Tokyo Ghoul Root A Review — D+


Ghouls and humans fight.

I liked the first season quite a bit, but this season was a huge step down.

It turned into a shounen battle show. Just fight after fight after fight, with the occasional intermission, mainly in the first and final episodes. I didn’t even know who half the people were or what they were fighting about.

It all just seemed completely pointless.

  • Storytelling – D – Just pointless fight after pointless fight.
  • Voice – D – What’s the point?
  • Characters – D – Tossed aside the great characterization from the first series to focus on a bunch of nobodies.
  • Attention Grab – D – Barely kept any of my interest.
  • Production – C – Meh.
  • Overall – D+

Recommendations – Shiki, Mirai Nikki

7 thoughts on “Tokyo Ghoul Root A Review — D+

  1. It was definitely a little to repetitive during the early mid-half of the season, but it still seemed better than a D+ show, I’d probably have to give it somewhere between a C+ and a B

  2. It fails. They tried to follow the manga, but for what purpose? They never explained most of the stuff and people who didn’t read the manga won’t understand a thing. What a lazy adaptation. I understand they had an episode limit, but still.
    Quality-wise it was a step-down from the first season. Though the last several episodes don’t look that bad.
    Again, you seem to have little idea about voice acting.

    1. I’m curious to see how the manga compares, because yeah, I didn’t understand a thing.

      The ‘Voice’ category is nothing to do with voice acting, it’s whether a show has a unique voice, i.e., a unique presentation, perspective, mood, etc.

  3. I guess I have “little idea” about voicing then. I read the manga (or really just skimmed parts of it) so maybe that’s influencing me but I liked it and it was a highlight for the season.

    The manga was solid and worthy of following, a hell of a lot more than most shows that get animated anyway. They followed it for the most part and I liked both followed and not followed parts.

    Maybe it just sucks if you don’t have context, but if you watch it with context in mind it was a good season for me anyway. Excluding the earlier middle quarter of the show though…

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