Tokyo Ghoul Sub vs Dub: Which One Is Better?

Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul has become one of the most popular modern-day manga and anime franchises. The dark and bizarre story about an alternative reality where people coexist with creatures called ghouls, who have to eat human flesh in order to survive, has attracted the attention of fans around the world, mostly thanks to the critically acclaimed anime adaptation. Still, Tokyo Ghoul has a very complex narrative and a lot of characters so people often find some of the narrative elements confusing, which is why there are a lot of questions asked on a daily basis. In today’s article, we are going to be discussing the differences between the subbed and dubbed versions of the Tokyo Ghoul anime series, telling you, ultimately, which version you should watch.

Although it ultimately comes to each person’s personal preferences, our objective opinion is that the subbed version of each season of Tokyo Ghoul is much better than the dubbed one. This is due to the fact that the subbed versions feel more authentic and natural when compared to the dubs. Therefore, we recommend watching Tokyo Ghoul with subtitles, rather than the dubbed version.

Today’s article is going to be all about the differences between the subbed and the dubbed version of Tokyo Ghoul. We are going to bring you all the necessary information you need to compare these two versions and finally give our verdict on which one is better. Enjoy!

Why is the subbed version of Tokyo Ghoul so good?

Three years after the manga’s debut, the first season of the anime series Tokyo Ghoul premiered in Japan. The anime series consists of a total of four seasons. The first season, Tokyo Ghoul, aired from July 4, 2014 to September 19, 2014 and it adapted the first 60 chapters of Ishida’s manga. The second season, titled Tokyo Ghoul √A, aired from January 9 to March 27, 2015 and it roughly adapted the second part of Ishida’s manga series, but it wasn’t a direct adaptation like the first season and it contained a lot of original content.

The Tokyo Ghoul:re manga was likewise adapted into an anime series of the same name. The first season of :re aired from April 3 to June 19, 2018, while the second season of the same anime aired from October 9 to December 25, 2018. :re was a direct adaptation of Ishida’s manga, with the two seasons adapting two pars of the manga.

The anime adaptations had its flaws, but the voice work was certainly among them. The actors (known as seiyū) did an amazing job and what fascinated us and many fans around the world was the fact that they have so vividly interpreted these characters through their voice acting. Each seiyū did an amazing job with their character and that is, ultimately, what gave substance to the characters themselves. Plus, Tokyo Ghoul is very much centered on Japan’s capital and the original Japanese language is so befitting of the adaptation that it truly feels so natural and so authentic, like it’s the only possible way of interpreting the manga on the screen. As for the seiyū, here is a list of the names that appeared in the credits (only main and recurring appearances, no minor or guest ones):

