It has always intrigued me how zombies or flesh eating humans has not made much of a presence in the anime industry. There were shows like Highschool of the Dead (and that turned into a fanservice horsecrap), Hellsing (mostly vampires but there was and an arc which featured great zombie actions), Sankarea (which mainly focuses on romance and hope), Ore was zombie desu ka (which was quite an oddity but its one of those shows that I can watch for pure stupid fun!), and a couple more.
There was really no show in this genre that has truly captivated me; then came Tokyo Ghouls...at least I first thought it would.
The series started off great. You have this normal college student named Kaneki who has a crush on this girl who share the same interest as him. All is good and well when shit quickly hits the fan and he ended up becoming a zombie; not just an ordinary zombie but one that is self-aware and has an unrelenting appetite to human flesh. It was great how the series tries to explore the dilemmas that a ghoul has to go through in his everyday life and how the everything is not as it seems.
The show was great until Ep 4 came. Everything just went so effin fast. The show introduced this psycho who wants to be more than friends with kaneki. The episode started off from exploring different character scenes and the psycho trying to woo kaneki over and within a couple of minutes they end in this arena slaughterhouse. It goes worse as the series went on and the last minutes of the final episode just puts that nail in the coffin.
The pacing is just so terrible that it's hard to sympathize with the character's plight. The one saving grace this show had is the last episode where they showed Kaneki's inner monologue. Now that is great way to show a character's state of mind. It is a huge disappointment and a wasted potential as I feel that Tokyo Ghoul is one of those character study shows all the while showing some great action scenes. There is just so many things happening to coherently fit into a 1 cour show. It was only until Ep 6 that I found out that there was a manga. Reviews on it has been pretty positive and I have seen that it was also recently finished so I am going to start reading it soon.
Let's not also forget the censorship. Oh GOD! THE CENSORSHIP!! There are freaking times when the screen gets cut in half or just fades to black and all you hear is the audio. For god's sake! Studio Pierrot knows that this is a mature show aimed at an adult audience so why the fuck are you guys doing this? I will not be surprised if they end up removing those in BR just to boost its sales and that will be very underhanded, man.
The art style and premise got me intrigued; the direction of the show made me wince. So, to finally wrap things up I will now be giving a final score which comprises the built-in scoring system coupled with my personal bias and a fairly complicated process of wiping my lips clean with a tissue smeared with aromatic blood after taking a sip at a bloody testicle juice mixed with a straw made from dried human intestines makes me want to give Tokyo Ghoul a score of..
A show with potential hampered by the production staff and dubious marketing strategies. Fans of the genre will be left hanging by the noose and is advised to look for their craving somewhere else. If you don't mind horrible pacing and extreme censorship you can stay for the action which is still pretty good.
As a non-manga reader of the original Tokyo Ghoul, i am going to base my review purely on this animated title.
I feel that this show has a brilliant array of aspects to it it, the combat is very gripping and intense, there is violence, a significant amount of it which heightens the viewer's engagement with the situation, generally i'd say that these 12 episodes are very emotive and dramatic, which is shown very cleverly as becomes more obvious towards the end.
Dipping into the story for the first time is a bit of a shocker, and a lot to take in, but throughout, this anime will
give you a great slice of life experience from the perspective of a main character who grows to understand more about himself as the show persists. The set up is oriented about the friction between humans and a race of humanoid like beings: ghouls, and this friction is described and felt so vividly at times which i greatly credit the show for.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is a very engaging series, and asides from the violence, it does have the ability to fit a very wide range of viewers' tastes. This anime has a mature feel to it, and the art is the best I've come across yet. Continuing with my point of the show being very easily likable, there's a hell of a lot crammed into this (what frankly should be longer) series of episodes, which adds to the level of drama but perhaps detracts in that at times it feels rushed.
But essentially, if you're okay handling drama and violence, you'll not be disappointed. Tokyo Ghoul is a very reputable anime, that really will leave you on the edge of your seat at times!
Tokyo Ghoul was easily one of the most hyped titles in 2014.
That's an undeniable fact. The manga got lots of attention before and all the fans were happy to see their new favourite thing animated. But oh boy were they disappointed when it started airing.
The animation in general was, for 2014 standards, below average for the most part. Certain visual effects, such as the Kagunes were well-done The character figures were a mix of good and bad, with the good ones leaving memorable expressions on the viewer and the bad ones being stereotypical character designs everybody will have forgotten about in a week. The backgrounds,
however, were all largely well-done and one could see the effort being put into them, a quality which is still present in the lower-budget sequel that is Route A. But well, this is where the good parts end. The general animation looked horrible for the most part to the point where one could see the weird looking limbs during fight scenes.
The soundtrack wasn't too memorable but it fit the atmosphere of the show. The Opening was not too happy yet a bit too happy in general to completely capture the feeling of the show.
The voice acting wasn't too outstanding either. Most characters weren't too memorable and there wasn't too much effort put into it for the biggest part. It was average voice acting, perhaps a bit less considering the modern anime standard.
Let's now move on the important parts:
the story and the characters.
If one were to get vulgar, one could simply say "they sucked ass" but since I want to give a reason as for why that is so, let me elaborate on it:
The premise was basically ghouls living in Japan among humans.
It is above average for originality and differing from the modern "haha, everything is moeblob or medieval fantasy action" standard. Bonus points for that. Unfortunately, that's where the pros end and the cons begin. It was wasted. For the biggest part nobody ever seems to do anything against them, save for one special unit and warning signs telling kids not to leave their houses once the sun has sunk, and the ghouls themselves have close to no kind of order. The humans acting completely normal despite knowing there are dangerous beasts out there is somewhat questionable as well. And saying "they are an urban legend" is no excuse because there obviously is an anti-ghoul squad.
The pacing of it was goddamn awful and was faster than a Ferrari. One could tell that the directors simply wanted to get the boring parts over with and show some scenes that "kick ass".
It had no kind of complexity to it and was mainly just X moving to place 1 because event Y required him to do so. It was plot-driven and the characters were reacting instead of acting.
The story itself ended with a cliffhanger after having shown Kaneki getting super insta speed character development over the course of 10 minutes and going from a crybaby to a "badass" that wouldn't bat an eye even if he lost his legs.
Which leads us to the next section, the characters.
These are mainly made up out of semi archetypes like the crybaby protagonist, the strong female, the cute loli and the mysterious old leader. But cliches are cliches, right? Yeah, no.
Touka is a generic tsundere girl for the most part and has largely any kind of conflict until the Tsukiyama arc is over. This was a good backdrop yet provided no kind of development for her as a character since it was simply forgotten 10 minutes later.
Kaneki is a crybaby who has lived a hard childhood which gave him the mindset "it's better to be hurt than to hurt" which for a large part excuses his actions. His development as a character was fairly interesting to see yet whenever he seemed to finally do something on his own, he turned into the baby he was at episode 1. In the final episodes he seemed to receive some sort of development which, unfortunately, happened way too quick to feel like proper development. It was like he was turned into another character.
And now for some good excused scorings:
Art section : 4/10
General art: 4/10
Character figures: 4/10
Visual effects: 6/10
Sound section: 5/10
Voice acting: 5/10
Music themes: 4/10 for not entirely fitting the atmosphere
Sound effects: 6/10
Story section: 4/10
Conclusion: Not available/10. Therefore it can't be taken into account
Character section: 4/10
Development: 4/10 since only one character develops which also happens way too fast to be semi-realistic.
