English: Tokyo Ghoul
Synonyms: Tokyo Kushu, Toukyou Kushu, Toukyou Ghoul
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2014 to Sep 19, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 8.061 (scored by 31463 users)
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SynopsisThe suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.
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Tokyo Ghoul is one of the more hyped up anime this season for a number of reasons. Mainly because it was, as I have heard, a very popular manga. The premise itself is easy to follow. The world is inhabited by two types of people: regular people and ghouls who eat people as a source of food. The main character, Kaneki Ken, after almost being killed by a ghoul is turned into a half ghoul-half human hybrid. By this time, I, who has not read the manga, assumed the show would explore the morality of and question the prejudice between the two groups using the MC as a focal perspective. While at the same time having some kickass fight sequences.
Boy was I wrong.
Story – 6/10
For the most part, Tokyo Ghoul’s storytelling was decent. It explored the different aspects of the ghoul community and made its point simple and concise. Although that’s about it. There isn’t anything too fancy or well done with its storytelling. Tokyo Ghoul is quick to establish the lore with the Wards (sectors), the Doves (anti ghoul police), and different types of ghouls. This last point emphasized by Anteiku and it’s here that Kaneki spends most of his time deliberating between his new and unique situation. The plot itself didn’t seem to be headed in any clear direction, but splits itself into different ‘mini-plots’ (similar to different story arcs in the manga) as Kaneki observes the different ghouls coming in and out of the cafe, and learns their own perspective of being a ghoul. While this in itself is fine, it creates other problems for character development and overall pacing. This is clear at the show’s 9th episode when there is a ghoul invasion in one of the other wards. It’s clear that this is the climax of the show, yet it feels blatantly out of place from the ‘mini-arc’ format the show was using so far. There was hardly any buildup leading up to the massive invasion and the last 4 episodes seemed to compress as much content as possible by amping up the pace, shown by the sudden high stakes and side characters being quickly introduced. It’s clear the ending was very rushed. Simply put, the show’s plot lacked focus. It did not take advantage of the interesting premise they had to work with.
Art – 8/10
I don’t have any complaints here. The animation is slick and smooth. The (very few) fights and battles are nice to watch. The weapons, qunique and kagune, were an interesting concept for the show and there were enough different types to show off. The show tended to lean toward more vivid colours in its art style and wasn’t afraid to use its full range of colours which I thought was a good decision for the show to make.
The characters themselves are distinct from one another in their art design and colour and I particularly liked how a character’s colour was associated with their personality. It’s a welcome change from other anime where characters look way too similar to one another. The OP and ED sequences were great to watch and is one of the few shows where I don’t skip its sequences. I especially like theme of contrast and reflection used in the OP.
Sound – 8/10
There wasn’t anything wrong with Tokyo Ghoul’s sound direction. Overall effects in fight scenes were synced well and so was background noise. Each character had their own defined voice and the voice acting complimented well with the art and colour style. That is to say, their voices were a little more on the melodramatic side. But it was used to good effect in presenting their own personalities and character. The OP and ED are both fantastic and fit well into the tone of the show, or rather the tone the show was trying to show.
Character – 5/10
Here is where Tokyo Ghoul suffers from the most and ultimately hinders enjoyment of the show. The show has a lot of side characters. A new character is introduced maybe every 1 to 2 episodes and none of these characters get enough screentime and character development. The fault of this is partly due to its 1-cour situation, but it’s also because of the mini-plot format of the show. A new character is introduced who interacts with Kaneki in some way before being pushed to the sidelines a couple of episodes later and a new character takes the stage. There is barely any exposition for the side characters and the way they were simply dumped to the side until the climax arc in the 9th episode was simply lazy.
The main characters themselves are regrettably 2-dimensional. Kaneki’s initial panic with his newfound situation was acceptable at first but he never grew out of his timidness despite the abundant characters and small setting he was confined to. Unfortunately, the lack of development for the side characters also meant Kaneki’s character development also suffered as a result. Kaneki himself always seems to be in helpless situations which he can’t get out of. The only ounce of character development is during Hinami’s arc in Episode 3 where he sees that there are ghouls who don’t wish to kill people. His entire character is just a tease to the final episode when he goes all badass. And even that in itself is a disappointment. That wasn’t what I wanted to see from the show at all.
