By Yolanda Cortez & Denys Loaiza
This summer’s anime season left those who watched in tears after tragedies, devastating events, and characters leading new lives. Tokyo Ghoul was no stranger to these events.
Tokyo Ghoul is an anime released during the summer of 2014. The main character is Kaneki Ken, an average college student, who only wants is to go on a simple date to a book store, which he ends up getting. Kaneki appears to not have the best of luck as the girl who he ends up on a date with turns out to be a ghoul. Ghouls live in Tokyo and the only difference between them and humans is that they eat humans to survive. A tragic accident happens on this date, and to keep him alive, the doctors replace Kaneki’s damaged organs with the girl’s who died. Kaneki becomes half ghoul half human, and is now fighting against the humans who are trying to eliminate all ghouls, and ghouls the who want to have him for themselves.
This anime series is based off of the manga, Tokyo Ghoul, written by Sui Ishida. The series began in September of 2011, and finished in September of this year, with a total of 143 chapters. Over this past summer, the manga was adapted into a twelve episode anime. The series files under the categories of Action, Drama, Horror, and Psychological. The anime covers approximately 60 chapters of the manga, and fans are hoping that there will be a second season, especially since this season ended on a cliffhanger.
We enjoyed the anime very much. We watched it over a span of two days, and when we finished it, we wished it hadn’t ended. I (Yolanda) personally loved the main character, Kaneki Ken, and was interested in how he changed throughout the series. To discover he was now a monster that humans hated and feared, then have to figure out how to live his new life, all while meeting new, and strange characters along the way. We loved the anime art style, though there is a lot blood in the series, so at times it was a bit graphic. Despite that, I highly recommend watching the anime, and reading it to find out more!