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Tokyo Ghoul review

How do you adapt when everything you've known in life has suddenly changed? In July 2014, the once peaceful life Kaneki knew ended... when he almost died.

Directing this series (12 episodes, 24 minutes each), animation/action/drama/fantasy/horror is Shuhei Morita.

Lending their voices is: Natsuki Hanae as Ken Kaneki, Sora Amamiya as Toka Kirishima, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hideyoshi Nagachika, Kana Hanazawa as Rize Kamishiro, Mamoru Miyano as Shu Tsukiyama, Takayuki Sugo as Yoshimura, Hinami Fueguchi as Sumire Morohoshi, Yuichi Nakamura as Renji Yomo, Shintaro Asanuma as Nishiki Nishio, Katsuyuki Konishi as Kotaro Amon, Asami Seto as Akira Mado and Rie Kugimiya as Juzo Suzuya.

Ghouls are creatures that feed on human flesh. The problem is, you may not even know a ghoul is standing right next to you... until it's too late. Even with the CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul) trying to protect the city, the ghouls still claim lives. Knowing the threat is out there, people still try to live their day to day lives. Unfortunately, after being attacked by a ghoul, Kaneki's day to day life... will never be the same.

This anime started off as a manga called Tokyo Ghoul (2011), that had a 14 volume run, and was written by Sui Ishida. If you decide to check it out here's the titles to look for: Tokyo Ghoul (ran from 2011 - 2014), Tokyo Ghoul: Jack (ran from August - October 2013) and Tokyo Ghoul:re (ran 2014 - ongoing). Now, the review covers the first season, and as luck would have it, the second season Tokyo Ghoul ✔A (root A) started in January 2015, and yeah... I'm hooked.

Chuji Mikasano, who was the writer for the anime, used the first 4 volumes of the manga to do the story-line for the season. Now, I've never read the manga, so I don't know what or how much of the story was changed for the show. I will say, I dug how everything went. It has really good character development and a story that hooks you right away.

The play-through was good and it moved along at a really nice pace. The show is seriously entertaining and it held my attention the entire time. If it's not the fight scenes keeping your attention, it's the story-line. I also liked the fact that they are constantly bringing in new characters and eventually filling you in on their back story, which just adds another solid layer to the overall story. 

Visually, the animation looks great thanks to Henry Thurlow and I really liked the character design that Kazuhiro Miwa came up with. Now, the fight scenes get pretty bloody, but you won't see anything really gory.

Overall anime fans, this is definitely worth checking out.

It's rated R for language and violence.

4 stars 

Michael Carter  - Back Seat Viewer 

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