tl;dr: RE is amazing and ingenious. It is mainly character driven, just like the original, and yet its plot is phenomenal on its own merit. Read it; you won't be disappointed.
Story: 8 (highest highs were way higher than lowest lows imo)
Art: 8 (fighting scenes can be hard to understand sometimes but it's still so beautiful)
Character: 9 (-1 because of the way some character arcs ended)
Enjoyment: 9 (-1 'cause final arc..)
Overall: 8.5 (bumped to 9 because of extreme character attachment)
I’m not really good at writing reviews but I thought I’d write one for Tokyo Ghoul:re, a manga that has always been one of my top favourites since I started reading manga.
If you can't be bothered to read through this review, my conclusion is that despite its flaws, TG:re more than deserves a try if you're up
for some well-written moral ambiguity and character development.
It’s quite clear to me that writing-wise, TG:re has been going downhill for quite a while now (imo since about Chapter 150 it became quite obvious and went up and down for the rest of the series), so I can’t say that I was at all surprised to see that the final arc was quite rushed and lacked some of the things that made Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul. To keep it short, I didn’t mind that Ishida took the story to a bigger, national, almost global scale, but the fact that he didn’t manage to follow up on the big premise makes it disappointing. The ‘final’ villains all went out in underwhelming ways. I wasn’t expecting shounen-esque fights but it doesn’t work logically when a super hyped up character gets taken out in a single slash. This is honestly the least of my complaints though. Poorly executed redemptions and revivals add to the flaws. One of the best things about TG has always been, for me, the attachment I feel for the cast, and the emotions that swell up in me as I read each chapter. Redemptions when done right can move the reader to the deepest but the way some of the character arcs wrapped up left a bad taste in my mouth despite me loving the characters in the first place. And no comment on what he did with Eto.
The fact that I acknowledge that :re was far from being perfect or the best doesn’t mean that I love it any less, nor does it mean that it carries less meaning for me than it did in the first place. In fact, I’ve never thought that TG, both the original and :re was bad or terrible, even during chapters that invited quite an amount of criticism from the community, or during the final arc of :re (which was my personal worst arc of :re). But I do think that the story could’ve had so much better build up and portrayal by the end. Mostly I think it could’ve done the story a lot better with just more build-up, more details and more chapters. If Ishida could do that all this time, why not do the same when the story is at its final, most important stage? Then again I have no knowledge of the stress and exhaustion a mangaka and his editing and publishing team goes through when working on a series, so I guess I can’t really complain.
I hope this doesn’t deter anyone from reading Tokyo Ghoul:re. For me it was definitely one of the best manga at least 80% into the series. The well-developed cast, intriguing moral ambiguity, intense story build-up, beautiful art and well-rounded world-building are all reasons that you should give :re a try. Being a character-driven manga, I think that Ishida was more than successful in leaving a wonderful cast of characters behind. I might have had love-hate relationships with some of them, but it’s undeniable that they were very unique, distinct and well-written.
It’s still so sad when I realize that TG:re is now coming to an end. Though the manga itself was far from perfect, I feel so attached to the characters that it’s probably impossible to let them go. I love the TG cast so much :re is going to stay on my favourites list for a long time to come, maybe forever. Honestly up until chapter 150 I was still loving :re to bits and crying over every chapter and feeling blessed whenever one comes out. In the end, I still think that I was so very blessed to have read this series, to have gotten to know Ken and Haise all his personas, and the rest of the cast. It was an emotional and inspiring ride until the very end.
From the get go, Tokyo Ghoul :re set itself up to have a mixed response-with its time skip, amnesiac protagonist, and how it seemingly forgot 90% of its cast and replaced them with a plethora of new characters with wacky designs and sudden significance to an ongoing story where before they hadn't even been mentioned. These factors, along with a major change in art style understandably lead to some fans of the original manga feeling disinterested, or at least intimidated; however with more than 70 chapters under the sequels belt, I'd have to say I'm particularly impressed with a vast number of aspects the sequel
seems to excel in.
Similarly to the original, Tokyo Ghoul :re sets itself in a pseudo-tokyo, following the ongoing struggle between ghouls, a species that can only feed on human flesh (and coffee?), and the CCG, a human-compromised organisation that aims to subdue the threat they pose to the public.
Tokyo Ghoul :re continues two years after the events in the original manga, following Sasaki, the leader of a faction in the CCG called the "Quinx Squad", a group of humans with artificially implanted kagune that allow them to utilise some of the strength of a ghoul.
Like it's predecessor, :re lacks in any noteworthy exploration of the impact ghouls have on the general public, no look into the procedures regular humans go to in order to avoid ghouls, no look into how ghouls and humans interact on the internet and through media, and only brief mention of laws regarding ghouls excluding those related to the CCG, in this sense, Tokyo Ghoul:re can be seen as rather weak in its world building, and the majority of the focus is instead turned to the underground gang culture of ghouls, and the semi-political inner conflict within the CCG.
