The BEST Episodes of Tokyo Ghoul

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2020

Network: Tokyo MX

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 - Aired Sep 19, 2014

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 8.77
564 votes
Directors: Shuhei Morita
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Scars

#2 - Scars

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 1, 2014

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 8.40
613 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Circular

#3 - Circular

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 22, 2014

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 8.32
544 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
High Spirits

#4 - High Spirits

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 12, 2014

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 8.25
463 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Incubation

#5 - Incubation

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 11, 2014

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 8.20
713 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Tragedy

#6 - Tragedy

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 4, 2014

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 8.18
876 votes
Directors: Shuhei Morita
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Supper

#7 - Supper

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 25, 2014

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 8.18
621 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Cloudburst

#8 - Cloudburst

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 8, 2014

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 8.16
598 votes
Directors: Souichi Shimada
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Captivity

#9 - Captivity

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 15, 2014

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 8.16
550 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Aogiri

#10 - Aogiri

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 5, 2014

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 8.14
531 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Last Rain

#11 - Last Rain

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

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 8.13
327 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
Writers: 松尾慎
Dove

#12 - Dove

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 18, 2014

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 8.09
651 votes
Directors: Souichi Shimada
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
Rift

#13 - Rift

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 5, 2015

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 8.06
359 votes
Directors: 末田宜史
Writers: 末田宜史
Deluge of Flowers

#14 - Deluge of Flowers

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 19, 2015

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 8.06
298 votes
Directors: 嶌田惣一
Writers: 嶌田惣一
Daybreak: Beautiful Dream

#15 - Daybreak: Beautiful Dream

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 19, 2018

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 8.06
144 votes
Birdcage

#16 - Birdcage

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 29, 2014

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 8.02
535 votes
Writers: Chūji Mikasano
New Surge

#17 - New Surge

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 8, 2015

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 8.02
445 votes
Directors: 松尾慎
Writers: 松尾慎
City in Waiting

#18 - City in Waiting

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 5, 2015

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 7.97
303 votes
Directors: 京極義昭
Writers: 京極義昭
In the End: turn

#19 - In the End: turn

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 8, 2018

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 7.94
155 votes
The Absent One: writE

#20 - The Absent One: writE

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 12, 2018

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 7.91
139 votes
Deeper Layers

#21 - Deeper Layers

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 29, 2015

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 7.84
350 votes
Directors: 古川順康
Writers: 古川順康
Hangman

#22 - Hangman

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 2015

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 7.77
354 votes
Directors: 京極義昭
Writers: 京極義昭
Permeation

#23 - Permeation

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 2015

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 7.69
302 votes
Directors: 嶌田惣一
Writers: 嶌田惣一
Old Nines

#24 - Old Nines

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 26, 2015

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 7.69
286 votes
Directors: 古川順康
Writers: 古川順康
Re: Episode 24

#25 - Re: Episode 24

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 25, 2018

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 7.68
85 votes