  • Natsuki Hanae as Ken Kaneki
  • Sora Amamiya as Touka Kirishima / Hetare
  • Kana Hanazawa as Rize Kamishiro
  • Mamoru Miyano as Shuu Tsukiyama
  • Takayuki Sugō as Yoshimura
  • Sumire Morohoshi as Hinami Fueguchi
  • Katsuyuki Konishi as Koutarou Amon
  • Yūichi Nakamura as Renji Yomo
  • Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hideyoshi Nagachika
  • Shintarō Asanuma as Nishiki Nishio
  • Takahiro Sakurai as Uta
  • Tōru Ōkawa as Kureo Mado
  • Rintarō Nishi as Jason
  • Kenji Nomura as Professor Kanou
  • Chinatsu Akasaki as Yoriko Kosaka / Kiyoko Aura
  • Yurie Kobori as Kimi Nishino / Ruisawa / Haru
  • Kentarō Itō as Kazuichi Banjou
  • Yūki Kaji as Ayato Kirishima
  • Shō Hayami as Kousuke Houji
  • Shinnosuke Tachibana as Seidou Takizawa
  • Kenjirō Tsuda as Nico
  • Yutaka Nakano as Yukinori Shinohara
  • Rie Kugimiya as Juuzou Suzuya
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Kishou Arima
  • Yūya Uchida as Arata Kirishima
  • Shūto Miyazaki as Ichimi
  • Reina Ueda as Taguchi / Jiro / Misato Gori
  • Sōta Arai as Sante / Bin brothers (Younger Bin)
  • Maaya Sakamoto as Sen Takatsuki
  • Kōji Yusa as Tatara
  • Hiro Shimono as Naki
  • Aoi Yūki as Kurona Yasuhisa
  • Haruka Tomatsu as Nashiro Yasuhisa
  • Asami Seto as Akira Mado
  • Takayuki Kondō as Take Hirako
  • Kazuhiko Inoue as Donato Porpora
  • Ryūzaburō Ōtomo as Iwao Kuroiwa
  • Yuki Fujiwara as Bin brothers (Older Bin)
  • Shinya Takahashi as Kuramoto Itou / Katsuya Mabuchi
  • Shunsuke Sakuya as Yoshitoki Washuu
  • Teruyuki Tanzawa as Kazuo Yoshida
  • Taketora as Taro
  • Mayumi Asano as Madam A
  • Ōki Sugiyama as Souta
  • Fumiko Orikasa as Ryouko Fueguchi
  • Kōsuke Torumi as Asaki Fueguchi
  • Ryōhei Kimura as Taishi Fura
  • Anri Katsu as Enji Koma
  • Fuyuka Ōura as Kaya Irimi
  • Katsunosuke Hori as Tsuneyoshi Washuu
  • Otoya Kawano as Kyouji Misaka / Fujishige Iba
  • Yoshinori Fujita as Koori Ui
  • Kiyoyuki Yanada as Shachi
  • Kenta Miyake as Chuu Hachikawa
  • Tsuyoshi Koyama as Mougan Tanakamaru
  • Kazuhiro Ōguro as Yasutomo Nakajima
  • Taishi Murata as Ippei Kusaba
  • Rieko Takahashi as Ken Kaneki’s mother
  • Minako Kotobuki as Ukina
  • Ayahi Takagaki as Itori
  • Yumi Uchiyama as Nishiki Nishio’s elder sister
  • Mika Doi as Kie Muramatsu
  • Kimiko Saitō as Big Madam
  • Kōhei Aoyama as Shuu

Is the Tokyo Ghoul dub good?

As it is generally with anime, Tokyo Ghoul was broadcast in the rest of the world. Some streaming services offered the original version with subtitles, while other offered their own, original dubs, depending on the country. The English (i.e., American) dub is what interests us here and we are going to talk about that version of the show in our article. As far as the quality of the dub is concerned, despite the censorship the show went through when it was broadcast in the West, the English dub of Tokyo Ghoul is among the better dubs you can find out there. The voice cast was great and the overall direction was good. But still, something was missing.

What was missing from the dub is the authenticity of the voices and the feeling of the characters being completely natural. It wasn’t bad, far from it, but you obviously see that these guys were never intended to speak in any other language than Japanese. And while this isn’t the issue with a lot of other anime adaptations (most of them aren’t Japan-centric and can function anywhere in the world and in any language, especially if you adapt some names), Tokyo Ghoul definitely feels a bit artificial in the dubbed version and that is the only major issue we could find, beside the obvious fact that the dub suffered because of the censorship the show went through before being broadcast in the West. As far as the voice actors are concerned, these are some of the names that have been credited and their roles:

  • Austin Tindle as Ken Kaneki
  • Brina Palencia as Tōka Kirishima
  • Christopher R. Sabat as Jason/Yamori
  • Clifford Chapin as Hideyoshi Nakajima
  • Eric Vale as Nishiki Nishio
  • J. Michael Tatum as Shū Tsukiyama
  • Kenny Green as Kureo Mado
  • Lara Woodhull as Hinami Fueguchi
  • Mike McFarland as Kōtarō Amon
  • Phil Parsons as Renji Yomo
  • Sean Hennigan as Yoshimura
  • Aaron Dismuke as Sante
  • Aaron Roberts as Uta
  • Alex Organ as Kishō Arima
  • Anthony Bowling as Ippei Kusaba
  • Brandon Potter as Yukinori Shinohara
  • Brittney Karbowski as Young Hide
  • Caitlin Glass as Kimi Nishino
  • Chris Guerrero as Katsuya Mabuchi / Tatara
  • Chris Hury as Yasunori Nakajima
  • Christopher Bevins as Nico
  • Chuck Huber as Asaki Fueguchi
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard as Ryōko Fueguchi
  • David Trosko as Sōta
  • Ed Blaylock as Hisashi Ogura
  • Felecia Angelle as Haru
  • Greg Dulcie as Donato Porpora
  • Ian Sinclair as Kazuichi Banjō
  • Jād Saxton as Yoriko Kosaka
  • Jamie Marchi as Hetare / Itori
  • Jean-Luc Hester as Younger Bin
  • Joel McDonald as Take Hirako
  • Jonathan C. Osborne as Taro
  • Juli Erickson as Kie Muramatsu
  • Justin Pate as Ichimi
  • Leah Clark as Young Kaneki
  • Lindsay Seidel as Eto
  • Mark Stoddard as Akihiro Kanō
  • Maxey Whitehead as Jūzō Suzuya
  • Micah Solusod as Seidō Takizawa
  • Monica Rial as Rize Kamishiro
  • Morgan Berry as Young Nishiki
  • Morgan Mabry as Kaya Irimi
  • Natalie Hoover as Taguchi
  • Orion Pitts as Shū
  • Philip Weber as Itsuki Marude
  • Ryan Ingrim as Kazuo Yoshida
  • Sonny Strait as Older Bin
  • Terri Doty as Young Ayato
  • Todd Haberkorn as Ayato Kirishima
  • Tyson Rinehart as Enji Koma
  • Whitney Rodgers as Jiro
  • Wyn Delano as Kōsuke Hōji

