“Why is it that the beautiful things are entwined more deeply with death than with life?”
The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.
I made a blog about this anime long ago, but it was about the comparison of the anime and the manga. For now, I’ll just make a review about the anime.
Tokyo Ghoul is a story wherein a world is inhabited by ghouls. Ghouls are man-eating creatures that have the same appearance to humans, which is why they can blend into the human society. The only thing that a ghoul can eat is human flesh, human foods taste awful to them and is bad for their health if it is absorbed by their body. They can not be harmed by simple weapons such as knives, they can only be harmed by the weapons of the Ghoul Investigators, called Quinque.
Kaneki Ken, is a simple human boy who loves to read novels. I’m going to cut to the chase, Kaneki turned into a ghoul because a ghoul organ was transplanted into his body system. Making him a half-human half-ghoul.
He later found out about Anteiku, a coffee shop wherein ghouls are the main workers there. The workers of Anteiku helps ghouls who are in trouble, Kaneki decided to work there. Kaneki still believes that he is a human and still decides to not eat human-flesh, but later on the story, he can no longer keep himself as being a human.
Ghouls have what you call Kagunes, which are blood cells which turn into solid (as hard as a teeth). These Kagunes have many types and each ghoul have one. If a ghoul ate a human flesh, it’s Kagune will strengthen and it will become more powerful. So, human flesh acts as a fuel to power up the Kagune. Kagunes act as their main weapon to fight against Ghoul Investigators.
Ghoul Investigators hunt ghouls and kill them using their Quinques. Quinque is a special type of weapon wherein it has the same factor of Kagunes.
So, in my opinion, the story of Tokyo Ghoul is great but the delivery of the anime from the manga was not that quite good. It was really rushed, but I find it weird that I actually enjoyed it at the same time. So this is what happens when you try to fit a 120+ chapter manga into a 12 episodes anime.