Tokyo Ghoul is one of the most popular shows of the summer. Adapted from a popular manga, Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality in which beings called ghouls exist. Ghouls appear to be normal humans, but possess superhuman strength and survive by feeding on humans. Kaneki Ken is a college student who unwittingly receives the organs of a ghoul during an emergency transplant. Tokyo Ghoul follows Kaneki's new life as a half-human, half-ghoul.
I was instantly intrigued by Tokyo Ghoul and the first episode did a nice job of sucking me in. I was prepared for a dark, gritty thrill-ride. Unfortunately, Tokyo Ghoul did
not meet my expectations and turned out to be the most over-hyped show of the summer.
Perhaps at the root of all of its problems is the fact that Tokyo Ghoul should have been twice as long. No matter how you cut it, trying to cram such a massive amount of information into only 12 episodes will never end well. I'm unfamiliar with the manga, but judging from those who have read it, the anime skipped a significant amount of the story and this is painfully evident in the choppy, broken pacing of the anime. The first few episodes flow smoothly enough, only to devolve into a mess by the show's conclusion. There's no sense of transition or linkage, and there's simply not enough time allowed for any meaningful character development. Moreover, pivotal plot points are given hardly more than a glance and they fail to really hit home because--again--there's not enough time. Why such a popular and anticipated adaptation was given only 12 episodes, I will never understand. The broken structure of Tokyo Ghoul is saved only by the fact that at the end of the day, the plot is still interesting. Yes, Tokyo Ghoul is a poorly-executed mess, but the ride is still fun enough to hold your attention.
I really disliked Kaneki as a character. I don't know how his progression goes in the manga, but in the anime his characterization is pretty damn bad. Even as the story jumps aimlessly all over the place, at least it's still going somewhere. Kaneki remained static throughout the show and as its main protagonist, this provides for a very frustrating viewing experience. I found that Touka was much more engaging on screen and I felt that she definitely stole the show. Touka is dynamic, angsty, headstrong, and she is by far Tokyo Ghoul's best aspect. With regards to the anti-ghoul investigators, I'm not exactly sure how they factor into the plot. They seemed to exist simply for the sake of existing and only really contributed to one or two pivotal plot points. By the second half of the show it's easy to dismiss them as almost irrelevant. The rest of the characters didn't get enough screen time for me to really have any opinion on them.
At the end of the day, Tokyo Ghoul is pretty much the definition of wasted potential. Appealing art, an intriguing story, and well-received source material does not equal a good end product. Combine that with a measly 12 episodes, some of the worst pacing I've ever seen, an atrocious ending, an even more atrocious opening theme (I really don't understand its appeal), and you have the formula for how to create a massive disappointment. Tokyo Ghoul's two redeeming factors: Touka and the intrinsic appeal of the story. I certainly hope the second season will not make the same mistakes as the first.
OK I had to write this review as all I saw on this page was a load of reviews with really low scores which is bizarre as this anime is actually really good.
Some people claim that this anime is a bad adaptation of the manga which I completely disagree with. While this is not a perfect adaptation and some scenes have been changed around I do not think that this makes this Anime bad in any way. It is more like a slightly different take on the story which is still very good in its own right.
Having read the manga the manga and the
anime are for the most part the same. There are some scenes in the anime which have been rearranged and a few smaller scenes that have been cut most likely due to restraints of the 12 episode anime format, but overall it is very close to the manga and does a great job of adapting all of the main scenes.
I will say that Kaneki's character is presented slightly differently in the Anime as opposed to the Manga though. In the Manga he does come across as being more competent and heroic due to the slight change of a couple of key scenes and the omission of another quite major scene in the last arc. So I recommend that people check out the Manga as well to see this difference.
I wouldn't say that this spoils the Anime though it actually made more sympathetic towards him in a way, so it is a different take on his character similar to the original Evangelion series and the rebuild movies. Kaneki is a bit more passive and reactive in the Anime as opposed to being more of a proactive competent protagonist in the Manga.
If you don't like the more sensitive reactive kind of protagonists then you may dislike the main character in this Anime. I love those kind of characters though so its a matter of taste.
This anime kept me on the edge of my seat and it was very addictive and I couldn't wait for the next episode. The main themes of humans and ghouls trying to coexist and the complications emerging from this were well explored in the story and character interactions. The story goes into a lot of detail in fleshing out the setting to show the different perspectives of the ghoul and human characters. The picture painted is not a black and white good vs evil story but a multi layered one with different shades of grey. You will sympathise with both human and ghoul characters and also despise some of the human and ghoul characters, so the anime does a good job of getting you emotionally involved with the story.
The production values of the anime are overall very good with some awesome battle scenes and great music and sound effects. Special note must be made of the voice acting which especially for the main character really stood out as being exceptionally good.
This is probably the bloodiest anime I've seen and the attention detail in the fight scenes and blood and gore really was spectacular. You do really need to watch the uncensored version of this Anime. I feel it is unfair how people have marked this Anime down due to the censorship of the TV version because the Uncensored version of this Anime really does do the Manga justice in the level of gore. It is actually more gory than the Manga in certain parts with one new added scene in particular that really was very disturbing and very well executed.
The are a couple of standout scenes in this anime which really got to me emotionally, the pacing was very good to lead up to these events and they made this anime really memorable.
One particular episode is up there with the best I've ever seen in anime so I highly recommend this anime to everyone.
Tokyo Ghoul really was an intense and unforgettable experience.
I came in with a positive mindset, and went out with a negative one. I haven't read the manga, but I really felt like this could be the next best thing I was going to watch. But oh man I was wrong.
It isn't that bad actually, in fact the universe and concept is VERY well done, but just like SAO, it's excecuted more poorly than a backwards bowling shot. The series itself looks great, and the OP and ED sound awesome. However, the characters was what really ruined it for me.
Meet Kaneki, a boy who doesn't want to stop crying. Now I know that he's
turned into a ghoul, but sometimes I just feel that he goes overboard with the complaining. I'm not gonna spoil about what happens in the end, but for me it was very underwhelming.
Also there's Touka, your average fangirl favorite. She's just there to make her seem like the perfect character, which I found extremely bland. Also the relationship between her and Kaneki was weak at best.
There are also other characters, but I don't feel like they are too important.
The BIGGEST complaint I have, is the fact that every ghoul is a handsome young boy or girl. First of all, why. This was the perfect opportunity to show off the dark and gritty life of being a middle-aged man in Tokyo, but no. Of course everyone had to be handsome and long-haired.
Also, why is coffee the only human beverage the ghouls can drink? I mean REALLY? That is so pathetic
Overall, I'm giving this a 4, because I really like the universe and the art. Although it's pretty dissapointing that GIFs on Tumblr are more interesting than the show itself
Tokyo Ghoul is another fine example that animes are not for kids. The anime thrills you. They start with huge bang and ends with even bigger bang. The last episode leaves you begging for more. They lost momentum somewhere in between but its completely fine they made up for it with last episode that makes u scream with **** being tortured, question the world as **** speaks, and make u jump along with the action sequence.
Despite of the epicness i have mentioned there are some loopholes as well. If you haven't read the manga then its fine but if you have then you will
be left disappointed as lot of scenes are skipped. Censorship is the worst thing that the studio have gone to that anime. The anime are definitely not for kids and yet they are censoring every blood scene as its gonna effect some adult minds. Cowardly act by studio or trick to make viewers buy Blu ray discs either way its a pathetic act from studio. So if you have patience then please wait for Blu ray to come out. When all said and done Anime should have been 24 episodes long, scenes are skipped, pace is too fast, leaves you with an incomplete story. All these flaws would have been avoided if studio would have been a little more sensible.
