OP2: 「katharsis」by TK from Ling Toshite Shigure
“Place: And So, Once Again”
Ignore the critics – we’re off to a good start! Because I’m about to give this second cour an absolute bollocking of the likes that RandomC has never seen before, and I promise that it will be better than any other criticism you’ve read out there on the internet. At least I think that’ll be the case.
A formerly rich now homeless bloke who lost his fortune to drug addiction forcefully drags his asscrack along the gravelly pavement, leaving behind a disgusting trail of blood and poop smears. That’s pretty much Tokyo Ghoul:re in a nutshell – bloody shit. Okay okay, the haters were right. Fuck it, after defending Tokyo Ghoul’s adaptation for such a long time, I’ve finally thrown in the towel. I’ve had it. Tokyo Ghoul:re’s second cour is total garbage, dumpster fire that utterly desecrates any goodness that existed in the source material. Animation? Lifeless. Choreography? Other than Shachi v Arima, non-existent. Sound? Even TK was subpar this time around. Story? Butchered to death then stitched back together into some kind of Eldritch abomination. Blergh, that was the most despicable crime of them all. There was nothing substantive to dissect about this episode BECAUSE it was a lobotomised mish-mash of nine fucking chapters full of gaping holes left, right and centre. What’s more, they truly plan on continuing with this nonsensical pace – 120 chapters into 12 episode averages to 10 chapters per episode!!! A normal manga adaptation typically does a ratio of 2-3 chapters to 1 episode. I really didn’t think Ishida could be beaten for being confusingly abstract beyond comprehension. Boy I was wrong – this anime adaptation managed to make less sense than some stupid idiot consuming animal turd. Oh wait, I just consumed this pile of steaming horse shit on Crunchyroll. *facepalm*
But I’m not here to talk about what happened in the episode. Oh no no no. There are much more pressing matters that are in need of addressing.
People can hate on Studio Pierrot all they want, but at the end of the day, these poor animators were simply given the short end of the stick by their higher ups. I want to turn your attentions to the true villains of this set piece. What fuckwit production committee thought that it was a great idea to cram 120 chapters worth of content into 12 episodes? I want these motherfuckers to be sacked and blacklisted from being involved in any further executive decisions when it comes to the cultural entertainment industries. Unfortunately, it’s been well-documented that both Ishida and Morita both tried to fight the committee on creative decisions with regards to how they wanted to do the anime adaptation, but were ultimately crushed. As a result, Shuhei Morata even winded up leaving the anime industry forever. The good guys lost, the bad guys categorically won. Clearly, these abhorrent motherfuckers have all the power and backing that it’s impossible to hold them accountable – a truly unfortunate state of affairs. And what if… these sequence of events served as the real catalyst for Ishida Sui to lose his passion for writing Tokyo Ghoul? If that’s the case, it’s a good thing I don’t have my hands on a Death Note, because reasons.
Why Beat A Dead Horse?
Why intentionally make a bad anime? You’d think that a good anime would lead to better sales. But more often than not, an anime will ultimately serve as a glorified advertisement for its source material. In fact, anime production tends costs tend to offset the revenue generated, typically leading to net losses. That’s why you never really see follow-up seasons to many shows – it’s essentially a roundabout way of saying ‘Hey, no more grub for you here, we need to make some money too. Go and buy the manga!’. That said, I have no idea why the production committee persist in continuing on with this trite rubbish. Holding the aforementioned in consideration, there are two possibilities that currently come to my mind:
1. The committee think that fans are stupid enough to loyally watch any Tokyo Ghoul adaptation and provide revenue for the franchise through buying merchandise.
2. The committee want to forcefully kill off the anime’s quality so that fans will transition to the manga, in the hopes of generating revenue from manga sales.
Both scenarios are extremely fucked up and contain nefarious implications. It’s akin to something out of fiction itself, like the evil Committee of 300 from the Science Adventure franchise that seek out global domination while flagrantly disregarding morals. What a fucking achievement, brimming with the sense of pride and accomplishment that EA Games had with their stubbornly anti-consumer lootbox policy. Yet regrettably, this has been an endemic issue of the anime industry for a long time, forcing source material into a limited amount of episodes to squeeze out maximum cash from minimum investment. Having said that, this money-grubbing committee can fuck right off because they’ve taken it a million steps too far. Screw them and screw the corporate fatcats who helped endorse their short-sighted decisions. They are sorely testing the limits of what is passable as an adaptation, and if they continue like this, it’s conceivable that this could become the norm. After all, this has been the trajectory that we’ve been on for the past two decades, and the trend only looks to be accelerating. They’ve managed to sucked all semblance of life and expression from this beloved franchise, and worst of all, they’ll probably get away with it and help encourage this kind of unsavoury practice.
I’m not someone who particularly supports the idea of euthanasia. But if I was given the choice to switch off the life machine of Tokyo Ghoul:re’s anime adaptation, I would do so without a trace of hesitation. It would be a merciful and dignified end to this shameful farce, which is already more than this adaptation deserves. Yes, even if its old pops the source material did little wrong. Those of you who have exclusively watched the anime, abandon this burning ship and do yourself a favour by reading the manga. You will thank me later. So there you have it, my comprehensive outlook on the second cour of Tokyo Ghoul:re. I sure as heck won’t be blogging this disastrous trainwreck in the making, and it’s my own damn fault for desperately holding onto faith, even though there were so many red flags screaming otherwise. Sorry for ranting hard, I apologise to the fans who still love this adaptation, but thanks for bearing with me till the end. Until next time readers, peace out.
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