“It’s better to be hurt than to hurt others.” Kaneki lived his whole life thinking like that, he always thought “Nice people can be happy with just that.”, but is that really true? Can you really withstand all the pain this world has to offer?
If you were to write a story
with me in the lead role,
it would certainly be… a tragedy.
– Kaneki Ken
Kaneki Ken is a college student, who now lives alone after his mother died. His father left before he could even remember, but he left something that would become very important for his son: books. Whenever his mother left for work – which happened pretty often – he spent his time reading all the books from his father.
But one day something very unexpected happened after a terrible incident – he turns into a half ghoul/half human.
Ghouls are creatures that look like humans at first, but aren’t. They possess special powers, and in order to make use of it and survive, they must eat. Human food tastes awful to them though – so awful, that it’s impossible for them to swallow it, even if they wanted to.
There are only two things they know of that can satisfy their hunger – coffee and human flesh.
The story is very unique and already causes a dilemma in the beginning of the anime – how are these two creatures supposed to live together, in one city, if they have to kill each other? Ghouls kill humans to survive and humans kill Ghouls to protect themselves. And there’s no known way to stop this horrible war.
And since the protagonist has both human and Ghoul inside him, we get to experience the perspectives of both sides: So many people have to suffer, because either a Ghoul or a Ghoul hunter killed their loved ones – so many Ghouls have to suffer if they don’t feed on a human body in a longer period of time. They’re doing it on purpose, they just can’t control themselves.
Your instinct is stronger than your mind, when you need to survive.
Another reason why I especially enjoyed the beginning of this anime is because it showed the ignorance of people. Many people trust way too fast, as if they know everything about the person standing in front of them. But you can’t expect to know someone inside out after seeing them a couple of times – you have to experience them at their best, and at their worst. You have to experience them dealing with every kind of situation and emotion…otherwise they might eat you!
The character design is amazing, and the way they told the tragic stories of different characters went very deep. It took me one episode to cry over the death of Ryouko and Asaki, and I find it pretty hard to get close to fictional characters after just 25 minutes.
The art is very good, and the fan art is breathtaking – I actually started this anime because in my opinion it has one of the best fan art I’ve seen so far. Everytime I look for great anime pictures I always find one related to Tokyo Ghoul.
The opening is beautiful – I binge-watched this anime and still never got tired of the songs. And it’s actually one of the only anime openings, where I really payed attention to the lyrics, because the interpretation is nice.
I’m really excited to watch the second season, because the end of the first season wasn’t the end of the entire story, it had such an open end – it’s basically forcing me to continue!
So all in all, I really enjoyed watching Tokyo Ghoul, the psychological part is my favorite out of this anime, and that’s why I’ll give it a 9/10. The reason why it’s not a 10/10 is because of the last episode – it was too open. And it’s not like I don’t like cliff hangers, in fact I think it’s a really great way to look forward to the next episode or season. But there were just way too many answers I’d rather want in the first season. It’s like almost none of my questions were answered in these 12 episodes, and I think there has to be a healthy balance. I don’t want to be too overwhelmed with all the answers in the second season aswell. A good anime needs time to process.
Nevertheless it’s a great anime, that deserves all the hype it gets – and to be honest I understand this hype way more than from Attack On Titan. #sorrynotsorry
Whose fault is it that things ended up like this?
Coincidence? An accident? Fate?
There’s no such thing as fate.
It’s simply a combination of one circumstance and the next.
And who is it that creates those circumstances? Who is it?
Now that you’ve read this review, will you watch Tokyo Ghoul? And if you’ve already watched it, how did you find it and how would you rate it?