The first episode is enough to tell you that story is a masterpiece. Different people trying to make world a better place but their ways of achieving its make the world even a worse place. Story make you question your perception of stereotype. And gives you some lessons as well. Sometimes being good is enough you have to let the beast inside you to go out to save your justice. Thats what the story taught me and you will realize what am i talking about in last episode
There isn't a single character that disappoints in any way.Its an all out crowd of bad ass characters in just one anime.
If you are into psychological thriller then you will enjoy it most. Those looking for action, drama or little bit of horror will enjoy it as well. There are some funny scenes in animes but its mostly dominated by action, suspense, horror, sorrow and thrills.
Tokyo Ghoul is directed by Shuhei Morita which was based on a manga by Sui Ishida.
The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who meets a woman named Rize Kamishiro at Anteiku, a coffee shop. They share an interest in literature and plan a date. However, Rize attacked Kaneki and it was revealed that Rize was a ghoul, human-like beast that feeds on human flesh. While Rize tries to kill Kaneki for good, she was crushed by a falling platform. Both Kaneki and Rize are sent to hospital. The doctor decided to transplant Rize's organs into Kaneki's. So from now on, Kaneki has to
live a life of a half-human/half-ghoul.
The concept sounds interesting but it suffers from some lack of explanations. Like ghouls, how do they exist in the world and how do they interact and deal with life.
Many people are bothered by censorship of blood and organs. However, I didn't mind that as long as they have good plot and good characters. The animation is good. At least they give some creepy vibe but not so creepy to the point that I fear for my life all the time like the design of the eyes that are red.
The ghouls design looks like Gaara when he becomes a beast, however the difference is the pattern and color.
At least the opening and ending song is good.
You know, normally in action anime, the characters are the weakest.
The characters that stood out the most in this anime are Shu & Toka.
Shu is cunning and calm just like Hisoka from Hunterxhunter. Mamoru Miyano did a great job in making this character cunning.
Toka is a badass and she always has a mean attitude just like Revy from Black Lagoon. However, I do like her in the way she is brave and willing to take risks.
Yoshimura is like a father figure who is concerned about ghouls and especially try to help Kaneki in every possible way he can.
Hinami Fueguchi could at least have more material to work with because she always stays at home and never fights. But then again, I wasn't expecting much from her.
Ken Kaneki, oh boy. Where do I begin? He is the weakest of the bunch. I can understand that he is trying to adapt to a life of a human-ghoul. But the problem is that in the later episodes, he became useless and more annoying just like Yukiteru Amano from Mirai Nikki. He has the ultimate power among the bunch but the problem is he just couldn't do anything to save himself. Even during a fight scene with Amon, he just dodges but never land a single attack. I just feel ashamed of him.
Although I have problems with the show, I enjoyed this anime regardless. I just hope that they will at least try to give some characters more development and give us more explanation on how ghouls exist.
Tokyo Ghoul will capture your attention with the captivating storyline in episode one, and will leave you interested throughout the series with its mixture of action, horror, and psychological concepts. The series will then end by leaving you thinking about the world of ghouls and humans, and who the monster really is. Are ghouls in the wrong for simply wanting to survive? Are humans right to exterminate the ghouls because the ghouls are killing people? There are so many questions you will be asking yourself as you watch this series.
An interesting aspect of the series was the use of weapons in the form of “Kagune”.
Each ghoul possesses a Kagune that is unique to them, so each one is different. Kagune come from the ghoul’s body and can be many forms, from a blade to claws to wings and many more. Ghouls use their Kagune to attack humans, as well as other ghouls. On top of all that, humans have found a way to harness the power of a ghoul’s Kagune and are able to turn the Kagune into a weapon for the human’s use. This somewhat levels the playing field between ghouls and humans. It is nice to see the humans stand a chance against the ghouls and not just get wiped out. If you have seen D.Grayman or Akame ga Kill, the weapon concept is similar.
The characters are memorable, with development throughout the season. The animation is well-done. The story progresses at a decent pace with a proper mixture of action and dialogue. The violence is heavy, but in the version I watched, it is censored by covering the most grotesque animation with black, which is not unique to Tokyo Ghoul, it seems to be the most common way to censor violence in anime. For me personally, this was one of the few negatives I would mention about the series, if you are going to censor the anime, do not make it so obvious, especially when all the gruesome sounds are still present. In conclusion, there is a censored and an uncensored version, so if you do not handle violence well, there is a friendlier version for you.
You might enjoy this if: You can handle a brain-twisting anime that will touch on your buttons of psychological fear. If you enjoyed Deadman Wonderland, you will likely enjoy Tokyo Ghoul.
You might not like it if: You are sensitive to violence, gore, and the horror genre. Certain scenes of Tokyo Ghoul are some of the most grisly out there.
Note to the Viewer: Be prepared for an action-packed thrill ride that will have you captivated from the first episode!
I love this show. I hate the second season, but I love this show. Now, as a warning, I'm aware of the manga, I'm aware that it's supposed to be better, but I have not read it yet. So, no manga bias in any direction going forward. Let's go everybody!
Story : 8
Tokyo Ghoul's story is very character driven, and at some points it even feels a little like... I don't want to say slice of life, but there are a couple of moments. The biggest theme of Tokyo Ghoul is that of Identity Crisis, something I think was very well done here. In addition, this
show has some of the best world building I've ever seen, only outclass, in my opinion, by Log Horizon. The show gives several examples of various types and classes of ghouls, from binge eaters, to gourmets, to that one guy that gets killed episode one. Screw you, Nishio.
That said, there are two general issues that drag this from a 9 or 10 to an 8. First, there are a LOT of plot holes early on (e.g. How come falling pipes manage to hurt Rize, a ghoul shown to have some exceptional speed?, How did the CCG get quinques in the first place, if traditional weapons can't hurt ghouls?, etc.). The other major issue is the lack of an ending. Several plot threads are left hanging. This wouldn't bother me too much, since there is a second season, but I'll tackle the issues with that another day.
Art : 6
The art style is well done. The character designs are, at least to me, quite cool-looking, and I love some of the mask designs as well. However, I can't compliment the animation because I CAN'T SEE MOST OF IT. The show is littered with unnecessary censorship. If you watch this show, watch the DVD/BR version. Apparently, the censorship is supposed to be gone in that.
The voice acting was solidly done. Currently, there is no dub (I can deal), but the original va is brilliantly done, and even features the wonderful hamming of Mamoru Miyano.
The soundtrack is pretty good, though nothing stood out TOO much to me. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the opening theme. Unravel is one of the best songs I've heard in a while, and nearly every remix of it I've listened to has been enjoyable, even, shockingly enough, the dubstep version.
Tokyo Ghoul's strongest point, by far. Going hand-in-hand with its world building, the characters are wonderfully explored. The MC, Kaneki Ken, is a character who starts off wimpy, falls in love (okay it was more of a crush), and loses his entire sense of identity. Ah, to be young again. But seriously, as much as he cries and complains about his new situation, he handles it quite well, and as time goes along, he finds the virtues of his fellow ghouls.
Hide is the stereotypical best-friend character, though that didn't stop me from liking him. The best way to describe Touka would be a tsundere, though that's not necessarily a bad thing here. She's still awesome, but not overly fleshed out.
I found Hinami incredibly relatable, especially since she's the character who essentially loses her innocence, and oddly doesn't crumble completely because of it. Plus, as a Japanese language student, I love the whole "How do you read this kanji?" thing.
Tsukiyama is just plain brilliant. Creepy, but brilliant. Moving on.