Enjoyment – 6/10
I can tell you this. If you switch off your brain you’ll most likely enjoy this show. It doesn’t do anything new or unique within its own genre. Battles are cool. Characters are predictable and the setting is interesting enough. But if you’re looking for something of a higher quality caliber, then this show isn’t it. I was strung along the entire show thinking ‘this next episode is going to have more action’ or ‘this time Kaneki is going to do something’. The entire time the show left me with blue balls just waiting for the moment the show would present some sort of meaningful sequence or a badass fight scene. I was sorely disappointed. The final episode had some element of the exploration of morality and choice and it was at a level I was satisfied with, and something I expected to see from the first episode. Yet this wasn’t the case.
But hey, if anything else it was a decent Thursday night filler show. Better than Glasslip that’s for sure. The final episode did have me on edge, even if the characters are 2-dimensional, the execution and presentation of the final episode was able to convey a suspenseful tone which regrettably did not appear in any of the other episodes. I suppose its simply another typical shounen anime.
Overall – 6/10
I’ll admit to enjoying it enough. It wasn’t anything special in the end but it’s a decent show to watch if you’re looking for something to pass the time. If you were expecting any level of depth then you definitely won’t find it here. As explained before, the show had a lot of potential in presenting the different aspects and perspective between ghouls and humans and failed to capitalize. Unfortunately, in the end the show is average at best. It wasn’t the fault of the staff entirely as it could have benefited from more episodes, but the adaptation of the source material was mismanaged. For all its visual style it could not save the show from its muddled storytelling.
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Tokyo Ghoul is an anime adapted from a fairly popular manga of the same name. The manga itself is a great series and it deserved so much more than what this adaptation has given it. First, I want to mention that a lot of sites including MAL call it something like a suspense horror dark fantasy which misleads people into thinking the whole anime is supposed to be about stuff that’ll scare your pants off when that is not the case. Most of the horror is only in the first episode or chapter of the manga. There are some disturbing scenes and wacky characters but I wouldn’t consider horror as one of the main themes.
Story - 7
Tokyo Ghoul is a story about Ken Kaneki who is suddenly thrust into the world of ghouls, creatures who must eat humans for survival, and he constantly struggles to retain his humanity. If you think this is going to be Attack on Titan 2.0, I will tell you right now that it is not. The premise may not sound very original but the execution is top notch, or rather, this applies mostly to the manga and not the anime. Tokyo Ghoul is morally grey and we are exposed to both sides of the story as we explore the conflicts between humans and ghouls. In many instances, the ghouls are even shown as the ones who are being hunted down instead. Now, the anime decided to do something strange and that is switching around the arcs. I was welcome to this at first but afterwards I felt that maybe it wasn't such a great idea. Right after being shown the grey area of the story, it immediately switches to a later arc in the manga which makes you lose track of the grey portion for a while and question where the story is going. The rushing of the anime doesn’t help either and it causes the anime to feel as if it’s going downhill. Pacing problems also lead the anime to cutting out many explanations and details related to the world in Tokyo Ghoul, becoming a shallower story in general. And another funny thing is that the studio who is animating this decided it was a good idea to mess around with and change every detail, I’m guessing in order to squeeze in as much as they can into 12 episodes. I wouldn’t care if they were to do a good job of this but they’ve made some dialogue cheesier, specific scenes less impactful (partly due to rushing as well), and the anime gives off more of a shounen feel. Personally I have nothing against the shounen genre but you do not just go around making a seinen into a shounen. Just no. I have to admit that there were a couple good changes made during the Dove arc and the pacing is better sometimes but that’s about it.
Art and Animation - 8
The animation for the most part isn’t bad, but sometimes you can spot some sloppy animation or awkward movements. After all, Studio Pierrot has never been the best with this kind of stuff. Character designs are done fairly well and are very close to the original. The Kagunes and Quinques also look quite nice. However, the anime is heavily censored to the point where a lot of the time you can’t even tell what the hell is going on, so if you do plan on watching the anime, I’d suggest waiting for the Blu-ray DVDs to watch the uncensored version.
