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Toukyou Ghoul  
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Strange murders are happening in Tokyo. Due to liquid evidence at the scene, the police conclude the attacks are the acts of man-eating monsters, ghouls.
College buddies Kaneki and Hide come up with the idea that ghouls are imitating humans so that's why they haven't ever seen one. Little did they know that their theory may very well be reality.

Note: The prototype chapter won the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award in 2010.


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Associated Names
Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Gûl
Toukyou Kushu

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14 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Tokyo Ghoul): Vol 7, Chap 67 (Root A)
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 66 (Tokyo Ghoul); Vol 14, Chap 144 [Root A (Most of S2 is an orignal story and not canon to S3)]

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Miracle Jump (Shueisha)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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Viz (14 Volumes - Complete)

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by r/mangaReviews
February 8th, 2019, 5:09pm
Rating: N/A
>ktomp21 (Known status:Chap53)
"I’m enjoying it. Tokyo Ghoul is kind of a weird one for me because I’m a person that loves romance and have never really strayed outside of that except maybe Slice of Life and horror for me has always been something I’ve absolutely avoided but I decided to challenge myself and read something out of my element and surprisingly I’m enjoying it. So far I’m really liking the psychological aspect of it as Kaneki struggles in fitting in with the world of the ghouls"

About 50 chapters in and I'm not really feeling the hype yet. Its not bad by any means but I find the writing thus far to be pretty average. Despite being published in a seinen magazine it leans heavily on typical shonen tropes, just with more edge (I hate the overuse of the word "edgy" but its the best term to describe it thus far). Not really feeling any of the characters and the central thematic elements of the struggle against your nature and how every side in a conflict has their own perspective has been done better. After having series like <Berserk> and <Attack on Titan> under my belt I find the the worldbuilding of TG to be somewhat lacking and the darkness to be shallow. Good enough that I still plan on completing it but not good enough to stand out, 7/10.

... Last updated on September 30th, 2019, 7:45pm
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Characters are bae.  
by sakirol
May 14th, 2016, 3:03am
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
Tokyo Ghoul starts off really strong with an interesting premise and awesome characters. The series gets progressively weaker in terms of story as the series goes on. The first part of the story focused quite heavily on tragedy and emotional aspects with the morality of ghouls and whatnot. However, the latter half of the manga is basically nonstop fights.

That being said, even with the deterioration of the story, I enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul a lot.
The characters are kickass. Kaneki Ken is one of my favorite male MCs. He's nice, insane, sometimes brutal, and a huge ball of sadness. Similarly, the female MC Touka is badass in the beginning. Sadly, her screentime deteriorates, and she turns into a backdrop character. Tsukiyama is one of the craziest characters ever. I adore him.
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Overhyped shoujo  
by Blaha
January 30th, 2016, 1:56pm
Rating: N/A
I''m pretty much on par with drunken.dx. One thing I can't understand - why is this tagged as seinen? There's nothing mature in this. It's as shoujo as one can be. Quite ok read, but nothing spectacular or even unique.
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Kinda dissapointed...  
by drunken.dx
January 19th, 2016, 2:19pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
At first, it looks awesome, with interesting premise (secret ghoul society among humans).
But as story goes on, we get more and more shonen elements... And less and less seinen mystery
And plotholes... Oh, man, those plotholes... (still not as bad as Death Note, ugh...)

If story went as it has in first few volumes it would get much higher score, but adding multiple types of kagune was first step towards bad parts, then we get to know ghouls are almost wholly immune to normal weapons (unless you stab them in mucous membrane), and they are only vulnerable to quinques, weapons made from ghouls (plothole: how did they made first quinque? some nice ghoul sacrificed himself?).
Then we get inconsistency in treatment of ghouls...
Since start of manga it has been made clear that ghouls are killed on sight, as soon as someone is confirmed to be a ghoul, they move in for a kill, as seen with "mother ghoul", no attempt was made to even offer capture. But late in manga we find out there is a "ghoul prison" where they kept multiple highly dangerous ghouls...
Errr... I quite don't get logic behind killing peaceful ghouls and keeping violent ones alive... At least that priest ghoul was informant, but that "fanboy" ghoul... Why keep psycho like him alive?
No logic...

