“Tokyo Ghoul,” the manga series about a subclass of man-eating creatures who live normal lives among humans, will soon receive a live-action adaptation. The first teaser trailer for the film was released yesterday, offering a glimpse at how the series’ cast of characters will transfer to the big screen.
Created by Sui Ishida, “Tokyo Ghoul” follows Ken Kaneki, a timid college student whose date with longtime crush Rize Kamishiro goes horribly awry when she reveals herself to be a ghoul, a creature that feeds on human flesh. In the world of “Tokyo Ghoul,” ghouls appear outwardly human and, by day, even live normal lives and own businesses. By night, though, they hunt human beings across the streets of Tokyo.
After being attacked by Rize, Ken is rushed to a nearby hospital where a doctor performs an organ transplant, transferring several of Rize’s organs into Ken’s body in a bid to save his life. The operation is a success, but leaves Ken permanently transformed. As a human-ghoul hybrid, Ken must learn to control his urges for human flesh and how to pass between the two worlds he now occupies. He eventually falls under the tutelage of a group of semi-pacifist ghouls who run a coffee shop.
“Tokyo Ghoul” has expanded well beyond its manga origins since the series’ debut in late 2011. In 2014, the story was adapted into a 24-episode anime series, as well as two standalone episodes: one a prequel and another an adaptation of a story from the light novel “Tokyo Ghoul: Hibi,” written by Shin Towada. Towada has written three “Tokyo Ghoul” light novels, which are young adult books sold in Japan that are roughly the size of a standard novel but include manga-like illustrations.
A prequel manga series, “Tokyo Ghoul [Jack],” was published in 2013 and recounted the story of how a prominent character from the mainline series became affiliated with the Commission of Counter Ghoul, the government organization devoted to responding to ghoul-related crimes. A follow-up manga series, “Tokyo Ghoul:re,” has been running since 2014. The series takes place two years after the events of the original “Tokyo Ghoul” storyline and introduces an entirely new cast of characters.
The upcoming “Tokyo Ghoul” movie will be directed by Kentaro Hagiwara, best known for his short film and TV movie work, like “Anniversary,” “Fake” and “Tokyo Story.” The film stars Masataka Kubota and Fumika Shimizu and will hit theaters in Japan on July 29, 2017.