Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 review

Rightsuf Describes the plot:

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans, yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

Based on the manga, Yui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul is now an anime and it was also done by the same studio who worked on the anime Bleach and YuYu Hakusho. The first season has 12 episodes and the second half Tokyo Ghoul √A (pronounced as Square Root A) is another 12 episodes. Since I only have seen season 1, this will review cover this one. This anime was licensed by FUNimation. Before watching this, I only read one volume from the manga, so with that information, I might apply it here in this anime review.


If you seen horror-action anime like Parasyte or Deadman Wonderland, and even based on promotional images, this anime is quite violent. The anime, however, is not too violent in comparisons with anime like Berserk or Hellsing. The story begins with college Freshman Kaneki Ken, a shy novel reader, who meets a beautiful girl named Rize Kamishiro. After the introductions Kaneki begins to date this lovely girl and then soon realizes that this innocent girl is none than a ghoul and she almost kills him. In dire need of an organ after Rize’s attack, doctors used her organs transplanted them on Kaneki and thus creating a half-human and -ghoul.  As Kaneki deals with this new change in his life, he comes across new danger such as other ghouls wanting his flesh or the secret Ghoul hunting team the Commission of Counter Ghoul CCG or Ghouls call them the “Doves”).


After watching this anime, I really enjoyed seeing a story about ghouls. I don’t really watch horror anime that often but since I have been hearing about this after the hype Attack on Titan, I decided to check this out. I like the art in the anime, it’s quite bold in color and I like how abstract the colors in the intro and outro of the anime. The music was is well-done and it fits with the anime. I watched the anime is English Dub and I thought everyone was perfect. Kaneki is what I imagined, which was the puny protagonist and then we have tough girl Touka. Another well done voice was for the character Shu Tsukiyama and his English Dub voice actor was J. Michael Tatum. Tatum does a marvelous job on portraying a charismatic, but creepy character. The anime also included many other characters each with their personality. With so many characters, you could like or hate them.

Even with the characters in this anime, this season did have some issues. First of all, the pacing was too fast. I recently read the first volume of manga and in comparison to this, the anime speeds up a lot. Like I mentioned about the characters, the story plot moves too fast. The first half deals with Kaneki learning about ghouls, then meeting dangerous ghouls and he has to deal with Doves and the psychotic ghoul is on the rampage known as Jason. Speaking of Kaneki, I was expecting a lot from this character but unfortunately, he sorta let me down. Even though he has some ghoul inside of him, it’s not until he is threatened to use it or until the near end of the season. As viewers watch this anime, just be prepared to watch a series that goes fast.


Besides being too fast, Tokyo Ghoul is a good anime to watch. If you like horror-action anime, you will like this and especially if you like the same people who the anime Bleach and YuYu Hakusho. Great English cast and with awesome music.If you still want to stick around in the anime, go check out the second season Tokyo Ghoul √A. Personally, I would recommend reading the manga. The manga takes things slow and steady for the characters and we see Kaneki grow. I don’t have strong reliable sources but I heard that it takes chapters 1-66 to make up this season. Overall, great anime and I would like to see season 2.

What do you think of the anime? Anything I missed? Comment down below!

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