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Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1

(東京喰種 / Tokyo Ghoul #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  122,744 ratings  ·  3,115 reviews
Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by VIZ Media LLC (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:

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:

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!

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
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
my new obsession
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.
Mario the lone bookwolf
She could literally eat him, sweet as he is. Ken should definitively have avoided this Barbie

Cannibalism without zombies is such a refreshing change in the alternative nom nom game
Instead of the usual, brainless infected or fantasy made zombies, rational people just decide to change their diet due to paranormal infections. A predator just has to do what´s necessary to survive and stay strong, so why all the panic? Just because it´s human and not pig, cat, chicken, cow, or dog it´s unacceptable?
Kevin (Irish Reader)
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
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
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, manga, 日本語
“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
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ideas are bulletproof
Sep 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, manga, fantasy
“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
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 1 to Chapter 9
»»» My Reactions «««





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
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, reread, manga, 2019, german
ken kaneki supremacy
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!

Dave Schaafsma
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-horror
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:


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
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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
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
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 .
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hands down, Tokyo Ghoul is one of my most favorite series after I watched the 3 full seasons of anime.

What's what in the story: University student Kaneki lived an ordinary life, until one day the beautiful young woman he tried to date turned out to be a human-eating Ghoul--humanoid predators living among humans.

Overall it's a well-crafted series, with interesting conflicts, human dramas and nice, reliable main characters. I like Kaneki's character transformation from a pushover to a more complic
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,
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
maria ✦‧₊☽
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-mangas
This Manga is amazing. I love it so so much.
If you want to read a Manga which can surprise you and makes you want to hold your breath you must try this.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just as good as I remember the first time being! Such an interesting premise, beautiful art, and has you absolutely hooked from page 1.
Lauren Lanz
Aug 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 5-stars
There's something so haunting about this manga, and not in the bloody, gory sense.

"I'm not the protagonist of a book 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."

I grew attached to our kindhearted protagonist Kaneki in no time; watching him endure the suffering of becoming the first human-ghoul hybrid proved a surefire way to break my heart (yes I am in pain).
The concept for thi
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
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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)
  • 東京喰種トーキョーグール 2 (Tokyo Ghoul, #2)
  • 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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