A lot of people aren’t in that kind of situation that they can afford every major streaming service subscription, which is why they often have to pick just one or two. Seeing how the market is shifting towards streaming services, making a final decision is quite difficult and people often have different criteria when choosing their subscriptions. Some listen to friends, some read reviews and others scroll through the content. The latter is a very important criterium, as you want to be sure you’re getting your money’s worth when content is concerned, and it is because of that reason that we have decided to help all Tokyo Ghoul fans out there to make their decision.
As of March 1, 2021, Tokyo Ghoul is not available on Netflix in the United States; European versions of the streaming platform do have the whole series in their slates. In the United States, Tokyo Ghoul is available exclusively on Hulu.
In today’s article, you are going to find out some basic elements about Tokyo Ghoul, as well as whether it is available on Netflix in the United States. You’re also going to find out where else it is available for streaming. Enjoy!
What is Tokyo Ghoul about?
The story of Tokyo Ghoul revolves around the student Ken Kaneki, who falls in love with a young woman named Rize Kamishiro. After meeting her, she bites his shoulder in a secluded alley and reveals that she is a ghoul, which shocks Ken. As Rizeis about to eat Ken, several large metal poles fall on her from the construction site of a building. Roze dies in the process, while Ken is rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. After recovering, he is released from the hospital. On the day of his release, he finds out that he is no longer human. He looks in the mirror and shivers run down his spine because he now has one “red eye”.
He realizes that Rize’s organs were transplanted into him in the hospital. Since he now owns Rize’s organs, he is a so-called and very rarely occurring “half-ghoul”. Since he cannot turn to anyone else, he is taken in by a group of ghouls who run the café Anteiku. They teach him how to cope with his new life as a half-ghoul and explain a lot about the society of ghouls, their factions and that he has to keep his identity secret from other people. He is reluctant to consume human flesh, but in some situations, he is forced to do so.
At the end of the first season, he is kidnapped and tortured by a group of extremist ghouls until he acknowledges his ghoul nature, gets white hair and black nails and almost kills and then devours his tormentor. He’s more brutal now to protect those who mean something to him. After a war between the ghouls themselves and the humans at the end of season two (called Tokyo Ghoul √A), Kaneki sustains horrific brain damage from a fight with Kishō Arima, the CCG’s most dangerous enforcer. The sequel, Tokyo Ghoul:re, is about Kaneki, who suffers from memory loss caused by the brain damage sustained from the right with Arima. With his new identity as Haise Sasaki, he is the leader of a special team of the CCG called Quinx Squad, whose member underwent a similar procedure as his, allowing them to obtain the special abilities of Ghouls in order to fight them but still being able to live as normal humans. The second season of :re deals with Kaneki rediscovering his identity and Arima’s big secret and his path to becoming the bridge between the ghouls and the humans.
The prequel OVA story Tokyo Ghoul: [Jack] deals with the youth of Kishō Arima and Taishi Fura, two characters from the main series who team up to investigate the death of a friend of Taishi. Taishi died at the hand of a notorious ghoul named Lantern and Taishi follows Arima and ultimately joins the CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul), the federal agency handling crimes related to ghouls. Another OVA, Tokyo Ghoul: PINTO, tells a story from the lives of Shū Tsukiyama and Chie Hori.
Is Tokyo Ghoul on Netflix in the United States?
As of March 1, 2021, Tokyo Ghoul is – sadly – not available for American Netflix users. The whole series (four seasons, sans the two OVA episodes) was available on Netflix US for a time, but it has since been removed from the slate. It is, though, available for European Netflix users, who can watch the complete series (again, sans the OVA episodes) in HD and with localized subtitles.
Is the Netflix version of Tokyo Ghoul Censored?
Censoring anime in the United States is practically a tradition and something that happens even to the most benign anime, like Digimon or Dragonball. If you’re an American anime fan, you can expect the dub to be edited in some way so if you want the original experience, you should probably start looking for the original version of your favorite show. Tokyo Ghoul, which is a show known for its violence, is no exception here, but it is notoriously known for its disastrous censorship. The whole process was done wrongly and while most other anime had very subtle edits, the censors simply added annoying black lines over scenes of extreme violence, which made the show unwatchable to some extent.
The reason behind this is not quite known. We know why they censored the show – because, America – but we don’t actually know why it was done so horribly. There are some reports that the Japanese distributors are partially to blame, but the fact is that the original American airing of the show featured horrible scenes that made it unwatchable.
It remains unclear, also, why they even bothered, as Tokyo Ghoul was never intended to be a kid-friendly show; it was always directed towards adult audiences and there was no need for censorship in the first place.
So, is the Netflix version censored or not? It is not. Namely, it seems that Netflix has gotten their hands on the original version of the show, rather than the dub and the American home media versions. This is why the Netflix version – globally – is faithful to the original and does not feature the horrible scenes which the original viewers had to endure.
Where Can You Watch Tokyo Ghoul in the United States?
As of March 1, 2021, American fans can stream the complete Tokyo Ghoul anime series on Hulu, as well as on Funimation. These services offer up the uncensored versions of the show, unlike the censored version that originally aired in the States. The series can also be bought on Amazon and Apple’s iTunes service.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!