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Is The Tokyo Ghoul Anime Over? Franchise Future Explained

Is the Tokyo Ghoul anime series over for good? Horror anime shows come in all shapes and sizes, from the blockbuster bombast of Hellsing, the body horror of Parasyte: The Maxim to the more psychological chills of the late, great Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent. Tokyo Ghoul is one of the most popular horror animes to emerge from the last decade and is adapted from the manga series of the same name. Created by Sui Ishida, both the manga and anime follow Ken Kaneki, a teenager who has to adjust to a new way of life.

Ken goes on a date with a girl who turns out to be a ghoul, a creature who eats human flesh to survive. Ken survives her attack but is later transformed into a half-human, half-ghoul, which makes him a target for both as he struggles to adapt to his new reality. Tokyo Ghoul's great characters, mythology and intense gore quickly attracted a fanbase when it first aired in 2014. While the first season was well-liked, the next three would receive mixed receptions - to put it mildly.

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The second season was dubbed Tokyo Ghoul √A and was a blend of the manga and original material, which included a different ending. Followers of the franchise disliked many of the changes season 2 made, and the show's critical reception didn't improve with Tokyo Ghoul:re. This adapted the sequel manga of the same name, and largely ignored the events of season 2. Still, the show was critiqued for condensing and ignoring large chunks of the source material and for some lackluster animation. Tokyo Ghoul:re ended with its second season in 2018, and it appears that, for now, that's the end of the franchise too.

Sui Ishida brought the Tokyo Ghoul:re manga to a close with Chapter 179 in 2018, and with the end of the anime, there's no more of Ken's story to tell. While it's possible Ishida could revisit the manga someday, he seemed fairly exhausted after so many years of hard work on Tokyo Ghoul without a break and is currently working on a new manga series called Choujin X. If he ever does return to the franchise, it likely won't be for many years.

For now, it appears Tokyo Ghoul is done as both an anime series and a manga. Of course, the original series could be rebooted or given a new adaptation down the road, but there don't appear to be any plans in the works. Both Sui Ishida and Ken Kaneki are on a well-earned break, but given how popular Tokyo Ghoul has proven, it wouldn't be a shock if it was revived in some form in the future.

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