|Tokyo Ghoul - Ep 1 & 2 Review||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
Hi everyone! Today, I will be doing a review on one of my favourite animes of this season. This is my very first review, so I may be a little rusty here, please forgive me for that. Opinions and Statements shared below are mine and mine alone.
Description: Strange murders are happening in Tokyo. Due to liquid evidence at the scene, the police conclude the attacks are the results of 'eater' type ghouls. College buddies Kaneki and Hide come up with the idea that ghouls are imitating humans so that's why they haven't ever seen one. Little did they know that their theory may very well become reality.
Related Series: Tokyo Ghoul (anime)
Author(s): ISHIDA Sui
Serialized in: Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)
Licensed in English? No
What became apparent at the very first scene inside the cafe is that, portions and pages worth of details and developments had been cut out. As someone who has read the manga prior to watching the anime, I felt the anime was rushed, and instances sometimes did not make any sense. Touka was introduced in an alley way being confronted by this dirty old man and ends as Touka giving the man's hand as an appetizer to Ken. But in the anime, this scene have been omitted entirely. This felt really off, like.. why would they just do that?
Still, the element of the arcs and chapters have been conveyed to full effect somewhere in the developing plotline. Basically, information from one chapter or a couple of chapters have been inaugurated into a single episode. What I think is happening is, the directors do not intend to release the anime as weekly running episodes spanning over a long time. Instead, I believe the main aim behind Tokyo Ghoul is to produce minimal chapters spanning no more than a season.
I have no other complaints regarding the plot. The story follows the life of a normal college student who becomes mixed with the darker side of Tokyo, into the lives of Ghouls that prey on the flesh of humans in order to survive. Kaneki soon discovers the horror of life as a ghoul. Human food tastes horrible, where flesh and blood gives off the aroma of homemade cooking. As someone who can belong in neither human nor ghoul societies, Kaneki must discover the virtues of his life, the meaning behind why he is how he is.
The emotions are intense and soon I found myself really placed inside that cafe. Thats when I decided, Tokyo Ghoul is a must follow. I haven't felt this level of intensity and emotions in this seasons animes as much as Tokyo Ghoul did. The vibes on this are impeccable.
Character design is an important aspect in any story. While at first glance, it does not appear as though any attention had been given to the development of other characters beside Kaneki Ken, because of omitted details here and there, the development have been satisfactory.
Whether its the cold appearance of Touka or the downright cruel nature of Nishiki, the element of the characters themselves barring the plot have been brought in full effect. The struggling Kaneki, trying so desperately to become a human, while Nishiki almost hellbent on regaining his territory or Touka, who was going about asserting Anteiku's dominance, the characters have been marvellous thus far that I could tell. The glimpse of Jason in the first episode and I already know there is going to be some marvellous twists down the road.
Kaneki's white hair and that mask already was enough of a spoiler. I just want to know how that comes about. Maybe the prospect of surviving as a ghoul brings about this change in his personality or character. Does Kaneki become vile and vicious? Does he become a monster? We can only speculate at this point.
Kagune designs and colors however are a negative point for me. All of them are supposed to be (as far as I am concerned), red. But Nishi's one is a blueish color. It totally killed his rep.
To be honest, I was looking forward to Tokyo Ghoul, so at first glance, it may sound as if I am being biased, but trust me when I say this, the first scene (after the brief encounter with Jason and Rize) is enough to make anyone fall in love with the series. Part of the credit goes to the graphics, but we will get back to that in a bit. At first glance, no can with affirmation say that Tokyo Ghoul has a darker side to it.
Here are two guys, discussing about a crush and a date, in a coffee shop thats supposed to be filled with flesh eating monsters, but there is not a single presented of this. In a way, I like this aspect of Tokyo Ghoul. There are two solid societies, both despising each other, both functioning rationally. The inspectors who appear at the very end of the second episode will certainly bring some excitement. That white haired guy already looks like a crazy lunatic thats out for blood.
They did a brilliant job with the animation and overall graphics. The anime is supposed to be about ghouls, who eat humans. At first thought, one would expect really dark graphics, music and animations. But that is not quite so. The animation brings and uncanny vibrancy to the anime, one thats almost soothing.The voice acting is brilliant, and one of the best I have heard this season.
This is a must see. There are some disappointments with the plot and character designs for me, but this is something I will not let go unless something drastic happened, like the horrible plot on Kill La Kill that lead me to drop it after just the first episode. I want to see what becomes of Kaneki. The animation is beautiful and the plot appears to be solid.
-What do you think will happen to Kaneki Ken?
-Do you think he will embrace the ghoul within and adapt an appropriate diet?
-What do you think about the hallucination of Rize that he has?
-Will he be overcome with hunger?
-What do you think Kaneki will do now?
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