Toonami is about to undergo a big change this week. After spending years with One Piece, the late-night anime block will be ditching the Straw Hit Pirates for a more ghoulish affair. March 25th will see One Piece replaced with another popular anime title, Tokyo Ghoul. And, to celebrate, Toonami has released a bloody sizzle reel for the ultra-violent show.
In the teaser, fans are introduced to the basic premise of Tokyo Ghoul. There is a boy named Ken Kaneki who is unfortunate enough to become a half-Ghoul. The character lives in an alternate world where humanoid monsters called Ghouls exist and feed upon human flesh to live. As a half-Ghoul, the scared boy finds himself repulsed by his new cannibal cravings, and Japan’s full-blooded monsters don’t think the boy will last for long.
You can check out the teaser above.
If you are unfamiliar with Tokyo Ghoul, Viz Media describes the story below:
"Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way - except their craving for human flesh. Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she's only interested in his body - eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own."
The series debuted in September 2011 thanks to mangaka Sui Ishida. Weekly Young Jump first published the manga before it was adapted into an anime series by Pierrot. The anime premiered in July 2014 before a second season ran in January 2015. A third season has yet to be announced by any party.
Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where creatures known as ghouls exist. The horrifying monsters survive by consuming human flesh and live amongst humans in secret. The story follows a boy named Ken Kaneki after a date-gone-wrong leaves him a half-ghoul. Struggling to adapt to his new life, Ken tries his best to fit into ghoul society, keep his monstrous status hidden from humans, and reign in the insatiable hunger he has for flesh.
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