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Tokyo Ghoul, Tome 1

(東京喰種 / Tokyo Ghoul #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  114,619 ratings  ·  2,918 reviews
À Tokyo, sévissent des goules, monstres cannibales se dissimulant parmi les humains pour mieux s’en nourrir. Étudiant timide, Ken Kaneki est plus intéressé par la jolie fille qui partage ses goûts pour la lecture que par ces affaires sordides, jusqu’au jour où il se fait attaquer par l’une de ces fameuses créatures. Mortellement blessé, il survit grâce à la greffe des orga ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 27th 2013 by Glénat (first published February 17th 2012)
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Gavin Abdollahi Hmmm, based on vol. 1 and a little bit of vol. 2, I'd say 13,14+.
If you can handle Attack On Titan, or if you're ok with whoever you're checking for w…more
Hmmm, based on vol. 1 and a little bit of vol. 2, I'd say 13,14+.
If you can handle Attack On Titan, or if you're ok with whoever you're checking for watching/reading it, this is fine (I speak for the manga version, though).

So, here's what you need to worry about:
<spoiler>
1) VIOLENCE

Obviously.
Beheading, severing of limbs, blood gushes, human like creatures eating humans, humans killing ghouls... These are what I've gathered so far.
Though, since it's just a bunch of drawings, and also black and white, I'm fine with it.

2) PSYCHOLOGICALITY (not sure what it's called)

Take a look at Death Note.
Barely any nudity and or violence, but why is it best kept away from little kiddies?
The psychological value, the mixed up sense of right and wrong.
Tokyo Ghoul (for me) isn't necessarily creepy, but the main character is a human turned ghoul, who has to cope with the ghoul hunger, and will most probably have to eat humans.

Things you don't need to be worried of:
NUDITY/ FANSERVIECE

Very much less quantity compared to other titles meant for younger boys.
Sure, there is a bit of cleavage, and sometimes characters wear short skirts and or have big breasts, but it's way less worse compared to other titles, and there's one scene where a female character is seen leaning apron a male character, both naked (shown from the side, and this is in no way sexual, more like symbolizing the main character becoming a ghoul).

Hope this helped!

Edit:
Oh, for a library?
You may wanna shelf it under older teens, cuz that's the official rating (16, maybe 18+, I think).</spoiler>(less)
giraffeoutlol I'd say Project ARMS (which actually inspired AoT, according to AoT's author). Other than that, TG is in a category of its own, on writing alone.…moreI'd say Project ARMS (which actually inspired AoT, according to AoT's author). Other than that, TG is in a category of its own, on writing alone.(less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
i loved this so much! i'm already so attached to the main character. ...more
Muhtasin
Tokyo Ghoul, Tome 1 by Sui Ishida

Finally... Happy to start a manga. It was my first manga book. So at first, I got confused about which way to read it. However, the story, characters, and arts were excellent.
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Kevin (Irish Reader)
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reread: 19/1/22
Still loved it just as much!

I had a feeling I was going to love this manga, and it didn’t disappoint! I loved it so much! I found the world to be so interesting and I’m definitely looking forward to volume 2, to learn more about ghouls and the world.

Also did a reading vlog on my YouTube channel where I discussed this book. You can check that video out here: https://youtu.be/KkjqEK5fdco
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Julie
Excellent beginning for this series! I'm watching the anime version on Hulu- which is fun. The reluctant ghoul is a great premise! Looking forward to the next installment! ...more
Aya
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 日本語, manga, fantasy
“I’m not the protagonist of a novel or anything. I’m a college student who likes to read, like you could find anywhere. But.. if, for argument’s sake, you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be a TRAGEDY!”

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This is so PAINFUL!! A real TRAGEDY!
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This manga is about a normal boy "Kaneki" that had an organ transplantation from a "Ghoul".. then he finds that he can't act normal as he was. He became a "ghoul" after the operation!!
He finds man
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Axle
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is probably THE most amazing manga of the century. Inspired by Takatsuki Sen's "Egg of the Black Goat," it shows the mental and physical progress of a once innocent boy into something much darker but still retaining some of the gentleness of his former self. The literary analogies and intriguing plotline and battles scenes come together to make this one of the most eloquent action mangas to ever exist. There are deep underlying meanings in this manga that can interest any level of reader. I ...more
AMEERA
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow
Ideas are bulletproof
Sep 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga

“I'm not the protagonist of a novel or anything. I'm just a normal college student who likes to read. But, if I were to write a book with me as the main character, it would be a tragedy.”

