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Tokyo Ghoul is going to be one big, bloody mess. I’ve been anticipating this series based on the fact that it’s horror and as a horror fan – plus having seen the certain level of skill the Japanese have with both real life horror movies and anime – I couldn’t pass this up. And the first episode did not disappoint with its delivery. It was face-paced, had a jump scare and became an emotional and psychological wreck for the main protagonist. The story follows Kaneki Ken, the m.c, who likes reading and lives alone, close to an area that has recently been facing a series of fatal ghoul crimes. He has a best friend, Hide (the typical loud-mouthed and energetic chap) and a love interest who shares his reading hobby. They start to hang out and it turns out that the love interest is actually a ghoul named Rize – nicknamed the Binge Eater. She almost kills him and ends up dying herself when (out of pure coincidence) steel beams collapse on her. They are both taken to an operating room and Kaneki’s life is saved during surgery by replacing his damaged organs with Rize’s. And this turns him into a ghoul. The rest of the episode is of him trying to escape his reality but being cornered by it when he faces more ghouls and his hunger for human flesh.
This first episode was good and got right to the point. The visuals are solid and the background music helped to carry the tension along the way it should. I knew something was off about Kaneki’s love interest; the sixth sense cannot lie. Or maybe it was just my preconceived notion that something had to go wrong. This is horror; nothing good lasts forever in this setting. What I especially liked was Kaneki’s slow collapse into desperate panic to deny the truth of what he’s now become. I felt that desperation as he forced down the food, only to run to the bathroom just mere seconds after swallowing to regurgitate every morsel he consumed. When he ran out into the streets, smack-dab in the center of what could have been his buffet of human flesh, I thought he would have snapped but he battled against the raging and hungry ghoul that he is with what’s left of his humanity. I honestly thought that Touka, the girl who helped him in the end, was a nice and shy kind of girl from the first half of the episode. She works at the café where Kaneki had met Rize. But she is a ghoul, a badass one at that. She really is an actress, that Touka. I’m slightly curious about her. She force-fed Kaneki what his body demanded, I guess because she grew tired of his whining that he’s human and refuses to become a cannibal. I don’t think she is really trying to help him but she may be the one to help him face reality. Staying true to the concept of horror, I’m not really sure Tokyo Ghoul will really deliver in that aspect. There will be blood – lots of it – and there may be a few jump scares here and there but, I doubt it will give me that feeling of terror the way something like Another did. Besides that, I think this could be a potentially good series.
I want to know what happens next. Who is that man with the Jason mask? He may be some kind of ghoul slayer. I wonder if Hide will be affected by all of this.