The Best Episodes of Tokyo Ghoul

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2019

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 8.66
440 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 8.17
256 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
Writers: 松尾慎
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turn: In the End

#3 - 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 8.15
115 votes
Beautiful Dream: Daybreak

#4 - 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 8.14
103 votes
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Scars

#5 - 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
410 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Deluge of Flowers

#6 - 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 8.09
255 votes
Directors: 嶌田惣一
Writers: 嶌田惣一
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City in Waiting

#7 - 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 8.07
235 votes
Directors: 京極義昭
Writers: 京極義昭
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High Spirits

#8 - 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
351 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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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
377 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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writE: The Absent One

#10 - 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 8.03
99 votes
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Tragedy

#11 - 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
567 votes
Directors: Shuhei Morita
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Incubation

#12 - 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 7.98
488 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
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 7.92
260 votes
Directors: 末田宜史
Writers: 末田宜史
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Cloudburst

#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 7.89
398 votes
Directors: Souichi Shimada
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Captivity

#15 - 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 7.89
377 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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New Surge

#16 - 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 7.89
337 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
Writers: 松尾慎
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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
362 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Supper

#18 - 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 7.88
414 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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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 7.80
429 votes
Directors: Souichi Shimada
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
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Episode 24 Finale

#20 - Episode 24 Finale

Season 3 - Episode 24

Kaneki and Furuta continue their duel below the streets of Tokyo, as CCG and Goat jointly continue fighting the members of V aboveground. Kaneki comes to terms with the events of the last several years.

star 7.76
42 votes
Morse: Remembrances

#21 - 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 7.75
44 votes
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call: The Far Side of Tragedy

#22 - call: The Far Side of Tragedy

Season 3 - Episode 22

While Kaneki's body lies dormant in its giant kagune, he has an inner dialogue with Rize. Urie talks to Mutsuki about the hardships of going it alone. A crisis places the city on alert, forcing CCG and the ghouls to work together.

star 7.74
47 votes
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think: Sway

#23 - 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 7.73
99 votes
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mind: Days of Recollections

#24 - mind: Days of Recollections

Season 3 - Episode 7

Haise asks Arima to allow him to take custody of Hinami, and the remaining ghouls retreat. Following an awards ceremony where many of the investigators are promoted, Haise hosts a celebratory dinner at the Chateau.

star 7.71
106 votes
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Permeation

#25 - 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 7.70
231 votes
Directors: 嶌田惣一
Writers: 嶌田惣一
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