Several of my friends and acquaintances suggested that I should check out Tokyo Ghoul, because apparently it’s a masterpiece. I usually don’t give in to suggestions, because I tend not to like the same series as my friends do, but this time I gave in and started watching Tokyo Ghoul.
I’ve devoured the entire first season within two days. It’s been awhile since I watched an anime series that told me the start of an amazing story as well as made me think about how humanity is pretty much scared of its own shadow and that we would do anything in order to make sure we’re the dominant species, even if that means killing our own sub-breed.
Tokyo Ghoul follows the life of Kaneki who is a one of a kind specimen among ghouls as well as humans; he is half-ghoul and half-human. We are shown how Kaneki became a ghoul and by the end of the season we learn why he’s such a pansy for the majority of the first season
Tokyo Ghoul is a gore-fest bonanza and I loved every second of it. I loved all of the various decapitations, stabbings, pools of blood as well as all the limbs flying across the screen. The animation is gorgeous, though the color palette is sometimes a bit off on certain scenes, but it’s nothing that skews enjoyment of the overall anime.
The biggest gripe I have with Tokyo Ghoul is the pacing of the main character’s, Kaneki’s, growth that occurs through the anime.
Overall, the anime is a must watch. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a fan of horror or not. It might be a bit too much for you if you’re really squeamish, but even if you are it’s worth suffering through it for the great story, animation and interesting characters.