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Tokyo Ghoul Season 2: √A
東京喰種トーキョーグール (Tōkyō Gūru)

Synopsis

The ghouls of Anteiku invaded the Aogiri’s site in order to rescue Ken Kaneki who is being tortured. Due to provocation, he unleashed greater power enough to defeat Yamori. To become stronger, he decided to join Aogiri and left Anteiku. Ghoul investigators also making their moves by collecting information about the eye-patched ghoul–Ken Kaneki.
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Overview

Tokyo Ghoul (Japanese: 東京喰種トーキョーグール Hepburn: Tōkyō Gūru) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. A 12-episode second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (pronounced Tokyo Ghoul Root A), which follows an original story.

The first episode received a special pre-screening on January 4, 2015. Regular TV airing started on January 9, 2015.

Alternative title

– Tokyo Ghoul Root A
– Tokyo Ghoul √A
– Tōkyō Gūru √A
– 東京喰種√A
– 東京喰種トーキョーグール√A
– √A توکیو غول
– A توکیو غول ریشه
– 东京食尸鬼√A

TL;DR Review

Tokyo Ghoul Root A picked up right after the events of season one.

The animation is a bit of a mixed bag this season. Some scenes are just as gorgeous as the first’s, while some fight scenes devolve to generic character A swinging generic color weapon/kagune at the generic character B. Though I still rate the animation as great, its quality isn’t as good.

Same with the music quality, the second season falls short. The opening theme “Munō” by Kamano Ai and österreich was rather disappointing. The ending theme “Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shindeiku” by Amazarashi was a little bit catchier, but still not very memorable.

Root A deviates from the manga. I did notice a shift between the two seasons. The first season focuses on the characters and their development while the second season focuses more on the combats. There are way more actions in this season, but some seem forced and uninspiring. The dozen of no face fodders on both sides killing each other doesn’t affect us in any way.

Take the prison break for example. It doesn’t seem to serve any purpose but to have two side fights. They were there to free a certain person, which never show up or mentioned again in the rest of the season. A lot of conflicts seems quite contrive in their reason for fighting. Some of the actions were great, while others were unimaginative.

I do like some of the narratives, but they could have cut some of the extra fat out. Despite all my complaining, I still highly recommend this season. Best view right after the first season. Tokyo Ghoul season two contains strong graphic violence, some alcohol consumption, and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for mature audiences.

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Featured Music

Tokyo Ghoul Season 2: √A
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Munō” (無能; Incompetence) by Kamano Ai and österreich (eps 1-11)

Closing Theme

– “Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shindeiku” (季節は次々死んでいく; Seasons Dying One After Another) by Amazarashi (eps 1-12)

Insert/Image Theme

– “On My Own” Katherine Liner (ep 1)
– “Glassy Sky” by Donna Burke (ep 2, 5, 8)
– “Wanderers” by ルシュカ (ep 4)
– “Alone” by Julia Shortreed (ep 7)
– “Colour My World” by Julia Shortreed (ep 8)
Kaneki Ken
"Never trust anyone too much, remember the devil was once an angel."
Juuzou Suzuya
"If an angelic being fell from the sky and tried to live in this world of ours, I think even they would commit many wrongs."
Kaneki Ken
"As my fingers and toes re-grew like fingernails or hair over and over and over and over... and over again, every single time I got the feeling that I truly, truly was a monster."
Kaneki Ken
"You're wrong. It's not the world that's messed up; it's those of us in it. Yes, some ghouls walk a path that leaves sorrow in their wake, but just like humans, we can choose a different path altogether. We have a lot to learn, both your kind and mine. We need to stop fighting and start talking. Because when it comes to the state of the world, you can't point your finger at ghouls or humans. We're all to blame."

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