The story of Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, who barely survives a deadly encounter with Rize Kamishiro, a woman who is revealed to be a ghoul, a human-like creature that hunts and devours human flesh, and is taken to the hospital in critical condition. After recovering, Kaneki discovers that somehow he underwent a surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul, and just like them, must consume human flesh to survive as well. With no one else to turn to, he is taken in by the ghouls who manage the coffee shop “Anteiku”, who teach him to deal with his new life as a half-human/half-ghoul, including interacting with ghoul society and its conflicting factions, while striving to keep his identity secret from other humans. -Wikipedia
Tokyo Ghoul has become one of my favorite new animes of 2014. This year everywhere I look I keep running into new animes that look fantastic and this one definitely has to be up there on the top five of most awesome.
Our story revolves around Kanaki, a human who becomes a half ghoul after a fateful encounter with the beautiful Miss Rize. Afterwards his life is thrown into a world of chaos; from creepy people who want to eat him, the CCG who want to kill him, a ghoul named Jason who wants to “take from him,” and trying to protect and keep the secret from his BF Hide, Kaneki has a lot to worry about and his life isn’t getting any easier when he has to deal with the hunger and taste preferences that comes along with being a ghoul.
The anime has a lot of good attributes going for it, the animation is completely amazing: vivid and pulsing with life (except for all those pesky censors), the music which is how I first got interested in Tokyo Ghoul, the characters that really come to life on the screen, and my god that ending.
That ending is really what pushed my interest from like to love on this series. Throughout the entire show Kaneki is put into a lot of stress over the moral obligations of humans and ghouls. He’s basically your normal character who can’t stand up for himself and would rather take a beating than harm anyone including his enemies even if that means some of his friends die in the process. These are his moral convictions: “It’s better to get hurt than to hurt others.” Through, ghostery, mind sharing, or insanity, Miss Rize comes back at the end to make Kaneki reevaluate those convictions. She makes him see that all the pain he’s in, all the pain that’s happening to the people around him, are his fault. This is basically what we’re always screaming at our protagonists with no back bone, “Stop your ‘righteous’ bullshit and just kill the villain!” Miss Rize tells him that in essence he chose to be in the terrible situation that’s happening around him because he refused to do anything about it. Yes! Thank you writers for pointing this out. Whether Kaneki takes her words to heart or keeps to his hero complex I will not spoil, but the ending was perfect and there’s already a season two planned to come out in January.
This show did have it’s faults I will admit, but none that were too overbearing in my opinion. One thing that really did annoy me was how much fanfare there is for Kaneki’s masks when I think he only wore it maybe twice, and thats’ a big maybe, it might have actually been only worn once, I can’t really remember. Considering the fact that that mask is in almost every single piece of fan art and you can actually buy a replica of it, it’s pretty bad that I can only recall one occasion when he wore it. Another thing were the censors, some of those censors were just stupid and really shouldn’t have been there at all. Through most of the show we’re treated to black blobs, flashes of white light, screen cut-offs, and scenes in negative so as to not show all the blood and gore. It’s pretty ridiculous. One more thing that bugged me, what exactly are kagunes? That’s something that was never explained and I don’t think it ever will be… just- I really don’t understand them and quinques? How do those works? Questions I really want answers too, but, honestly, the shows good enough for me to ignore those minor things.
Overall, the show is free to watch on Hulu, so just go stream it now, it’s awesome and I hear the manga’s better, so that’s something to look at, and season two is right around the corner so now is the perfect time to watch it.
And to give you a little taste here’s the opening theme that originally got me interested in the show after I watched it while surfing youtube.
The opening song is literally my favorite song of all time right now. It’s called Unravel by: TK from Ling Toshite Sigure.