Tokyo Ghoul is a new anime series that is brought to us here locally by Madman. I had heard quite a bit of hype surrounding this one; it has an appeal due to its dark atmosphere and horror themed elements. The series starts off (obviously in Tokyo)with Kaneki and Hide listening to the news about ghoul attacks in the 20th ward while in Anteiku. Hideis a normal human and the best friend of Ken Kaneki. Hide briefly comments that the murders happened nearby, but then asks who the girl is, if it is the waitress, while Kaneki agrees she is cute, explains that it isn't her, The girl in question then asks what they want to order, and Hide asks for her name, which is Touka, he then asks if she is seeing anyone, which causes her to blush and run away.
Then, a beautiful girl walks in, whom is the girl Kaneki is pining for. Kaneki then notices she is reading the same book as him, and is trying but failing not to stare.The girl, Rize, then notices him staring at her and smiles at him.
Later on the phone with Hide, Kaneki shares that they're going to the bookstore on a date, after Hide states that sometimes you get lucky. Hide then wishes he had a good time and hangs up.
On the date while eating in a restaurant and discussing their shared favorite author, he comments slightly flustered that she doesn't eat much, and Rize explains she's on a diet and excuses herself to the restroom, and Kaneki glances on her barely touched food.
Ken Kaneki is the protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul Formerly, he was a human studying Japanese Literature at Kamii University and living a normal life. As a child, Kaneki had all the same features he has now as an adult with black hair and black eyes. In his free time, he wears casual clothes . At work, he wears the standard Anteiku waiter uniform, consisting of black trousers and a grey waistcoat over a white dress shirt, and a brown necktie.
Later after the bookstore date, Rize with tears in her eyes, confides in Kaneki that she lives near where all these ghoul-related crimes are taking place and is really scared of those sort of things, so Kaneki comforts her telling Rize that he'll walk her home. While walking together, the waitress Touka from earlier at the café walks by with her friends and glances suspiciously at them before she continues walking away. Rize then points him in the direction of a dark road and tells him it's that way, and after brief walking he stops and confesses that he likes her and wants to see her again, and she says she likes him too before suddenly getting red/black eyes and starts biting his shoulder and Rize starts saying about how the only thing she likes better than reading is slowly pulling out the organs of her prey after Kaneki runs and keeps on saying "No way no way, no way" repeatedly.
After being cornered on a construction site, and being impaled by her Kagune through his stomach, she complains that he appears dead, and commenting that she really did like him. Suddenly there's a big crane above Rize and the wires snap crash down onto Rize resulting in her supposed death. While Kaneki is being lucid, we hear doctor's shouting in the background, and one says to give him her organs and that he'll take full responsibility if shit goes down. Kaneki in his mind doesn't really comprehend anything yet, but we see an image of him floating, before Rize hugs him from behind, and beacomes emerged in blackness, before opening his eyes to reveal one red/black eye.
Later, he tries to eat but can't, and wonders what's happening.
A nurse then comes in and worringly asks if that's all he's going to eat before telling him that Hide was there again, yet he remains under the blanket, quiet. Is he becoming...a Ghoul?
Then while speaking to the doctor, he confides that the food tastes slimy and weird, and that his sense of taste is off. The doctor smirks before telling him nothing's wrong, and since it was a serious accident, it could be psychological.
After being discharged, Kaneki walks home and thinks that something's been strange since the incident with Rize, and that it feels like a dream, before he finds a bag of groceries and a note from Hide at his door, telling him amongst other things, that he brought his favorite burger.
Sitting on his bed later he's watching a show on the TV, in which a ghoul-expert explains that ghouls can survive for a month or two on one dead body, that their tongue also works differently, and that human food tastes awful and slimy to them. He wonders what it is before remembering Rize, and punches his mirror in a state of panic and anger.
He states he knows what is happening, when he remember the doctor's words about transplanting Rize's organs into him, and also remembers that kitchen knifes and utensils have no effect on ghouls, so Kaneki proceeds to take a sharp knife and while holding his shirt up, tries to stab himself in the chest.
I guess as a viewer introduced to this world, what is a Ghoul? Ghouls are a carnivorous and cannibalistic species that are only able to feed on humans and other ghouls. If certain rare conditions are met, ghouls and humans may even be able to have offspring and a ghoul's organs can be successfully transplanted into a human. They are also able to jump several meters high.Under normal conditions, ghouls have a high regenerative ability: Small wounds and fractures heal in a matter of seconds to a day,and even grave wounds heal after few days, as long as the ghoul has adequate food supply. They also have a tougher body than most regular solid materials. They can smell people or meat from afar and can tell apart humans and ghouls by their smell. They also have a heightened sense of hearing that even allows some ghouls to discern individual footsteps from far away. Ghouls seem to age at the same rate as humans, further allowing them to blend in. Its certainly a highly unique concept and keeps this series standing out due to its originality.
Touka: "And that makes this your feeding grounds?" She picks up the discarded arm that Kazou was planning to give Kaneki, and asks if he wants it, holding it out, Kaneki reaches for it, before stopping himself, being conflicted between his ghoul-side and human-side, Touka then, too, comments on his eyes, before realizing he was the one who was with Rize, asks why he wasn't eaten and yet again comments on his eye, her own eyes widening.
Kaneki then asks for her help, claiming that even if she didn't believe him, he was still human, yet he wants to eat so badly, but that if he ate it, he wouldn't be human anymore. The series begins to progress and more characters get introduced, we really don't want to spoil it, as it will really suck you into to its world.
She asks if he won't eat it, and he hesitantly reaches for it before he smacks it away, shouting no way over and over, and that he wouldn't be able to it something like that, asking what it means to be ghoul, like killing people and each other, that he wasn't like that, allt the while still crying. .The bolts sticking out of his neck and the fact that he is an artificial ghoul reminds a Frankenstein theme. After being tortured by Yamori for a period of ten days, his hair became white and his nails turned black due to heavy stress, anxiety, and continuous bodily regeneration. He also began wearing a form fitting black outfit when he had the intention of fighting as a ghoul, both for intimidation and practicality. Not to get ahead, you can begin to see how and what a ghoul is, within this universe. Overall this has to be one of the most original and dark anime of 2015; highly recorded to not only Anime fans but also horror fans.