“Who Is That Inside Of Me?” – Tokyo Ghoul √A Review

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This is the review of the second season of Tokyo Ghoul, which I also finished in just one night. If you haven’t read the review for the first season, check it out here.

We’re always trying to justify our actions with ideals.

But ideals cannot give grounds for killing another person.

The act of taking a life will always be considered…

evil. – Yoshimura

I don’t usually have that many anime marathons, and especially not at night, just because I don’t really have the time and if I do I’d rather sleep most of it. But Tokyo Ghoul couldn’t let me go – when I watched the first episodes of the first season, I was so caught up in the whole story, I couldn’t stop. Whoever came up with all of this is brilliant.

That goes to the first season, at least.

The second season however subsided a little, in my opinion. But I guess it’s because I found the “main story” of the first season more interesting. While in Tokyo Ghoul the focus was on Kaneki and how he dealt with being half Ghoul/half human, in Tokyo Ghoul √A the story concentrates more on all the side characters and the conflict between humans and Ghouls.

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It wasn’t that interesting to me, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I awaited more “Kaneki Action” – and by that I don’t mean actual fighting scenes, I thought maybe we could see more of his thoughts and what’s going on inside of him, because he had a huge development and identity transformation. It is very interesting how he changed from the sweet and likable young man to an emotionless and cold Ghoul, and I’d love to go into more detail with that.

I want to know why he did what he did, but more intense – it was too superficial for me.

There is not much more to say about it. But despite all of my negative statements I still enjoyed watching the anime. I like the way it stayed serious in general, it gave us a thought-out story with high qualities, you really could see that they put some effort into producing it, that they didn’t want it to be just another anime – they wanted it to be the next anime.

As always, the art is amazing and it is very well animated, which makes me want to watch it even more.
But I must say, I didn’t really like the opening that much this time. The lyrics was good and you can analyse it a lot – which is something I enjoy – but just listening to it wasn’t that appealing.

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All in all I will give this second season a 7.5/10. I guess you already know the reasons why it’s not a 10/10. Maybe I’m expecting too much from an anime, maybe I should read the manga if I really want to know everything more in detail, because that was one of the biggest problems I had this time. But I made this review without taking the manga in consideration, because I think it should be separated when it comes to making opinions.

Sometimes good people make bad choices.

It doesn’t mean they are bad people.

It means they’re human. – Kishou Arima

What are your thoughts on Tokyo Ghoul √A? Do you think it’s better than the first season – or worse?
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