Dialog and imagery in the original heavily foreshadow events that take place. These events are then subsequently paralleled in the sequel only with characters playing different roles, leading to some bitterly ironic situations, along with Tarot cards which are sprinkled throughout the franchise and hidden in the art, which while being admittedly trivial details, at least show a degree of narrative awareness which is appreciated.
The art, for the most part, is a massive improvement on the original's- facial expressions are telling, backgrounds are given more detail and character designs are funky, varied and easily distinguishable; like the characters, the art has seen a noticeable growth in maturity, noses are less defined, shading is employed far more liberally and in some places the mangaka even opts for an experimental art style where characters are drawn with patterned shading.
The art has a tendency to drop in quality during fight scenes, making events confusing and difficult to process at times, though it's likely that this issue is more to do with the quality of the scans, which unfortunately are currently the only way to read translations of this manga.
Haise Sasaki, our protagonist, is comparable to marmite, with the majority of Tokyo Ghoul :re readers, or :readers as I'll now refer to them either loving him to bits or absolutely despising his poor soul, this divergence in opinion is primarily due to him being Kaneki under the ol' amnesiac treatment, a controversial little narrative technique that understandably tends to receive a lot of backlash.
Which is perfectly understandable, although I've always thought such a plot point is only an issue when its used an excuse to avoid giving the protagonist any significant development or characterisation, which more often than not, it is- however in :re, I would't say this was the case, and the plot point was handled with enough care to differentiate Sasaki from Kaneki as a character, making him likeable in his own way while still maintaining his fundamental traits and quirks, allowing for the manga to delve into Kaneki's mind in a way that simply wouldn't have been possible beforehand, developing him as a person and adding complexity to the conflict of his inner thoughts.
So while I'd agree that it wasn't the most imaginative way of shaking things up, I certainly think the execution was satisfying enough to overlook the flaw.
The four members of the "Quinx Squad"- Mutsuki, a transgender male who suffers from gender identity issues, Shirazu, a redneck who looks like a shark but has a heart of gold and wants to earn enough money to pay for his Sister's illness, Saiko, a lazy shut-in who was forced by her mother to join the CCG and take the risky Quinx treatment in order to finally earn money, and Urie, the cynical son of a former CCG member who died in battle and now holds a grudge to anyone and everyone who gets in his way as he tries to prove himself are all surprisingly solid characters who are beginning to have some good characterisation despite only being introduced in :re
That said, despite not being able to praise the development given to some of the characters enough, the manga severely lacks any subtly or tact with the way in which it incorporates its new characters into the story, and leaves some characters feeling shoehorned into an otherwise incredibly intriguing cast.
This is particularly prevalent with two members of the Quinx Squad. Mutsuki, who coincidentally runs into a ghoul who spends his time driving around in a taxi picking up girls to molest, and then discovers his biological gender and takes a liking to him, only a few chapters after he's introduced.
And similarly, Shirazu, who is shown to have difficulty exterminating ghouls, despite ultimately wanting to make money to pay for the treatment of his Sister's illness, only to kill a ghoul who, just before she dies, says the exact words his sister repeats to him whenever he goes to visit her.
It's blatantly obvious these minor characters were rather spontaneously fabricated with the sole purpose of developing the main cast, which even though for a noble cause, comes across as a cheap plot device.
For a while, the sequel is notably lacking in characters that were important in the original; though slowly, little by little, they're reintroduced, and by volume 5 almost all of the fundamental characters had returned- albeit different to how they were before, for better or worse, with a lot of their development kick-started through the events of the original.
Arguably, this is where :re shines best, in developing important characters of the original, turning previously somewhat erratic and nonsensical characters like Tsukiyama and Suzuya into grounded, mature individuals who readers can get behind in a realistic way, switching up their role in the sequel and forcing them to make critical decisions that effect the plot dramatically and allow for a deeper look into how they've changed and how they think.
Of course, that isn't where the cast ends, Tokyo Ghoul's cast is enormous and :re only keeps on adding to that, easily totalling at over 30 characters that are significant to the plot in one way or another and over 50 that are named, and then some. This adds a much desired sense of scale to events and is effective in downplaying the fodder-killing during fights, however equally, can result in confusion when characters reference obscure details mentioned in passing remarks or talk about the politics of the CCG or ghoul world.
Tokyo Ghoul :re has a lot to offer in the character department, with an incredibly developed protagonist, diverse selection of consistently strong supporting characters, tense and emotional moments and a profound message about what it means to be human and what it means to be you.
A lot of the ambiguity from the original is removed, questions are answered, themes expanded upon, and artistic presentation varies from good to outstanding, and despite the shortcomings found in its execution, abundance of rehashed ideas, lack of world building and poor usage of minor supporting characters, I am finding it to be an incredibly rewarding and satisfying series.