In the CCG, we've got two major characters, Mado and Amon. Mado is easily hate-able, which I can approve of in an antagonist if it's intentional. Amon is a brilliant foil to Kaneki, representing Kaneki's once-held beliefs about ghouls. He's your 'lawful good' character for the show, and I think the whole moral issue with him was wonderfully executed, at least in this season.
Last, but certainly not least is Rize. She's the whole reason we have a plot, and I love her for it. After Kaneki is implanted with her organs, she starts speaking to him like a mix of subconscious and conscious thought. And. She's . Amazing. My only issue is that, like the plot, she just... ends. I would have loved to see her fleshed out more. Was she always a binge eater, or did something drive her to that? Was she sincere with Kaneki, liking books and him, or did she lie just to get another meal?
Enjoyment : 8
This show was a ride, and I don't think there was a single episode that I disliked.
Overall : 8
This show would be an instant recommendation if the second season didn't ruin what good this first season set up. I still think it's brilliant, but I find it hard to recommend something with no good resolution.
"Tokyo Ghoul is so deep and mature!"
- A random pretentious edgy 12-year-old
After the ending of Attack on Titan, the anime community realized that they needed something to fill the void that was left behind. Another anime about humans vs. monsters, with beautiful music and visuals (aimed at 12-year-olds who believe that everything with blood is mature), but that in reality is just an advertisement for the way better manga was exactly what the community wanted. And then we got Tokyo Ghoul, one of the most overhyped anime I've ever seen. If you heard the fans talking about it, you almost believed that this was
the best work of fiction ever created, with deep philosophical themes, well developed characters and a brilliant story. In reality there was another damn story about humans vs. monsters (and one of the humans becomes a monster, so original), a bland cast and an attempt to raise the question "are the ghouls or the humans the monsters?", but even Elfen Lied handled this better.
Kaneki is your average shy and boring protagonist, who has a date with a girl who's at least ten times as hot as he is. Then she turns into a ghoul (a monster that eats humans) and tries to eat our poor hero, because of plot convenience some kind of organization drops a bunch of metal bars exactly on the girl and she dies, the wounded Kaneki who magically survives, gets some organs from the girl and he turns into a half-ghoul. Of course it's totally possible for a doctor to transplant organs from a ghoul into a human without getting trouble and of course our hero is now special, because he's both human and ghoul. He teams up with a bunch of ghouls who only eat death people and befriends a tsundere called Touka. Then we watch how the ghouls are victimized, because how can humans be so evil that they try to kill monsters who try to eat them? Only 99% percent of ghouls is evil, there is no reason to kill all of those murderous, psychotic monsters because 1% of the ghouls is good, right? What kind of logic is that?! "We have to make sure that the audience feels sorry for the monsters, let's make the humans kill a little innocent ghoul girl's mother and laugh psychotic while doing it, that's not obvious and cheap right?" It is, all the villains in this show look like comic book villains, laugh while murdering innocent people and probably strangle little cats for fun, they're not realistic at all! Everyone tries to kill poor Kaneki, because apparently half-ghouls are tasty, why? I have no idea. There is something going on between episode 1 and 11 that can be described as a plot, but you can summarize it in one sentence: people try to kill Kaneki and ghouls are victimized, the end. But then there is a shocking, extremely original plot twist....... victimization- power-up. Oh and an unsatisfying conclusion, read the manga or wait for season 2!
The story consists of the constant and never ending victimization of monsters. No, there is no reason to sympathize with the ghouls. Yes, of course they just want to survive, but the same thing goes for the humans. And the humans aren't victimized 24/7 in this show. The ghouls aren't 100% evil, but neither are they 'misunderstood' like the director of this anime seems to think. The story is weak and there are unanswered questions and plotholes EVERYWHERE! Like why do the humans keep living the same way as before, when they are surrounded with murderous psychotic human eating monsters? Where are Kaneki's parents? Why does a certain persons hair turn white? How do metal bars fall exactly on the right spot? How can ghouls drink coffee, but no other kind of drinks? Why is every human either pathetic or evil?Why didn't the humans just force everyone to eat food and then checked the people who started vomiting, would that be too logical? And the most important question: why do people claim that this anime has a good story?!
The backgrounds were detailed and gorgeous, the character designs were original and the battle scenes looked epic. I have only one problem with the animation: censorship. I personally hate it when half of the screen is covered with black bars, and I assume that most other people aren't a fan of black bars either.
It looked great, even though the story is (supposed to be) dark, the animators used vivid colors, I think that this was a good idea. The gouls looked beautifully creepy during the fight scenes (look at those eyes), but the censoring was horrible.
'Unravel' was amazing. Yes, it was a bit edgy, but I don't even care. The OST's were all somewhere in between decent and almost perfect and they were used in the right scenes. The Japanese voice acting was also top notch, especially the voice actors of Rize and Tsukiyama brought their characters to life.
The sound was extremely good, the ending song was forgettable but the opening makes up for that. The (Japanese) voice acting was great and the OST's were used at the right moments.
They were a pain to watch. The most side characters just were there for 2 minutes and then disappeared just to never come back again. Kaneki is a walking punchbag, who cries a lot, pretty much the whole anime. And I don't feel sorry for him, because he is an overvictimised whiny brat. His development/ character swap in the last episode was weird and unrealistic (Spoiler: when most people are almost tortured to death, they don't turn in a badass). The best thing about him is his masker, great main character! Touka is your average tomboy and all her development is thrown out of the window in the last episode. Then you have bestfriend-kun, oldinspirationalman-kun, psychomurder-kun and victimizedlittlegirl-chan. Boring. Rize was an okay character during her 5 minutes of screen time and Amon seemed to think like a rational human being, those two were endurable. Special mention for Shuu Tsukiyama, he was great meme material and another horrible sadist, obsessed with our amazing main character, really what this anime needed!
One of the weakest casts I've seen in a very long time. The main character is a joke, the rest of the cast a nuisance. The were either bland or over-the-top evil and sadistic. None of them was memorable and their development was either nonexistent or it came out of nowhere. A plain bad cast, but the voice acting was pretty good, what a waste.
Beautiful music, great animation, shitty story and characters, what's new? This seems to be a trend of the last few years (yes, there are exceptions, but in general most new anime follow this pattern). This anime was enjoyable, but so damn forgettable, nothing about the story or the characters was memorable. If you turn of your brain and just want to watch an action series with nice visuals and sound, then Tokyo Ghoul is made for you. But if you want something with substance, don't watch this show. Also the last episode was predictable and the lack of a conclusion is annoying. Maybe that's the biggest problem, it ends with an open ending (watch the sequel) and leaves the viewer with a lot of unanswered questions, but it's not a cliffhanger. I don't want to watch the sequel, because I don't care anymore. If they ended it with something less predictable, I might have felt the urge to watch the damn sequel. Right now I just don't care.
It could have been great. Imagine: an anime with amazing visuals, great music, an actual story about prejudice an discrimination and well written characters. Sadly enough, the last two things were nowhere to be found in Tokyo Ghoul. It's just another shounen anime, that's trying way to hard to be a seinen, but fails miserably. It was overhyped, overrated and a waste of time. If you want to watch a mindless shounen with epic battles, Tokyo Ghoul is great choice, but if you want anything with substance, then I would advice you to skip it. Peace!
"All the suffering in this world is born from an individual's incompetence. The person who told me that was a real piece of shit." - Jason
This is the first part of my full Tokyo Ghoul review, and will be solely for the first season. I'm splitting them up because I felt it would be easier to follow and allow me to go into more detail about why this season is worthy of a decent score. This is NOT a manga review. Those have a place, and this is not it. I have not read the Tokyo Ghoul manga, but I have informed myself of where
it differs from the anime.
