First released in 2011, the Tokyo Ghoul manga is set in a city where ghouls, disguising themselves as humans, lurk in the shadows and eat unsuspecting humans.
The story follows Ken Kaneki who, when his date turns out to be a ghoul, ends up needing life-saving surgery that turns him into a ghoul-human hybrid. Stuck between two very divided worlds, he experiences first-hand the hardships felt by the much-feared ghouls and finds himself at the heart of an escalating conflict.
The manga has since been adapted into hit anime series and a light novel, exciting fans from across the world. Fans of the hit anime might be wanting to get into the source material, so we’re taking a look at whether the Tokyo Ghoul manga is finished or ongoing.
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Is the Tokyo Ghoul Manga Finished?
Yes, the Tokyo Ghoul manga series has officially finished, and there is no indication that there will be any more Tokyo Ghoul stories in future.
The original Tokyo Ghoul manga ran from 2011 to 2014. This series was then followed by Tokyo Ghoul:re, which was released from 2014 until 2018.
Both Tokyo Ghoul and Ghoul:re follow the life of Ken Kaneki, which is largely wrapped up by the end of the manga. So, as far as the main protagonist and characters are concerned, their tale is very likely finished.
For fans that want more Ghoul content, a morsel of hope might be the fact that the series has done some side stories before. There is a chance, given its popularity, that the world could be brought back to life with new characters in the future. However, with creator Sui Ishida now working on a new manga series (Choujin X), even a side story would be years away at best.
Is Tokyo Ghoul Re Different from Tokyo Ghoul?
Tokyo Ghoul:re is a direct sequel to the Tokyo Ghoul manga, which is adapted into the first two anime seasons (including Root A).
Tokyo Ghoul:re takes place a few years after the end of Tokyo Ghoul and starts with following the CCG rather than the ghouls. As a result, it can feel like a completely different show, like a spin-off. However, it is just the next stage in the Tokyo Ghoul story.
Is the Tokyo Ghoul Manga Worth Reading?
The Tokyo Ghoul manga is still one of the most popular series of all time, and we would definitely recommend checking it out, whether you’ve seen the anime or not.
The Tokyo Ghoul manga covers the first two seasons of the anime. Many fans say that the manga is better than the anime, particularly compared to Root A, which didn’t have the success of the first season.
If you want to learn more about the anime’s story and characters, the Tokyo Ghoul manga provides more depth and, for most people, better storytelling than its anime adaptation.
While it might be disappointing that we’re not likely to see more Tokyo Ghoul in the future, it’s pleasing that we can enjoy the full story of Ken Kaneki! Whether you’re jumping into this world for the first time or want to re-experience your favourite anime, this is a series we wholeheartedly recommend!
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