Tokyo Ghoul

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Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Tokyo Ghoul volume 1 published by Shueisha.
東京喰種-トーキョーグール-
(Tōkyō Gūru)
Genre Dark fantasy[1]
Manga
Written by Sui Ishida
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump
Original run September 8, 2011September 18, 2014
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Shuhei Morita
Written by Chūji Mikasano
Music by Yutaka Yamada
Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
Anime Limited
Network Tokyo MX, TVA, TVQ, TVO, AT-X, Dlife
Original run July 3, 2014September 18, 2014
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Manga
Tokyo Ghoul: JACK
Written by Sui Ishida
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Jump Live
Original run August 2013October 2013
Manga
Tokyo Ghoul:re
Written by Sui Ishida
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump
Original run October 16, 2014 – ongoing
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Tokyo Ghoul √A
Directed by Shuhei Morita
Written by Chūji Mikasano
Music by Yutaka Yamada
Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TVA, TVQ, TVO, AT-X, Dlife, MRO
Original run January 8, 2015 – ongoing
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Tokyo Ghoul (Japanese: 東京喰種-トーキョーグール- Hepburn: Tōkyō Gūru?) is a manga series by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014 and has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014. A sequel titled Tokyo Ghoul:re began serialization in the same magazine in October 2014 and a prequel titled Tokyo Ghoul: JACK is running online on Jump Live. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by studio Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July and September 2014 and a 12 episode second season titled Tokyo Ghoul √A, started airing on January 8, 2015. Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video distribution in North America. The series was obtained by Madman Entertainment for digital distribution in Australia and New Zealand.

Plot[edit]

The story of Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, who barely survives a deadly encounter with Rize Kamishiro, a woman who reveals herself as 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.[2]

The prequel series Tokyo Ghoul: JACK follows the youths of Kishou Arima and Taishi Fura, two characters from the main series who become acquainted when they join forces to investigate the death of Taishi's friend by the hands of a ghoul, leading to Taishi eventually following Arima's path and joining the CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul), the federal agency tasked into dealing with crimes related to ghouls as well.

The sequel series Tokyo Ghoul:re follows an amnesiac Kaneki under the new identity of Haise Sasaki, the leader of a special team of CCG investigators called "Quinx Squad", that underwent a similar procedure as his, allowing them to obtain the special abilities of Ghouls in order to fight them, but still being able to live as normal humans.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Ken Kaneki (金木 研 Kaneki Ken?)/Haise Sasaki (佐々木 琲世 Sasaki Haise?)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Austin Tindle[3] (English)[4]
The protagonist of the story, he is an 19 year old university freshman that receives an organ transplant from Rize, who was trying to kill him before she was struck by a fallen i-beam and seemingly killed. After the operation he develops ghoul like tendencies and characteristics, and his rationality begins to wane. As one that is now both ghoul and human he struggles to keep his ghoul identity secret, always fighting against his ghoul side while trying to continue to live like a normal human. He later works as a waiter for Anteiku under Yoshimura's guidance. After his fight with Amon he gains the name "Eye Patch" because of his mask's design and becomes somewhat famous after a ghoul saw him defeating the investigator. He loves to read and is normally quiet and reserved but can be calculating when fighting. He has a bad trait of easily trusting strangers which sometimes puts him in life threatening situation. After being kidnapped by the ghoul run organization known as Aogiri Tree, he is mercilessly tortured by a sadistic ghoul and later develops similar traits like his torturer. While being tortured he has hallucinations of Rize as she mocks him about his mother which leads to him finally embracing his inner ghoul, leading him to become a ruthless Anti Hero. His view on strength changes and he goes on a power hungry path by cannibalizing other ghouls in order to get stronger. The continued cannibalization led him to become a half kakuja, where he develops a centipede shaped kagune and gains the alias "Centipede".
Ken is ultimately defeated and captured by Arima, and with no memories of his past, is given the new identity of Haise Sasaki, member and ace of the Mado Squad, and mentor of the Quinx Squad, a special unit composed of half ghouls like him. Despite having a new identity, Haise still retains some traits from his former self, like the love for reading and the determination to protect his companions with his life. When pressured to the limit, Haise has glimpses of his former self and unlocks his powers as a half kakuja, forcing the CCG to strike him with RC suppressors to calm him down. Haise has an interest in gaining back his memories, but fears that he will lose his current memories with all his new friends and personality if he does.
Kishō Arima (有馬 貴将 Arima Kishō?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[4]
The protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul: JACK and a co protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul:re, he is a famed Special Class Ghoul Investigator known as the CCG's Reaper (CCGの死神 CCG no Shinigami?). He is always seen wearing his glasses, with his face kept in an apathetic expression, rarely showing any emotion if not at all. Arima was hailed as a genius within the CCG, stemming from his affiliation with the organization since his teens and quickly rising to the top. Fighting with multiple quinques, he is strong enough to defeat Ghouls that are too strong to be defeated by anyone else in the force. After defeating Ken, he takes him under his guard while he's under the new identity of Haise Sasaki and becomes his mentor, with orders to kill him should he go out of control.
Taishi Fura (富良 太志 Fura Taishi?)
The other protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul: JACK, Taishi is a First Class Ghoul Investigator. Fura, as a teenager, attended Seishin Senior Highschool along with Arima. Though he never liked school, he usually went shopping and did all the housework, since his mother never did. He had two childhood friends; Ryou, with whom he played baseball and Aki, a girl whom he had a crush on. When Ryou associated himself with a gang of bikers, this lead to his death, as he was stabbed by the Kagune of a killer ghoul, "Lantern," whom Arima was currently investigating. Witnessing his friend's tragic death, Fura grew heated for vengeance, and pleaded with Arima to help with his investigation, wanting to know about ghouls right away. Thus, he eventually undertook the career of Ghoul Investigation.

