Tokyo Ghoul season 3 is approaching quickly, but thankfully we have a little something to hold us over until April.
The upcoming season (titled Tokyo Ghoul:re which is based on the ongoing manga) comes three years after Tokyo Ghoul Root A and has easily been one of the most anticipated series this year. With just a few weeks until it’s premiere, fans have been happy just to see glimpses of the character designs – but Studio Pierott went a step further and released additional character art in addition to the series opening theme.
The visuals showcase a new group of characters to follow (I can’t say too much to avoid spoiling it for some) but if you watch the opening, you will see something that suggests we will follow-up with those who are left from the original storyline that we’ve come to love. The ending of the second anime series deviated from the manga to an extent, so how (or if) they address the differences will be interesting to see how they try to get back on track with the manga plot.
It is currently unknown if Funimation has the licensing rights to the popular series, but based on their distribution of both animes and a stellar live action film it can be assumed we should expect it to be available through the growing anime empire soon. For those of you wanting more insight or spoilers, the manga is currently far ahead and being published by Viz Media which teases about the plot:
Haise Sasaki has been tasked with teaching Qs Squad how to be outstanding investigators, but his assignment is complicated by the troublesome personalities of his students and his own uncertain grasp of his Ghoul powers. Can he pull them together as a team, or will Qs Squad first assignment be their last?
Tokyo Ghoul:re airs in Japan starting April 3, 2018.
For those unfamiliar with Tokyo Ghoul, the series was original created by Sui Ishida. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a student who survives an encounter with his date, who turns out to be a ghoul. Kaneki’s world is filled with Ghouls, beings who eat humans, and they’ve been living among humans in secret. After surviving this attack he wakes up to realize that he himself has become a ghoul because of a surgery that implanted organs from the ghoul who attacked him. In order to live somewhat a normal life, Kaneki needs to eat human flesh to survive. Luckily he’s taken in by a group of ghouls at the cafe Anteiku, who help him reintegrate into society.
Tokyo Ghoul: re is set two years after the events of the original series and follows Haise Sasaki, a member of the CCG and leader of a special squad of investigators who have implanted the CCG’s specialty weapon, the Quinque, into their bodies and essentially have become half ghoul. The kicker, however, is that Haise is actually Ken Kaneki from the original series who’s suffering from a bout of amnesia.
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