r#58 – tokyo ghoul

Haro everyone, how are you today? Welcome to another anime review, and omagah, we’re almost reaching the 60th anime review. Anyway on this blog, I mostly reviewing quality anime, it’s all about whether worth to watch or not. Because this is the internet, and some popular anime sometimes only become viral just because of the geeks in the internet world.

How about Tokyo Ghoul then? Some people said that Tokyo Ghoul was being a terrible anime adaptation … even though all people agrread that it has a god-tier opening theme in the beginning, but the show itself is badly animated, censored, and rushed. But then I continue to search for this review material, and I found that on YouTube comments and reddit threads, there are a lot of people that giving this series a great amount of recognition and praise, despite being just a crappy adaptation.

Well then, this is Nesha reviewing. What should I say? Maybe you alreadi know, that I love to watch this kind of anime. So let’s get right into it.


Let’s begin with the synopsis.

Kaneki Ken is a shy, bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize Kamishiro at a café he frequents. They are the same age and have the same interests, which is being an avid reader, that is why they quickly become close. However, little does Kaneki know that Rize actually is a kind of monster that lives by hunting and devouring human flesh. This unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls and inhuman world. When a part of her special organ that later known as “the Red Child” is transplanted into Kaneki, he becomes a ghoul himself, trapped in a warped world where humans are not the top of the food chain. Later on, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress named Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new and secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both worlds.

In the city where the story took place, Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless district, a city where vicious creatures that I mentioned before existing alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.

plot and settings.

I think the plot is very good, even though there are nothing that special, and the settings also isn’t wide and broad. But yes, it’s interesting since the first episode. At the first glance, it looks like our typical horror slash dark fantasy anime with villains, which here is the ghouls who eat humans and some of the humans themselves, and of course with some group of heroes and heroine both in ghoul and human side. A quite contrast of group and characters in it has made me feel the anime is having a great plan ahead. The fact that it does not only show the main character surrounding, but also the villains. Of course, the first episode is dedicated for Kaneki as our focus character, but later on, I realize that enough character development also given to the group of the villains. So even though the story only takes place in Tokyo, but these two worlds between ghouls and humans have made the settings broad.

The story itself is based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Ishida Sui. He has created a story to explores grey areas of both species, and forces you to ask the question to yourself; “Who are the monsters now?” A very interesting story with so many possibilities had it not been so rushed and jumbled up.

In the first few episodes, it follows the manga fairly well but then it starts to diverge. Later on, everyone should probably realise that an anime that follows its manga to the letter is rare if not inexistent. However, I think the anime made a mistake by not following the manga closely even just a little more, it made everything seem too rushed. In the middle when I’m not fully recovered yet from the beginning arc, the anime throws me into the last arc without warning. Also, something that apparently many reviews dislike is the ending. But for me personally, it seems like a good ending, be it a bit rushed and sudden it definitely makes you yearn for more, which is, after all, have been created as it’s purpose, I think.
Maybe the reason I enjoyed it so much is that I hadn’t read the manga at the time I watched the anime, as everyone who did seem to either dislike it or plain on hate it. Besides a few issues here and there, the anime itself did a good job to tell the story and attracted quite a lot of attention as one of the most popular anime in its season, even until now. And realizing that after I watched I couldn’t get enough of Tokyo Ghoul, I started to read the manga and it’s sequel to continue the story of that I attracted already. I think it’s fair to say that this anime did a good job on the settings overall.


Every good anime is always coming with the well-developed characters as well. For Tokyo Ghoul, I found that Kaneki’s character have favourited by more than 20 thousand members on MAL, and that number is beyond the famous characters such as Senjougahara from Monogatari series, Mikasa from Shingeki no Kyojin, or even Kurosaki Ichigo from Bleach. And besides Kaneki, all other characters are also very interesting and very promising, none of them is boring and for once, there wasn’t one character that I wished would just die or think that the anime would be okay without their presence.