Ghouls[edit]

Tōka Kirishima (霧嶋 董香 Kirishima Tōka?)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Japanese), Brina Palencia[3] (English)[4]
A sixteen year-old ghoul of the 20th ward, that works part-time as a waitress in Anteiku and attends high school. She blends in well with human society and believes that keeping one's ghoul identity is of top most priority. She is sometimes vindictive and is usually a very rash and reckless individual with violent tendencies, stemming from the fugitive life she had to live after CCG killed her father when she was very young. She later becomes Ken's training partner, and their movements become in synch when fighting as a team. She is a good fighter and is more than a match for either Shū Tsukiyama or Nishiki Nishio on even grounds, though not nearly as strong as Renji. She later comes to be known as "Rabbit" after her attack on some investigators, killing one of them in the process. She takes up the role as Hinami's guardian after her parents are killed by investigators. Touka has demonstrated that she has good resolve and is very self-aware. After killing an investigator in revenge for Hinami’s mother death she comments on how a murderer like herself should die, knowing that murder for revenge is wrong. In spite of her overall harsh personality she can be very kind and helpful and takes her job as apart of the Anteiku stability team very seriously, helping ghouls that can't help themselves. She also has a younger brother that has joined Aogiri Tree. She appears to have Ornithophobia. After the time-skip, she reappears running a new coffee shop called ":re" with Renji.
Rize Kamishiro (神代 利世 Kamishiro Rize?)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Monica Rial[3] (English)[4]
Rize is a girl with glasses that Ken encounters, who tries to eat him after luring him out on a date with her. Parts of her body are transplanted into Ken after she is struck by a fallen i-beam. Before the i-beam incident Rize was a very powerful, fearless and merciless ghoul, often preventing other ghouls from hunting in areas she stole from them. She came to the 20th ward, after wreaking havoc in the 11th ward attracting the Anti Ghoul Investigators to it. Before leaving she killed the ghouls that were in charge and caused a shift in power. She is known as the "Binge Eater" by investigators and like Ken she was very fond of reading. Originally believed to be killed during her encounter with Ken, later it is revealed that she is still alive and her body was used to produce materials for Ghoul/Human experiments by Dr. Kanou, and Ken's transformation into a ghoul was the result of one of them.
Shū Tsukiyama (月山 習 Tsukiyama Shū?)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum[3] (English)[4]
He's one of the most troublesome ghouls of the 20th ward to the point where even some ghouls wouldn't get involved with him. He is known as the "Gourmet" by investigators and is one of the most difficult ghouls to capture. He is a part of the "Ghoul Restaurant" under the alias MM. He is a very powerful, cunning, smug, and fashionable ghoul and was also an acquaintance of Rize. Like both Ken and Rize he is an avid reader. He sometimes says words or phrases in either English, Spanish, French or Italian and develops an obsession for Ken, because of his seemingly unique quality of being human and ghoul. He is very athletic and proficient in martial arts. After being apart of Kaneki's team post-Aogiri he considers himself Kaneki's best friend, whether he still see Kaneki as food or really view him as a friend is not clear.
Yoshimura (芳村?)
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo[4]
The manager of Anteiku, he is a very kind and reasonable ghoul that provides aid and food to ghouls that are incapable of hunting on their own like Ken and Hinami. He takes Ken in after he becomes a half-ghoul and teaches him the ways in which ghouls can blend in with humans. He also has a mysterious past related to Aogiri and an elusive organisation known as V. After Anteiku's secret is exposed and the place is raided by the CCG, he is captured by his daughter, who is the only known natural born half-ghoul and part of the Aogiri Tree.
Hinami Fueguchi (笛口 雛実 Fueguchi Hinami?)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Lara Woodhull[3] (English)[4]
Hinami is a 13-14 year old ghoul that came to the 20th ward with her mother after her father was killed by ghoul investigators. She is very shy and yearns for knowledge as she isn't allowed to go to school. She meets Ken in Anteiku and becomes attached to him, seeing him as an older brother after he helps her with learning Kanji. She begins living with Touka after her mother is killed by Kureo. She enjoys books from one of Ken's favorite authors and loves learning new things. She is shown to have a heightened sense of smell, even more powerful than regular ghouls. In the sequel she is shown to be part of Aogiri Tree.
Nishiki Nishio (西尾 錦 Nishio Nishiki?)
Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma (Japanese), Eric Vale[3] (English)[4]
A ghoul that is a second year student that attends the same university as Ken. He is arrogant and hates it whenever his juniors talk back to him. He is very territorial and is hostile to other ghouls that invade his space. His hunting grounds were stolen from him by Rize after a fight which he lost and he tries to reclaim it after her death, but is stopped by Touka. He is a loner and fairly good fighter that even small groups of ghouls tend to avoid. Like Touka he blends in well with human society, he even has a human girlfriend and is well known at the university. After the time skip, he becomes a powerful S~rank ghoul known as "Serpent", and goes around hunting down and killing CCG investigators as well as other ghouls. He seems to have a great dislike towards both CCG and Aogiri Tree commenting that they are the same and disgusting for creating "fake" ghouls.
Renji Yomo (四方 蓮示 Yomo Renji?)
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese), Phil Parsons[5] (English)
Renji is quiet and reserved and usually helps Yoshimura out by collecting food for Anteiku. Before working behind the scenes for Anteiku, he used to have very violent tendencies much like how Touka is now and would often fight with Uta making the 4th ward uninhabitable. He is known to CCG as "Raven" due to his mask resembling the bird. Regardless of his cold demeanor he does genuinely care about those around him. He is good friends with Uta and Itori. He is later seen again with Touka apart of a new coffee shop named :re.
Uta (ウタ?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Aaron Roberts[5] (English)
A ghoul that owns Hysy ArtMask Studio, in the 4th ward, he makes masks for both ghouls and humans customers alike. Despite his appearance he is a very calm ghoul, and speaks very kindly, he is also close friends with Renji Yomo and Itori. He is known to CCG as "No Face", because of his mask's design. In the past he would often get into fights with Yomo and this caused the 4th ward to become uninhabitable. He is later revealed to be apart of the Clowns, a mysterious group responsible for the accident that lead to Kaneki receiving Rize's organs.

Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG)[edit]