Wow! I unquestionably adore this manga! It’s tremendously gory, hair-raising and exceedingly action packed!

This tells the story of Kaneki Ken who was just your typical college student who loved to read. But one day, he went on a date with a ghoul and never realized what peril it might put him through! Ghoul
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Daye
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“i was never athletic. i’ve learned what i know from books.”

ah, yes. me too, kaneki…. me too……

oh to be a half-human, half-ghoul hybrid in tokyo trying to protect your childhood best friend from other ghouls while also slowly coming to terms with the fact that you might eat him at any given time
BondS
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Chapter 1 to Chapter 9
»»» My Reactions «««
★★★✩✩

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Jan Philipzig
The Goo Goo Muck

Meh. Weren’t teenagers supposed to fall prey to vampires or turn into werewolves when they get horny? Must be getting old… It’s a zombie world now, so our shy, angst-ridden protagonist falls for - you guessed it - a sexy, well-adjusted, dolled-up ghoul... and, well, let’s just say: somehow ends up with her organs in his body. Next thing our hero knows, he craves human flesh - bummer!

Yep, it’s all a bit clunky, contrived and generic - and the gore doesn’t really change that. Tokyo
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emily ☂︎
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, german, manga, 2019, reread
ken kaneki supremacy
Romie
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I definitely see why so many people like this manga!
I liked the MC, though I wanted to punch some sense into him sometimes and tell him to stop crying and do something with his life . . . but then again, the guy just became something he thinks as a ‘monster’ so I can understand why it's so hard for him to be at peace with himself.
I'm pretty excited to read the next volumes!

3.75
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Dave Schaafsma
Tokyo Girl is the name of a Japanese television drama series that aired on 2008- 2009. This horror manga is not about this tv program.

It is also not about this Ace of Base song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ootIy...

It also has nothing to do with David Bowie's "China Girl."

It is a ghoul story, though it is also a girl story, a girl named Rize a shy boy named Kaneki has a crush on. Then things get messy. K. survives the date with Rize, but with surgery, so now he's a half-ghoul. He lives in bot
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Mario
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
Great start to a series. Even though I already knew what was going to happen ('cause I've seen the anime) it was still really interesting to read. The art style kind of reminded me of art style of Attack on Titan, but to me, that was a good thing, because I love AoT's art style. Can't wait to continue on with the series and see where the story will go. ...more
Roya
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okay
I’m slowly getting back into reading after a six month hiatus. I’ve never taken so much time away from reading and at times it felt like I was losing a part of myself. I used to be so in love with books and reading, but I slowly stopped wanting to do so much as pick up a book. I’d be lucky if I finished ten pages. Along the way, I realised that all this time I’ve been developing other interests and changing in general. And that’s okay and understandable. As much as reading was once a part of me, ...more
Maria
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
11.08.19 Just casually rereading one of the greatest manga series of all time. Man, it’s been a while! Ishida Sui’s artwork in this volume looks so ugly compared to his latest work, that it makes me love it all the more. I kinda forgot how amazing of a character Yoshimura was. The true GOAT of the original TG series. And, of course, best boy Hide. Do I even need to say anything?

21.03.18 So far, I’m enjoying this more than i enjoyed the anime, but still 😕...maybe it’s just a little too creepy, ev
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Rusty Grey
3.5 stars

Sheesh !! This sure was something . It took me about two volumes to get used to Ishida's art . The story is a bit slogging at places , otherwise it's quite fast paced like most of the shounen manga. I liked Ken Kaneki as the mc and most of the side characters . Tokyo Ghoul was a bit too gory at moments but overall it was an entertaining read .
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Michael Sorbello
This is a review of the entire series!

Tokyo Ghoul begins with a streak of incredibly bad luck disguised as good luck. Reports of strange murders involving cannibalism and monster attacks have been haunting the city of Tokyo. What started as rumors quickly becomes reality as more and more victims show up dead. The creatures behind the attacks are believed to be ghouls. They don’t quite fit the normal definition of ghouls, they’re not hideous, rotting, undead monstrosities. They look like humans,
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maria ✦‧₊☽
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-mangas
This Manga is amazing. I love it so so much.
EVERYTHING ABOUT IT LIKE THE PLOT, THE CHARACTERS AND THE IDEA,... ARE GREAT.
If you want to read a Manga which can surprise you and makes you want to hold your breath you must try this.
Kate
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5stars

