TOKYO GHOUL Gutsy anime

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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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