Kōtarō Amon (亜門 鋼太朗 Amon Kōtarō?)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Mike McFarland[3] (English)[4]
He's a Rank 1 Anti-Ghoul Investigator and was a partner of Kureo Mado up until his death which was when his partner was switched to Akira Mado up until he disappeared. When he was a little boy he used to live in an orphanage managed by the priest, Donato Porpora, until he found out that he was a ghoul killing his friends. He has a very strong sense of justice and believes that he must make this 'Wrong World' right by killing the ghouls whose murders create orphans, he is very dedicated to his job and begins to work even harder after Kureo is killed. He fought Ken but he lost; however, Ken let him go during their first encounter. Despite his initial hatred towards ghouls Amon has shown to be interested in Kaneki’s story and even after getting badly injured and losing his arm to Kaneki when they last meet, he refuses to die, so that Kaneki would not be prosecuted. After the events of the first manga, he was killed by Noro which Tatara ordered when the Aogiri Tree came while the CCG fought against the One Eyed Owl.
Hideyoshi Nagachika (永近 英良 Nagachika Hideyoshi?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Clifford Chapin[3] (English)[4]
Hideyoshi is Ken's best friend, nicknamed "Hide". He has a sharp intuition, so much so that while Ken tried to keep his ghoul identity hidden from him, Hideyoshi seemed to know something is weird about his best friend. Hide has proven to be intelligent and very observant, even figuring out that Rabbit (Touka) was not Hinami like what CCG had first thought. He will also go to extreme lengths for those he cares about, like venturing to Aogiri’s hideout and putting a tracking device on the torturous Yomori. After Ken disappeared, Hideyoshi joined the Anti-Ghoul forces in order to learn about his whereabouts, eventually being promoted to Rookie Investigator and partnered with Kōtarō and Akira.
Kureo Mado (真戸 呉緒 Mado Kureo?)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese), Kenny Green (English)[4]
He was an Anti-Ghoul Investigator with the rank of Senior Investigator and worked with Kōtarō to try to achieve his goal. A very experienced and ruthless fighter, he was more than a challenge even for the physically superior ghoul and always trusted his intuition, which was never wrong. His ultimate downfall came from the fact that he was obsessed with quinques (weapons made from the ghouls' kagune) and while fighting Tōka and Hinami he let his guard down by his fascination with the latter, being killed by them. His daughter, Akira worked with his partner after his death. His goal was to get revenge on the "One-eyed Owl" ghoul for killing his wife.
Akira Mado (真戸 暁 Mado Akira?)
Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)
Kureo's daughter and a Ghoul Investigator like him, she became Kōtarō's partner after her father's death. She is an intelligent woman and seems to be always serious about work and her daily routine in general. Like her father, she has deep insight and intuition that helps her in investigation and determining what is going on around her while on the field. After Kōtarō was declared KIA, she became Haise's team leader and the overseer of the Quinx Squad.
Jūzō Suzuya (鈴屋 什造 Suzuya Jūzō?)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Maxey Whitehead (English)[4]
A young boy with an androgynous appearance. He was raised by ghouls until he was taken in by the CCG. He was promoted to a ranked 2 investigator within a year, indicating that he's very capable of exterminating ghouls. Jūzō is very independent and tends to not cooperate with his fellow comrades and superiors. His profiles says he likes candy, his Mama (the ghoul that raised him) and ghoul hunting. His behaviour is very childish and carefree and he his often seen talking with himself; he calls his other self Rei (his former name). In Tokyo Ghoul:re, Jūzō rises further in the CCG's ranks and becomes leader of his own squad.
Kuki Urie (瓜江 久生 Urie Kuki?)
A Rank 2 Ghoul Investigator who was the Squad Leader of the Quinx Squad until he was replaced with Ginshi. Kuki often displays himself as a cool-headed individual, but is reckless and vicious when confronting Ghouls, as he hates them with a passion, as his father was a special class investigator in charge of the S3 squad, who ordered his team members to retreat while he stayed to fight the One-Eyed Owl to the death. This hate also extended to Haise after he discovered that he is a half-ghoul instead of just a Quinx.
Ginshi Shirazu (不知 吟士 Shirazu Ginshi?)
A Rank 3 Ghoul Investigator and the Squad Leader of the Quinx Squad. Like most of his teammates, Ginshi is shown to have great respect for Haise. However, this doesn’t stop him from going out of his way to execute missions without Sasaki’s permission, and so he is constantly seen accompanying Urie, on dangerous assignments without support. His primary motive for joining the Quinx Squad is to get fast money for a yet unrevealed purpose, but his determination to help others earns him Haise's respect, to the point of nominating him the new leader.
Tōru Mutsuki (六月 透 Mutsuki Tōru?)
A Rank 3 Ghoul Investigator, Tōru was born female, but after losing his family to the Ghouls, requests the CCG to let him live as a man. Tōru struggles to keep his one eyed kakugan under control and has a recurring case of Anemia. Ironically, he feels repulsed when he comes in contact with blood. Despite that, he is the most diligent and reliable member of the team.
Saiko Yonebayashi (米林 才子 Yonebayashi Saiko?)
A Rank 3 Ghoul Investigator, Saiko dislikes having to work, as she prefers having a peaceful and carefree life, playing video games and eating junk food excessively. She often oversleeps, which earns her the absence from most missions.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Tokyo Ghoul started as a manga series, written and drawn by Sui Ishida. It began serialization in 2011's 41st issue of Weekly Young Jump, published by Shueisha on September 8, 2011,[6] and the final chapter appeared in 2014's 42nd issue, released on September 18, 2014.[7][8] The series has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes, released under Shueisha's Young Jump Comics imprint between February 17, 2012,[9] and October 17, 2014.[10] The series has been licensed for an English release by Viz Media and the first volume is set to be released on June 16, 2015.[11]

