Anime Club – Tokyo Ghoul √A

Hello everybody! Sorry for the wait, as we have been making plenty of changes behind the scenes that you will see very soon! Anyway, this week we have the second season of the highly popular horror anime, Tokyo Ghoul √A!

TOKYO GHOUL √A

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CREATED BY: Shuhei Morita

NO. OF EPISODES: 12 episodes

GENRE: Dark Fantasy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Japan

horriblesubs-tokyo-ghoul-root-a-02-720p-mkv_snapshot_21-59_2015-01-16_16-06-56The ghouls of Anteiku invaded the Aogiri’s site in order to rescue Kaneki Ken who is being tortured. Due to provocation, he unleashed greater power enough to defeat Yamori. To become stronger, he decided to join Aogiri and left Anteiku. Ghoul investigators also making their moves by collecting information about the eyepatched ghoul–Kaneki Ken.

I do want to start this review off by saying I don’t normally split reviews for different seasons of the same show, but I had to this time because they were so drastically different. With that preface, lets go ahead and dive into the review! My first impressions of this season is…meh. It takes a very long time to actually start the ball rolling. Pretty much it is just a bunch of characters wallowing in their depression for about seven episodes until they have to defend their lives. That is when the bad ass epicness starts. The fight scenes are insanely crazy, keeping the adrenaline flowing throughout the fight. The animation is also nicely crisp and finished, adding to the beautiful scenes.

Tokyo-Ghoul-Root-A-Episodio-04While I was rather thrilled with the first season of the series, aptly named Tokyo Ghoul, I was not insanely fond about Tokyo Ghoul √A. What enthralled me the first time around was how Kaneki was trying to maintain his relationships as well as blend into society, but it came across as they threw all of that away this season. This time Kaneki just felt like an empty shell, emotionally and mentally. What drew me to the character after the first season had been taken away. Also, while I understand Anteiku is the center of the second season, I would have liked to dwell on more characters in Aogiri Tree. I actually liked Ayato as an antagonist and would have liked to see more of him.

PROS:

  • Crisp and polished animation.
  • Decent voice acting.
  • Epic fight scenes.
  • Blood and Gore!

CONS:

  • Focus on Anteiku instead of Kaneki.
  • Empty shell.
  • Aogiri Tree background.
  • Slow pacing.

SCORE: 6.0/10

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Anime Club – Tokyo Ghoul

Hello everyone! Sorry for the wait, as we have been making plenty of changes behind the scenes. Anyway, this week we have the highly popular horror anime Tokyo Ghoul!

TOKYO GHOUL

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CREATED BY: Shuhei Morita

NO. OF EPISODES: 12 episodes

GENRE: Dark Fantasy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Japan 

tokyo_ghouls_01_1Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society. Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

tokyo-ghoul-0103Tokyo Ghoul was a very interesting anime to say the least. Would I highly recommend it? Possibly for an interesting series to watch. This first season is much more on the psychological side, as it dwells on Kaneki’s initial transformation and trying to deal with his new abilities and personality. Kaneki also deals with a morality crisis, which brings up many interesting grey areas among the idea of morals. Anyway, enough of that. The animation is very professional and actually looks great on screen. I have to give props for this job, it is fantastic. Also, if you want thoroughly interesting characters, pick up Tokyo Ghoul.

While most of my gripes for Tokyo Ghoul are with the second season, I still have a few a few problems. I was lot a fan of the original voice actors, as I felt that they made Kaneki too innocent sounding. I understand that this is in line with his character during the first season, but it just turned me off. I would like the English voice actors who dubbed season two to take a crack on season one, since only season two is dubbed. Oh well.

PROS:

  • Interesting plot.
  • Interesting characters.
  • Blood and gore!
  • Keneki’s morality crisis.
  • Professional and crisp animaion.

CONS:

  • Voice acting choices.
  • Kaneki is too innocent.

SCORE: 8.5/10

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Trollhunter: There Really are Trolls in Norway.

Hello everybody! Today we have an interesting film about trolls. Yes I said trolls. Time for some Trollhunter.

TROLLHUNTER

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STARRING: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Mørck, Knut Nærum, Robert Stoltenberg, Glenn Erland, Tosterud

DIRECTOR: André Øvredal

GENRE: Dark Fantasy

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Norway

When bears are found dead in Norway, the students of the Volda University Thomas, Johanna and the cameraman Kalle decide to investigate. They stalk the trailer of the mysterious hunter Hans expecting to find an explanation for the killings. The reluctant Hans tries to flee from the youngsters, but he agrees that they film him in action provided they follow his orders. Sooner the trio of students learns that Hans is actually a troll hunter that works for a secret government agency. Further, several dangerous trolls have escaped from their territory and Hans is assigned to eliminate them.

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Part Ghostbusters and Cloverfield — with a satiric touch of social conscience à la District 9 — Ovredal’s mix of dark comedy, hinterlands travelogue and divertingly rough CGI handiwork yields entertaining results, including Jespersen’s fantastically deadpan performance and the suspenseful, nervously funny interactions with their towering, sunlight-averse prey. (The wonderful troll design work by Håvard S. Johansen and Ivar Rødningen has a texturally icky authenticity.)

It’s to the movie’s credit how sweetly anthropological the film’s take on these fairy-tale stalwarts is, because for now it feels like a bracing, low-key corrective to summer’s in-your-face glut of superpower heroics.

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It’s hardly a flawless film. The pacing staggers to the point of breaking at some points, and the constant details sometimes drag on painfully. Sometimes it teeters under the weight of its own pseudo-cleverness. But it’s also so farcically well-crafted that it still manages to be an overall entertaining film — bolstered by some absolutely stunningcinematography of Norway, no doubt. Not to mention that while it’s at times disconcerting, overall the film doesn’t suffer from the usual shaky-cam dizziness that plagues other films of its ilk.

Troll Hunter is a con, in many ways. It’s a satire and a gentle slap to the face of its genre, a smart, sassy and strangely sweet tale that subverts its contemporaries while still telling an innovative, entertaining story.

PROS:

  •  Found Footage technique.
  • Mockumentary Genre.
  • Interesting characters.
  • Impressive Trolls.

CONS:

  •  Choice of shots,
  • Main cast performance.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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