Verdict: Which one is better?

Now that we’ve analyzes everything, we can finally give our short verdict on the “clash” between the subbed and dubbed versions of Tokyo Ghoul. We’ve also provided you with two videos so you can compare the two versions for yourselves. The fact is, with such things, it most often comes down to a viewer’s own personal preferences. Still, based on the quality of the original version and the dubbed version, we can draw certain conclusions and here is what we have to say on the topic.

Although the dub of Tokyo Ghoul is far from bad – we even think that it is among the better dubs currently out there – Tokyo Ghoul is a very specific anime series that incorporates a lot of things that are inherent to Japan. This actually means that the original version feels a lot more authentic and natural than the dubbed one, despite the quality of the dub. Tokyo Ghoul is very Japan-centered and some words, phrases and names just sound better in the original version than when spoken in another language.

In that aspect, our final verdict is that the subbed version is far better than the dub and that if you decide to watch the show, you should pick the subbed version instead of the dub. But, as we said, it ultimately comes down to your personal preferences so we are certain you’ll make the right choice. We just hope that our insight was helpful in the end and that you’ll have fun watching, whichever version you pick.

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!


Tokyo Ghoul Sub vs Dub: Which One Is Better?

Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul has become one of the most popular modern-day manga and anime franchises. The dark and bizarre story about an alternative reality where people coexist with creatures called ghouls, who have to eat human flesh in order to survive, has attracted the attention of fans around the world, mostly thanks to the critically acclaimed anime adaptation. Still, Tokyo Ghoul has a very complex narrative and a lot of characters so people often find some of the narrative elements confusing, which is why there are a lot of questions asked on a daily basis. In today’s article, we are going to be discussing the differences between the subbed and dubbed versions of the Tokyo Ghoul anime series, telling you, ultimately, which version you should watch.

Although it ultimately comes to each person’s personal preferences, our objective opinion is that the subbed version of each season of Tokyo Ghoul is much better than the dubbed one. This is due to the fact that the subbed versions feel more authentic and natural when compared to the dubs. Therefore, we recommend watching Tokyo Ghoul with subtitles, rather than the dubbed version.

Today’s article is going to be all about the differences between the subbed and the dubbed version of Tokyo Ghoul. We are going to bring you all the necessary information you need to compare these two versions and finally give our verdict on which one is better. Enjoy!

Why is the subbed version of Tokyo Ghoul so good?

Three years after the manga’s debut, the first season of the anime series Tokyo Ghoul premiered in Japan. The anime series consists of a total of four seasons. The first season, Tokyo Ghoul, aired from July 4, 2014 to September 19, 2014 and it adapted the first 60 chapters of Ishida’s manga. The second season, titled Tokyo Ghoul √A, aired from January 9 to March 27, 2015 and it roughly adapted the second part of Ishida’s manga series, but it wasn’t a direct adaptation like the first season and it contained a lot of original content.

The Tokyo Ghoul:re manga was likewise adapted into an anime series of the same name. The first season of :re aired from April 3 to June 19, 2018, while the second season of the same anime aired from October 9 to December 25, 2018. :re was a direct adaptation of Ishida’s manga, with the two seasons adapting two pars of the manga.