A sequel titled Tokyo Ghoul:re began serialization in 2014's 46th issue of Weekly Young Jump, published on October 16, 2014.[12] The series is set a couple of years after the end of the original series and introduces a new set of characters.[13]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 3 and September 18, 2014.[1][8][14] It also aired on TVA, TVQ, TVO, AT-X and Dlife. The opening theme song is "unravel" by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure, and the ending theme is "Saints" (聖者たち Seijatachi?) performed by People In The Box. Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video distribution in North America.[15] A second season, titled Tokyo Ghoul √A (root A) premiered in Japan on January 8, 2015.[12][16] The opening theme song is "Incompetence" (無能 Munou) by österreich, while the ending theme is "The Seasons Die Out, One After Another" (季節は次々死んでいく Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shindeiku) by Amazarashi

Episode list[edit]

Tokyo Ghoul
No. Title Original airdate[a]
1 "Tragedy"
"Higeki" (悲劇) 
July 3, 2014
Ken Kaneki is a young man who befriends the beautiful and enigmatic Rize Kamishiro unaware that she is a ghoul. Rize reveals her intentions to eat Kaneki but by a stroke of luck Kaneki survives her attack but is mortally wounded. He is saved by an emergency operation, transferring Rize's organs into himself. This subsequently turns him into a half-ghoul half-human hybrid and Kaneki struggles to survive and cope by himself. 
2 "Incubation"
"Fuka" (孵化) 
July 10, 2014
Kaneki struggles to adapt to his new nature with no success, until another ghoul, Nishiki Nishio attempts to prey on his friend Hideyoshi Nagachika and he must fight to protect him. 
3 "Dove"
"Shirohato" (白鳩) 
July 17, 2014
After saving his friend, Kaneki is taken in by Yoshimura and Touka Kirishima, ghouls who run the Cafe "Anteiku", who teach him to blend in human society while hiding his true nature. However, another ghoul, Shū Tsukiyama approaches him with unknown intentions. 
4 "Supper"
"Bansan" (晩餐) 
July 24, 2014
Kaneki befriends Tsukiyama the two start hanging out. However, little does Kaneki know that Tsukiyama is preparing a mortal trap for him. 
5 "Scar"
"Zankon" (残痕) 
July 31, 2014
Intending to consume Kaneki himself, Tsukiyama prepares another trap for him, using Nishio's human girlfriend as a hostage. 
6 "Cloudburst"
"Shūu" (驟雨) 
August 7, 2014
Tsukiyama is defeated by Touka with Kaneki and Nishio's help, but the recent developments in the 20th ward draw the attention of the police, who sends two of their investigators, Kureo Mado and Kōtarō Amon to hunt down all ghouls in the area. 
7 "Captivity"
"Yūshū" (幽囚) 
August 14, 2014
Hinami's mother is killed by Mado. Touka attacks members of the ghoul investigation and kills Kusaba, but is wounded by Mado. Kaneki tells Touka that he wants to fight the ghoul investigators and is given his mask. 
8 "Circular"
"Enkan" (円環) 
August 21, 2014
Touka and Hinami confront Mado after being lured into a trap. During the commotion, Kaneki confronts Amon while Touka is focused on getting revenge for Hinami. 
9 "Birdcage"
"Torikago" (鳥籠) 
August 28, 2014
