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Tokyo Ghoul: Everything you need to know

Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and drawn by him. Between September 2011 and September 2014, it was published in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump and compiled in fourteen tankbon volumes.

In 2013, a prequel named Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] debuted on Jump Live and was published in a single tankbon volume.

Between October 2014 and July 2018, a sequel named Tokyo Ghoul:re was serialized in Weekly Young Jump and compiled in sixteen tankbon volumes.

Between July and September 2014, a 12-episode anime television series adaption by Pierrot premiered on Tokyo MX. From January to March 2015, a 12-episode second season, Tokyo Ghoul A (pronounced Tokyo Ghoul Root A), which followed an original tale, aired. In July 2017, a live-action film based on manga was released in Japan.

Tokyo Ghoul:re, an anime adaption based on the sequel manga, ran for two seasons, the first from April to June 2018 and the second from October to December 2018.

Viz Media licensed the manga for English language publication in North America, while Funimation licensed the anime series for streaming and home video distribution.

Plot

Strange killings are taking place in Tokyo. The authorities determine that the assaults were carried out by ‘eater’ type ghouls based on liquid evidence found at the site. Kaneki and Hide, college friends, come up with the theory that ghouls imitate people, which explains why they have never seen one. They had no idea that their notion would become a reality.

History

Sui Ishida won the 113th Young Jump Grand Prix with Tokyo Ghoul in 2010. The identical one-shot was published in the second issue of Miracle Jump in March 2011. Later that month, in the Weekly Young Jump 2011-41 issue, Tokyo Ghoul debuted as a series. Another one-shot about Rize was published in Miracle Jump’s 6th issue in December 2011, which was then included in Tokyo Ghoul’s 5th volume.

Tokyo Ghoul: Jack, a side story spin-off, debuted in the internet magazine Jump LIVE in 2013.

It was announced in the middle of January 2014 that an anime production had begun. Later information indicated that it would be produced by Studio Pierrot, directed by Shuhei Morita, and planned to broadcast in July 2014. In North America, Funimation licensed the anime for streaming and home release. The animation lasted 12 episodes and finished in mid-September, the same day the manga’s last 143 chapters were released.

Viz Media revealed during a New York Comic-Con panel that they have acquired the licensing rights for the English version of the Tokyo Ghoul manga. The first volume was published on June 16th, 2015, with a price of $12.99 per book.

In October 2014, about a month after the manga and anime finished, it was reported that Sui Ishida would begin a “new startling series” dubbed Tokyo Ghoul:re in the 2014-46 issue of Young Jump. The same issue confirmed that the anime’s second season would premiere in January 2015.

Tokyo Ghoul A began on January 9th, 2015, created by the same personnel and spanning twelve episodes as its predecessor. In North America, Funimation has also licensed the second season for streaming and home release. The final half of the series was marketed to follow an alternative tale created by Sui Ishida, which departed from the manga. Season two concluded on March 26, 2015.

Following the conclusion of the main series, it was stated that an OVA for Tokyo Ghoul: Jack was in the works. Sichi Shimada directed Jack, which had a limited theatrical release on September 5th, 2015, and is slated to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 30th, 2015.

During the creation of Jack, it was also reported that a second OVA, Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto, directed by Tadahito Matsubayashi, was in the works. Pinto is a side tale based on one of the books’ storylines. On December 25, 2015, it was released.

On July 16, 2016, it was revealed that a live-action feature will be released in the summer of 2017. On July 29th, 2017, it was released in cinemas around Japan. Funimation announced the purchase of the film’s license on May 31st, 2017. The English-subtitled version of the film will be released in restricted cinemas throughout North America from October 16th to October 22nd, 2017.

Tokyo Ghoul: third re’s season was confirmed on October 5th, 2017 through Ishida’s Twitter account. It was released in October of this year.

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