Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Episode 1 Review | 'Tragedy'

Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Episode 1 Review | 'Tragedy'

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The first episode of Tokyo Ghoul aired on July 4th, 2014 in Japan. Season 1 follows a college student Ken Kaneki as he gets thrown into the world of ghouls after a tragic accident. In Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Episode 1 , Rize reveals her intentions to eat Kaneki

Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Episode 1 | Synopsis

Tokyo Ghoul season 1 episode 1 opens with a purple-haired female ghoul feeding naked over a pile of corpse. She is approached by a masked man with pliers who has the orders of retaining her. They have a violent confrontation. The annoyed female ghoul steals the masked man’s pliers and takes off after throwing the plier from the top of a building.

Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Episode 1
Kaneki & Hide | Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 episode 1

The following day, a young Ken Kaneki is having lunch at a cafe with his best friend Hideyoshi Nagachika. They discuss Kaneki’s crush while calling a waitress over. Hide asks the waitress’s name and she introduces herself as Touka Kirishima before running away bashfully.

At the same time, a beautiful purple-haired woman with glasses enters the cafe. She turns out to be Kaneki’s crush, Rize Kamishiro. Having seen how beautiful and out of Kaneki’s league Rize is, Hide leaves.

Kaneki and Rize, hit it off. Later on a date, Kaneki notices Rize doesn’t eat much, which Rize brushes off as being on a strict diet. After a pleasant date, Kaneki offers to escort Rize home as she is scared of Ghouls being in the local news lately. 

As they take a turn towards a dark alley, Kaneki asks Rize for a second date to which she happily says yes. Expressing her feeling to Kaneki, Rize goes in for an embrace only to bite him on his shoulder, revealing herself to be a ghoul. The colour of her eyes change and with psychotic pleasure, She attacks a helpless Kaneki using her Kagune (A ghoul’s predatory organ).

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Rize and Kaneki
Rize & Kaneki | Tokyo Ghoul season 1 episode 1

Rize impales Kaneki, seemingly killing him in the process. However, as she is about to devour him, loosened steel beams fall from above, killing Rize instead.

Kaneki is taken to a hospital in critical condition. Rize’s organs are transplanted into him to keep him alive. He lives to see another day, however, Kaneki feels as if something has changed inside him. After being discharged, he goes home, all the while avoiding his best friend, Hide. Kaneki notices he has lost his appetite for food. When Kaneki leaves his house and goes out, he keeps being drawn to the smell of people’s flesh.

A terrified Kaneki rushes back home only to discover one of his eyes have changed its colour. He tries stabbing himself but the knife breaks. Putting two and two together, Kaneki has an emotional breakdown. He wanders off into the street all the while craving for human flesh. 

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Kaneki Ken
Kaneki Ken

Drawn to a sudden aromatic scent, he chases it, only to discover a ghoul devouring a dead human. The ghoul introduces himself as Kazuo Yoshida and offers Kaneki some meat. However, he is suddenly killed by Nishiki Nishio. Nishiki sees a drooling Kaneki and assumes he trespassed into his territory. He then proceeds to attack Kaneki but is interrupted by Touka’s sudden appearance.

Touka injures Nishiki, chasing him away. She offers a starving Kaneki some meat which he vehemently refuses. Suddenly, Touka recognises Kaneki from before. Poor Kaneki is confused, severely upset and cannot comprehend what is going on with him. Irritated by this, Touka stuffs Kaneki mouth with some meat.

After a date gone wrong, Kaneki is thrust into the terrifying world of Ghouls. How will he navigate his way through it! Only time will tell.

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