Tokyo Ghoul (2014) Anime Series Review

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 2-Rize tries to manipulate Kaneki

For this review. I might just be in a unique position unlike some who were watching the Tokyo Ghoul anime series I had never even had contact with the manga series. Even now. I do not think that will change even after seeing the Tokyo Ghoul anime series. It was pretty impressive as it stands. While I am sure the manga series of Tokyo Ghoul is great. When it comes to the anime and manga spectrum fall under the category of feeling more taken by anime. To this day only a few manga series have ever caught my attention and mostly have never had an anime adaptation tie in. I guess that means (laughs) that I like to keep anime and manga separate. Due to that, this is going to be an anime series review for Tokyo Ghoul from an anime viewer’s only perspective with regard to this series.

The key source of my interest for this anime series was probably the PVs released early on before the start of the series. That moment when I first saw the PVs sort of reminded me of when saw Attack on Titan’s PV and I just knew the animation was going to be gorgeous. Flash forward to the first episode premiere and it was just that. Quite frankly when it came to the voice actors involved with the series I knew next to nothing. The only voice actor or should I say voice actress really knew about was Kana Hanazawa who also voiced Akane Tsunemori in Psycho-Pass. It was also one of the few darker anime series that grabbed my interest initially because it looked very sophisticated visually.

Tokyo Ghoul 2014 anime series review

Once it aired as I mentioned in my First Look it was noticeable things we going to get violent and high-strung all over the place. And they did. Ken Kaneki our main character becomes infatuated with Miss Rize but unknown to him she is a flesh-eating fiend with almost supernatural strength and some weird appendage known as a Kugane which is used to impale helpless human victims. Kaneki survives but he soon starts changing to something like Miss Rize. He acquires her hunger but instead of turning into a monster he tries to fight it. He joins a group who welcomes him to try to bridge the gap between humans and ghouls. The ghouls of which he is now one of them. Since the anime series was pretty short it was definitely hard for it to truly develop a longer over-arching story narrative but for the 12-episode run it managed to keep the interest of a viewer by keeping its focus on the inner struggles faced by both human and ghoul. Occasionally reveling in harsh violent displays of what a ghoul really is seen most notably in perhaps one of the strangest characters in the Tokyo Ghoul anime series, Tsukiyama. Or as I like to call him “that Tsukiyama bastard”. It has such a nice ring to it.

Now in the voice acting. Tsukiyama is voiced by Mamoru Miyano. I actually did a sound reaction on Youtube for his first real appearance. While there are plenty of bizarre characters in Tokyo Ghoul. Tsukiyama wins over them all. He comes off as an elegant guy but he is strangely monstrous and plain horrible. He acts all laid-back but then he consistently plays with Kaneki and taunts him. One noticeable characteristic about Tsukiyama is that he has a French accent and for his character profile this was a good detail to add since there lies an impression that he is elegant but underneath it all he is not what he appears to be. Mamoru Miyano’s French accent is impeccable. I mean you could take him for a native French speaker.

Stand out performances were also gained by Kana Hanazawa voicing Rize. In Tokyo Ghoul, she seems more seductive and perhaps crueler in tone that some of her other roles have seen from. Natsuki Hanae of them all was actually one of the most surprising voice actors to do voicing for the characters. His portrayal of Kaneki is both demure but then when he is in a Ghoul state of mind the sound of his voice for Kaneki turns into one that suggests he has gone demented. Plain bad and crazy. Like his portrayal especially for Tokyo Ghoul Episode 2.

The Tokyo Ghoul anime series concluded pretty well given its length. A nice touch was that it was ended simultaneously with the Opening Theme Song performance by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure, Unravel. The mixture of the emotionally stunning music by TK and cinematography just closed the series in a complete way that was also very special.

Recommendation Level: Phenomenal anime series. Very Highly Recommended

* Tokyo Ghoul Rated on AnimePlanet 9/10*

Recommendation Tiers

Sadly. No!

So-So. Probably should be passed up.

Good anime series. Well recommended.

Phenomenal anime series. Very Highly Recommended

PLUS! FUNimation Entertainment decided to release an Interview with Director Shuhei Morita. Director Shuhei Morita apparently in the past was Oscar-nominated for his anime short “Possessions“. I actually know nothing about Possessions but have have heard some good things from anime fans about Possessions. Watch the Interview below if you like hearing a director talk about how they approach things.

Source: Crunchyroll-VIDEO “Tokyo Ghoul” Director Discusses Series

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul Key Visual

Director: Shuhei Morita

Based on the manga by: Sui Ishida

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. (MyAnimeList)

Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot

Genre: Horror, Action, Psychological, Dark Fantasy

Licensed streaming and home video rights in North America: FUNimation Entertainment

Available to Watch: FUNIMATION (North America) All 12 episodes available

FUNIMATION has now finished simulcasting the Tokyo Ghoul anime series and as such all subscribers even free users can now watch the episodes by streaming them. If possible check out the series on FUNIMATION in North America and if you live somewhere else. See: Watch Anime Legally In Your Country-Anime Streaming in 2014 on the blog for online sites where you can find Tokyo Ghoul.


3 thoughts on “Tokyo Ghoul (2014) Anime Series Review

  1. Having read the manga, I still couldn’t help but get goosebumps at the end! When Kaneki awakens and “unravel” begins to play… probably up there in my favourite anime scenes of all time.

    Regardless, if they changed some things from the source, I’m still hoping for a confirmation for a second season. Just being able to see one of my favourite stories being brought to life is through animation is a great experience. And without spoiling anything, the second half of the series is even better (in my opinion) than the first!


    • Absolutely when Kaneki just clicks to attention toward the end was really, really well done. I am sure I will have a lot of ingrained memories from this series!

      While I feel a Season 2 is actually not needed. I also would not be opposed to one.


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