Artwork and Animation: 6
The first and last several episodes aside, Tokyo Ghoul has very average character models, fluidity, and overall consistency. While there are some nicely animated fight scenes, and a few very intense moments, the majority of it is 'meh'. There are some scenes where the kagune look like living, pulsating tentacles with marks and veiny looking details drawn on, and other times they look like a 4 year old went wild with the red, purple, and blue crayons. Overall, it works, but this isn't some hyperrealistic animation.
Sound and Voice Acting: 8
Natsuki Hanae does a great job playing the timid, scared, and conflicted Ken in Tokyo Ghoul. While not Oscar material, definitely a good role, and one I found believable. Mamoru Miyama (Light, Death Note) is glorious as Tsukiyama, and Rie Kugimiya (Alphonse, FMAB) is fantastic as Juzo. Overall decent sounding and with a veteran voice cast, can't go wrong here.
The opening theme, "Unravel" is a nice song to start the show, and a good mood setter as well.
Unlike Root A, it's very plain that Ken is the MC here. After his unplanned initiation to the world of ghouls, Ken becomes an extremely conflicted and detached person; unable to reconcile who he is, or what he has to do to survive, he shuts down and withdraws from life.
Through Ken, we're able to see the injustice and morally gray lives of the ghouls. There are those who would see their status as ghoul as an affliction, something that turns them into outcasts on the fringe of society, hunted by the government. There are also those who embrace their identity of ghoul as empowerment and use it to commit unspeakable evil.
Ken, as both human and ghoul, (due to the emergency surgery he receives after being attacked by a ghoul) is lost. On the one hand, he has to eat to survive, and the only way is to consume the flesh of a human. Yet, Ken refuses to give up his humanity, seeing it as cannibalism and denies himself until the point where he's being driven insane by his insatiable hunger for flesh that he would kill his own best friend. With nowhere else to turn, Ken manages to find a way out that doesn't involve murder, but does involve him addressing his inner turmoil.
Other cast of note include: the emo scenester Touka, who serves as Ken's guide into the world of ghoul, Hide, Ken's best friend and human influence, Amon, the naive young special investigator of the CCG, and the wonderfully sick Tsukiyama and Jason.
It's this angst that drives the first season of Tokyo Ghoul, and it works well. The inner conflict of Ken trying to reconcile his dualistic nature, and learning what it means to be hunted for things far beyond his control lend an air of mystery and suspense to the show, for there are far, far worse ghouls out there than the ones he meets at Antique.
Newly introduced into this hidden world, Ken learns that there are factions of ghouls that would seek to overthrow the CCG, the Commission of Counter-Ghoul, a special police force created to eradicate the terroristic threat that the ghouls pose to the wards of Tokyo. They're violent, merciless, and extremely bloodthirsty. Not only do these ghouls want to kill humans and devour them, but some of the sickest among them even hunger for ghoul as well.
Along with these groups, there are also peaceful ghouls that try to camouflage themselves in society by posing as ordinary people in mundane jobs, as students, and as a human being. There is a good portion of the plot dealing with how conflicts between the groups arise, which plays out suspensefully. The nail that sticks out gets hammered, and the ghouls are no different. The ghouls who commit the most crimes get more CCG investigators sent to their area, which further escalates the tension and violence. When these aggressive ghouls invade the territory of the peaceful ones, inquisitors follow, spelling a change in the way of life for those of the ghoul persuasion.
The plot functions in small arcs, with Nishio, Tsukiyama, and Jason + Aogiri being the different headlining acts split up with the CCG side of the story as seen through the eyes of Amon and Kureo Mado. The action has weight and consequences, and nearly turns into grimdark horror by the end. Overall, the pacing and flow are pretty even, though the series thickens at the end in anticipation of Root A, it doesn't suffer for it.
Tokyo Ghoul is fun. I've heard it likened unto being a digest version of some heavier anime that are more existential or focused on moral ambiguity, but Tokyo Ghoul is more about the action than a deeper meaning. There are a couple of twists, but nothing that groundbreaking. Personally, what was better about Tokyo Ghoul than Root A was how it was focused on the characters, and their interactions within themselves AND with the others around them versus being one giant battle for the entire season.
Ken is faced with the trolley problem (sacrifice the few to save the many) late in the season, and due to his personality and his life up until that point, he's unable to decide, since he'd always been the timid, repressed one that went along with the crowd. Crippled with indecision, Ken ultimately ends up saving no-one when he tries to save everyone. He is presented with a harsh truth- a consequentialist one. A truth that says that his choices are the ones that he's to be judged on, and that if he chooses not to, then it's all on him- the lives of others, of his friends, family, and even the innocent he fails to protect.
+ Character driven story
+ Dark, dramatic, and brutal at times
+/- Some annoying characters
- Anime logic/biology*
*(Getting impaled and living through it, numerous times. Two characters fall off a 50+ floor skyscraper, and the one that gets crushed by falling girders from the same height's organs are in better shape than the one that just fell... like wtf? The force of a ghoul character's kick on a human character hits them with such force that they fly 25 feet or so in the air, through a concrete wall. The acceleration force of that kick alone would have liquefied the other character's organs, never mind the blunt force trauma death.)
Yes, I'd say Tokyo Ghoul is worth a watch. If you like a dark, action oriented show, it'll fill the void nicely.
This anime was eye-catching with its stunning visuals and also its brilliant opening.The opening was extremely detailed as it included the ghoul eyes in the ghouls reflections. Furthermore its opening sound track brilliantly executed by Yamada Yutaka and it also complimented the stunning art. However it had its downfall as there was a lack of development in the characters background, also it tried to introduce too much characters in 12 episodes. They could have improved this by focusing on the main chracters and by also showing Kaneki's inner conflict with Rise. In my opinion the best episodes were the first and last as both
episode kept the audience at the edge of their seats.Personally I think that the manga was better as you got to see more of Kanzeki's fights as a bad ass. The series story is a very thought out idea as it shows conflict between ghouls and humans just as the writer wanted it, but the main character is a wimp who wants co-existence between human and ghoul he does nothing to show for this except cry throughout the entire series.The last episode however contradicted Ken's wimpy persona and he transformed into a total bad ass which the audience wanted to see. Another fail in character development was that they added a paedophile who did nothing but sniff Ken's blood on a napkin throughout the whole series. I hope that season two fill in the mistakes season one made and also I hope to see more of Rise's past as she is my favourite character in the entire series.
Tokyo ghoul one of the most popular and hyped shows of 2014, but does it live up to its hype. No it doesn’t. The anime however popular it may be fell trap to one of the most common problems such as pacing issues and not enough character development.
Ok let’s look at the characters Kaneki ken a normal college student who gets implanted ghoul organs and is therefore a ghoul, creatures who must eat humans for food, and he fights to hold on to his humanity. Fairly interesting but if you think this is going to be great story with attack on titan-esque fights and animation
you’re going to be disappointed. Tokyo ghoul doesn’t support either side it shows the struggles of humans and ghouls alike and leaves it to the reader to determine who is wrong. The anime tries to show both sides of the story but fails, due to rushed pace. If studio Pierrot decided it was a good idea to cram 60 chapters of the manga into a short 12 episode series it failed miserably. He protagonist and the side characters missed out on character development the anime thought was not important enough.
The animation was below average for an anime airing in 2014; the only notably good episodes were either the first or last episode. The animation itself for the characters sometimes felt unnatural and disordered. The fight scenes and the kagune were good to see animated, they were colorful. Chracter designs are pretty good and close to source material. Although during the original airing the censorship made quite a wreck of the show.