After the battle with Mado, Hinami starts living with Touka and Kaneki. Still mourning the loss of his partner, Amon is relocated to the 11th ward, where the police is having trouble facing some dangerous ghouls who do not fear them. 
10 "Aogiri" (青桐)  September 4, 2014
Kaneki is kidnapped by members of Aogiri Tree, an underground ghoul faction who is interested in his connection with Rize. Meanwhile, Amon is introduced to his new partner, the eccentric and dangerous Juuzou Suzuya. 
11 "High Spirits"
"Shōten" (衝天) 
September 11, 2014
As his friends from Anteiku make preparatons to rescue him, Kaneki is tortured by Jason, one of the members of the Aogiri Tree, whose hideout is stormed by the CCG. 
12 "Ghoul"
"Kushu" (喰種) 
September 18, 2014
During the physical and mental tortures he suffers at the hands of Jason, Kaneki comes to accept his ghoul-half and fights back. 
Tokyo Ghoul √A
No. Title Original air date
1 "New Surge"
"Shin Kō" (新洸) 
January 8, 2015
Having defeated Jason and accepted his ghoul half, Kaneki joins Aogiri Tree to protect those close to him in Anteiku. 
2 "Dancing Flowers"
"Maika" (舞花) 
January 15, 2015
Now with Kaneki at their ranks, the Aogiri Tree takes the offensive against the CCG, and Amon is introduced to Mado's daughter Akira, who is assigned to become his new partner. 
3 "Hangman"
"Tsu hito" (吊人) 
January 22, 2015
Kaneki and Ayato rescue Naki, one of Jason's old cohorts from CCG custody, and prepare to storm the maximum security prison for Ghouls known as "Cochlea". Meanwhile, Tōka pays a visit to the university were Kaneki used to attend, where she has an encounter with Hideyoshi. 
4 "Deeper Layers"
"Shinsō" (深層) 
January 29, 2015
Aogiri commences their invasion of Cochlea and free a majority of the imprisoned ghouls while Amon and Akira visit the prison to learn more about Aogiri's plan from Donato Porpora. Amid the battles between the CCG, Cochlea security and ghouls, Kaneki meets a ghoul named Orca with orders to break him free, but is attacked by him instead. 
5 "Rift"
"Kiretsu" (裂目) 
February 5, 2015
The battle at Cochlea intensifies on several fronts and when Ayato is to be almost killed, he is rescued in the nick of time by Kaneki, who undergoes a bizarre transformation after consuming the bodies of several dead Ghouls to empower himself. 
6 "Thousand Paths"
"Chiji" (千路) 
February 12, 2015
The appearance of the "One-Eyed-Ghoul", considered the most dangerous of them all, leaves the CCG in a state of alert while Kaneki writhes in pain due to his new condition. 
7 "Permeation"
"Tōka" (透過) 
February 19, 2015
Worried about Kaneki's disappearance, Hinami wants to do something for him, but is uncertain about it, until Kaneki appears at Anteiku and she calls for Touka to see him again. 
8 "Old Nines"
"Kyū kyū" (旧九) 
February 26, 2015
After revealing to Kaneki that the One-Eyed-Ghoul is actually his child with a human woman, Yoshimura sends Touka and Hinami to safety, knowing that the CCG discovered the truth about Anteiku and plans to attack it. 
9 "City In Waiting"
"Machi mochi" (街望) 
March 5, 2015
The CCG launches a full scale attack on Anteiku and instead of running away, Yoshimura and his friends decide to make a stand against them, and despite being warned, Touka and Kaneki depart to the 20th ward to assist their friends as well. 
10 "Last Rain"
"Tsui ame" (終雨) 

