The Best Episodes of Tokyo Ghoul

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2018

In Tokyo ghouls are up to mischief. When it gets dark, they attack innocent citizens and feed on their flesh. Externally, they are indistinguishable from their fellow human beings. And worse: they live in the middle of us! Who knows, maybe the nice girl from the café or the neighbor next door has a little weakness for human flesh ?! So it's no wonder that bookworm and freshman Ken lands in the middle of a ghula's arms. Cute Rize is too great to be true: her first date with Ken even takes place in a bookstore! But when she leaves, she reveals her true nature and attacks Ken. Ken survives the ghoul attack by an incredible coincidence - but with serious injuries. He must be transplanted to his attacker's organs so that he can continue to live. At first his life goes on quite normally, but gradually he discovers some inconsistencies and develops strange cravings ...

Ghoul

#1 - Ghoul

Season 1 - Episode 12

As Yamori continues to brutally torture Kaneki, Rize once again appears to him, and the two of them explore Kaneki's childhood and relationship with his mother. Kaneki is forced to make a choice that has a profound impact on him.

star 8.67
423 votes
Directors: Shuhei Morita
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Last Rain

#2 - Last Rain

Season 2 - Episode 10

The battle between CCG and Anteiku continues, and Koma, Irimi, and Yoshimura each engage the special investigators. When a civilian gets caught in the middle, Hachikawa continues to press his attack unabated. Shinohara receives some unexpected advice.

star 8.15
247 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
Writers: 松尾慎
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Scars

#3 - Scars

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Touka falls ill, Kaneki pays her a visit that has unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, as Nishiki is still recovering from his run-in with Kaneki, he is nearly preyed upon by other ghouls.

star 8.15
395 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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turn: In the End

#4 - turn: In the End

Season 3 - Episode 6

Takizawa continues his offensive against Haise on the main stage. Shirazu tries to get Saiko to help him subdue Nutcracker in the monitor room. Urie pursues Big Madam, and feels the effects of his increased Frame level.

star 8.08
106 votes
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Deluge of Flowers

#5 - Deluge of Flowers

Season 2 - Episode 11

Suzuya is left to face the newly-arrived one-eyed Owl on his own. Aogiri Tree joins the battle against CCG, who find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of opponents. Meanwhile, Kaneki confronts Amon, who stands in his way to Anteiku.

star 8.07
243 votes
Directors: 嶌田惣一
Writers: 嶌田惣一
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High Spirits

#6 - High Spirits

Season 1 - Episode 11

Kaneki is held captive by Yamori, who practices his torturous craft on him. The police and CCG move in to deal with Aogiri Tree, who have made an 11th Ward shopping mall their headquarters. In all the commotion, the Anteiku team tries to rescue Kaneki.

star 8.07
339 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Beautiful Dream: Daybreak

#7 - Beautiful Dream: Daybreak

Season 3 - Episode 12

Eto arrives on the rooftop, spurring Kanae to attack Haise, who must also reason with Kaneki. With the other squad members on the ropes, Shirazu goes all-out to stop Noro. Kanae and Tsukiyama reach an understanding.

star 8.05
91 votes
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City in Waiting

#8 - City in Waiting

Season 2 - Episode 9

Yoshitoki is granted permission to execute the operation to eradicate the Owl. The many CCG officers involved in the mission take time beforehand to write any last words they might have, as the 20th Ward is cordoned off and its civilians evacuated.

star 8.04
225 votes
Directors: 京極義昭
Writers: 京極義昭
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Circular

#9 - Circular

Season 1 - Episode 8

Touka sets out to lure the ghoul investigators, but before she can strike, she finds that Hinami has run away. When Touka and Kaneki go out looking for her, they find themselves face to face with Amon and Mado, who has a few surprises of their own.

star 8.04
361 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Incubation

#10 - Incubation

Season 1 - Episode 2

Kaneki struggles to adapt to his new nature with no success, until another ghoul, Nishiki Nishio attempts to prey on his friend Hideyoshi Nagachika and he must fight to protect him.

star 8.00
470 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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writE: The Absent One

#11 - writE: The Absent One

Season 3 - Episode 11

Matsumae and Mairo try to hold off the investigators long enough for Shu to escape. Haise and Shu face each other on the building's helipad. Quinx Squad has their hands full when a powerful ghoul stands in their way.

star 7.99
89 votes
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Tragedy

#12 - Tragedy

Season 1 - Episode 1

Amid news reports of "Ghoul" attacks nearby, ordinary college student, Ken Kaneki, encounters Rize — a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.