The music for this show was pretty good, the opening was quite catchy and the ending was alright. The music took a huge step up in the last episode it fit the fight perfectly.
The show to anime only viewers should be pretty enjoyable. My friends thought this was the best show of 2014 (obviously they haven’t seen much anime). However for me after watching it decided to read the manga from scratch and boy did the anime disappoint me. I preferred the manga for everything but the fight scenes which were good to see animated.
Overall the show is good for people who enjoy action and can stand a disjointed pace. For people who are expecting actual plot and a good story I would not recommend this to them.
As a stand-alone work, the Tokyo Ghoul anime is enjoyable, but it is lacking; it falls short in a few aspects that could make it truly great. So, if one is trying to choose between watching the anime OR reading the manga, the most fulfilling course of action would be to skip this and find chapter 1. The source material fills the gaps in the anime that prevent it from being more than just a fun thing to watch.
Now, onto the details:
Story - 7/10
It's tough for me to objectively rate the story of Tokyo Ghoul, the anime, without comparing it to the manga, but
I'll try my best. The story seems somewhat cliche at first, but it's executed in a manner that makes it very different from anime with similar concepts -- it's a very character-driven story, and because the characters are mostly three-dimensional, well-developed, and fascinating, the story feels fresh. It's engaging and well-paced; it goes fast enough to really suck you in, but it slows down just enough to build suspense, as well. It's definitely not for the faint of heart, or for people who don't like sad stories. But if you're like me and you like dark, tragic stories, Tokyo Ghoul is a good choice.
Art - 6/10
At first, the art seems okay, if not a little mundane style-wise. As the show progresses, however, it becomes apparent that Tokyo Ghoul needs a more atmospheric and interesting style to suit its themes. Tokyo Ghoul is set apart from other anime in that it has its own brand of twistedness -- after all, it's a story about a protagonist whose body and mind take a turn for the horrific. What Pierrot came up with was, unfortunately, bland and mediocre; aesthetically, the animation just does not suit the story or characters.
Even worse, the quality of the animation falters quite frequently. For example, when Nishiki kicks Hide, the movements of both the kick and of Hide being sent flying are so fast, choppy and otherwise poorly-executed that it's actually funny. It seems that Studio Pierrot had issues with kicking while animating this, because when Ayato kicks down a door later on, he looks flat-out ridiculous. Tsukiyama's face looks beautiful half of the time, and it looks like one big blunder the other half. Worst of all, if you pause at the right (or rather, wrong...) moment, especially during action scenes, you're bound to come across a hilariously bad frame, or series of frames. At times it seems like the animators were just hoping that viewers wouldn't be paying attention at times when the characters spend a few seconds looking like they were drawn by a middle school kid. However, there are some scenes that are actually very well-done, especially in the later episodes, e.g. Kaneki's hallucinations/internal conversation in the later episodes were both gorgeous and memorable.
The soundtrack is wonderful, both in the show and for listening on its own. Tokyo Ghoul's soundtrack captures the mood and tone of the story in ways that the animation could not even begin to accomplish. It's the perfect juxtaposition of delicate/melancholy and harsh/heavy. If you enjoy this anime, then listening to the soundtrack later on will probably make you emotional, it's that good. Standout tracks include "Unravel" (the first opening), "Glassy Sky", and "Licht und Schatten". The second opening, "Munou", was met with mixed feelings from the fanbase -- mostly because it's straight-up bizarre, and it's not the kind of song you would expect from an anime opening at all -- but personally I thought it was beautiful and very fitting, considering Kaneki's psychological deterioration as the series progresses.
The voice acting is brilliant. (I'm talking about the Japanese here; I don't believe there's a dub out yet as I'm writing this, and it's not like I'd watch a dub of Tokyo Ghoul anyway, considering the perfection of the Japanese acting in this case.) Natsuki Hanae's performance as Kaneki is nothing short of devastating, and I mean that in the best way possible. In scenes where Kaneki was in pain, the voice acting felt so real that it was actually distressing. The other actors did a wonderful job too, of course, but Natsuki Hanae truly blew me away.
The characters are all very interesting and lovable. I've never heard of a fan who doesn't like Kaneki, and his development is what really makes Tokyo Ghoul so great. Watching him change is truly heartbreaking, and that's the point. The character designs aren't spectacular, but they're all really cool, especially Suzuya's. Suzuya himself is a fascinating character that I got attached to very quickly, and his fight scenes were usually the most entertaining. However, a lot of characters were deprived of the development that they should have gotten. This is another situation in which it's hard to be objective about the anime, because in the manga, characters that the anime neglects development-wise (such as Banjou and Tsukiyama...ESPECIALLY Tsukiyama) go through outstanding development. But disregarding that, they're still great characters.
Enjoyment - 7/10
You'll enjoy this if you're not looking for a story with some depth but not too much of it. If you want something that will really keep you thinking about it, skip the anime, go for the manga. Or do both.
Overall - 7/10
There are characters and plot points that were full of potential that they weren't allowed to reach, and the animation was mostly lackluster, but it's still a decent anime. Definitely not a masterpiece, but it's good enough.
Most people hate being something they're not. "Just be yourself" is a common phrase used to express the feeling that, as a person, you should just act the way you normally do (within reason). But what happens when this type of mentality is challenged by those around you? Tokyo Ghoul aims to explore this idea by pitting the ghouls versus the humans and how they live their lives in co-existence.
Tokyo Ghoul stars Kaneki, a young high school student who, early on, takes an interest in another woman. However, during a freak accident, Kaneki is forced to become a
"ghoul", a person who must feed on human flesh in order to survive.
One of the things I thought the show did well throughout the series was showing the dynamic between ghouls and humans, and what it means exactly to be a ghoul. Most prominent of all is the idea of eating flesh. But besides this, the show looks at more interesting scenarios, such as ghoul and human relationships, how ghouls are treated both by humans and their own comrades, and how to get by in a world not designed for you. I found these parts of the show to be the most interesting. While not on the same level as something like Shinsekai Yori, when the environment holds certain social discrepancies, it always invites interesting situations for the two sides to collide. And the show presents these quarrels in interesting enough ways to make the story enjoyable.
As a negative, I felt Tokyo Ghoul spent too much time on the eating aspect of the ghouls. It becomes apparent early on what they must do (and not do) in order to obtain nourishment. But even for some of the villains, their main trait still revolves around "food". I wish there would have been less focus on that and more on other ghoul facets, but that is more of a personal feeling.
I also agree with /u/ThatAnimeSnob's (a reddit user) reasoning that throughout almost the entirety of the series, Kaneki plays a passive role in an aggressive world.
Besides the final episode, Kaneki is portrayed as weak, helpless, and scared. Because of this, he has to maintain this role. However, the show suffers because of this. The characters around him drive the narrative; Kaneki is usually just along for the ride. Even though he is the lead, it never feels as if his actions provide any effect on what occurs next.
Regardless, the show's pacing is also quite quick. There is never really any clear goal that the characters are looking to achieve. Rather, they deal with the problems presented to them as they come. In this way, the show sort of becomes a "something happens, take care of it, wait a bit, something happens..." type of deal. Again, this problem stems from Kaneki's lack of power or hold over the narrative. Because he does not have an active role in the things that happen, and since he is the lead protagonist, there is no clear overall purpose to the show's story-telling.
Tokyo Ghoul's animation is actually quite good. All of the fight scenes themselves are well choreographed and are easy to follow despite all of the jumping and twirling. The show goes into great detail when a character begins expressing extreme emotion. In these circumstances, the character's faces have actual individual teeth, facial muscles, and a manic facade.