Home release[edit]

The series will be released to DVD and Blu-Ray format in four volumes.[19]

(Japan, Region 2)
Volume Episodes DVD/Blu-ray Release date[19]
Volume 1 1-3 September 26, 2014
Volume 2 4-6 October 31, 2014
Volume 3 7-9 November 28, 2014
Volume 4 10-12 December 26, 2014

Video games[edit]

A video game titled Tokyo Ghoul carnaval by Bandai Namco Games was released in Japan for Android smartphones on February 6, 2015[20] and on February 9 for iOS.[21] The player can build his team from a number of ghoul and investigator characters and explore a 3D map.[22] Another video game titled Tokyo Ghoul Masquerader for the PS Vita console is also in production. The game is being developed by Bandai Namco Games as well and is categorized as an adventure RPG. No release date is known yet.[23]

Reception[edit]

Tokyo Ghoul was the 27th best-selling manga series in Japan in 2013, with 1,666,348 estimated sales. As of January 2014, the manga has sold around 2.6 million copies.[24] Tokyo Ghoul was the 4th best-selling manga series in Japan in 2014, with 6,946,203 copies sold.[25]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The show uses an after-midnight programming schedule, so that the first broadcast was listed as Thursday, July 3, at 24:00, which is Friday, July 4, at 12:00am.[17][18]
References
  1. ^ a b "Oscar Nominee Morita Helms Tokyo Ghoul Anime at Pierrot". Anime News Network. February 22, 2014. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
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