However, because of the rushing and the fact that they squeezed, probably about 60 chapters of the manga that turned into 12 episodes of anime, the characters in it don’t get the attention or development they truly deserve and desperately needed. They are easily seen as unimportant and merely stepping stones for the plotline or the development of other characters. Even though I glad that most people can receive the Kaneki’s development while his personality description only appears in the last few episodes and remains weak until the final episode. I quite disappoint of this of course, even more so because he is the protagonist. And knowing that even the protagonist get close to no development at all, you can probably guess how much development that the support characters get.

Let me ask this for you who have watched Tokyo Ghoul … do you know that Kaneki’s age before becomes ghoul is 18 and after he’s a ghoul he turns 19? Do you know that his weight increases from 55 kg to 58 kg between the pre-arc of Aogiri and post-arc of Aogiri? Do you know who Kanou is, the doctor who secretly experiments with ghoul and the one who transplants Rc saibō aka the Red Child cells from Rize to Kaneki? Probably the answer for those questions is a solid “no,” and that is due to the less number of episodes that should be given more, the need of opportunity and time for the characters get its development.

art and visual.

Okay, as someone who values the art as something that must be either perfect or close to it, Tokyo Ghoul wasn’t like other people said, instead the animation and visual is amazing for me. There are so much contrast and vivid colour, a lot more than any anime TV series that I’ve watched. I also love the fact that they coloured the kagune differently than it’s done in the manga, mostly because its colour reflects its user very well. Red for Kaneki for example, the change of colour for his kagune is a nice touch. But then they added the censoring, even though they released also later on the uncensored version for people who has no problem with blood. But from where I’ve seen it, the censoring that happens in the first release was bothersome and unnecessary for a lot of people and not just for me, even seems ridiculous.

And as for the audio and soundtrack, it is something that I can give a 10 out of 10 scores if only it comes alone without the anime itself. From the voice acting up to the music in the background, everything is amazing. Most people ignore this because they are too busy following the story in it, but as for me who always appreciate a collection of a great soundtrack, this is a rare thing that happens. This anime also the one that introduces me to TK from Ling Tosite Sigure, and I’ve been collecting his albums and listening to it since then.

Anyway, the second season of Tokyo Ghoul also provides its story with an amazing soundtrack too, maybe even better than the first season. For now, you can enjoy the remix from dj-Jo / Zenpaku of unravel by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure featuring Hatsune Miku. The video below.

nesha’s final verdict.

Alright, I love this anime. But before I tell you the conclusion why I love Tokyo Ghoul, I want to engage you to follow my blog and get a free notification every time I posted new anime review. So for you who are new to #moe404, you should find the sacred button to subscribe/follow my blog, it will really mean a lot to me, and will giving me the adrenaline to keep writing new anime perspective for you guys.


Back to the review.

Tokyo Ghoul is a very good anime if only you have the experience to watch it without knowing the original story from its manga. Because as I said before, there are a few changes between the adaptation from the manga to the anime, but also things that are gone which I think should not be gone. So yeah, I understand if there are a lot of people who dissatisfied from this, and I know that most of those are who have read the manga first. Well, I’m not one of them though. Despite that, I read the manga after I watch the first season, then I found out the second season also issues the same problem … but I will talk about the second season at the later opportunity.

But anyway, Tokyo Ghoul is still a must watch series for every anime addict out there, whether you already read the manga or not, it is definitely still worth your time. For the addition, if you think you would enjoy the world of ghouls and humans, you can continue the story with less rushed and enjoy it properly via its manga, which I really recommend you because of its amazing art and the fabulous person behind it. Trust me, even though no one on the internet has known the real face of Ishida Sui, but you can tell easily that he is an amazing and humble person. I love his work. ♥

additional information.

material source: http://www.maql.co.jp/special/tokyoghoul/AllcinemaWiki (en)Anison, and MAL

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