Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy anime show which is based on a best-selling manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. While the manga series made its debut on September 8, 2011, it wasn’t until three years later that the manga was adapted into an anime show. Season 1 of Tokyo Ghoul premiered on July 4, 2014. Season 2 of the show, called Tokyo Ghoul √A, premiered less than a year later on January 9, 2015, and it was followed by the premieres of Seasons 3 and 4 on April 3, 2018 and October 9, 2018, respectively. Now, fans of the show are eagerly awaiting news on the fifth season of the show. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 5.
Tokyo Ghoul Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Tokyo Ghoul season 4, called Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season, premiered on October 9, 2018, and saw its conclusion being aired on December 25, 2018. Since then, fans of the anime and the manga have been clamoring for a fifth season, but unfortunately for them, it is unlikely that Tokyo Ghoul will see a fifth season.
At the end of Season 4, Ken’s story comes to an end, and the show ends on a note which seems like a conclusion to the tense events of the previous three seasons. Given this fact, it seems unlikely that Tokyo Ghoul will see a new season, unless, of course, Sui Ishida decides to continue with the manga series and introduce a new plot. At this point, Tokyo Ghoul season 5 release date of 2021 or 2022 seems like a distant dream. Thus, as of now, there’s not much left to do except sit and wait for an official announcement on the future of Tokyo Ghoul. We’re keeping our ears open for news on Season 5, and we’ll update this section as soon as we hear something about it.
Tokyo Ghoul English Dubbing:
Despite small glitches here and there, Tokyo Ghoul has been successfully dubbed into English, and the English dub has a good set of voice actors who do justice to the original Japanese show. In case you want to watch the English dub of the show, you can watch Tokyo Ghoul with English dubbing on Funimation, Anime Lab, and Netflix.
Tokyo Ghoul Plot:
The plot of Tokyo Ghoul is a rather dark one and has political undertones insofar as it portrays how humans have a tendency to otherize every being different from themselves. The events which unfold in the anime show are set in modern day Tokyo where frightening beings called “ghouls” also live clandestinely alongside humans. However, the existence of ghouls in Tokyo takes a toll on the human population. The ghouls, by their very nature, need to feed on human flesh for sustenance, and as a result, the ghoul population in Tokyo feasts on humans when night falls.
With attacks on citizens becoming a commonplace phenomena, the government constitutes a special task force called the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG), which is tasked with responding to reports of ghoul attacks and purging the city of Tokyo of the presence of ghouls. However, this task is far from easy as ghouls roam Tokyo in the guise of humans, living among the masses, and identifying them is a major problem.
In this backdrop, the show follows the life of Ken Kaneki, a university freshman who finds himself in the middle of the underground war between the ghouls and the government. A bookish college student, Ken unwittingly lands himself in the middle of this conflict when he goes on a date with a girl called Rize Kamishiro, who is an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is hardly what she seems to be and is a ghoul in disguise, and unsurprisingly, the date ends in catastrophe for Ken – he barely survives the encounter with Rize. In a twist of fate, however, Ken is rescued by a waitress called Touka Kirishima, and when Ken recovers from his injuries, he realizes that he has become half-human and half-ghoul.
Owing to his changed physical alignment, Ken finds himself is a soup, unable to satisfy his craving for human flesh through conventional means. Fortunately for Ken, he gets taken in by friendly ghouls who run a coffee shop called Anteiku, and he learns the ropes of surviving peacefully in a society divided between humans and ghouls. However, Ken’s hope of living a peaceful life is shattered when the CCG steps up its efforts to purge Tokyo of ghouls. Thus, despite his unwillingness to become a part of the conflict, Ken is forced to choose a side in the battle, and he sides with his caring comrades from Anteiku as the fight between the government and the ghouls intensifies.
After facing many testing scenarios, Ken finally comes to terms with his new identity and comes to accept the monstrous, flesh-craving side of him that he had despised since his incident with Rize. Further, having escaped captivity and torture at the hands of the CCG, Ken also decides who he wants to side with, and he ends up joining Aogiri Tree, a militant organization of ghouls.
As the show progresses, the threat the CCG poses on ghouls increases, especially when the organization starts making use of half-ghoul, half-human operatives led by the brilliant yet troubled Special Class investigator, Kishou Arima.
Tokyo Ghoul Characters:
Over the four seasons of Tokyo Ghoul, the anime has seen dozens of characters feature. However, there is a handful who are central to the latest seasons of the show, and we have given you a brief background of these characters below.
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Ken Kaneki: The troubled main protagonist of the show, Ken is a born human and had hoped to live out his life in peace. However, Ken’s life gets turned upside down when he unknowingly goes on a date with a ghoul, Rize Kamishiro, and barely survives the encounter. Although he is saved by a mysterious doctor, Ken soon realizes that he was part of a human-ghoul experiment, and he becomes a half-human, half-ghoul himself. Initially, Ken refuses to consume human flesh to sustain himself, but later in the show, he sides with other benevolent ghouls in order to rid Tokyo of malevolent ghouls and make the co-existence of humans and ghouls possible. Later in the show, due to circumstances we are not revealing, Ken loses his memory, and consequently, loses his own self. During this phase of his life, he lives under the identity of Haise Sasaki, who is under the care of the CCG. However, a series of events later, Ken regains his memory, and thus resumes his long-drawn struggle to strike a balance between his human side and his ghoul side.
Tooru Mutsuki: An artificial ghoul and initially a Rank 3 ghoul investigator, Tooru is part of the CCG’s elite Quinx Squad, but does not display the same amount of enthusiasm as his comrades in hunting down ghouls. In fact, Tooru’s disposition is quite different from what one would expect from a ranking CCG investigator, and he is shown to be gentle and kind-hearted. Later in the show, a number of revelations about his true identity turn Tooru’s life around on its head.
Kishou Arima: A Special Class Ghoul investigator for the CCG, Kishou is undefeated in battle and is popularly known as the “Reaper”. While we are not going into the nitty-gritties of Kishou’s contribution to the plot of the show, you can be sure that he plays a major part in the show, especially in Seasons 3 and 4.
Other characters who play a major part in Seasons 3 and 4 include CCG ghoul investigators Ginshi “Shiragin” Shirazu, Kuki Urie, and Saiko Yonebayashi, all of whom are part of the CCG’s elite Quinx Squad which is tasked with eliminating ghouls once and for all.