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C&C - Tokyo Ghoul √A - "Ken" [SERIES FINALE] [9/30]

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  1. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    So, after twenty-three episodes, in which nothing happened in half of them, we finally come down to...whatever this is coming down to.

    And my series verdict heading into the finale?

    Well...it certainly started out promising. The concept of human-eating monsters isn't exactly new, considering Parasyte was on two years ago, but at least discussing the biological and social nature of ghouls made for an interesting setup. Then they started introducing villain characters like the crap-eater Nishio and the perhaps unintentionally hilarious Tsukiyama and then quickly turned them into good guys, topped only by the Akihikokayabafication of Kureo Mado, the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells. Then episode 12 happened, a smorgasbord of torture porn and misplaced guilt.

    The end of the first episode of Root A was when it really lost the plot. Kaneki suddenly goes Patty Hearst on us and runs away with his kidnappers for no reason, Touka suddenly falling for him out of nowhere, some drama with the Baby-Eating Bishop's daughter and white-knight partner, the homicidal maniac 12-year-old, and now this Adolf Hitler clone leading the police in an all-out war with ghoul gangs for reasons which will probably never be explored.

    And I must ask...was there a point to all that? Root A has virtually no story structure - things just happen for reasons, because things. They don't go anywhere with the premise established in the first season, they don't expand on certain things in the universe like the strains on human-ghoul relations, and they don't really do much of anything at all. And many plot threads I assume will remain untied, like why Kaneki ran off with Aogiri Tree, or what the deal is with Touka and her brother, or why they broke into jail that one time in the first place. Nothing in anime - the amount of fan service, the amount of blood and gore, the amount of needless filler and exposition - is more disappointing to me than the absolute waste of story potential.

    Anyway, starting next week the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans will run in its place. That should at least be more interesting.

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    Tokyo Ghoul √A
    Episode 24 - "Ken"

    Kaneki thinks back to happier times in Anteiku.

    No spoilers, or whatever.
     
  2. Master Knight DH

    Master Knight DH Active Member

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    So to a show that encourages strength without compassion, I say....

    GOOD RIDDANCE!
     
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  3. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    Last time: At this point, the writers just throw their hands up in the air and say "your guess is as good as ours."

    Your cast, in case you forgot.

    Hey. I got a job with the cops.
     
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  4. marklungo

    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    Our long national nightmare is finally over.

    The credits already? That was a really short episode. Well, I'm not complaining...
     
  5. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    Somebody's bleeding there.

    Yeah...more like you were drop-kicked for thirty yards.

    Tend to the sorrowful prepubescent psychopath.

    And Touka's just been running for three episodes?!

    "Wanna know your codename? 'The Eyepatch.' Funny, huh?"
    'Cause he's wearing an eyepatch? Yeah, a riot.

    Oh yeah...I should probably mention...I'm dying...

    Under a blood red sky...
     
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  6. animePWNS

    animePWNS Long time coming

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    Bye, Hide.

    Red skies at night...
     
  7. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    You've been running for three straight episodes. Take a breath, girl.

    "What's happening to Anteiku?"
    IT'S BURNING TO THE GROUND, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS HAPPENING TO IT?!

    Tell you what. You go ahead and eat him, and then if you feel a bit guilty about it afterwards, we can dig a grave and you can throw up in it.

    (Wish I could take credit for that one.)
     
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  8. marklungo

    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    They're really going for a downer ending, aren't they? Of course, it would mean a lot more if I cared about any of these characters.
     
  9. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    Then would it technically be a downer ending?

    Yeah, run toward the burning building. That's smart.
     
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  10. marklungo

    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    Just had a thought: where is the fire department during all this?
     
  11. Anyone00

    Anyone00 The Moltar-Snork

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    Hey if he re-unites with the girl he's already brought dinner.
     
  12. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    This is the most depressing Durarara!! episode ever.

    Orihime Inoue.
    Asuna Yuuki.
    Videl Satan.
    Touka Kimishira.

    Is this supposed to be like the ending of Red Dawn? Because I'm not seeing it.

    And we're walking, we're walking...we're still walking...why are we still walking?

    WHY ARE WE STILL WALKING!!!!

    ...AND?!
     
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  13. marklungo

    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    I actually like the long shot of Kaneki carrying Hide's body. Too bad it wasn't attached to a better show.

    Wait... so that's it? I'd call a letdown if I'd been expecting anything.
     
  14. animePWNS

    animePWNS Long time coming

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    So it's finally over. And we're left wondering if Kaneki committed suicide by cop.

    Whatever. Gundam IBO will be much more fun.
     
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  15. Master Knight DH

    Master Knight DH Active Member

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    And so this violence for its own sake mess that should have been pushed back to the 2:30 AM block is finally done for good.
     
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  16. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    I know that nobody cares at this point, but I've just learned there is a post-credits sequence that Toonami skipped over where it is revealed that


    This was the first time I've ever been in charge of a series talkback for a first-run Toonami show. It was kinda fun. I gotta do it again.
     
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  17. marklungo

    marklungo Greetings from Honneamise

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    So which show is worse: Sword Art Online, with its sleazy exploitation of its female cast, or Tokyo Ghoul, with its torture porn and overall aimlessness? I say we call it a tie and hope Toonami buys better shows from now on.
     
  18. Kitschensyngk

    Kitschensyngk Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things

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    Well, season two was all sound and fury signifying nothing. The final episode didn't even have sound OR fury.

    Both shows have copious amounts of wasted potential. But Sword Art Online has this on top of its other crimes.
     
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  19. veemonjosh

    veemonjosh Get back, Jojo

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    The same video I posted for the season 1 finale, but my reaction remains the same.



    In my opinion, probably the worst anime that Toonami has aired in the past 5 years. I didn't care for Samurai 7, Tenchi Muyo GXP, Sword Art Online, or Akame ga Kill either, but this was just a whole other level of trash. If this ever gets a third season, I seriously hope Toonami elects not to air it. Now bring on Gundam.
     
  20. AnotherRandomGuy

    AnotherRandomGuy The cat's in the cradle

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    For all it's faults, I still really enjoy the Tokyo Ghoul anime. Could some of it have been handled better? Yes. But I thought it was a fun ride and the relationship between Ken and Touka was genuinely sweet.

    Again, it's not perfect and the manga is FAR superior to it in every way that counts and I would recommend that over the anime, though again it that's not to say the anime was bad (at least from my point of view.) In any case I'm glad Toonami had the chance to air it.

    As for Iron Blooded Orphans, I'm really behind on that series. So before I get started on S2 I should finish that.

    You're being too mean to Tokyo Ghoul here. At least this show knows how to cut loose and have fun every now and again, SAO is just miserable for everyone involved.
     

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