TOKYO GHOUL Gutsy anime
released OUT NOW! 2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD
Director Shuhei Morita
Cast Natsuki Hanae, Sora Amamiya,
Kana Hanazawa, Rintarou Nishi
Horror anime has had a revival in recent years, spearheaded by the hugely popular Attack On Titan. The 12- part Tokyo Ghoul is another striking entry. Set in a present- day city, it sees a luckless young man find the girl he’s dating is a ravening, flesh- eating monster. She’s killed before she can finish him, but after her organs are transplanted into the dying boy, he becomes a monster himself.
After an impressive opening, it seems to lose its way for a while. There’s an interesting plotline about a “ghoul” minority trying to survive in human society without killing, but there’s also campy, violent farce and superhero- style action. Thankfully the show eventually pulls its strands together, becoming a smart and surprisingly moral portrait of a conflict where both humans and ghouls are victims.
Warning: the last episode slides into shocking horror, torturing a character that we’ve grown to truly care about. The plot is also completely unresolved; a second series is planned for release next year.
Extras Two commentaries by the English dub cast, a featurette, ads, promo videos, textless credits and a trailer. The Blu- ray includes a 48- page booklet. Andrew Osmond
In Japan, Tokyo Ghoul was broadcast at night, but still had some particularly gruesome details censored. This is uncut.
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