The world of live-action anime isn't a pretty place to visit, but there is one movie trying to change that. This year, Tokyo Ghoul will debut its first live-action venture, and the film just had its world premiere in Los Angeles at Anime Expo 2017. And, if reviews are to be believed, then the feature may be the best live-action anime adaptation to date.
The lead actor and director for Tokyo Ghoul dropped back Anime Expo yesterday to debut the movie, and attendees are saying they can't believe how good Tokyo Ghoul is. Over on Reddit, user @Cristinelv wrote up her first impression of the much-anticipated movie, and it is giving otakus everywhere hope.
"I apologize for the lack of an in-depth review. I just wanted to share a few quick thoughts about the movie. HANDS DOWN THE BEST ANIME LIVE ACTION I HAVE EVER SEEN," she stressed.
"I was blown away. It definitely stayed true to the manga. The steady pace of storyline was easy to follow for those who have never read the manga or seen the anime. All of the main cast did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. Masataka Kubota played a perfect Ken Kaneki…The crowd got so hyped during all the well-executed action scenes. The kagunes looked very impressive on screen. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the movie and I am so excited for the sequels as I now have high hopes they will be just as good as this one."
You can check out more reactions to Tokyo Ghoul's live-action debut below. If you are wanting to check out the movie for yourself, then Funimation has got your back. The studio confirmed in May that it would air Tokyo Ghoul in U.S. theaters. The movie premieres in Japan on July 29, so fans should expect information about its Western theatrical run in the coming weeks.
The Tokyo Ghoul live action movie was so GOOOOOOOD! @FUNimation aaaaaaaaaa hsidjskfhdjfhskfbsn— Lara Lunardi @ AX (@LaraLunardi) July 4, 2017
You know a movie has got to be good when it renders audiences into Internet speak.prevnext
WE WATCHED TOKYO GHOUL IT WAS RLY FCLIN GUD?— han?♥? @ AX (@barasboo) July 4, 2017
It's important to note that Tokyo Ghoul isn't good but gud; There is a difference.prevnext
Fans have had an issue with Tokyo Ghoul's anime pacing, so it's encouraging to hear the movie has finally corrected the issue!prevnext
Funimation did a solid for fans when it brought Tokyo Ghoul to Anime Expo 2017. If the movie was half as good as everyone says, then Funimation wasn't going to let that chance pass them by.prevnext
Full press reviews for Tokyo Ghoul will start to trickle online in the coming weeks, so fans can look forward to learning more about the adaptation before it hits theaters.prevnext
This thread says it all. If fans are wanting to watch a solid live-action take on anime, then they need to look no further than Tokyo Ghoul.prevnext
Oh, Tokyo Ghoul. Films like Dragonball Evolution can only dream of getting reviews like this!prevnext
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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.prev