Tokyo Ghoul:re – 01 (First Impressions) – New Faces, New Ballgame

Tokyo Ghoul is back! Umm…yay? I for one wasn’t chomping at the bit for a sequel, to be honest. That’s not a mark against the previous season’s quality, nor my investment in it at the time.

I’ve just watched a lot of anime since Root A, and I guess I’d moved on, while the fact this season does not focus on the main characters from the previous ones further dulled enthusiasm.

Thankfully, the learning curve for getting back into the swing of things—Doves, Ghouls, Orochi, Kagune, got it—wasn’t too bad, and the new characters were introduced along with a comfortably familiar few cameos and name drops, which made the medicine go down easier.

Long story short, a couple of years have passed since Root A, and the CCG are now deploying Quinx Squad, which is not a combination of Quincy and Twix…but it could’ve been. Rather, they’re humans who are able to use the typical Ghoul tricks of the trade thanks to artificial means.

They use those tricks against full-fledged Ghouls that are working against the betterment of society, like the taxi driver “Torso”, so named because that’s the only part of the women he takes.

The Quinx squad is led by Sasaki Haise, whose hair reminds you instantly of Kanzaki Kei, and following that bridge to the past, we later learn Kei is in Sasaki’s head, just as Rize was in his.

Within the various Quinx teams there’s a bit of a turf scuffle over who gets to bring in Torso, but it’s really more of a race between the teams (Sasaki’s superior is Mado Akira, whom we know) and even a competition within Team Mado itself, with Sasaki’s subordinate Urui trying to claim all the glory by himself, manipulating their colleague Shirazu to do so.

I felt immediately putting the team at odds with each other was a nice way to give an edge to the proceedings right off the bat—this is a cutthroat business, and even if everyone’s pretty much on the same side, a lot of other interests are in play.

Rounding out the five-person crew are the timid Mutsuki and Saiko-chan, the only female member who we never see until the end credits.

Urui’s desire to “take initiative” fails in the beginning of the episode, when he and Shirazu have to be bailed out by Sasaki, and it fails at the end, when thanks to Mutsuki and a bit of luck, they suddenly find and engage Torso, but he’s too much for them, especially when a fellow ghoul shows up who’s much tougher.

As such, by all going their separate ways, Quinx Squad Team Mado still manages to end up in the same place, on the cusp of closing a case that will distinguish them among their peers, but which will require the defeat of a rather tough boss. Makes me wonder if the team’s X Factor is the so far off-camera Saiko-chan…or if Sasaki has to draw more from his Inner Kaneki Ken

I wouldn’t recommend anyone unfamiliar with Tokyo Ghoul get into this, due to the fact it doesn’t spend a lot of time holding newbies’ hands, but if you’ve been a fan of the adaptation thus far, I’d say this is at worst worth a look, and at best a must-see.

Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Tokyo Ghoul:re – 01 (First Impressions) – New Faces, New Ballgame”

  1. Ghoul:Re adapts the direct manga sequel of the 1st Tokyo Ghoul. It assumes Root A never happened, instead covering where the manga ended.

    On Root A’s lacklustre performance, its director blamed higher-up interference as the cause. His story was that Ghoul’s creator desired Root A to be anime-original, but his superiors constrained his and Ishida’s plans because they wanted S2 to be more faithful to the manga. Root A’s execution was basically a big compromise to his superiors, and he claims to have done his best given the restrictions he was under.

  2. It’s worth noting that this is not a sequel to Root A; it’s just straightforwardly adapting the Tokyo Ghoul Re manga as is. Root A made significant anime only changes that are in direct contradiction to Re, and thus this anime will go into territory that’s in direct contradiction to Root A (though nothing super big in this anime’s run)

    Most prominently, Hideyoshi Nagachika’s faith was ambiguous at the end of the original manga, which is why you see a missing poster for him at the beginning of this even though he explicitly died at the end of Root A.

    That said as someone familiar with the arc this anime is adapting there shouldn’t be too much issue.


    1. Ah, see, I had forgotten how much rancor Root A created when it was released…probably because I didn’t find it that bad at all (and I’ve read none of the source material, as per unofficial RABUJOI regulations)

      But since I also liked this introductory outing on a new path, at least what I’ve seen so far, I don’t anticipate regretting getting into it.

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