Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.
Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
This anime is incredibly well done. If you like horror anime this anime is easily highly recommended. It is well done in story and characters, and it is hard to not find something to like in the anime in general. Action junkies tread with caution however as while the action is really well done, it isn’t the main focus of the anime, and if you want a protagonist busting with charisma then this may not be the best place to look, though the main character does eventually pick up at the end.
Awesome In Figure
The story is still ongoing and I definitely recommend Tokyo Ghoul with all my flesh and blood.
The characters are fresh and well thought out, the character development is well done and logical, and the action scenes are brutal. This is a great psychological thriller for any anime fan. The only downfall is that the twelfth episode ends on a massive, and I mean massive, cliffhanger.
Anime News Network
If you’re into horror, action, or weird little attempts at art in a mainstream product, check out Tokyo Ghoul. It may develop some mysterious cravings in you…
Tokyo Ghoul has already taken on a hype that hasn’t been seen since Deadman Wonderland first made its way to our shores. I use Deadman Wonderland as the prime example because the story feels a lot like it. It just has enough story line changes that very few people will see the similarity. There is also the over used young whinny male lead that we have seen over and over since Evangelion first aired. Ken is a nice young man given a terrible gift to remain alive and now must whine about not wanting to kill for the next 11 episodes and honestly I for one am getting very tired of this charter being forced upon us over and over again.
The Button Smashers
Despite what I said about the show being all dark and gritty and disturbing at times, I believe that it is those factors that made me enjoy the show a lot. It does an excellent job at grabbing my attention through its premise and reeling it in slowly with theme-exploration, interesting characters (for the most part), and great action sequences. I loved how they explore the various conflicts within the show, and the way they used such a supernatural concept (ghouls) on a realistic setting (modern-day Japan) to emphasizes those aforementioned themes just greatly appealed to me, and, in my opinion, greatly influenced my love for this show.
My Anime List
With all this I thought I would take joy in witnessing how badly this train-wreck could end, and to my surprise they actually took that pleasure from me as well. The last 10 minutes of the last episode were legitimately entertaining. Right at the end, the show introduced moral ideas worthy of involving the audience and I found myself enjoying Tokyo Ghoul for the first time. What a bunch of trolls eh.
The Pantless Anime Blogger
This is an amazing anime. From the characters to the action, this show never lets up. It knew how to pace the story brilliantly despite being clunky from the beginning and the later parts of the series. It did have its bad moments, but I think the positives were able to balance things out nicely. If you enjoy graphic Shounen shows, then you’ll love this one. If you enjoy shows that balance both action and story then this one is for you. If you like shows that focus greatly on fleshing out characters in an effective way, then you’ll like this anime as well. It’s a strong show through and through. I recommend it.
Tokyo Ghoul is definitely not a light anime, but the deep view presented are intertwined, as the series goes on, with action sequences which slowly turn the series from a group who tries to live a quiet existence to one which must fight to save themselves and preserve their way of life. The series is a short 12 episodes in length, but this is easily a midway point, or less, as much more story lies ahead with a likely season two in the future. And with such a solid foundation, intricate story, fully fleshed out characters and an intriguing story, Tokyo Ghoul provides one of the more interesting anime from the summer of 2014.
Emerald Gore Society
Overall anime fans, this is definitely worth checking out.
It’s harder and harder to come up with a truly original plot these days, as so many stories are regurgitated (and not just in anime). Tokyo Ghoul is showing that it’s still possible to come up with something unique and powerful. It’s why fans like me continue to sample what comes out, even if it did take me a while. Don’t make the same mistake I did; watch it now!
The Outer Haven
I highly recommend this series to those who have yet to experience it, but I suggest watching the anime first before reading the manga.
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In spite of the bland main character and the awful censorship, I enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul quite a bit. It had a suitable amount of emotional impact, a great soundtrack, colorful and well developed side characters, and an interesting premise. The first season was largely unremarkable if satisfactory, but certainly had its moments, and the second season was radically better. I’d certainly recommend it to anyone who has the time and can ignore a bit of censorship.
In the end, Tokyo Ghoul is a decently drawn anime that’s based on an interesting premise, but it’s execution was lacking; it’s a house with a foundation but no walls. With static characters that have unmoving personalities, it’s not worth a watch unless you enjoy excessive gore. But just as Clannad: Afterstory depends on the first season to set it up, there is the chance that the entire Tokyo Ghoul series could become a masterpiece. The first season could be the first step on the stairway to a masterpiece. However, until a second season is completed, Tokyo Ghoul is a disappointment and nothing more.
HS Media Nerd Reviews
The anime adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul is incredibly flawed. Compared to the manga, it’s a rushed mess that screws up nearly everything that made the manga good. As its own anime, it’s rushed and pretty badly handled, though its characters were still good and the animation and sound are worthwhile. Overall, it’s an average show. I can’t say that I wasn’t disappointed, but I also can’t say that I hated it. It’s still enjoyable, but its limited screen time really hurt the show and prevented it from being the masterpiece that the manga was. I give Tokyo Ghoul a 2.5 out of 5, and a recommendation to watch it only if you’re really interested, and to read the manga. But, like always, it is up to you to decide your own opinions.
I have no idea what the hell is going on, this second series so far is just a bunch of events that happen. I don’t know what’s going on with the characters, why they make these choices, or where it might all be heading i’m a big ball of confusion and anger. The music is really creepy though so, they get a gold star for that, and right now, I’m still keeping up because of all the characters I grew attached to in the first series. I just wish they’d explain crap~!! Also why do the ghouls and or humans, just sorta stare at their prey for an hour if they are important to the plot instead of you know, killing them. Not a very successful form of fighting if you ask me.