Tokyo Ghoul Review — B-

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A boy becomes a flesh-eating ghoul.

I was disappointed by Tokyo Ghoul because it didn’t turn out as I expected. Based on the first episode, I thought it was going to be a horror show along the lines of Shiki where people become monsters and are forced to kill their neighbors. However, it ended up being more along the lines of a shounen battle manga. People have superpowers and fight with them. Just one side happens to eat human flesh. Nothing wrong with that, just not what I went in expecting. Ok, to be fair, it’s more of a seinen battle manga, it’s certainly not targeted for children. A bit more intelligent, but the same general idea.

It had some fun fights, it was great seeing the main character develop (the final episode in particular was amazing), and I liked how it showed us both the perspective of the humans and the ghouls.

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My biggest complaint? The stupid loli. Totally useless except for crying too much and getting people killed.

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Also, Touka is hot.

  • Storytelling – B – The loli arc was annoying, but otherwise enjoyable. Needs a second season!
  • Voice – B – Unique battle aesthetic.
  • Characters – B – Great except for the loli.
  • Attention Grab – A – Kept my interest throughout.
  • Production – B – Looks good!
  • Overall – B-

Recommendations – Shiki, Mirai Nikki

7 thoughts on “Tokyo Ghoul Review — B-

  1. Where did you see a battle shounen in this? Having one or two fights in a series automatically makes it a battle shounen? To me the show was more like Shiki crossed with Black Butler with the sprinkling of slice of life bits.

    1. Well, yeah, a battle shounen crossed with a bunch of other things. More a battle shounen than horror, for sure, and I would argue more a battle shounen than any other genre as well. Some strong elements of a dystopian thriller a la Psycho Pass though.

  2. I was disappointed as well when I realized it wasn’t going to be a horror show, but I still enjoyed it and I would still recommend it to anyone. The fights were great, the characters développement not bad at all, especially Hinami and Kaneki. That last episode was perfect!

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