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  • Tokyo Ghoul (Anime) Review

    Tokyo Ghoul Anime Review

    Tokyo Ghoul

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴏ ғᴇᴀʀ ᴛʜᴇᴍ

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴀsᴋ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ɢʜᴏᴜʟs ᴀʀᴇ

    ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴍᴏɴsᴛᴇʀs

    ᴛʜᴇ ᴀɴsᴡᴇʀ ɪs sɪᴍᴘʟᴇ

    ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴛᴇʟʟ ᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴇᴀᴛ

    ᴀɴᴅ ɪ’ʟʟ ᴛᴇʟʟ ʏᴏᴜ

    ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ

    ɢᴀɴɢs ᴀɴᴅ ʏᴀᴋᴜᴢᴀ ᴀʀᴇ ɴᴏ ʟᴏɴɢᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ

    ᴀᴄʀᴏss ɪɴ ᴛᴏᴋʏᴏ’s sᴛʀᴇᴇᴛs. ᴀ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀɪᴏᴜs

    ʀᴀᴄᴇ ᴏғ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ʟɪᴋᴇ sᴜᴘᴇʀɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟ ʙᴇɪɴɢs ʜᴀs ᴇsᴛᴀʙʟɪsʜᴇᴅ ɪᴛs ᴏᴡɴ ᴍɪᴄʀᴏ sᴏᴄɪᴇᴛʏ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴊᴀᴘᴀɴᴇsᴇ ᴄᴀᴘɪᴛᴏʟ, ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ ‘ɢʜᴏᴜʟs’. ᴘʜʏsɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ʟᴏᴏᴋɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇɢᴜʟᴀʀ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴs, ɢʜᴏᴜʟs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀ ᴜɴɪǫᴜᴇ ʙᴏᴅʏ sᴛʀᴜᴄᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sᴋɪɴ ʜᴀʀᴅ ᴀs sᴛᴇᴇʟ, ɢʀᴀɴᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇᴍ sᴜᴘᴇʀ sᴛʀᴇɴɢᴛʜ ʙᴜᴛ ғᴏʀᴄɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴛᴏ ᴇᴀᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅɪɢᴇsᴛ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ʙᴜᴛ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ғʟᴇsʜ. ᴡᴇ ᴡɪʟʟ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡ ᴋᴀɴᴇᴋɪ ᴋᴇɴ, ᴀ ʏᴏᴜɴɢ ᴍᴀɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʟᴇᴀᴅs ᴀ ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇғᴜʟ ʟɪғᴇ ᴀs ᴀ ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛ, ɢᴏɪɴɢ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʜɪs ɴᴇᴡ ɢɪʀʟғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇ, ᴀ ᴅᴀᴛᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ғᴀᴛᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡɪʟʟ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ ʜɪs ʟɪғᴇ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴄʜᴀᴏs ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴏʀʀᴏʀ

    This is the monstrous review of Tokyo Ghoul, a psychological horror anime from 2014 based on the popular seinen manga with the same of Sui Ishida. I remind you that this review will only exclusively cover the first season that aired last year. I’m going to analyze this according to Graphics, Characters, Sound, Plot and Personal Enjoyment.

    Art and Animation of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 8/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    The anime was produced by Studio Pierrot, a highly popular studio that produced many mainstream shounen series offering an unsteady visual quality (still having nightmares from Naruto vs Pain battle). Tokyo Ghoul is one of those series they would not dare to mess up and it indeed has a fine and sleek animation that shines during the intense battles and extremely violent scenes throughout the run. While the setting and characters are the stereotypical ones belonging to a modern era, the trait is pleasant to look at and the Kagune, the Ghoul’s appendages, are a flavorful and artistic feature to the franchise.

