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In which Mitchii fangirls over her all-time favorite seinen series! Tokyo Ghoul!!!
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I think I also wanted to share to y’all my beloved recent obsession. A series that smacked me with awesomeness over and over again. One that is just too brilliant that I need the proper platform and the proper words to describe the amazing ride that is this story. Are you ready?

Ladies and gents, I present to you TOKYO GHOUL by Sui Ishida.

In my entire otaku experience, I have never read something so amazing, it always leave dumbfounded. The story maneuvered these certain aspects into something deeper, something intricate. I have never experienced reading a story so keen with small details. I have never experienced where the author subtlety challenged me to hypothesize clues he left in his story. It was astounding. It was intense. It is just too awesome for words. I couldn’t even describe it properly (obviously, I’m now running out of adjectives.)

I’m a college student who likes to read, like you could find anywhere…I’m not the protagonist of a novel or anything. But if, for argument’s sake, you were to write a story with me in the lead role…it would certainly be a tragedy.

Let me break this fangirling post into several parts and hopefully by the end of it, I have convinced you to try it.

What is Tokyo Ghoul?

Tokyo Ghoul is—

A Tragedy.

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If you are those who always wait for silver lining in stories, regardless of the genre then prepared your hearts to be obliterated with feels because Kaneki’s story is definitely full of struggles and pains (both emotional, psychological and physical). Kaneki’s life changed when an accident occurred to him forcing him to undergo an operation that leads him to become part ghoul. Ghouls are creatures that eat human flesh (basically human). Anything, aside from coffee is inedible to them. Now adapting to his new life, one that questions whether he accepts this new part of him but still faithful to his other half is indeed a struggle. How he will manage to live as both human and ghoul. One entity from two completely different worlds.

When I followed the sentences in the books my father had been reading, it felt like I was having a conversation with my dead father. It was strangely calming.

Trivia: Kaneki is a bookworm. He reads a lot of books. The reason why he started reading was because of his father, who also a big bookworm as well. I think I saw Kaneki reading Scarlet Letter by C.W. Lewis.

Emotional .

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It’s like the author had my feelings in the palm of his hands and free to do whatever he pleases. The characters pains are just too close for comfort. I’m completely invested with several characters (more heavily to the MC, Kaneki) and the lives of these characters were not easy. But what I loved the most that these people are trying their best to rectify it. Not brooding and not pretending. They mean what they said! And they will do!

Ruthless.

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I mean it is literally violent and emotionally as well because how many times did it crush my heart? So many times. But I’m going to be very literal in this point, it is very violent. The stuff that Kaneki had to endure is no walk in the park. It was bloody, painful and anguishing. I don’t like violence for the sake of violence but I think what makes this apart from the rest is that these things were presented in a way that is relevant to the story and most especially to the character. It’s not there to elicit shock (although you will be) or to purposely show “hey it’s badass since character’s stabbing someone and it’s spilling blood!” Goodness, no, it’s not childish like that. For a seinen series, the action scenes are more than afterthought but less significant to what it wanted to really convey, or what to highlight for that matter. But I enjoy the badassery of this series so no complaints here.

A Challenge.

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I have so high respect to Sui Ishida as an author because, to me, it feels like he also respects me as a reader. He challenges me in a way that I’m smart to deduce the clues he left in his story. He uses puns, symbols to relate something in the story. One thing I learned from reading Tokyo Ghoul is that small details are important. So important that Sui-sensei put clues there for us to brainstorm about it. You shouldn’t take the tiny details by face value, because by the end of it you’ll be surprised how it ties to grand scale of things. Oh boy did I learn. I learned the hard way.
Just like Kaneki’s to his father, it feels like I’m having chess match with him, alas I’m always checkmated. It’s just too hard to predict the story. The plot twists rendered me speechless. Making Tokyo Ghoul awesome!

I have so much to say but I want to share as little as possible. If you’re ready, 12 episode anime was aired recently and it’s going to blow your mind! Tokyo Ghoul is amazing.

Watch the Trailer / Images © Random Curiosity, Qtpiecap

2014 / 10 / 04

7 Responses to This world is wrong.

  1. Jenny says:

    The second picture looks creepy. I also have heard of this anime and the images above are really interesting. I think I like to watch a tragic story. Great post.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It is really a good story. I don’t want to spoil you with anything but it’s very intense reading experience. totally rec’d! Thanks jenny!