Sound - 9
One of the things that the anime has done right. The voice casting is perfect and very fitting of the characters and their personalities. Soundtrack is great as well but I’ve noticed a lack in variety and the same ones are used repeatedly. The opening captures the anime and the main character very accurately and is probably one of the best openings of this season.
Characters - 5
For the characters, there are 3 notable ones who represent different views in the story. Touka, the hot headed and rash heroine who represents the ghoul’s side. Amon, who believes that the world is corrupted by ghouls and he provides us with the human’s side. And of course the protagonist Kaneki who is the middle ground. We are also introduced to some crazy and wacky antagonists who never fail to entertain.
However, the characters of the series have by far suffered the most with this adaptation. As I’ve mentioned, the anime without a doubt has some pacing issues most of the time and so we are introduced to a huge cast of characters before having time to care about them. It appears that Studio Pierrot also thinks that character development is boring and decided to flush it down the toilet and get to the action instead which still ends up feeling lacking at times due to the rushing. Lets take our protagonist, Kaneki for example. He seems like a side character because of the fact that they cut out a lot of his development and most of his monologues which I found to be very interesting in the manga. Kaneki’s development and his gradual progression in the manga are vital to the story so that the development he gets by the end of the anime does not seem like an asspull and is actually very impactful. But it seems like an unnatural and shallow transition because of the fact that they’ve hurt his character too much already and made him look overly weak. Not to mention that the arc switching screwed it up even further and he starts pulling magical dodging powers out of his ass.
Enjoyment - 6
Seeing one of my favorite mangas butchered makes it extremely hard for me to enjoy the anime as much as I wanted to. At one point, it became that I was only watching for certain scenes to be animated. It saddens me a lot that the intensity is really dumbed down sometimes too.
Overall - 7
If I were to look at the anime as a standalone, I think it would be a good-decent anime for most but shallow and rushed for people who may be a little more picky with what they watch.
And if I were to do a short comparison between the anime and manga:
The anime> A rushed shallower retelling of the original, lacking in character development, more shounen esque, a needlessly weakened and dumbed down main character, and censored to hell (for now).
The manga> Very well done story, deep and well developed characters, and it includes lots of foreshadowing and symbolism.
If you're currently watching the anime right now and enjoy it very much, don't be affected by my negativity because this is after all, just my own opinion and I am slightly biased since I love the manga. However, I would urge you to read the manga from chapter 1 if you're an anime only watcher and if you haven’t started this anime yet, I’d recommend reading the manga instead or giving the first episode a try and then going to the manga if you want to get the most out of this series. I won’t say that I can guarantee that you’ll love the manga, but please do at least give it a try and don’t drop it until you’ve reached at least around the 60s chapters. The manga ends quite abruptly but I'm confident that there will be a sequel. And if you still decide to watch the anime first, I also wish you good luck. Do take note that the anime ends in a massive cliffhanger as well which will likely be followed with a second season in the future. Thanks for reading one of the only reviews that I'll probably ever write //lazy// and have fun reading/watching Tokyo Ghoul! read more
Shiki is more of a mystery show while Tokyo Ghoul is more action orientated. Shiki focuses at many characters at once while Tokyo Ghoul mostly follows main character Kaneki Ken. However, the main theme is pretty much the same.
Both series deal with a conflict between humans and other being that are there to devour us. In Shiki vampires, in Tokyo Ghoul those are ghouls.
Both stories start from the perspective of humans being a victim and then eventually we get to see things from "enemies" perspective and then the main question comes:
Just who is the real monster here?
A conflict between humans and forces of supernatural. Shiki and Tokyo Ghoul shares the similarity in that monsters exists in their perspective worlds. The main protagonist gets involved with them with his life at constant risk. In their dark stories, mystery also exists especially in regards to the origins of these supernatural beings. The protagonists strives to learn more and hopefully also save the lives of others in the wake of this calamity. Recommended for fans of supernatural horror.
Both are dark anime that make you question what a "monster" is. Each side has their own reasons. Who decides who is "bad", who the "monster" is?
Both Shiki and Tokyo Ghoul make you realize that not everything is black and white and portray the plot through unique perspectives!
