|Name:||Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種 "Toukyou Kushu"(トーキョーグール "Tōkyō Gūrū)|
|Abbreviation(s):||TG, TGRE, tg:re|
|Date(s):||(Tokyo Ghoul Manga) September 8, 2011 – September 18, 2014|
(Tokyo Ghoul:re Manga) October 16, 2014 – July 5, 2018
(Tokyo Ghoul Anime) July 4, 2014 – March 27, 2015
(Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime) April 3, 2018 – December 25, 2018
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||Tokyo Ghoul at Wikipedia|
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Tokyo Ghoul Manga
The Tokyo Ghoul manga, written by Sui Ishida, ran for 143 chapters (12 volumes) from September 8th, 2011 to September 18th, 2014 in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump Magazine. Known for its violent, dark visual style and psychological themes, it follows the story of 19-year-old Ken Kaneki, a shy bookworm who is turned into a flesh-eating ghoul after having the organs of one transplanted into him against his will. Developing a taste for human flesh, Kaneki becomes a rare one-eyed ghoul and struggles to deal with the urge to eat.
Kaneki begins work at the ghoul-owned coffee shop Anteiku and begins to understand the lives and struggles of ghouls, while trying to find out more about the true causes behind the accident that caused him to become a ghoul. Human characters play a large role in the series as well; Hideyoshi Nagachika plays the part of Kaneki's cheery yet surprisingly perceptive best friend, and human investigators sent to kill ghouls, such as Amon Koutarou or Akira Madou, are major characters throughout the story.
The manga includes the Post-Aogiri through Owl Suppression Operation arcs, which were not included in the anime version of Tokyo Ghoul. Instead, these arcs were replaced or altered with the non-canon alternate universe of Tokyo Ghoul √A.
Tokyo Ghoul:re Manga
A direct sequel to the manga, it switches perspectives to a new CCG squad known as the Quinx, who have ghoul abilities. Their leader, Haise Sasaki, is an amnesiac Kaneki. Tokyo Ghoul:re introduced a lot of new characters, including the Quinx Squad, who became quite popular with the fandom. It ended on July 19th, 2018, after 16 volumes. In the end, peace between ghouls and humans is achieved, with the CCG being dissolved and replaced with a new organization where humans and ghouls work together. Kaneki marries his Anteiku coworker and ally Touka, and they have a half-human/half-ghoul daughter, named Ichika.
The ending to the manga was quite controversial in the fandom, with many fans posting about their disappointment in how rushed the ending seemed, as well as the lack of information on the fates of various minor characters while others found the ending hopeful and uplifting. There was even a popular theory going around that the entire final chapter was Kaneki's dream, which cites various inconsistencies in the writing of the final chapter. In the end, this turned out not to be true.
Tokyo Ghoul Anime
The anime adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul begun airing on July 4th, 2014. It reordered and remixed some of the story's events (for example, the character of Tsukishima is introduced earlier in the anime, and the timing of some character's deaths are changed), while omitting others (a scene where Touka and Kaneki visit the CCG is missing from the anime adaptation). The second season of the anime, titled Tokyo Ghoul √A, takes place in an alternate universe where Kaneki joined up with ghoul terrorist organisation Aogiri Tree (rather than forming his own group, as he did in the manga) and as such does not directly adapt many of the manga's events. However, the ending of √A is largely the same as in the manga, save for the death of Hide.
For the third and fourth seasons of the anime, they returned to directly adapting the manga in a similar manner as the first season. However, as with in the first season, many events and plot points were omitted from the adaptation, up to the point of an entire arc (the CCG Lab Raid) being removed entirely. Some minor characters also died in the anime that did not die in the manga.
- Kaneki Ken
- Kirishima Touka
- Nagachika Hideyoshi
- Tsukiyama Shuu
- Fueguchi Hinami
- Kirishima Ayato
- Kamishiro Rize
- Arima Kishou
- Mado Akira
- Mutsuki Tooru
- Nagachika Hideyoshi/Kaneki Ken
- Tsukiyama / Kaneki
- Touka / Yoriko
- Kaneki / Touka
- Hide / Yoriko
- Nishio / Kimi
- Tsukiyama / Chie
- Yomo / Uta
Reaction to Anime
Reaction to TG:re
- Tokyo Ghoul's Thematic Tightrope, Tumblr post, hamliet, June 21, 2018
- :Re 179 Was Simply Kaneki Dreaming, Tumblr post, superryunosukeyuk, December 20, 2018