Lurking within the shadows of Tokyo are frightening beings known as "ghouls," who satisfy their hunger by feeding on humans once night falls. An organization known as the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG) has been established in response to the constant attacks on citizens and as a means of purging these creatures. However, the problem lies in identifying ghouls as they disguise themselves as humans, living amongst the masses so that hunting prey will be easier. Ken Kaneki, an unsuspecting university freshman, finds himself caught in a world between humans and ghouls when his date turns out to be a ghoul after his flesh.
Barely surviving this encounter after being taken to a hospital, he discovers that he has turned into a half-ghoul as a result of the surgery he received. Unable to satisfy his intense craving for human meat through conventional means, Kaneki is taken in by friendly ghouls who run a coffee shop in order to help him with his transition. As he begins what he thinks will be a peaceful new life, little does he know that he is about to find himself at the center of a war between his new comrades and the forces of the CCG, and that his new existence has caught the attention of ghouls all over Tokyo.
Tokyo Ghoul ranked 12th in the 2015 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! magazine in the male readers category. The manga was the 27th best-selling manga series in Japan in 2013 with 1,666,348 estimated sales; 4th in 2014 with 6,946,203 copies sold; and 13th in 2015 with an estimated sales of 3,576,177 copies sold. An artbook titled Tokyo Ghoul [zakki] was released on October 17, 2014.
The series has been published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since June 16, 2015; in Spanish by Norma Editorial from March 20, 2015 to June 23, 2016; in German by KAZÉ Manga since May 2, 2014; in Polish by Waneko since April 15, 2015; and in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics and Planet Manga since July 2015.
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 so suddenly is really just proof of how strong the story and characters are.
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.
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 main character coming to terms with his new persona. The Kaneki we see post chapter 60s is not the same Kaneki we see at the beginning, both personality and appearance wise. Granted it's been awhile since we can assume that Kaneki has accepted his inner ghoul and the story has definitely shifted tones since then but not everyone's own personal story is finished. Will come back to that in a bit.
much like other longer running manga you can definitely see a definite improvement in the author (in this case Sui does both illustrate and write) work. While it wasn't bad in the first several chapters it is definitely noticeable when you compare it to later chapters. And I must say the Art is superb. From the Ghoul masks, to their Kagunes, and the CCG's weapons as well everything looks fresh and unique. Not forgetting about character designs either because they are nothing less than perfect. Ishida has done a great job when it comes to the smallest details in ghoul, from portraying emotions on the characters faces to huge backdrops.
If i can break the 10/10 scale for this I would because in my opinion this is the highlight of ghoul. Just the huge cast that it has and how fleshed out and well done every single one of them. Casts as big and fleshed out as ghoul's put other notable series with huge casts such as Baccano to shame. Kaneki, Touka, Yoshimura, Uta, Yomo, Tsukiyama, Hideyoshi, Amon, the Mado's. Nishio, Hinami, Rize, Juuzou, Ayato, Jason, and so on and so forth. I can't say anything about this besides if you need one reason to read ghoul here it is.
Hands down my favorite manga. I can't explain my enjoyment for this enough.
Literally no complaints at all. I can't find any flaws so far with it and if it keeps going like this then this can go down as one of my favorite pieces of fiction of all time. read more
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.
Tokyo Ghoul is about a college freshmen, Ken Kaneki becoming a ghoul due to being the recipient of an organ transplant from the notorious ghoul dubbed "Binge Eater." Becoming a ghoul leads to a series of meeting other ghouls and in some circumstances, getting in difficult situation because of them.
Tokyo Ghoul started out slowly with having short arcs as starters, but quickly began to pick up pace. Bits of information is slowly revealed to you, which is nice compared to when a mass of it is given at once.
The tone of the story is serious and has few comedic moments. It is kept at a consistent rate where you won't lose focus of what the story is about, which leads me to say that there are few fillers. When a filler is presented, it is usually to give you needed information before proceeding to the next chapters.
Perspective switches throughout the chapters. You get to see a little insight from each character independently and see the story from their eyes. There are 3 main views: your protagonist, Ken Kaneki, the present antagonist, or the investigators/police force. The view from the story is rotated mostly around these perspectives to get a well rounded look at what is happening in each.
Unlike the story, the art can be choppy and inconsistent. It switches from being so well drawn to something i could've drawn with my left hand. The issue of this mainly revolves around side profiles, which are more or less lacking in some panels. It also appears that the faces drawn in certain angles can distort the facial expressions of the characters and completely change how they're supposed to look.
Action scenes tend to get messy. The author/artist likes to draw motion in action scenes, but sometimes overdoes it to the point where you cannot distinguish what is happening. It ends up being smears of black and blurbs. I usually end up quickly skipping the pages where there are no dialogue and only action being shown because of the difficulties in seeing details in them. An upside to the action scenes is that the author/artist does know how to use anatomy to his advantage, making the best out of characters being shown in action. The only complaint in anatomy is when the characters are holding still. Occasionally, the characters will look stiff and unnatural.
The characters are interesting. It is easy to find a favorite among the many ghouls and humans throughout the story. Each has their own background and plays a large role in what determines the character in present time. Every character has a certain theme to them and it's pretty cool to see it being incorporated to the character designs. They're easy to tell apart from each other, with the only exception being the investigators/police force mentioned in the synopsis. The only other issue is that some aspects of the characters' traits are overused.
A great thing about this manga, however is that the characters actually have development. It's pleasant to see the author think about this and give legitimate reason to the changes in each character. They're very well written and i'm very excited to see what developments in characters will be next.
The manga is quite enjoyable from my perspective. I actually binge read this within a week and found myself looking forward to each chapter, wanting to neglect my sleep. I love the uniqueness of this manga. It's a good refresher from the typical and predictable manga i see so often. The story line is phenomenal, the art is still well above average, and the characters are some of my favorites i've read in a manga.
I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a supernatural/horror/dark genre with an overall solemn tone. It can deal with adult ideas such as sadism and cannibalism so be mindful that this is also a gorey manga and contains some disturbing images. read more
Tokyo Ghoul is a romantic tragedy that follows the young Ken Kaneki who is born human but is transformed into a man-eating ghoul. A twisted story of morality, humanity and friendship, its opening theme song beautifully captures this complex narrative.