And fights...
It's like watching some mecha manga, but instead of mechs and weapons we get kagune and quinques...
At least kagune designs are plausible, but quinques...
I've seen bad weapon designs, but Tokyo Ghoul tries really hard to get into top 10 worst weapon designs...

If this manga tried less to appeal to shonen genre, with flashy skills, err... kagunes and weapons, err quinques, and kept it's starting premise of hidden ghoul society shunned by humans (and not that CCG Anteiku war...) it would actually be good.

Art style is actually good, especially covers.
Although, for a "bloody" manga, it's quite tame...

And prototype chapter was excellent...
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Pleasantly surprised!  
by zedor
December 11th, 2015, 4:26pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I've been skipping this manga for quite a while due to the "horror" and "psychological" categories that come with it, as I'm not really good with stuff of that kind. Gave a few horror manga a try and they were too creepy or outright scary for my tastes.

Oh, how wrong I was! I'm really glad that the horror part related to the slightly gruesome scenes and the psychological to the MC's troubles.

The manga is beautifully fleshed out, the mangaka paying a lot of attention to every scene. Throughout 143 chapters of this well-built story, you'll encounter a wide variety of interesting characters in difficult situations. It deals well with "racism" of sorts, from both sides; are ghouls and humans able to live side by side?

Fight scenes are short and to the point, while the plot will devour you right from the first chapter, making you itch for answers and explanations; head on to the next chapter. Does the MC find the peace he is looking for? Is he able to contribute to a world in which he'd be happy to live in? I can't stress enough how well-crafted the scenes are, with a lot of hints about future events. Do yourself a favour and read this one carefully, engross yourself in the wonderful art by the mangaka and don't worry - there is an equally good (so far) sequel!

... Last updated on December 11th, 2015, 4:26pm
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It flowed very well  
by kurokiikat
October 12th, 2015, 1:33pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This manga flowed very nicely. It had really good fight scenes that you could easily follow and it was overall a very nicely put together story. The characters developed a lot throughout the series because of all theyre going through, especially Kaneki. Even the minor details were interesting and made me curious. Was I the only one that actually wanted to read the books involved in the story like the black goats egg? If these are real books Id really like to read them. If not then that just shows how great of an author Ishida is.
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This is amazing with the reality of things  
by TheMagicKnight
May 5th, 2015, 5:01pm
Rating: N/A
Honestly I was a bit hesitant at first to read this due to whatching the anime first but after trying it out it is fantastic at the beginning though I never liked it due to Kaneki,s personality of how didn't want to kill and he wanted to protect the people he loves but because of that after being tortured by Jason he finally snapped and realized what the reality of this world is.To live is eat to die is to be eaten the strong eat the weak and the weak get eaten in order to protect what you love and cherish you have start eating because if you are weak you are eaten.after learning that lesson he ate and ate and ate until he became strong and mad.
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amazingly great for its kind  
by wansmor
May 4th, 2015, 3:50am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Tokyo Ghoul is an amazingly well told story. In a twisted world where ghouls ( humanoid human flesh eating creature) live amongst the human, Kaneki find his life turned upside down by a cetain incident that turned him from human to ghoul. The author successsfully depict the anxiety, fear, and despair that Kaneki experience as he struggled to stay human despite of his changed state. And as he learn about the life of ghouls, he is eventually dragged to the elongated fights of ghouls against their own kind and the doves, humans who fights ghouls.

Tokyo Ghoul started slow as Kaneki learn his way to live as ghoul but the pace will fasten as the fights began. In the anime you will learn little about ghouls and their abilities so reading the manga won't be a waste of time.

To me , this series is great because of its natural flow.

The author successfully depicts Kaneki's struggles wih his new life as ghoul:how he struggle to restrain his ghoulself, how he wish to protect his ghoul companions, how he finally accept his ghoul part and strive to get stronger to protect his companions. Through the story we feel like we want to cheer for him and pity him for everythong that happen to him. Other chars are also well developed, ghouls and dove alike. They make you feel you want to cheer for both sides as you have favs on both sides.

The balance of power between ccg and ghouls are great, while humans have disadvantge in term of raw strength it's well covered by increasingly better equipments and strategy. Both investigators and ghouls have badass figures, one that won't fall easily even against stronger adversary. Also, kaneki despite of his constant growth was never overpowered. Part of this is maybe because he stil fear he power that will make him lost himself.

Also Tokyo Ghoul has seemingly deep plot involving secret orgs and a (mad) scientist who is obssessed in turning human to ghouls. The ccg is also not free of controversy, and there seems to be bigger mistery to the world as why ghoul could exist and why they have very similar appearance to human.

Overall this series is great. Don't worry about the ending, it doesn't seems to be the ending of the series to me, although I did somehow discouraged about it for some reasons. Don't get me wrong. Even at it's end I found myself still hungry for more chapters of TG and the story has definitely ways to go on. Those who said its bad are like people who stopped watching a series after its first season and said it has bad ending.

The sequel has begun its serialization so for you who was put down by the ending or after learnt the ending, cheer up. It may start slow but it will definitely get better. This series is great and it has potentials to be even greater.

... Last updated on May 4th, 2015, 4:09am
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Nothing short of amazing.  
by bunnelby
March 21st, 2015, 3:36pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Do not listen to those who said the ending sucked or that it was rushed. It wasn't. After starting the sequel I felt that Tokyo Ghoul was meant to be a large prologue to a even larger story, I do hope I'm right. Ishida Sui pours tons of information in each chapter, something to be amazed at considering how many pages each has. The last couple chapters, more precisely the last one gives you a lot to think about and answers almost nothing, it just hints of what it's yet to come, basically proving that ending where it ended was Ishida's plan from the start.

Tokyo Ghoul never ceased to impress me, it has incredible character and plot development in every single chapter, no exceptions, even the characters who disappear for chapters on end come back with such force you feel like they never even left. Ishida does a remarkable job with the main character, it's hard not to feel bad for him, after all he clearly states that his story is a tragedy in the first chapter. You'll feel torn, should you hate the ghouls or the humans? Who's worse? The world is indeed wrong, but who's the cause of it? Ghouls whose only way of survival is to eat human flesh, some kill and some don't, some just kill because they feel pleasure, but even for just existing they're hated and hunted. Or the humans, whose fear of being bellow someone in the food chain hunt the ones above them and forget they're also monsters. It's hard not to relate with both sides. Even the characters you hate are too interesting to be ignored, you'll want them dead but you'll love to have them alive. Ishida art is beyond stunning, from the detailed landscape to the distinctive characters designs. Ishida loves symbolism and hidden messages, he does great use of numbers (western and roman numerals), pay attention to them, they are references to Tarot cards, he seems to love those, but not only numbers, he also uses words or images, such as flowers or references to myths or mythological creatures, the texts are also filled with symbolism, like the use of poems and famous literary works. My only problem is the difficulty to understand what's happening in some action scenes, in between frames are necessary in some, but this doesn't affect the story or the art, so don't worry.

Well, like I said, nothing short of amazing, it draws you in and it doesn't let you get out, just like Kaneki being unable to free himself from what happened to him, if you don't prepare yourself and put up a wall you'll probably be dragged down until the end.

... Last updated on March 27th, 2015, 1:36am
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by Connect
March 21st, 2015, 12:44am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Please do ignore the comments saying how the ending sucks and what not . Be aware that THERE IS A SEQUEL. Just as dreamer00013 has stated, Ishida has most likely planned the whole thing out and everything he does has a reason to it.

To those contemplating whether they should read it or not, I would definitely recommend this one. The characters (& development ) are great and you will absolutely fall in love with them . As well as the hidden messages, symbols and metaphors are really interesting.

Tokyo ghoul has been rising in popularity as it has already 2 anime seasons, art conventions, cafes, soon to have a musical and manga sales have been doing extremely well . etctecetc since it is obviously successful, i hope you all give it a shot !
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