Just as good as I remember the first time being! Such an interesting premise, beautiful art, and has you absolutely hooked from page 1.
Bookishrealm
May 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting to like this as much as I did! I mean I thought I would enjoy the idea of ghouls living as humans until they need to feed, but the whole story is so much more. But when Ken is turned into half ghoul/half human, the story delves into so much more. There isn’t much to say about this first volume because it definitely sets up the premise for the rest of the series but I think there is going to be some exploration of some pretty interesting themes and I’m excited to delve into th ...more
Lauren
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This is a re-read for me and was read in a different format. Having heard such great things about this manga I decided to give it another go as I definitely didn’t appreciate it first time around. I’m really glad that I gave it another chance (via ebook) because I am definitely intrigued by the plot, the characters and the whole ghouls living in the human world premise.

I will say that some of the battle scenes were a bit messy and hard to decipher what exactly was going on but I will continue w
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awwsalah
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, manga
this manga is interesting. a world that humans and Ghouls lives together, even the human's knows there existence. but they act like they don't even exist the ghouls i mean. even though the ghouls eat the human flesh. humans just ignores them.
but one day, a kid named kaneke, sorry if i said his name wrong. anyway. this interesting kid, even though he's not that interesting at the beginning. but when he turns to half ghoul. thing would turn upside down for him. it would be hard for him to except h
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Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
This is a very popular manga amongst my friends. Tokyo Ghoul certainly doesn't hold back from the gore and violence. For the majority of the read, I found the story to be quite unsettling. Following a shy guy called Ken who wants to go on a date with his crush, who is more keen in eating flesh than kissing him. Ken turns into a hybrid of a human and a ghoul and the ghoul world is very deadly. My journeys into discovering new mangas continues... but I don't think dark ones are my cup of tea! ...more
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
I’m not the protagonist of a novel or anything…I’m a college student who likes to read, like you could find anywhere. But… if, for argument’s sake, you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be… a tragedy.

-Kaneki Ken, Ch 1


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This is the story of an average college guy, who finds himself attacked by a ghoul, creatures with supernatural strength, speed and abilities and who only eat human flesh. As fate has it, our guy Kaneki ends up in a hospital with the organs of o
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Giulia
3.5 stars

My journey into everything Japanese continues!
Or: I absolutely adored the anime when I watched it, and since I needed more of this amazing universe in my life while waiting for the next season, I moved on to the manga. The art is incredible, and even though this is just the beginning, the story is the one I already know and love - eerie, bloody and dramatic.

Bonus content. Things that prove that Kaneki Ken is totally my soulmate:

• He is a giant book nerd that spends his whole time read
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Ana Sofia Ferreira
Up until now, it's pretty faithful to the anime! I don't remember it well, but I think this entire volume happened in episode 1 and perhaps 2 as well.

It's really interesting to see Kaneki and the parallels between him and the books he read. Also Nishiki seems more evil here than I remember him. Hide is precious, he needs to be protected forever!

I hope that by reading the manga I get a deeper understanding of Kaneki and his reasons, but I'm expecting things to start shifting from the anime only a
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Mal
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
you may not be a ghoul, but you're not a human either. there's no place for someone who can't decide between being one or the other.


And so the misery begins.
I watched the first season and ...
Have been ... avoiding season two.
Because I know. I know.
I don't want to go through that pain.
So naturally I start the manga.
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Also known as 石田スイ.

Sui Ishida (石田スイ, Ishida Sui), born December 28, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese manga artist
In 2010 he won the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award with Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種, Tōkyō Kushu). In March 2011, the same oneshot was published in the 2nd Issue of Miracle Jump. And later in September 2011, Tokyo Ghoul started as a series in Weekly Young Jump 2011-41 Issue. In December
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東京喰種 / Tokyo Ghoul (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 3 (Tokyo Ghoul, #3)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 4 [Tokyo Guru 4] (Tokyo Ghoul, #4)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 5 [Tokyo Guru 5] (Tokyo Ghoul, #5)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 6 [Tokyo Guru 6] (Tokyo Ghoul, #6)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 7 [Tokyo Guru 7] (Tokyo Ghoul, #7)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 8 [Tokyo Guru 8] (Tokyo Ghoul, #8)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 9 [Tokyo Guru 9] (Tokyo Ghoul, #9)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 10 [Tokyo Guru 10] (Tokyo Ghoul, #10)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 11 [Tokyo Guru 11] (Tokyo Ghoul, #11)

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