    Characters of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 6/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    I’m quite familiar with this genre of works in the anime industry and the show follows the typical stereotypes concerning characters and situations of the horror genre but don’t think it’s actually inherently horrible. The characters do not shine because of development or complicated characterization but they work for what they were intended to. It’s surely one of those shows where the secondary characters are the main attraction and most interesting members of the cast. Even though we have some valid element among the protagonists, the show suffers from not so optimal use of the great number of characters and the protagonist Kaneki is a punch bag almost all the time

    Soundtrack and Acting Of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 8/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    The opening is unquestionably the most popular one from 2014 (it boasts over 12 million views on youtube in one video) but I was not that captived by it so it’s passable, not amazing but not horrible, just average. The soundtrack merely serves as a way to provide with a background support to the various scenes, that due to the highly grim and intense nature of the show it serves its job to build up the tension but nothing too memorable. What gets most of this score is the Japanese acting, even though we have some popular voice I occasionally had shivers down my spine for how realistic and heart felt the acting was, especially during violent, painful scenes, those screams and cries cannot pass unnoticed

    Story and Pacing of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 7/10

     

    Tokyo Ghoul can boast a nicely crafted dark fantasy world that sees the duality between humans and ghouls. This is a seinen and I did expect more than just shounen like (yet spectacular) battles. At the beginning we have the protagonist Kaneki dealing with the realization to not be a human anymore, to have become a flesh feeding creature that acts with homicidal instinct. We see how Tokyo is divided in various territories each led by groups of Ghouls, this whole territorial competition and dichotomy between “I am a human” and “I am a ghoul” is never really fully explored, this would make the show more complete.

    The pacing works but it is mostly characters doing things for most of it, the actual story flows slowly but it knows how to “mask” these flaws very well. I did not quite loved how it occasionally turned violence to genuine and exaggerated torture porn

    Personal Enjoyment of Tokyo Ghoul

    Score 7/10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    I’m really sorry for disappointing all those who believed me to enter the Tokyo Ghoul hate club cause I’m not in there. It’s quite obvious how the series is overrated or rather over popular for what it actually offers. The show does have all elements an anime needs to become the next Attack on Titan in terms of popularity, in this sense this is a show that clearly does not make me astonished at how it is so mainstream and I must admit I quite enjoyed it even though it has evident flaws and holes. Second season has not ended yet and I have yet to watch it and read the manga cause I’m actually intrigued to see how things will continue.

    It’s not the most original work in the world but it’s a lie if one says that it does not offer a bit of personality and entertainment that’s for sure.

    Final Score 7.0/10


  • Tokyo Ghoul (Anime Season 1) Review

    Tokyo Ghoul (Season 1) Anime Review

    DISCLAIMER: this review contains spoilers so only read ahead if you’ve seen it or you don’t care. Also this review is of season one only.

    Based on the manga of the same name, Tokyo Ghoul is produced by Studio Pierrot, a studio that makes the long-running shows Naruto and Bleach. The story centres around a human student named Kaneki Ken, who falls victim a binge-eating ghoul named Rize. However in an unexpected turn of events Rize is killed and in order to save Kaneki, her organs are transferred into him. Although not executed supremely well, I thought the overall concept here was a really interesting and didn’t fall into the pitfall of a generic vampire-like story.

    This all happens in the first couple of episodes, and they are actually the best episodes of the entire season. One thing that Tokyo Ghoul struggled to do in my opinion was maintain the themes and tone that this introduction sets up. What was initially a internal psychological war within Kaneki is somewhat lost, and the focus drifts away from this for a large remainder of the show, except in places where the plot conveniently demands it.

    The tone during the overall season felt inconsistent. At points it was this deep wrenching psychological thriller and then at other points it felt like I was watching a slice of life anime. While the altering tempo wasn’t as jagged as in something like Akame ga Kill, it still felt like the writers was slightly confused about what genre they were writing at points.

     

    Tokyo Ghoul Characters

    The characterizations in Tokyo Ghoul were hit and miss for me. Some of the characters were brilliant: the Gourmet was one of the best villains I have seen in an anime. His design fully suited his personality, he was utterly insane but his goals made sense in their own twisted way (which is what you want from a villain).

    Touka was almost certainly the best main character in the show. She is a strong female lead which is something which I feel isn’t always seen enough in anime, and you truly see a metamorphosis in her character from being cold and heartless to becoming reluctantly fond of Kaneki and Hinami.

    The side characters were dealt with averagely, with some of them (for example Hinami, her mother, and the Doves) feeling fully fleshed out, while others felt more like filler characters and plot leverage for the main characters to bounce off of (such as Kaneki’s friend Hide, or Nishiki and his human girlfriend). As there is so little time spent with these characters we don’t learn to empathise with how other characters feel about them. This is a shame because it feels like wasted potential.

