The Best Order To Watch the Tokyo Ghoul Series
Written by Tegan Bortignon
On April 5, 2018
Heard all the hype surrounding the latest season of Tokyo Ghoul ‘:re’, but haven’t watched any Tokyo Ghoul before? Look no further!
We thought we’d make it easier for new viewers of the series to find a good place to start. Here’s our recommended watching order!
#1 – Tokyo Ghoul (Season 1)
In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: creatures who look exactly like humans – yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary boy, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about his powers.
This is a no brainer. Start with the first season. You will be introduced to all characters, from main to supporting, and you are given a good explanation of what ghouls are and why they are terrorizing Tokyo. We also see Kaneki, our tortured main character, go through the struggle of his body and mind transforming against his will.
Filled with lots of great action and character development, this is a must-see for any anime or horror fan!
#2 – Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action Film
The live-action film isn’t a must-watch for viewers wanting to understand the story, but it is a live-action film worth watching. The story line is fluid and easy to follow, and the special effects are definitely some of the better we have seen in an anime live-action adaption.
Can definitely be seen as a stand alone to the series, and is a good gateway to get viewers more intrigued as to what else happens through the series.
#3 – Tokyo Ghoul vA (Season 2)
Tokyo Ghoul vA, also known as Season 2, is an original story that follows directly on from Season 1 – although it follows a different path to the manga. After Kaneki’s week of torture at the hands of Jason and Aogiri Tree, he has finally come to accept the monstrous, ghoulish part of himself that he has despised and feared for so long. He is more crazed, more flesh-hungry and, one the most obvious and symbolic changes, his hair changes from black to white.
Kaneki joins Aogiri Tree and as tension continues to rise, the government’s specialized anti-ghoul agency (the CCG) intensify their efforts to rid Tokyo of ghouls. This threatens the peace of Kaneki’s friends and former comrades—the ghouls at the Anteiku coffee shop.
This season is FULL of amazing and bloody fights, like the one with Juuzuo and the twins and the final fight between the CCG and the ghouls in the last few episodes, and we receive more backstory on various characters who play a big part later in the season and in TG:re.
#4 – Tokyo Ghoul: [JACK] and [PINTO] (OVA’s)
JACK and PINTO are OVA prequels to the series! In JACK you find out how Arima came to be in the CCG, which is important to know for certain parts of Tokyo Ghoul:re. It’s handy to have some prior knowledge about him, as he isn’t mentioned much in the previous two anime seasons.
PINTO features Tsukiyama and Hori in High School! Hori is also an important character in :re, so having some knowledge of her beforehand is useful! And, of course, we all know Tsukiyama, our sniffing charmer.
#5 – Tokyo Ghoul:re
Set two years after the events of the original series, we find ourselves back in Tokyo. With ghouls still running rampant and the hunt for the ghoul known as ‘Torso’ at its peak, we are introduced to a special team within the CCG known as the Quinx Squad.
The members of the Quinx Squad are all humans who have had the CCG’s specialty weapon, the Quinque, implanted in their bodies, allowing them to make use of the special abilities of a ghoul in order to eradicate them. Leading the Quinx Squad is Haise Sasaki, a half-ghoul, half-human, and he’s joined by four other Quinx members, Saiko, Urie, Tooru and Shirazu.
However, there’s more to this young man than meets the eye, as memories begin to claw their way to the surface, slowly reminding him of the person he used to be…
If you, for some reason, don’t enjoy the anime or want to know more about the series in general, we highly recommend checking out the manga series! Not only is the storyline captivating and terrifying, the art style is absolute stunning!