The anime adaptations had its flaws, but the voice work was certainly among them. The actors (known as seiyū) did an amazing job and what fascinated us and many fans around the world was the fact that they have so vividly interpreted these characters through their voice acting. Each seiyū did an amazing job with their character and that is, ultimately, what gave substance to the characters themselves. Plus, Tokyo Ghoul is very much centered on Japan’s capital and the original Japanese language is so befitting of the adaptation that it truly feels so natural and so authentic, like it’s the only possible way of interpreting the manga on the screen. As for the seiyū, here is a list of the names that appeared in the credits (only main and recurring appearances, no minor or guest ones):

  • Natsuki Hanae as Ken Kaneki
  • Sora Amamiya as Touka Kirishima / Hetare
  • Kana Hanazawa as Rize Kamishiro
  • Mamoru Miyano as Shuu Tsukiyama
  • Takayuki Sugō as Yoshimura
  • Sumire Morohoshi as Hinami Fueguchi
  • Katsuyuki Konishi as Koutarou Amon
  • Yūichi Nakamura as Renji Yomo
  • Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hideyoshi Nagachika
  • Shintarō Asanuma as Nishiki Nishio
  • Takahiro Sakurai as Uta
  • Tōru Ōkawa as Kureo Mado
  • Rintarō Nishi as Jason
  • Kenji Nomura as Professor Kanou
  • Chinatsu Akasaki as Yoriko Kosaka / Kiyoko Aura
  • Yurie Kobori as Kimi Nishino / Ruisawa / Haru
  • Kentarō Itō as Kazuichi Banjou
  • Yūki Kaji as Ayato Kirishima
  • Shō Hayami as Kousuke Houji
  • Shinnosuke Tachibana as Seidou Takizawa
  • Kenjirō Tsuda as Nico
  • Yutaka Nakano as Yukinori Shinohara
  • Rie Kugimiya as Juuzou Suzuya
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Kishou Arima
  • Yūya Uchida as Arata Kirishima
  • Shūto Miyazaki as Ichimi
  • Reina Ueda as Taguchi / Jiro / Misato Gori
  • Sōta Arai as Sante / Bin brothers (Younger Bin)
  • Maaya Sakamoto as Sen Takatsuki
  • Kōji Yusa as Tatara
  • Hiro Shimono as Naki
  • Aoi Yūki as Kurona Yasuhisa
  • Haruka Tomatsu as Nashiro Yasuhisa
  • Asami Seto as Akira Mado
  • Takayuki Kondō as Take Hirako
  • Kazuhiko Inoue as Donato Porpora
  • Ryūzaburō Ōtomo as Iwao Kuroiwa
  • Yuki Fujiwara as Bin brothers (Older Bin)
  • Shinya Takahashi as Kuramoto Itou / Katsuya Mabuchi
  • Shunsuke Sakuya as Yoshitoki Washuu
  • Teruyuki Tanzawa as Kazuo Yoshida
  • Taketora as Taro
  • Mayumi Asano as Madam A
  • Ōki Sugiyama as Souta
  • Fumiko Orikasa as Ryouko Fueguchi
  • Kōsuke Torumi as Asaki Fueguchi
  • Ryōhei Kimura as Taishi Fura
  • Anri Katsu as Enji Koma
  • Fuyuka Ōura as Kaya Irimi
  • Katsunosuke Hori as Tsuneyoshi Washuu
  • Otoya Kawano as Kyouji Misaka / Fujishige Iba
  • Yoshinori Fujita as Koori Ui
  • Kiyoyuki Yanada as Shachi
  • Kenta Miyake as Chuu Hachikawa
  • Tsuyoshi Koyama as Mougan Tanakamaru
  • Kazuhiro Ōguro as Yasutomo Nakajima
  • Taishi Murata as Ippei Kusaba
  • Rieko Takahashi as Ken Kaneki’s mother
  • Minako Kotobuki as Ukina
  • Ayahi Takagaki as Itori
  • Yumi Uchiyama as Nishiki Nishio’s elder sister
  • Mika Doi as Kie Muramatsu
  • Kimiko Saitō as Big Madam
  • Kōhei Aoyama as Shuu

Is the Tokyo Ghoul dub good?

As it is generally with anime, Tokyo Ghoul was broadcast in the rest of the world. Some streaming services offered the original version with subtitles, while other offered their own, original dubs, depending on the country. The English (i.e., American) dub is what interests us here and we are going to talk about that version of the show in our article. As far as the quality of the dub is concerned, despite the censorship the show went through when it was broadcast in the West, the English dub of Tokyo Ghoul is among the better dubs you can find out there. The voice cast was great and the overall direction was good. But still, something was missing.