    On the other side of the spectrum is Kaneki, who whilst he isn’t the worst main character I’ve ever seen, he is still unremarkably boring. Aside from the ghoul transformation at the start of the show, we see almost no change in him at all until about 3 minutes from the end of the last episode. And for a show which seems to try and put a focus on characters so much it doesn’t really do much for me.

    Tokyo Ghoul Animation and Sound

    The art, animation, and sound in Tokyo Ghoul are good. Whilst they aren’t going to win any awards, they are sufficiently good enough to do the show justice. The setting and characters all look nice (and appropriate to their personality), and the animation is pretty smooth and doesn’t dip in quality anywhere which is good. Aside from the main theme song which is awesome, the sound isn’t especially noteworthy but the sound engineers did a good job of realizing that sometimes silence has a better effect than music in some scenes of tension or exposition.
    So to conclude, Tokyo Ghoul has its flaws but is still worth your time to watch. While there are issues with tone and some characters, the overarching story is enough to keep you invested until the end.

     

    Score: 7/10

    Verdict: Watch it

    Recommended Similar Shows: Parasyte, Another, Elfen Lied

    Review by MrA


  • Tokyo Ghoul (Anime) Review

    Tokyo Ghoul Anime Review

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Incomplete)

    (Warning this review may contain slight spoilers/ series is not complete as of now)

    When you hear the word anime and monster in the same sentence of a review what do you think? It’s going to be another story about a group of teens or something that go out and hunt monster to try and save the world. This is a very common kind of anime scenario but one thing that we never think about is what it’s like for these monsters that they must hunt. Do these monsters truly have a life of their own or are they just beast trying to eat. Tokyo Ghoul is an anime that shows fresh insight for in this anime we see what is like to be the monsters that are being hunted. What there life is like, what they must do to survive. This anime is going to show you a view of the world that you would not usually see in anime. Now on to the actual review.

     

    Plot of Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Tokyo Ghoul is the story of a young man named Ken Keneki who was always loved reading books ever since his father died and left a whole room of books that he could read. One day while talking to his friend Hideyoshi (Hide) he spies most beautiful girl from across the café. He eventually gets the courage to ask her out on a date and she agrees to go out with him. He thought that he met the girl of his dream until he noticed something this girl wasn’t just a girl, she was a monster known as a ghoul. He was astonished that this girl that he loved so much was a ghoul and was going to kill him until an accident dropped many steel beams all over Keneki and her. While he was being operated on he could only hear the faint words of the doctors as they agree to take her organs and use them on his body. The surgery was a success but it can at a big cost. Keneki was no longer human but he also wasn’t a ghoul. He was now thrown into the middle of two worlds, one of them a world of monster and one a world of humans. He later meets a group of people who are ghoul that want to help him adjust to this strange new world that he has been thrown into but can he handle this or will he be killed along the way.

    Tokyo Ghoul

    There are many things that ghoul must do to try and co-exist with us humans. One thing is that Ghoul cannot handle eating any kind of human food except for coffee. The taste of human food is the most disgusting taste you can imagine times 10 and not only does it taste horrible but it will cause the ghoul to become very sick if he or she actually eats any of our food. They cannot just eat anything around humans because that would make them look really suspicious and would get them caught easily. They have found a way to fake it so that it looks like they are eating food but they are only forcing the food down there throat without tasting it so that they can later puke the food up before they actually began digesting it. They however love coffee, which is the only thing that they can share with humans.  Some Ghoul wear masks while they hunt for humans so that they can be found easily on the streets, while some ghoul cannot even stand the idea of killing a human so they find other ways to feed their appetite for flesh.

    Tokyo Ghoul

    I first began watching this anime after I finished watching the anime claymore and wanted something action packed and filled with gore. I had heard plenty of stuff and seen many facebook pictures about this anime but never felt any real reason to watch this anime but I am glad that I took the chance and watched it. It only has one season out right now but I would give this anime 4.5 stars out of 5 for its original look into the lives of creatures who must try and exist the same as we do.

    – Review by GaryTheOtaku