The Best Episodes of Tokyo Ghoul

The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named 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.


#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 8.64
359 votes
Directors: Shuhei Morita
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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 8.14
202 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
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#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 8.12
329 votes
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High Spirits

#4 - 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 8.05
282 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
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City in Waiting

#5 - 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
181 votes
Directors: 京極義昭
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#6 - 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 7.98
463 votes
Directors: Shuhei Morita
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#7 - 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 7.97
299 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
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#8 - 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 7.97
388 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
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New Surge

#9 - 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 7.94
267 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
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#10 - 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
201 votes
Directors: 末田宜史
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#11 - 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 7.86
303 votes
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#12 - 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 7.86
328 votes
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#13 - 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 7.84
288 votes
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#14 - 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 7.81
317 votes
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#15 - 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 7.79
342 votes
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#16 - 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
179 votes
Directors: 嶌田惣一
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Deeper Layers

#17 - 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 7.66
197 votes
Directors: 古川順康
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Old Nines

#18 - 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 7.62
165 votes
Directors: 古川順康
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#19 - 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 7.61
299 votes
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#20 - Hangman

Season 2 - Episode 3

A CCG prison bus is attacked by Aogiri Tree members. At Anteiku, Touka and Hinami find out that Kaneki is involved in the attack, but each react to the news in different ways, prompting Hinami to try to be less of an imposition upon Touka.

star 7.58
196 votes
Directors: 京極義昭
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Dancing Flowers

#21 - Dancing Flowers

Season 2 - Episode 2

With Kaneki having left Anteiku, Touka begins studying for college to distract her from everything that is happening. Meanwhile, having incurred so many casualties while fighting Aogiri, CCG gears up to completely wipe out Aogiri Tree, as well as the Owl.

star 7.52
216 votes
Directors: 松林唯人
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Thousand Paths

#22 - Thousand Paths

Season 2 - Episode 6

Suzuya's hellish boyhood is revisited, and it is revealed how he came to work for CCG. As Touka studies for her entrance exams, Roma, a new waitress, fills in for her at Anteiku. Tempers erupt when Akira joins Amon and Seido for supper.

star 7.47
190 votes
Directors: 松林唯人
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