Tokyo Ghoul Episode 1 opens with a helicopter scouting a crime scene. A ghoul is trespassing in the 20th ward’s Aqua building. Inside, a female ghoul is seen devouring a pile of bodies and bathing in their blood. As she enjoys herself, a man in a ski mask and metal claws attached to his first two fingers approaches. He calls her a glutton and says that he has orders to take her in alive, but would like to maim her first. He brandishes a rusty old wrench and attacks. She defends by breaking the fish tank as a diversion and leaping away, taking his wrench with her. When she reaches the roof of the building, she tosses it and escapes.
In the morning, perhaps the next day, two friends Ken Kaneki and Hideyoshi Nagachika, or Hide, enjoy a cappuccino in a small cafe. The news on TV reports about the events from the previous evening. The friends talk about date ideas because Kaneki is planning on asking someone out. Hide tries to guess who it is, and points to the waitress, who he then asks for another cup of coffee and if she is single. She’s too embarrassed to respond. Soon, the girl he’s interested in walks in. Hide takes off and Kaneki watches her. He notices that she has the same book as him, and she catches him looking.
Tokyo Ghoul Episode 1: Tragedy
On the phone, Kaneki tells Hide that she agreed to a date at the book store. Nearby, detectives investigate a crime scene.
Playing With Your Food
Everything seems strangely innocent in episode 1 of Tokyo Ghoul thus far. Kaneki and Rize, the girl, have their date at the bookstore and talk about their favourite author. He then notices that she’s not eating, but she says she’s on a diet and excuses herself to the restroom. Later, they both admit they had a good time, and Rize says that she’s scared to go home alone because of the ghoul attacks in the area. Kaneki offers to walk her home, and they talk about Hiding and books on their way back. He also reveals that both of his parents have died.
Finally, our suspicions are both confirmed and piqued. They head down an alley and Rize directs them toward an even darker and more secluded one. Touka, the waitress from the cafe, notices this detour with suspicion. Trouble is now certain to follow. When they reach her house, he asks to see her again. She admits that she noticed him first and liked him. Suddenly, she grows thick, red tentacles and takes a bite out of his shoulder. He tries to run, but she drags him back and beats him up. There seems to be no way out for Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul Episode 1, especially considering what’s been happening in animes these days. He gets stabbed viciously, and there is no one there to help him. We think the girl might save him, but he may also die. Maybe the writer set us up. But then some wires break on the building being constructed above them, and huge steel beams fall on her. She dies and Kaneki’s eyes flutter, hinting that he is still alive. Ambulance sirens sound in the background.
The Million Dollar Ghoul
Kaneki finds himself between life and death in Tokyo Ghoul Episode 1. He feels as if he is underwater while the doctors operate on him. They say something about organ transplants. We catch glimpses of Rize swimming in the water with him. When he wakes up, one of his eyes is black with a red pupil, just like a ghoul. He finds the taste of food disgusting and tells the doctor that food tastes slimy. The doctor says nothing is wrong, and they discharge him presently. When he gets home, he finds a care package from Hide on his door handle. There are food and a note in the package.
While he is watching the news that night, he tunes into a program about ghouls. The expert says that ghouls only need to eat once every one or two months, so it is unusual for one to kill so many so soon. He also says that regular food cannot satisfy them and that it tastes slimy and disgusting to them. Kaneki hears this right away and panics. He tries to eat everything in his house but throws it all up soon after. No matter what he tries, he can’t eat anything.
Hide continues to try to get into contact with Kaneki in episode 1. Meanwhile, Kaneki starts to feel the effects of the hunger setting in. When he is out in public, all he can do is smell and notice the other people around him and feel his desire soar. His anticipation is so obvious that people avoid him on the street.
He struggles to control himself and rushes home. Later, he’s on the street and notices a beautiful smell that reminds him of his mother’s cooking. When he finds the source of the scent, it turns out to be a ghoul eating a dead human. The ghoul notices him and offers a piece.
Before he can give the piece away, another person walks behind him and kicks his head off. This new ghoul claims the other one was encroaching on his territory. He then notices Kaneki and threatens to kill him for feeding in his area. Before he can choke him to death, Touka arrives and refutes the claim. Since Rize died, the area is up for grabs, but that doesn’t mean that he can claim it. Anteiku, a group she belongs to, is responsible for distributing applications. They spar briefly, but she is stronger, and he leaves.
At the end of Tokyo Ghoul Episode 1, Kaneki struggles to contain his hunger in the presence of a fresh corpse. He tries to convince Touka that he is human, but she knows better and tries to make him eat. He refuses hysterically, and she finally breaks off a piece of the body and shoves it down his throat.