Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種トーキョーグール, Tōkyō Gūru) is a media franchise based on the manga series by the same name written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was later adapted into an anime produced at Studio Pierrot.
Strange murders are happening in Tokyo. Due to liquid evidence at the scene, the police conclude the attacks are the results of 'eater' type ghouls. College buddies Kaneki and Hide come up with the idea that ghouls are imitating humans so that's why they haven't ever seen one. Little did they know that their theory may very well become a reality.
In 2010, Sui Ishida won the 113th Young Jump Grand Prix award with Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種, Tōkyō Gūru). In March 2011, the same oneshot was published in the 2nd Issue of Miracle Jump. Later in September 2011, Tokyo Ghoul started as a series in Weekly Young Jump 2011-41 Issue. In December 2011, another oneshot about Rize was published in Miracle Jump 6th Issue, which was later collected in the 5th volume of Tokyo Ghoul.
In 2013, a Tokyo Ghoul side story spin-off named Tokyo Ghoul: Jack, started in the digital magazine Jump LIVE.
In the middle of January 2014, it was announced that a production of an anime had started. Later information revealed that the studio behind it would be Studio Pierrot and it would be directed by Shuhei Morita and set to air in July 2014. Funimation licensed the anime for streaming and home distribution in North America. The anime ran for 12 episodes and ended in mid September, on the same day the manga published it's final 143 chapter.
On a New York Comic Con panel, Viz Media announced that they were to pickup the license rights for the English release of the Tokyo Ghoul manga. The first volume released June 16th, 2015 at $12.99 per volume.
Around a month later after the manga and anime ended, in October 2014, it was announced that Sui Ishida will start "new shocking series" that will be titled Tokyo Ghoul:re in the 2014-46 Issue of Young Jump. Same issue announced that a 2nd season of the anime will air in January 2015.
On January 9th, 2015, Tokyo Ghoul √A premiered, produced by the same staff and spanned twelve episodes like it's predecessor. Funimation had also licensed the second season for streaming and home distribution in North America. √A deviated from the manga, the last half of the series was advertised to follow an alternate story written by Sui Ishida. Season two ended March 26th, 2015.
After the main series concluded, it was announced that an OVA for Tokyo Ghoul: Jack was in production. Jack was directed by Sōichi Shimada, had a short theatrical release on September 5th, 2015, and is set to release on DVD and BD September 30th, 2015.
During the production of Jack, it was also announced that a second OVA was in the works: Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto, directed by Tadahito Matsubayashi. Pinto is a side story based on one of the stories from the novels. It was released on December 25, 2015.
On July 16th, 2016, a live-action film was announced and scheduled for summer of 2017. It was released in theaters across Japan on July 29th, 2017. On May 31st, 2017, Funimation announced acquisition of the film's license. The English subtitled version of the film is set to run in limited theaters in North American from October 16, 2017 though October 22nd, 2017.
The third season of the anime, Tokyo Ghoul:re, was announced on October 5th, 2017 via Ishida's twitter account. It is set to release in 2018.
- Art Books:
- Tokyo Ghoul: The Fool (April Fool's Game)
- Tokyo Ghoul: carnaval
- Tokyo Ghoul: Jail
- Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War
- Tokyo Ghoul:re Invoke
- Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist