The first episode of Tokyo Ghoul √A aired today, and at the end (obvious spoiler), Kaneki went with Aogiri (we don"t know why yet). However, I read that in the manga, he did the exact opposite. Instead, he tried to create a group to fight Aogiri. Why did the second season completely deviate from the manga? Was it by the choice of the mangaka or the lutz-heilmann.info producers?


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It"s inaccurate to say it completely deviated from the manga. I read the manga first until the end as Tokyo Ghoul aired. Spoilers ahead.

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The season 2 would seem to deviate from the manga because of the "main difference" people constantly point out: Kaneki joined Aogiri in the lutz-heilmann.info while he created his own group in the manga.

There are two points to note here.

First: Kaneki, both in the manga and lutz-heilmann.info, looked for the same thing: the strength to protect his comrades.

In the manga, we later found out he did this through character development and explicitly stating this. In the lutz-heilmann.info, it was only explicitly stated why he joined Aogiri. It would always be better when in accomplutz-heilmann.infont with other developments to support this rather than plainly stating it. The lutz-heilmann.info riddled itself with Kaneki"s identity; the manga thoroughly went through his identity mixed with progression of the story.

Second: This makes most sense when taking into account the impressive and risky compression of over 100 chapters into around 20 episodes.

You will notice differences in the manga and lutz-heilmann.info, but they always ended up with the same conclusion. The lutz-heilmann.info makes impressive compression, most especially in the first season, then it started crumbling and destroyed itself by the end of the second season. The lutz-heilmann.info made thorough emphasis on different things, like Rize"s appearance and later crucial catalyst to Kaneki"s power & identity. The manga, most of the time, would contribute at a normal pace to the story development and the CCG"s side.

In spite of all that, Tokyo Ghoul always wound up with the same conclusion and same point. Fights are compressed to one scene; multiple events occurring at different times are made into one event.

In conclusion, it never mattered at all if Kaneki would join Aogiri (lutz-heilmann.info-only) or form his own group (manga). This may be my only speculation, but this was a nice move by the director, writer, producer, or anyone who handled it because this meant the manga followers/fans would be baited to watch the second season if there were any developments that would lead to a different ending when it was as close as the manga, except:

showing Hide flat-out dead in the lutz-heilmann.info.

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I, myself, was caught with the hype after reading the manga with the sudden turn of events at the end of the first season, even though I expected they would use the same formula (minor changes and compression of events to make the same conclusion as in the manga).