The art style is also quite nice. It mostly sticks to darker colors in order to give a more mature feeling while simultaneously making the world seem darker (both in subject matter and in mood).
Personally, I liked the character designs. Jason's larger physique, Touka's kick-ass ghoul form, Mado's old but wise demeanor. Everyone presented a unique look that fit their personalities well.
The only gripe I have, and so do many others, was the extensive use of censorship. It can be argued that such a device was used so heavily in order to make selling of the actual copies of the show later to increase. But when I am watching the show, and half the screen is black to hide some random dude's missing arm or there is a shower of blue blood due to negative coloring, it does not help it in the slightest.
Tokyo Ghoul actually has quite a large cast. Due to this, many of the characters themselves are never fully explored.
Technically speaking, the only main characters are Kaneki and Touka. Kaneki, while pretty much pathetic, does experience the most growth of any of the characters. It is pretty small during the middle of the show, but it does exist. He understands that he is weak and unable to do the things that other ghouls can. He learns that he not only doesn't fit within the ghoul lifestyle but as a human as well. Near the end, he comes to the realization that what he wants and what he thinks are actually completely different. And after correcting his line of thinking, he finally starts to "just be himself". But at this point, it is too little, too late.
Touka, contrarily, sees little development. Throughout much of the show, she is a brooding character; more "tsun" than "dere". She has acclimated to the world around her. She goes to school, does human things, and at the end of the day, resorts to what she needs to in order to survive. These qualities make her out to be a well-rounded character already, meaning there is no room for improvement on her part. They attempt to instill some form of empathy for her following her fight against Mado, but it isn't touched upon enough to have any lasting effects.
The only other notable characters are Jason and Rize. Jason is depicted as being quite psychotic (for obvious reasons), but I felt that his lack of presence throughout the middle of the show dampened his effectiveness as a proper villain.
Rize, in a similar fashion, is alluded to quite often during the show, and makes her best appearance near the story's conclusion. While she isn't necessarily explored, her actions and monologues were quite interesting. Even though she wasn't on-screen much, she definitely left an impression when she was.
Both the OP and ED for this show are very, very good. The OP starts off slow and peaceful, but by the halfway point it picks up, making you as energized as the people in that world. In contrast, the ED goes for a mellow tone, with simple beats and a nice rhythm. It helps you to wind down from the craziness that usually happens during that episode.
The rest of the soundtrack is okay. There isn't anything too memorable or of the same quality as the OP and ED (but that is hard to do).
The voice acting performances were very well done, especially by Kaneki, Jason, and Mado. Other notable performances include Touka, Rize, and Tsukiyama (Mr. French-man). In general, everyone did a very nice job.
Tokyo Ghoul had a great opportunity to present a world filled with conflicting sides. I am a fan of all different genres, and while the psychological aspects for the show were fine, it never really expanded beyond that. Yes, there are good fighting scenes present within the show, but to me that wasn't the focus, or at least it shouldn't have been.
I found that many of the characters within the show, besides Kaneki and Touka, were used then quickly forgotten. Examples include Hide (Kaneki's best friend) and Ayato (Touka's brother). This is most likely due to the shows time constraint (only being one-cour) but it never really makes sense to introduce such characters and then not do anything with them.
I don't think this show is the best example of a psychological thriller. It does have these elements, but I think it is more aligned with people who enjoy a darker take on what it means to be human. Does the show even do this well? Not exactly. However, for what it is worth, the show was still a nice watch, even if the ending we received left many unanswered questions.
Story: Fine, wants to explore ghoul vs. human but with no clear direction
Animation: Good, nice detail and atmosphere mired in censorship
Characters: Fine, some are likable and hated for what they do while most are underdeveloped
It set up really well to then leave the scene, and give the spotlight to the angsty pizza boy.
The show started out looking promising but failed to keep a good pacing. It gave one of the most forced and painfully pretentious protagonists I've seen.
It keeps trying to convince you you should like him, although his timid and naive nature is just too unconvincing. The show then wants you to believe his Jesus transformation syndrome, which is a thing that's always really corny but it's done really poorly here by not even having the story events really arc into this transformation and character development. Which
comes off as (a thing very common in anime) the creator's self-insertion. When you can't mistake the feeling, of the artist trying very hard to live out his fantasy through a fictional character in their own personal project. Usually this character will come off as lacking depth or any sort of realistic reaction to what happens around them. Which leaves the viewer with a feeling that they're just looking at someone's personal ego boosting. This protagonist is the big problem, but sadly not the only problem.
Tokyo Ghoul started out really well. It had an interesting idea and a first episode that really paced itself well. It was shrouded in mystery that gave you the sense of "All will soon be revealed to you". All was indeed revealed. With little to no fanfare whatsoever. It was explained in a manner as if what is going on here is as normal as drinking your morning coffee. And it comes off with the message that they're just different, and you shouldn't hate others for being different. Insert a whiney "Don't judge me!" here. The show really hammers in how pretentious it is, and I'm pretty sure the writers are completely unaware of it.
There was something of potential here, there really was. But it casts away society and the general public view on this problem of ghouls living in the city. After the first episodes it all shrinks into this really small world. Just a couple of small groups of people, and gives the spotlight completely to characters that are frankly not strong enough to carry the show home. It would really have been nice if the show had kept consistent for one thing, but even more importantly, treated its premise with care. It starts out like it should, addressing the existence of ghouls as a problem to society. But it shrugs it off and just becomes small gang skirmishes... and barely even. We don't get any reason to why the ghouls even exist. There's no endeavor to make the viewer actually care about what's happening. This should've had a bigger plot. It's just a series of small forgettable events, and no plot.
Its art style is pretty nice... the animation is pretty good too. Nothing amazing but it's good enough. What I really think is done well in Tokyo Ghoul is lighting. Lighting, shading and character outlines. The voice acting isn't really anything to critize either.
The opening sequence was decent with a decent song, but the real feast, is the ending sequence, that sets a tone the show in general should've tried to mimic. The songs fit the aesthetic really well.
So to sum it up. Tokyo Ghoul had something going for it. If it had just treated its premise with better care. But the main problem is an extremely lacking protagonist that steals the show, but has nothing to show for it.
Everything problem in this entire anime stems from one simple fact: Too few episodes.
If this series were a 23 or 24 episode anime, actually hell, even a 16 episode series, this anime would be at least somewhere in the 200's on MAL & a definite better anime.
However, just to say before I continue, You should watch this series. It's incredibly entertaining and fascinating regardless of what i say or what anyone else says, because I'm going to be objective but i enjoyed this anime 10/10 so you shouldn't let anything anyone, including me, writes dissuade you. This anime is well worth it.
The story suffers, not because the plot is weak but because it's too short. Many parts of the anime are too packed into one, especially the ending which is basically set up in the most retarded way possible. I wish i could write more than that, it almost feels like a disfavor not to, but anything else would be too close to spoilers but in a simple sentence, which is the best i can do & will allow: The ending sucks.
However, despite the story's incredibly jam fucking packed ridiculousness, It has great, and i mean GREAT, action scenes. Some are short due to length(again, this is already like the 4th problem due to 12 episode slot) & it is rather well portrayed, at least in the sense it's only 12 episodes. It certainly starts off well anyway.
In summary: Story not so great, it's okay, mah mah desu yanno?because 12 episodes.
Art: Art is fantastic. 100% great animation, no bad quality episodes(better not be with 12 fucking episodes) & the fight scenes are incredibly well animated.