+Characterisation and psychoanalysis of protagonist
+Developed supporting characters
+Varied character design
+Improved Art style
+Plays off of and elaborates on some of the key themes of the original, paralleling it in many instances
+Strong narrative awareness and foreshadowing
-Some supporting characters feel like plot devices and are shoehorned in
-Deaths of minor supporting characters can feel poorly timed
-Cast is too large
Through around chapter 60, TG:re is a solid 10 in every single aspect. It's beautiful with great characters and expands the world of Tokyo Ghoul while still keeping us tied to the themes and characters introduced in the first part. It's a masterpiece.
However, post chapter 60, little cracks start to show, and the issues in storytelling explode in the final arc, causing the story to cave in on itself. The main theme is truncated. The story relies on build up towards a thematic ending; however, all the build up goes nowhere in a clumsy rush towards an unsatisfying finish. Essentially, TG:re could be used
in a creative writing class as a perfect example of what not to do in writing, and how to ruin a story's themes in a rush to end it.
This review is based on what I've read in the 53 chapters that are out so far so everything should be taken within context,
Art: The art is decent. It definitely saw some improvement from the original series. it's difficult to understand sometimes but after reading it some time it becomes tolerable. Ishida picks his spots on where to show off his skills and you can tell in certain chapters. Not expecting quality like One Punch Man type because thats crazy to ask for but it's quite obvious Ishida picks his spots. 7/10
Story: I was quite skeptical about Tokyo Ghoul Re. In fact I held
off of reading it for about a year since it came out. I was disappointed in not seeing the main Protagonist Kaneki instead we see someone else. But, after returning, Sasaki has grown on me quite alot. The story itself is done very well. Amazing foreshadowing. We see content that is foreshadowed in part 1 even in the early stages of part 1 taking fruition in the current story. The planning is God tier level and it's what makes TG great in general. Each chapter may require several readings in order to fully understand whats going on. For other manga I find it tedious and annoying having to read a chapter over again. Tokyo Ghoul is actually fun to research about and to see fellow fans theory craft. Nothing is spoon-fed. Ishida really understands how to make a series great without the need of constant action. The Dialogue between characters always has meaning. Even if it's not obvious the first time reading the dialogue between characters a few weeks or months down the line or even years down the line it will make sense.
Characters: The Characters are very realistic and they're not what you see in typical manga. They are complex and they all have goals and desires. There is no Black or White with characters. Even the main Characters is quite grey. The characters are written in such a way that it's highly possible to meet a character like this on the street. I wouldn't put it in Doestoyevsky's level of characterization but for a weekly series it's top notch. Each character is relatable and even the ones we dislike are humanized further emphasizing the gray aspect of the series. The characters are evolving and don't remain Flat and stagnant and the development in each character is a joy to behold.
Overall TG is about to join my list of GOAT tier manga. It's quite amazing. The fans on the internet are all curious and are always finding things that go unnoticed. If the Story or Chapter or series in general is confusing, the forum is always available and there are some good reviewers on youtube that do a good job on delivering the knowledge. It's definitely a must read!
Ishida's predictions of a tragic end drove him into a corner.He's trying way too hard to create a tragic story,but at the same time he doesn't want to end his work so he can continue to grab cash.He keeps characters alive after near death situation(he even is bringing back from life the ones that we thought were dead for almost 200 chapters).His writing has improved(maybe that's just my impression),but the plot of his story is as weak as it can get,but i believe that he can suprise me and get the plot even weaker.The only tragic thing that will come with this manga it's your
Story(2/10):Literally went to shit,there are as many plot holes as litres of blood kaneki had lost from the first manga until the newest chapter of :re.
Art(8/10):I can see that there is a lot of work put into the details in art,if he would first think the goddam plot and then worry about the art.But what can i say,i like the style.
Caracter(6/10):There's character development here and there,but he's too lazy to evolve the character's mentality based on recent events in story so he doesn't really try to change them over the course of his chapters,he puts some flashbacks and then doesn't really care about that character anymore.And discussing Kaneki,Ishida just keeps changing him randomly and during the fights he becomes the mad ghoul or some shit,then again change in mentality,Kaneki has like 100 personalities and slowly gaining more,maybe this is just a meme to Pokemon,you know:"Gotta catch 'em all" personalities.
Enjoyment(4/10):I kind of enjoyed it in the beginning,but it was hard trying to relate to Sasaki,then it all turns into your basic good guys vs bad guys movie,but with the bonus of seeing kaneki being defeated in different ways Ishida testing his edgy mind(trying too hard to make sick shit).I dropped it at 147,the story was so anticlimactic that i couldn't bring myself to waste my time anymore,i have better shit to do.
Overall(3/10):You may think that (2+8+6+4)/4 isn't 3,well it isn't,but this is the score i think it deserves,the story was what really kept me reading this manga,but then the mangaka turned it in a pile of shit.
If you've read the first manga and you want more,you're my guest,but i warn you that the disappointment that comes with the latest chapters isn't worth your time,better try another manga or smth,try to remember tokyo ghoul as what it was in the first season.