  2. Words can’t express how much I agree with this.

    I haven’t been an otaku for very long, but Tokyo Ghoul was definitely something else. Even now, after I’ve started reading a bunch of other manga and watching a bunch of other anime, literally NO OTHER story has made me feel as much as I did for TG. And I’m not lying when I say that I haven’t been able to go a day without thinking of Kankei, of Touka, or Rize, of Hide, of Amon, of Arima — basically every fucking character in the manga — ever since I read the last chapter. *cries* I’M STILL NOT OVER IT YETTTT.

    Emotionally drained girl over here. D:

    Honestly, even though I think the manga ended prematurely (now we have to wait until Oct 11 for this “special announcement,” so excited!), I still think Ishida-sensei was freaking brave for ending it like that. TG had just gotten more popular what with the anime coming out, and then BAM. I really like that he tied in with what he hinted so long ago, that Tokyo Ghoul would be a tragedy. It’s one of things I like most about the story, in fact.

    And can we talk about that last anime episode? My heart was already bursting from all the suffering Kaneki had to go through in the manga (seriously, if there’s one guy in this entire planet who did NOT deserve all that shit, it’s Kaneki), and then when I watched the last ep., I almost cried. Even though pretty much everything was censored — ugh. BUT STILL. The ruthlessness shown to such a kind and sweet boy — it’s horrible! And YES, I absolutely love how the action isn’t the main part of the story. It’s more like something that’s essential, not just there to please gore-loving seinen readers, if I’m making sense. I’m currently reading Berserk by Kentarou Mirua, and the action and gore is so plentiful that it feels like it’s just there to make violence-loving people out there happy (like me, lol). Gahh, I just love how cleverly done everything in TG was. Absolutely nothing was done by accident — everything had a purpose, and I love love love that.

    Haha, the challenge part, though. I’m not really good at reading between the lines, so I had to read up on a couple of forum posts in order to understand some of the symbolism and hints Ishida Sui left lying around. But maaan, all I can say is that it blew my freaking mind. Did you read the discussion about the checkerboard and flowers that appeared over and over again during Kaneki’s fight with Arima? That really opened my eyes.

    Ishida Sui is a fucking genius.

    That is all.

    I apologize for my french. Not really, though. It’s kind of essential for this manga. xD Anyway, I wanted to do a TG appreciation post as well, because it’s my favorite manga of all time (I love it even better than SnK or Pandora Hearts, honestly), but looks like you beat me to it! I hope more people read/watch this, because it will change their lives. It did for me, at least. *clings to Kaneki* (Oops, sorry for the long comment! I’ve been dying to unload this on someone for a loooong time, and you were the unfortunate person, lol.)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I have never read something like this! So, so intense. I can’t wait for the announcement as well. I have never been this excited since ever. I bet it’s a sequel, gut is telling me that it’s sequel rather than a totally new series! XD

      My gawd, the last episode. Man, despite the changes, I still loved it. Props to Kaneki’s VA, like man, he delivered the anguish & pain right on! I’m also reading a bunch of seinen eries, Zetman, Ajin and Gantz. Tokyo Ghoul is still different. So different makes it very refreshing! (an adjective I don’t think I’ll use for TG) no fanservice, just totally awesome writing!

      I know, I have to read forums too, especially those who read it Japanese, because the title of the chapters are freaking littered with hints. I can’t, Sui is a mad genius! I respect him for that bc it feels like he know that we are smart to deduce the hints he left. I salute the guy. *hats off*

      I NEED THE APPRECIATION POST! YOU NEED TO WRITE MEG AND CONVINCE EVERYONE WHAT FREAKING MASTERPIECE TG IS! IT’S A MUST!!!! xD
      Unfortunate? More like, lucky. I need TG fans who understand the feels!!!

      Oooops, long comment is long, and I’m not even sorry!

  3. Leigh says:

    Wow that first image is so beautiful and I really love the first quote. It’s so unique and has such a sad tone to it. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s quite sad; that’s the quote from the very first chapter and the entire run led to this tragedy. It was a clever, honest set-up.

  4. Alysia says:

    I watched the series while it was airing but I haven’t read the manga yet! My friend is currently reading it and also told me I need to, so I definitely will in the future. Scared of how much more intense reading it will be versus watching it!!

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