A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 3 and September 18, 2014. It also aired on TVA, TVQ, TVO, AT-X and Dlife. The opening theme song is “unravel” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure, and the ending theme is “Saints” (聖者たち Seijatachi) performed by People In The Box.Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video distribution in North America. A second season has been announced.

A second season will premiere in Japan in January 2015.

Episode list

No. Title Original airdate
1 “Tragedy”
“Higeki” (悲劇)
July 3, 2014
Ken Kaneki is a young man who befriends the beautiful and enigmatic Rize Kamishiro unaware that she is a ghoul. Rize reveals her intentions to eat Kaneki but by a stroke of luck Kaneki survives her attack but is mortally wounded. He is saved by an emergency operation, transferring Rize’s organs into himself. This subsequently turns him into a half-ghoul half-human hybrid and Kaneki struggles to survive and cope by himself.
2 “Incubation”
“Fuka” (孵化)
July 10, 2014
Kaneki struggles to adapt to his new nature with no success, until another ghoul, Nishiki Nishio attempts to prey on his friend Hideyoshi Nagachika and he must fight to protect him.
3 “Dove”
“Shirohato” (白鳩)
July 17, 2014
After saving his friend, Kaneki is taken in by Yoshimura and Touka Kirishima, ghouls who run the Cafe “Anteiku”, who teach him to blend in human society while hiding his true nature. However, another ghoul, Shū Tsukiyama approaches him with unknown intentions.
4 “Supper”
“Bansan” (晩餐)
July 24, 2014
Kaneki befriends Tsukiyama the two start hanging out. However, little does Kaneki know that Tsukiyama is preparing a mortal trap for him.
5 “Scar”
“Zankon” (残痕)
July 31, 2014
Intending to consume Kaneki himself, Tsukiyama prepares another trap for him, using Nishio’s human girlfriend as a hostage.
6 “Cloudburst”
“Shūu” (驟雨)
August 7, 2014
Tsukiyama is defeated by Touka with Kaneki and Nishio’s help, but the recent developments in the 20th ward draw the attention of the police, who sends two of their investigators, Kureo Mado and Kōtarō Amon to hunt down all ghouls in the area.
7 “Captivity”
“Yūshū” (幽囚)
August 14, 2014
Hinami’s mother is killed by Mado. Touka attacks members of the ghoul investigation and kills Kusaba, but is wounded by Mado. Kaneki tells Touka that he wants to fight the ghoul investigators and is given his mask.
8 “Circular”
“Enkan” (円環)
August 21, 2014
Kaneki, Touka, and Hinami confront Mado after luring him into a trap. During the commotion, Kaneki confronts Amon while Touka is focused on getting revenge for Hinami.
9 “Birdcage”
“Torikago” (鳥籠)
August 28, 2014
After the battle with Mado, Hinami starts living with Touka and Kaneki. Still mourning the loss of his partner, Amon is relocated to the 11th ward, where the police is having trouble facing some dangerous ghouls who do not fear them.
10 “Aogiri” (青桐) September 4, 2014
Kaneki is kidnapped by members of Aogiri Tree, an underground ghoul faction who is interested in his connection with Rize. Meanwhile, Amon is introduced to his new partner, the eccentric and dangerous Juuzou Suzuya.
11 “High Spirits” September 11, 2014
As his friends from Anteiku make preparatons to rescue him, Kaneki is tortured by Jason, one of the members of the Aogiri Tree, whose hideout is stormed by the police.
12 “Ghoul” September 18, 2014
During the physical and mental tortures he suffers at the hands of Jason, Kaneki comes to accept his ghoul-half and fight back.

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