Summary: Art good. Episode length not in effect. Wow.
Sound: Sound is pretty subjective but since most people are morons, I'm going to go ahead & say that the sound is amazing. It's nowhere near my favorite but at the very least, objectively, it's a 8/10. I gave it a 10/10 cause i loved it but still, it's great. Opening is a great song with a vivid animation which fits well with the show. Background music & OST good, not amazing but ranged from good to really good and always portrays scenes well, in fact in some scenes, the background music & OST does a fantastic job & you'll know when. AS for ending, I never watch the endings cause that's fucking pointless but it was okay. Nothing to download illegally. Also, I don't know if voice acting matters for sound? Some reviewers do it & that seems stupid because i dont think that has really anything to do with the sound MAL is referring to but in case I'm wrong, it was great. I mean, unless you're fluent in Japanese, are Japanese, or have lived there & either A or B apply to you, you will never be able to tell truly good foreign voice acting. But not to brag, but i am entirely fluent in Japanese, he he he, due to my major, that I can honestly say the voice acting is suberb, especially by Mamoryu miyano (you may remember him from Death note as Light, so yea, pretty fucking good).
AS for dub, I don't watch dub cause I'm not an uncultured lazy american.
Summary: Sound good, dub is for suckers.
Characters: Oooooooo, characters. Too many of them for such a short series. Way too many. which is funny. Cause there's like 13. Again, this is entirely due to length of series. Some characters undergo change, have opinions, feelings, (maybe like 4 or 5) etc etc but even then, their backgrounds are sporadic and few and far between, and when they do come in, they seem entirely out of place, almost like the writers were too lazy & shoved them in into a tiny opening. Then there's character you think will be important and they should be, but the 12 episode thing really fucks with them and then they're hardly given screen time. Like Kaneki(main boy) best friend. At first you're like, this nigga is about to be important. Then it's like "You seen that orange haired bitch?) & then the complete reverse is true but only in the sense they add characters way too late that are now incredibly important. Each of which is given no backstory at all. Basically, you only ever give a fuck about a few characters & that's just on their personalities and roles in the story. Not because they're great characters. If anything, the character department of Tokyo ghoul is the worst part and is a good reason it's ranked in the 400's.
Summary: Character's rarely given background info, thus, most suck and are either useless, become useless, or are now suddenly useful. Thanks 12 episodes. Who the fuck is in charge of these episode lengths anyway?
Enjoyment: 10/10 would bang. Also, many aspects of Tokyo ghoul are left unexplained. Because 12 episodes. (getting the theme here folks?). Many questions are raised, such as "Wtf is the CCG?" "Why do ghoul parts make humans ghouls?"(yea, that's technically a spolier but it's in the first episode & you'd have to be retarded to not know that judging by, hmm, synopsis by MAL, hearsay by people comparing it to Parasyte & the fucking opening) or "Why and where are their wards?" and finally "Where in the world is carmen santiago?"
All kidding aside, why did hitler kill himself? Because the jews sent him a gas bill.
Okay, last joke. Sorry. Anyway, I would watch this show. Well i have. So You should watch this show. It's great fun & it's short(really, haven't said that before) so knock it off in 2 days like i did. Or in 1 & save the rest for masturbating.
P.S Fuck you to all my haters who gunna say this wasn't helpful. This shit was helpful as fuck. Fuck you.
This review goes for both seasons of Tokyo Ghoul (so far), and despite the fact that I don't think of Tokyo Ghoul as an anime that falls on the 'good' end of the spectrum, I will still be watching the third season. Why exactly? I don't really have a good reason. In fact, I expect to be asking myself why I am watching the third season of an anime I don't care about right up until I have finished the last episode.
* Note that I haven't read the manga, and even so, this is a review about the anime as a standalone work.
[potential minor spoilers
The very first episode of Tokyo Ghoul requires a strenuous amount of suspension of disbelief and overlooking clumsy storytelling. The first episode of a show is supposed to pull you into its world in an immersive way that leaves you with many questions and wanting to find out more, not dump a whole load of information on you solely through forced dialogue. While explanation via dialogue is often necessary, especially in sci-fi/fantasy settings, there is a point at which "show, don't tell" really has to come into play.
Despite the over-explaining, it is still peppered with plot holes that beg for an explanation: for example, how can a knife break in half when thrust at the abdomen of a ghoul because "human weapons can't harm ghouls", yet a bunch of shit falling off the roof of a building can actually kill one while simultaneously leaving its organs unharmed enough to transplant? (sidenote: what was with the exchange between the doctors when they transplanted the ghoul's organs into Kaneki? I have never heard such unrealistic dialogue in my life). There are plenty of other scenes I could talk about that made me raise an eyebrow, but I don't want to spoil it for those that still intend to watch this show after my review.
What I will say in favor of the show, however, is that at times, the art and animation can be quite emotionally evocative - the soundtrack is also very good, and the art in general is smooth and well animated (aside from the incredibly annoying enormous black lines that appear in most versions of the show to block out the gore. God dammit. Gore is to me what fanservice is to others) but that's really the only genuine compliment I can think of for this show. Had it not been for these elements of it, I would absolutely have dropped it out of sheer boredom.
The characters are very flat and seriously lack any real substance or relatability. Especially Kaneki. Though, in comparing TG to Sword Art Online and Mars of Destruction, it is a practically masterpiece in this respect. While one could protest that the fact that Kaneki basically stops being a lil bitch because the shit is tortured out of him is 'character development', I beg to differ. A 180 degree flip in a character's personality (or whatever little personality Kaneki has) over the course of one episode does not constitute realistic or interesting character development in my opinion. Even in the case of a severely traumatic event, like, for example, the shit being tortured out of you, you don't just switch from being whiney as hell one episode prior to being totally emotionless and abandoning everyone who has ever accepted you the next. Kaneki starts off as a total crybaby, before taking on a somewhat Kirito-esque Jesus-Kun aspect to him. Although there were hints of development of his character before he totally changed, it really wasn't enough to make his shift from one personality to another believable or realistic. Of course, there's always the way he is supposedly 'torn between good and evil' etc, but I have seen that premise done a thousand times better elsewhere, and with less dimensionless characters.
As for the supporting characters, none of them seemed to show any real development at all. The only character I actually got much enjoyment out of was Juuzou, and honestly, even he was a shit character. I think I like him because I'm biased towards childlike psychotic nutcases who enjoy ripping people to shreds with scythes, no matter how shittily they're written.
The characters just aren't believable or realistic. They are too black or white - even Kaneki, who is meant to play the part of grey, is too one-dimensional. The problem is that the plot doesn't leave any room for ambiguity to keep the viewer guessing, to get the viewer caught up in the turmoil of the characters. My general rule of thumb is that if you can easily summarize a character in one sentence (or god forbid, one word - eg. tsundere), the writer is probably doing something wrong.
As for the course of the plot... As far as I'm concerned, I'm not actually sure I could see that it had much direction. If you want to see the same basic concept TG follows applied in a more realistic way, I'd recommend Parasyte: The Maxim. I get the feeling that Tokyo Ghoul was trying to be somewhere between slice of life ghoul style and a dramatic thriller, and I didn't feel like it quite worked. There wasn't enough back story to most of the other ghouls in the cafe to make it possible to really keep track of what the hell was going on, especially towards the end of season 2.
I suppose, what I have to say about Tokyo Ghoul is that it tried. I mean, it managed to hold my attention, and it wasn't completely unwatchably idiotic and putrid. It was a good time killer at least, and a small part of me vaguely looks forward to seeing the third season.