Tokyo Ghoul:re was an… ‘interesting’ one, which is usually what I say for an anime that I’m not very keen on. Join me on another episode of Get In The Mecha, where I disect my personal ‘goods’ and ‘bads’ in the first season of Tokyo Ghoul:re.
THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE AND IN THE SHOW NOTES
What I will be going through in today’s episode:
- What made Tokyo Ghoul:re so different to its counterparts?
- Why was Tokyo Ghoul:re ‘an interesting one’?
- Is Tokyo Ghoul:re worth it? (You can probably get a sense of my answer already…)
Some Plans for the Future
Sadly, I think I am going to have to make the show notes slightly smaller from now on; I took on too much last week and it has been biting into my edit schedule to the extent where I was rushing to put things together! I want to make good podcasts (and I think they will improve as I go along), so I just need to balance things out a bit.
Thanks for tuning in this week!
MUSIC & SFX IN TODAY’S PRODUTION:
Go Lucky by chasersgaming
Mandatory Overtime by Joth
SFX by SubspaceAudio
SOURCES USED IN TODAY’S PRODUCTION:
MYANIMELIST PAGE (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
Asphyxia – Cö Shu Nie (Apple Music)
HALF – Queen Bee (Apple Music)
Sui Ushida’s Tokyo Ghoul:re (2018) anime adaptation was made to be the successor of the previous two series, Tokyo Ghoul (2014) and Tokyo Ghoul √A (2015). With this, I had high expectations for the show, alongside the fact that I associated it highly with other anime made by Studio Pierrot, for example Naruto, Bleach and Black Clover. The plot was evidently going to be different, with both old and new characters to the franchise driving it. All this information had me excited to rush through the two previous shows to get to this one, but I was met with an unpleasant surprise.
PLOT SUMMARY: The war between Ghouls and Humans rages on within Tokyo. It has been 2 years since the Raid on Anteiku and many characters have taken up different roles within the fight. The most important being Kaneki, who now identifies as Haise Sasaki and is now working on the side of the CCG and leading the all new ‘Quinx Squad’! There have been various technological advancements on both side; notably the development of Quinque Frames, giving the CCG the ability to emulate the attack power of the Ghoul side.
MY TAKE: In all honesty, I am quite upset with how Tokyo Ghoul:re (TG:re) performed on the whole, when it came to the narrative and visuals. In all honesty, I would say I forced myself to finish the series as oppose to drop it, as the completionist inside of me said so. As I mentioned earlier, I watched Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul √A consecutively to get to TG:re, simply to find out what this very popular show was all about.
The very first season of the franchise was definitely different to anything I had seen prior ; it was able to tell a story which showed the opposition of two sides and foreshadow an urban war between both groups. TG √A ended on a slightly weaker note in my opinion, but still continued to expand on what its predecessor had created.
But after all of this, the two-part ‘problem child’ (TG:re) emerges. From what was described as a ‘slideshow’ when it came to its animated fight scenes, to an uncannilysized supporting cast, the show honestly buckled under its own weight. My main problems with the show were these two very things, as well as the very disjointed connection between episodes. I could ramble on about these things for ages, so I would much rather touch upon the positives.
My main positive point about this anime is its audio; on the whole, the TG franchise is incredibly consistent with. ‘Asphyxia’ by Cö Shu Nie is my favourite opening of the franchise, because of how chaotic and sporadic it is, giving the veteran viewers of the show (which does not include me) a very warm welcome back to the show. The ending, ‘HALF’ by Queen Bee creates a relaxing tone to the show, which was a much needed rest from all the deaths and combat in each episode. I must also not forget to mention the soundtrack; the various tracks matched the mood which they attempted to create, which was good enough for me to enjoy.
In conclusion, Tokyo Ghoul:re was not my cup of tea (I hate saying that). Visually, it did not offer anything that I found appealing and sadly did not satisfy me when it came to the narrative either. If the show was ‘handled’ better, I do think this would be a enjoyable watch (but finding such a solution to the problem is easier said than done).