What was missing from the dub is the authenticity of the voices and the feeling of the characters being completely natural. It wasn’t bad, far from it, but you obviously see that these guys were never intended to speak in any other language than Japanese. And while this isn’t the issue with a lot of other anime adaptations (most of them aren’t Japan-centric and can function anywhere in the world and in any language, especially if you adapt some names), Tokyo Ghoul definitely feels a bit artificial in the dubbed version and that is the only major issue we could find, beside the obvious fact that the dub suffered because of the censorship the show went through before being broadcast in the West. As far as the voice actors are concerned, these are some of the names that have been credited and their roles:

  • Austin Tindle as Ken Kaneki
  • Brina Palencia as Tōka Kirishima
  • Christopher R. Sabat as Jason/Yamori
  • Clifford Chapin as Hideyoshi Nakajima
  • Eric Vale as Nishiki Nishio
  • J. Michael Tatum as Shū Tsukiyama
  • Kenny Green as Kureo Mado
  • Lara Woodhull as Hinami Fueguchi
  • Mike McFarland as Kōtarō Amon
  • Phil Parsons as Renji Yomo
  • Sean Hennigan as Yoshimura
  • Aaron Dismuke as Sante
  • Aaron Roberts as Uta
  • Alex Organ as Kishō Arima
  • Anthony Bowling as Ippei Kusaba
  • Brandon Potter as Yukinori Shinohara
  • Brittney Karbowski as Young Hide
  • Caitlin Glass as Kimi Nishino
  • Chris Guerrero as Katsuya Mabuchi / Tatara
  • Chris Hury as Yasunori Nakajima
  • Christopher Bevins as Nico
  • Chuck Huber as Asaki Fueguchi
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard as Ryōko Fueguchi
  • David Trosko as Sōta
  • Ed Blaylock as Hisashi Ogura
  • Felecia Angelle as Haru
  • Greg Dulcie as Donato Porpora
  • Ian Sinclair as Kazuichi Banjō
  • Jād Saxton as Yoriko Kosaka
  • Jamie Marchi as Hetare / Itori
  • Jean-Luc Hester as Younger Bin
  • Joel McDonald as Take Hirako
  • Jonathan C. Osborne as Taro
  • Juli Erickson as Kie Muramatsu
  • Justin Pate as Ichimi
  • Leah Clark as Young Kaneki
  • Lindsay Seidel as Eto
  • Mark Stoddard as Akihiro Kanō
  • Maxey Whitehead as Jūzō Suzuya
  • Micah Solusod as Seidō Takizawa
  • Monica Rial as Rize Kamishiro
  • Morgan Berry as Young Nishiki
  • Morgan Mabry as Kaya Irimi
  • Natalie Hoover as Taguchi
  • Orion Pitts as Shū
  • Philip Weber as Itsuki Marude
  • Ryan Ingrim as Kazuo Yoshida
  • Sonny Strait as Older Bin
  • Terri Doty as Young Ayato
  • Todd Haberkorn as Ayato Kirishima
  • Tyson Rinehart as Enji Koma
  • Whitney Rodgers as Jiro
  • Wyn Delano as Kōsuke Hōji

Verdict: Which one is better?

Now that we’ve analyzes everything, we can finally give our short verdict on the “clash” between the subbed and dubbed versions of Tokyo Ghoul. We’ve also provided you with two videos so you can compare the two versions for yourselves. The fact is, with such things, it most often comes down to a viewer’s own personal preferences. Still, based on the quality of the original version and the dubbed version, we can draw certain conclusions and here is what we have to say on the topic.

Although the dub of Tokyo Ghoul is far from bad – we even think that it is among the better dubs currently out there – Tokyo Ghoul is a very specific anime series that incorporates a lot of things that are inherent to Japan. This actually means that the original version feels a lot more authentic and natural than the dubbed one, despite the quality of the dub. Tokyo Ghoul is very Japan-centered and some words, phrases and names just sound better in the original version than when spoken in another language.

In that aspect, our final verdict is that the subbed version is far better than the dub and that if you decide to watch the show, you should pick the subbed version instead of the dub. But, as we said, it ultimately comes down to your personal preferences so we are certain you’ll make the right choice. We just hope that our insight was helpful in the end and that you’ll have fun watching, whichever version you pick.

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!

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