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31 Days of Horror: TOKYO GHOUL (Season 1)

In modern-day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans, yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half-breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers,  and the fine line between man and monster.

Pros

  • Enthralling and heartbreaking story
  • Perfect in-depth character development for a majority of them with genuine emotional moments
  • Vivid and striking animation
  • Gore that is actually tasteful without going too gratuitous or excessive
  • Excellent music score along with the opening and ending songs with a fantastic English dub from FUNimation.

Cons

  • As much as this has restraint, there are scenes that aren’t made for the easily squeamish.
  • Pacing issues
  • Manga fans may not be as pleased with this as anime-only fans.

Overall

Tokyo Ghoul is the latest anime from Oscar-nominated director Shurei Morita (“Possessions” segment from the movie Short Peace) based off the manga series by Sui Ishida and animated by Studio Pierrot (Yu Yu Hakusho, Naruto, Bleach).

The story’s biggest draw is how Kaneki and his struggle of being a human/ghoul hybrid and just surviving the whole ordeal like keeping it hidden from his friend Hide and trying to masquerade his human side to him as he can’t eat any human food as that to a ghoul is disgusting and he needs to live off human flesh once a month. There is also the fact that like humans, ghouls are also being hunted down even the ones that just want to live their life in peace and it shows that there is no clear-cut protagonist or antagonist in the show as each opposing side has their reasonable motives to why they are against humans or ghouls and make us feel compelled to know more about them. The show does get bloody when it comes to the ghoul or human attacks and fights but it never went to the point of becoming overly excessive in its gore and while it doesn’t show you most of the brutal deaths, the feeling of what may happen still leaves you in shock and horror.

While Kaneki does have the main focus of the story, the majority of the other supporting players like Touka, Amon among others have a spotlight now and then and showcases their everyday life whether they are human or ghoul. As little as some characters get screen time, their presence are effective throughout the 12-episode run. The manga does offer more story and insight on these characters but standing on its own merits, the anime was handled smoothly with what we got.

The artwork, animation and sound are equally fitting with the tone of the show from the slick and eerie look of the environments and settings to the haunting songs such as the opening “unravel” by TK and the ending theme “Saints” by People in the Box. The english dub from FUNimation was also a great additional effort thanks to its ADR direction from Mike McFarland and J. Michael Tatum, writing from Monica Rial and Josh Grelle and the cast from rookie Austin Tindle (Kaneki), the well-known veteran Brina Palencia (Touka) and Monica Rial in her small and effective role as Rize, the girl who practically kickstarted Kaneki’s transition to a ghoul and a reminder if a girl asks you out, make sure she doesn’t winds up feasting you.

 

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Author:Mark King

Well, what is there to know about me? I am the creator of "Anime Discovery" and what is it you asked? I'm a story writer/reviewer for his one-man project website The Mind of the Hybrid One. He is also a fan of many things media, including movies, TV, music and, especially anime. my blog/review series Anime Discovery is aimed towards the people who might still consider themselves either as a beginner, rookie, or possibly even the most knowledgeable of anime. I review titles that are either the ones you know and love to the titles that need some love or some forgotten gems that needed to be….well, discovered.

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2 Comments on “31 Days of Horror: TOKYO GHOUL (Season 1)”

  1. 10/17/2015 at 5:48 PM #

    Reblogged this on The Mind of the Hybrid One and commented:
    At last, something Halloween or horror related has appearing in the month of October and it is my review of TOKYO GHOUL (Season 1).

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