A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by studio Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 4, 2014, and September 19, 2014. A 12-episode second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (pronounced Tokyo Ghoul Root A), which follows an original story, began airing on January 9, 2015, and concluded on March 27, 2015. In North America, Viz Media is publishing the manga while Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video distribution.
A live-action film based on the manga was released in Japan on July 29, 2017. An anime adaptation based on the sequel manga Tokyo Ghoul:re began airing from April 3, 2018, and concluded on December 25, 2018, with the series being split into two seasons.
A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 4 and September 19, 2014. It also aired on TV Aichi, TVQ, TVO, AT-X, and Dlife. The opening theme song is “Unravel” by TK from Ling tosite Sigure and the ending theme is “The Saints” by People in the Box. Funimation has licensed the anime series in North America. A second season, titled Tokyo Ghoul √A (read as “Root A”), aired in Japan between January 9 and March 27, 2015. The opening theme song is “Munou” by Österreich, while the ending theme is “Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shinde Iku” by Amazarashi. On March 10, 2017, it was announced that the anime will premiere on Adult Swim’s Saturday late-night action programming block, Toonami starting on March 25. Madman Entertainment announced that they had licensed the series in Australia and New Zealand, and simulcasted it on AnimeLab. Anime Limited licensed the series in the UK and Ireland, and later announced during MCM London Comic-Con that the series will be broadcast on Viceland UK.
An anime adaptation for Tokyo Ghoul:re was announced on October 5, 2017, and started airing on April 3, 2018. Toshinori Watanabe replaced Shuhei Morita as the director, while Chūji Mikasano returned to write scripts. Pierrot produced the animation, while Pierrot+ is credited for animation assistance. Atsuko Nakajima replaced Kazuhiro Miwa as the character designer. The opening theme of the first season is “Asphyxia” by Cö shu Nie and the ending theme is “Half” by Queen Bee. The series aired in two seasons, with the first 12 episodes airing from April 3, 2018, to June 19, 2018, and second season airing from October 9, 2018, to December 25, 2018. The opening theme of the second season is “Katharsis” by TK from Ling tosite Sigure, and the ending theme of the second season is “Rakuen no Kimi” by Österreich.
Live action film
A live-action film based on the manga was released in Japan on July 29, 2017. Kentarō Hagiwara directed the film. The cast included Masataka Kubota for the role of protagonist Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu for the role of Touka Kirishima. Yū Aoi was cast as Rize Kamishiro, Nobuyuki Suzuki played Kotaro Amon and Yo Oizumi played Kureo Mado. A sequel film titled Tokyo Ghoul S is scheduled for release in Japan on July 19, 2019, with Maika Yamamoto replacing Fumika Shimizu as Touka Kirishima, and Shota Matsuda joining the cast as Shuu Tsukiyama.
- Ken Kaneki
- The main protagonist of the story, Ken Kaneki is a nineteen-year-old black haired university freshman that receives an organ transplant from Rize, who was trying to kill him before she was struck by a fallen I-beam and seemingly killed. After the operation Kaneki develops ghoul-like tendencies and characteristics, and his rationality begins to wane. As one that now doesn’t belong to humans or ghouls he struggles to keep his ghoul identity secret, always fighting against his ghoul side while trying to continue to live like a normal human. He later works as a waiter for Anteiku under Yoshimura’s guidance. After his fight with a CCG investigator named Amon he gains the name Eye Patch because of his mask’s design and becomes somewhat famous after a ghoul saw him defeating the investigator. He loves to read and is normally quiet and reserved but can also be calculating when fighting. He has a bad trait of easily trusting strangers which sometimes puts him in life-threatening situations. After being kidnapped by the ghoul run organization known as Aogiri Tree, he is mercilessly tortured by a sadistic ghoul named Yakumo Ōmori (Yamori), and later develops similar traits to his torturer. While being tortured he has hallucinations of Rize in which she mocks him about his mother, leading to him finally embracing his inner ghoul. In the manga at chapter 61, Kaneki’s hair slowly changes color from black to white. In the anime, Tokyo ghoul, his hair changes instantly after eating Rize and accepting his ghoul side. He then goes on and eats his torturer, Yakumo Ōmori. His view on strength changes and he goes on a power hungry path by cannibalizing other ghouls in order to get stronger. The continued cannibalization led him to become a half kakuja, where he develops a centipede shaped kagune and gains the alias Centipede. After the incident at Kanō’s Lab, Kaneki begins to regret this path and begins reflecting on his actions and motives.
