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Tokyo Ghoul (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul

Alternative Titles

English: Tokyo Ghoul
Synonyms: Tokyo Kushu, Toukyou Kushu, Toukyou Ghoul
Japanese: 東京喰種トーキョーグール


Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 144
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 8, 2011 to Sep 18, 2014
Authors: Ishida, Sui (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump


Score: 8.771 (scored by 40604 users)
Ranked: #312
Popularity: #9
Members: 75,863
Favorites: 10,504
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Strange murders are happening in Tokyo. Due to liquid evidence at the scene, the police conclude the attacks are the results of "eater" type ghouls. College buddies Kaneki and Hide come up with the idea that ghouls are imitating humans, explaining why they haven't ever seen one. Little do they know that their theory may very well become reality.


Tokyo Ghoul was the 27th best-selling manga series in Japan in 2013, with 1,666,348 estimated sales and 4th in 2014, with 6,946,203.

The series has been published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since June 16, 2015 and in Spanish by Norma Editorial since March 20, 2015.

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Dec 13, 2014
There is a sequel

Ignore almost every negative review, it's probably someone complaining about the conclusion.

The author ended the manga and started the sequel a month later. He likes to screw with people like that. It is a direct sequel starting 3 years after the ending of TG. Without spoiling anything, there are answers and it will end your anger.

The manga is amazing, the characters are too well written (it could be an actual novel tbh), and the concept is really well played out for something so out there.

The fact that so many people nearly killed the author because he ended the series read more
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Jul 14, 2014
Before I start this review please note that this is an ongoing manga with chapter 135 being the most recent one (the translations are not caught up) and i have read all 135 current chapters, opinions may change later on.

Story= 9/10.
It's hard to pin down the specific story if someone where to ask me what tokyo ghoul is about just because of everything is going on. We have our main protagonist being practically forced to live a new and dangerous life (much like Shinji Ikari). But if I were to try to sum up Tokyo Ghoul's plot in one sentence, it would be about the read more
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May 26, 2014
Tokyo Ghoul/Toukyou Kushu - A grotesque and melancholic journey into the psychology of "Ghouls": humans that eat other humans. Also contains some excellent fight scenes and characterization. The more recent chapters (60~66) are some of the best manga work I've ever seen and the author's creepy (in a good way) art style compliments the content in a magnificent way; It gives it a strange finesse. Very highly recommended.
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Mar 8, 2015
Tokyo Ghoul is the debut manga series from mangaka Sui Ishida which was published from September 2011 to September 2014 in Shueisha’s seinen magazine Weekly Young Jump. Its sequel Tokyo Ghoul:re is currently being published in Weekly Young Jump.

In modern day Japan humans share the Earth with a race of Humanoid creatures known as Ghouls. Identifiable by their black and red eyes and their unquenchable hunger for human flesh, Ghouls blend into human society waiting for their next meal. After a traumatising run in with one particularly cunning Ghoul, University student Kaneki Ken is left in a critical state and in dire need of surgery, read more
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While watching the anime for this manga Tokyo Ghoul instantly came to mind. To avoid spoilers i'll just say both main characters are in some what similar situation in addition to their personality transition.  
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Ajin has slightly better art, and isslightly darker than tokyo ghoul. Both have great world building and focus on the main character 'becoming a monster'. Once you get passed the first chapter of tokyo ghoul both hold your attention.  
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Categorize with horror themes, Deadman Wonderland and Tokyo Ghoul tells the story of a young boy as their life changes forever after one faithful event. They discover their newfound powers and must adapt in order to survive. At the same time, they struggle with their humanity and is constantly a target of other supernatural beings. Mystery also envelops the stories of these two series as we learn more about the origins of their settings. Both series convey graphic violence to depict the reality of a world bound by horror. If you're a fan of supernatural fantasy taking place in a modern setting with horror elements,  read more 
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These two mangas may start off with a feeling that they're different but in general they're very similar. Both plot involves the protagonist changing into a supernatural creature and had to go through many dark events to become stronger. The protagonists are both involved in a organization that protects people while in Tokyo Ghoul's case it was to protect a friend. These two mangas' genres are very similar as well as partial art. 
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The main male protagonist gets himself involved with supernatural creatures that changes his life forever. Dawn Tsumetai Te and Tokyo Ghoul goes by a story in a world that seems normal but has dark secrets. Throughout both series, these secrets are uncovered through complex mysteries with various plot twists. At the same time, the main protagonist tries to adjust his acceptance to reality. Both series series has horror elements and suspense as the main protagonist struggles o find the truth. I recommend both series for anyone interested in horror fiction and mystery with violent concepts. 
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Manga: Death Note
First time making a recommendation, please excuse my poor English.

Both stories revolve about the true meaning of justice and the fine line between wrong and right. In Tokyo Ghoul, it is a struggle in the protagonist's own mind between his ghoul side and human side, as well as his past and present. Whilst in Death Note, both protagonists represent justice in a different manner.

The artwork are well done and have a similar sinister feeling, with unique character design and strong contrast.

What I liked most about both manga were the large amount of plot twists. The stories are unpredictable  read more 
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