star 7.99
549 votes
Directors: Shuhei Morita
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Rift

#13 - Rift

Season 2 - Episode 5

After living together at a CCG children's home years earlier, Kurona, Nashiro, and Suzuya are reunited in combat at Cochlea. Ayato faces an uphill battle against Shinohara, who is equipped with armor created from the remnants of his own father, Arata.

star 7.91
248 votes
Directors: 末田宜史
Writers: 末田宜史
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Captivity

#14 - Captivity

Season 1 - Episode 7

After Kaneki and Hinami witness Ryoko's fate, the personnel at Anteiku are grieved, and Touka decides to take the investigation into her own hands. Kaneki is fed up with not being able to do anything, and decides to get involved.

star 7.90
361 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Cloudburst

#15 - Cloudburst

Season 1 - Episode 6

The fight against Tsukiyama is resolved, but Touka wants to kill Kimi, now that it's clear she knows that Nishiki and Kaneki are ghouls. Meanwhile, Hinami is eager to see her father again after being apart for so long.

star 7.90
382 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Supper

#16 - Supper

Season 1 - Episode 4

Kaneki starts receiving self-defense lessons from Yomo. He meets Itori, who runs her own bar, and is friends with Uta and Yomo. Kaneki is befriended by Tsukiyama, a ghoul who knew Rize, who also enjoys reading, and possesses other, more epicurean tastes.

star 7.89
401 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Aogiri

#17 - Aogiri

Season 1 - Episode 10

Kaneki is kidnapped by members of Aogiri Tree, an underground ghoul faction who is interested in his connection with Rize. Meanwhile, Amon is introduced to his new partner, the eccentric and dangerous Juuzou Suzuya.

star 7.88
349 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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New Surge

#18 - New Surge

Season 2 - Episode 1

As Shinohara and Kuroiwa prepare to take on the Owl, Amon insists on joining the battle. Ayato attacks Touka, and Kaneki comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Yomo, Tsukiyama, and Uta take on Noro, but find him to be a most unexpected opponent.

star 7.88
323 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
Writers: 松尾慎
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Dove

#19 - Dove

Season 1 - Episode 3

Yoshimura teaches Kaneki more about how to blend in with mankind, and takes in a mother and daughter needing protection. Two ghoul investigators are assigned to the 20th Ward.

star 7.81
413 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Morse: Remembrances

#20 - Morse: Remembrances

Season 3 - Episode 21

As Dr. Kanou visits his family's gravesite, Kurona confronts him. CCG gains a new ally and expert on ghouls. Hide enlists the help of Akira and Amon to plead his case to CCG. A despondent Mutsuki lashes out at Saiko and Urie.

star 7.77
22 votes
think: Sway

#21 - think: Sway

Season 3 - Episode 10

Eto drops in on a defeated Kanae, offering to help. Shirazu decides he needs to make a fresh start. Ui finally consents to Haise's idea of an undercover fact-finding mission. Haise grows frustrated probing into his past.

star 7.68
88 votes
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Permeation

#22 - Permeation

Season 2 - Episode 7

Tsukiyama shows up at Anteiku with news for Yoshimura about Kaneki's attempt to become a kakuja via serial ghoul cannibalism. Concerned over her "Big Brother," Hinami accompanies Tsukiyama to a coffee shop, where she again runs into Takatsuki.

star 7.68
222 votes
Directors: 嶌田惣一
Writers: 嶌田惣一
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Birdcage

#23 - Birdcage

Season 1 - Episode 9

After several weeks go by, everyone tries to return to their normal lives. Hinami moves in with Touka, and despite her aversion to birds, they nurse an injured cockatiel they name Hetare back to health. Kaneki visits Itori to try to learn more about Rize.

star 7.68
354 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Deeper Layers

#24 - Deeper Layers

Season 2 - Episode 4

Amon and Akira visit Cochlea in order to get information about the Owl from Amon's former foster father, Donato Porpora. However, while they are there, the facility comes under attack by a large number of Aogiri Tree ghouls, led by Kaneki and Ayato!

star 7.67
239 votes
Directors: 古川順康
Writers: 古川順康
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Old Nines

#25 - Old Nines

Season 2 - Episode 8

During Kaneki's visit with Yoshimura, he asks for information about the Owl, and is told the tragic tale of a young ghoul named Kuzen. Touka makes plans to move out of Anteiku. A snowy day brings with it brisk business at the coffee shop.

star 7.67
207 votes
Directors: 古川順康
Writers: 古川順康
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