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Tokyo Ghoul Season 2

What would you be willing to do to protect your friends? In January 2015, Kanei delves into the darkest part of his ghoul nature to find the strength he needs to protect his friends.

Directing this 12 episode (24 minutes each) animation/action/drama/fantasy/horror is Shuhei Morita.

Some of the voice cast is: NatsukiHanae as Ken Kanei, Soar Amamiya as Touka Kirishima, Takayuki Sugo as Yoshimura, Katsuyuki Konishi as Kotaro Amon, Asami Seto as Akira Mado, Yutaka Nakano as Yukinori Shinohara, Rie Kugimiya as Juzo Suzuya, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hideyoshi Nagachicka, Shintaro Asanuma as Nikhiki Nishio and Yuki Kaji as Ayato Kirishima.

Kanei is still struggling with his new life as a ghoul. How do you feed on flesh and still consider yourself human? Unfortunately, Kanei will have to put his personal problems on hold if he wants to find a way to keep his friends safe. The actions of certain ghouls have dragged other ghouls that want to hide out into the light. Now, a it looks like the only option the ghouls have is to fight the CCG in a winner takes all...

How did Tokyo Ghoul come to be? Well, back 2011 Tokyo Ghoul started out as a Manga, with a 14 volume run. Then in 2013, a light novel with a 3 volume run was made, and is still going on. Since then another Manga called Tokyo Ghoul: Jack (2013) was released with 1 volume and Tokyo Ghoul:re (2014) with 4 volumes. Eventually we got the anime Tokyo Ghoul (2014) and season 2 Tokyo Ghoul ✔A (Root A) (2015). Now, there are 2 OVA's (original video animation) to keep an eye out for called Tokyo Ghoul: JACK (2015) and Tokyo Ghoul: PINTO (2015). If for some reason that's not enough Tokyo Ghoul to keep you busy then you could spend some time with the 2 video games, Tokyo Ghoul: Carnival and Tokyo Ghoul: Jail.

Well, I finally got around to finishing the second season of Tokyo Ghoul, which is called Tokyo Ghoul ✔A (Root A). For those of you that may not have caught my review for season one of Tokyo Ghoul, here's a quick recap. There's these creatures called Ghouls that feed on human flesh. People are aware of their existence but since they look like normal everyday humans, they can blend in and hide amongst the humans. There's a task force called CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul) that tries to protect the city from the Ghouls. The main character, Ken Kanei, is a half breed (half human and ghoul) that's constantly locked into a fight to hold on to his humanity... while learning to live with his constant hunger for flesh.

Season 2 was written by Chuji Mikasano, which is who also wrote season 1. Now, when Chuji did season 1 he used the first 4 volumes of the manga to do the storyline, and season 1 was awesome! Season 2 however went with a variation from the source material and this time around I didn't really care for the storyline. Not because of the variation, but because of the storyline. Yes the characters continued to develop and a few of the back stories helped bring closer to a few characters, but the overall storyline was all over the place and felt random. By the time the credits were rolling on the last episode I didn't know what to think, except that maybe I somehow missed an episode because of the giant hole that was left storywise. We go from a huge battle between multiple groups and then flash forward (no clue how long) to... look everything's sunny and happy!?

As for the playthrough, things started out good and it had a nice a pace... then things started going downhill. Upside, it never lost my attention, I was glued to the screen. Downside, it never lost my attention because I was trying to figure out what was going on and why. They would bring in new characters and made a big deal about them, then those same characters would disappear without a trace or even a word.  Events and decisions would take place in the story that made no sense and didn't fit into the rest of the story.

Visually, everything was just as good looking as season 1 and the fight scenes were awesome to watch. I liked the new characters that Kazuhiro Miwa designed and the weapons they came up with to fight the Ghouls.

I found that they may be working on a season 3, which if things go right might drop in 2016. If this pans out to be true, I'm hoping (fingers crossed) for a better playthrough in the 3rd season.

Overall, it saddens me to see an anime that got a strong 4 stars in season 1 barely get 3 stars a season later. So, if you are a Tokyo Ghoul fan (like myself)... I would recommend stopping at season 1 so you can remember the good times you had with Tokyo Ghoul. If you're just looking for cool visuals and fights, yeah you'll find them here.

It's rated R for violence and language.

3 stars