Okay, okay, okay, okay.
Coming from someone who places the manga in her top five favorites of all time, I struggle with the anime in that regard. BUT - I do still love the anime. Mostly, I just enjoy the sort of thrill you get from seeing and hearing all of the things that go along with the story. Is the manga a better plotline? Yeah. But does the anime have awesome music, and awesome (just freaking amazing) music, and voice acting? Yes. And the color palate is quite nice as well.
Did I cry in the final episode? Heck yes. As soon as Unravel started playing I was a wreck. The series is beautiful in either format.
However, despite how sad it was, it was no where near as absolutely horrible, gut wrenching and sad as the manga. And, if you have read TG, you know that those are kinda the feelings you should expect from basically every chapter. There is more content and depth in the manga, and the characters are more dimensional whereas in the anime the things that are omitted sometimes make situations and characters fall a little flat.
But back to the ending for a second here. In the end of the anime, sure, we don't really know if Kaneki is alive or dead. They basically edited out the entire fight between him and Arima and let the anime just END. That's basically it. And we know for certain that Hide is really dead (which just ripped out my soul seeing Kaneki carrying him....T_T....through all the dead bodies.....and Unravel playing....that is such a gorgeous song.....)
The manga is WORSE. We don't know if Hide is alive or dead at the end. But, the problem is that we don't know if Hide was EATEN or not. By Kaneki. With his horrible injury Kaneki retreats into the sewers and runs into Hide. Kaneki is already going a little insane from hunger, and he doesn't believe Hide is real. Then he blacks out and wakes up with the taste of blood in his mouth. That is all we get. THAT'S IT. No more talk of Hide. Is he dead? is he alive? No one knows! But it's strongly implied that Kaneki ATE him.
And then the actual manga ends with Kaneki getting ripped up and speared in the face by Arima! Much happier, right?
I heard that Tokyo Ghoul Root A (how do you make that symbol on a keyboard pad??) is more like an alternate ending to the manga, but either way. Both are insanely sad - but the manga is definitely more gut wrenching.
I can't exactly say which one I prefer, because that's like saying that you prefer having your toenails ripped off instead of your fingernails, but I can say that both are definitely amazing, and that they both touch your soul.
And then shred it up.
And then make you loose faith in humanity.
Ok, I am exaggerating.
Why can't Kaneki just find happiness!! T_T