- After being defeated and captured by Arima, Ken loses his memories and is given the new identity of Haise Sasaki, member and ace of the Mado Squad, and mentor of the Quinx Squad, a special unit composed of artificial ghouls. Despite having a new identity, Haise still retains some traits from his former self, like the love for reading and the determination to protect his companions with his life. When pressured to the limit, Haise has glimpses of his former self and unlocks his powers as a ghoul, forcing the CCG to strike him with RC suppressors to calm him down. Haise usually has an internal conflict with his past self, fearing that one day he would lose his current life with all his new friends and personality, which intensifies as he obtains more information about his former life until the raid at the Tsukiyama Headquarters, when he finally regains his memories and accepts his identity as Kaneki, not only showing a ruthless demeanor when facing his enemies, but a cold attitude toward his current and former allies as well. Haise’s achievements allow him to quickly climb among the CCG’s ranks, being promoted to First Class after the raid at the human auction and receiving a special promotion to Associate Special Class after single-handedly driving away the One-Eyed Owl during the raid at the Tsukiyama Headquarters, becoming known as the Black Reaper, until he betrays the CCG to help Tōka rescue Hinami from the Cochlea, releasing the other ghouls imprisoned there in the occasion. After Kaneki defeats Arima, he claims for himself the title of One-Eyed King, who according to Eto, has the potential to break the current status quo between ghouls and humans. For that purpose, he assembles the surviving members of Aogiri, the inmates from Cochlea rescued by him, several rogue CCG Investigators, and his old friends from Anteiku into a new organization called “Black Goat” which hopes to bring peace between humans and ghouls. After his fight with Juzo, he lost all his limbs and after all of his personalities argue about what to do, he consumes all the oggai squad (a new group of artificial ghouls made by Kano) and becomes a giant mass of kagune. He was later rescued by Tōka and the members of the Quinx squad. After regaining consciousness, he reunited with his best friend, Hideyoshi, whom he thought was dead.
- Touka Kirishima
- An eighteen-year-old ghoul of the 20th ward, Touka works part-time as a waitress in Anteiku and attends high school. She blends in well with human society and believes that keeping one’s ghoul identity is of top most priority. She is a cold and highly aggressive person, stemming from the fugitive life she had to live after CCG killed her father when she was very young. She is very dangerous and a powerful fighter who is more than a match for either Shū Tsukiyama or Nishiki Nishio on even grounds, though not nearly as strong as Renji. She reluctantly became Kaneki’s guide to the ghoul world and his training partner, although she doesn’t like Kaneki much and has no qualms expressing her dislike towards him. She later comes to be known as Rabbit after her attack on some investigators, killing one of them in the process. She takes up the role as Hinami’s guardian after her parents are killed by investigators and is fiercely protective of her. Touka is also shown to be self-aware, as after she killed an investigator that was involved in the murder of Hinami’s mother, she admits that a murderer such as herself deserved to die because killing for revenge is wrong. Despite her overall harsh personality and lack of kindness or empathy, she takes her job as a part of the Anteiku stability team very seriously. She also has a younger brother whom she raised before they both started to live in the 20th ward; her brother later joined Aogiri Tree because he did not like her peaceful way of living. Later on, Touka has revealed to Yoshimura that she has an interest in biology, particularly where humans and ghouls are concerned, and expressed that she would want to be a teacher in the future. After the time-skip, she is seen running a new coffee shop called “:re” with Renji. Touka also appears to have matured some in that she is calmer and has a less aggressive demeanor than in her teenage years. She is fully aware of Kaneki’s new identity, but is unwilling to force him to remember his past, although she admits that she is ready to support him should it happens and he decides to reunite with her, which he does once he defects from the CCG, mending their relationship and later becoming lovers. After consummating their relationship, it is later revealed that Touka is pregnant with their child and they got married.
- Rize Kamishiro
- Rize was a girl with glasses that Ken encountered who tried to eat him after luring him out on a date with her. Parts of her body are transplanted into Ken after she is struck by fallen iron construction parts. Before the construction incident, Rize was a member of V, assigned to breed with the members of the Washū family, but escaped with Furuta’s help. She was a very powerful, fearless and merciless ghoul, often preventing other ghouls from hunting in areas which she stole from them. She came to the 20th ward after wreaking havoc in the 11th ward, attracting the CCG Investigators to it. Before leaving, she killed the ghouls that were in charge and caused a shift in power. She is known as the “Binge Eater” by investigators and like Ken, she was very fond of reading. Originally believed to be killed during her encounter with Ken, it is later revealed that she is still alive and her body was used to produce materials for Ghoul/Human experiments by Dr. Kanō, with Ken’s transformation into a ghoul being the result of one of them. She is later rescued by Yomo. However, she is captured by Nimura Furuta and subsequently merged with the Dragon. She is eventually killed by Kaneki in his attempt to put an end to the Dragon’s rampage over Tokyo.
- Shū Tsukiyama
- A troublesome ghoul of the 20th ward with a well-known reputation: ghouls wouldn’t even get involved with him. He is known as the “Gourmet” by investigators and is one of the most difficult ghouls to capture, especially because he hails from a powerful and rich family of ghouls with connections in the government. He is a part of the “Ghoul Restaurant” under the alias MM. He is a very powerful, cunning, smug, and fashionable ghoul and was also an acquaintance of Rize. Like both Ken and Rize, he is an avid reader. He sometimes says words or phrases in either English, Spanish, French or Italian, and develops an obsession for Ken because of his seemingly unique quality of being human and ghoul. He is very athletic and proficient in martial arts. After being a part of Kaneki’s team post-Aogiri he considers himself Kaneki’s best friend; at this point it was never clear if he had truly seen Kaneki as more than just food. After the time-skip, Shū gets devastated with Kaneki’s disappearance until he is informed of his new identity as Haise and starts conspiring to have him remember his past, until his family’s secret is exposed and his entire clan is put on the CCG’s hit list. He is cornered by Kaneki, who apparently attacks him without mercy, but does not give him a fatal blow, allowing him to escape and be rescued by Chie, Yomo, and Tōka. He later helps out Naki and Miza Kusakari as they are being attacked by investigators.