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. Tokyo Ghoul √A Episode 24 - "Ken" Kaneki thinks back to happier times in Anteiku. No spoilers, or whatever.