Tokyo Ghoul S movie 2019 review for Funimation’s English release in U.S theaters: Tokyo Ghoul live-action more true to the manga’s heart than the anime
Is your appetite whet for a gourmet helping of Tokyo Ghoul? The 2017 Tokyo Ghoul live-action movie just got our tummies grumbling by introducing film audiences to Ken Kaneki, but now in 2019, the live-action Tokyo Ghoul S movie is serving up the beginning of the feast.
Funimation Films is the theatrical division of Sony Picture Television’s Funimation. We reviewed Funimation’s Tokyo Ghoul S English subtitled film that’s scheduled to release in 400 Canada and U.S. theaters on September 16, 18, and 20. To put things in comparison, Funimation’s launch of Dragon Ball Super: Broly included 1,260 theaters.
In order to get a foretaste, we first watched the 2017 Tokyo Ghoul movie with English subtitles even though an English dub does exist. Yes, the Tokyo Ghoul S movie is currently only available in Japanese audio with an English sub which should make some elitist fans happy. So far, there’s no Tokyo Ghoul S English dub being advertised, but perhaps it’ll be part of the eventual Blu-Ray/DVD box set?
Tokyo Ghoul S Review
For those who do not already know, the films are based on the Tokyo Ghoul manga series by writer/illustrator Sui Ishida. The first film managed to condense 28 manga chapters into a coherent vision that did not follow the manga exactly but still honored the heart of the story. The camera angles of some scenes were straight out of certain manga panels, whereas some movie-only scenes were added in order to connect the dots.
All in all, the first film managed to capture the feel of the manga series. The Tokyo Ghoul S movie definitely takes way more liberties with the manga’s story, but it could be said the film still does the manga justice in its adaptation of the story arc about the ghoul gourmet Shuu Tsukiyama (which begins at the ending of Chapter 32 if you’re interested in picking up the manga).
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