Both are a must-watch :)
The eyes are the same style for both the vampires (Shiki) and ghouls (Tokyo Ghoul). Both have copious amounts of blood and violence, with a story that is told from the monster's point of view.
People become monsters who eat people and normal people want to kill the monsters.
However, both sides have logical reasons for their actions, and neither can be said to be the "good" side or the "bad" side. You're not really sure who is the monster after seeing both perspectives.
• Both shows involve "monsters" who need to eat humans for their survival.
• Some of the characters of both series become these monsters at some point of the story.
• The eyes of the monsters are similar.
• Shiki takes place in a village while Tokyo Ghoul takes place in a city.
• In Shiki these monsters are "corpse demons" which are pretty much a combination of vampires and zombies, and in Tokyo Ghoul the monsters are ghouls.
Similar to Shiki, with the eyes, blood and murders. Over powered characters who try live in the socially of humans. Hiding themselves among humans. Until the police get involved. Shiki is similar but they are not been chased by police but by villages.
Both feature Humanoid creatures eating humans.
Whereas Shiki features vampires, Tokyo ghoul has ghouls. They also have a similar bloody atmosphere and include the main character becoming heavily involved with these creature.Moreover, both main characters are anomolies, they are very different in nature to the characters around them
Shiki contains vampires and Tokyo Ghoul which contains ghouls which are both viewed as monsters by society.
The eyes of the vampires in Shiki and the ghouls in Tokyo Ghoul have similar styles.
Both shows deal with blood, gore and violence.
Both told from the perspective of the ghouls or vampires.
The protagonist starts out human but becomes something different.
Both about a new race eatting humans, and humans attempting to fight back.
A world where supernatural beings are isolated and not considered equal to the rest of society. The main characters are unpleasantly dragged into a world of abyss where their survival skills are to be put to the test.
'Tokyo Ghoul' features a predator and prey hostile environment where strength in numbers is crucial in order to see the daylight tomorrow. An association is only dangerous when you do not know them...hypothetically speaking, both sides could be equally guilty in their hidden conspiracies and wrong-doings.
'Deadman Wonderland' specialises more on master and slave brutality where killing is a form of entertainment and the weak gets weeded away from the pack. Character romance are merely a form of stimulating fantasy designed to shed some light within the gruesome prison in which escaping is supposedly impossible.
These 2 anime are very similar. For instance the main male protagonist was living an ordinary live until something drastic happens and their whole world is turn upside down.
Both anime has the protagonist gaining powers he did not want, and a heroine basically leading him around. They're both in a situation where everywhere they go, there is just someone there who wants to kill them or attempts to.
In deadman, the protagonist was sent to a hellish jail where inmates die for entertainment or kill one of another.
While Tokyo ghoul, he was brought into a whole new world where the "Ghouls" resides. They're either eaten by other Ghouls or killed by the special force or other ghouls.
If you enjoy 1 of these anime you'll surely enjoy the other.
In both of them main character drawn for a world which nonaccording to him by one of the most powerfull villian. And charachter explores his powers then becomes the most powerfull character
Both animes have similar dark and tense atmosphere, both animes have unusual powers and violent action.
Both of the animes will keep you tense.
MCs are VERY similar. They're both quite weak and whiney at first and can't fight for themselves, are unsure of what to do with their new life situations and have developed some kind of strange new powers.
Both Anime, mc gets mixed up in another world
Have their own seperate group of allies
Mc unique from the rest
Both are gorefests and involve people using their blood as their weapon and power and are psychological thrillers.
The differences are that wonderlands story takes place in a prison whereas Tokyo ghoul takes place in the open city streets. Out of the two tokyo ghouls beats deadman wonderland in every category (characters, story, art, sound) but if all you want is gore then look no further.
Both protagonists were living in peace, and then an event happen that change their lifestyle.
Both have so much blood.
Both protagonists get shocked by event and their personality are simillar
Both sport plenty of gore and grotesque powers which results in the main characters struggling against their morality and their objective situation within the world they live in. Very thrilling with a lot of great characters.
Opening Theme"unravel" by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
Ending Theme#1: "unravel" by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure (ep 1)
#2: "Seijatachi (聖者たち)" by People In The Box (eps 2-)
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