Are You a Ghoul? Discover Your Kagune at the Rc Scan Gate in Shinjuku Station!
In support of the upcoming release of the live-action “Tokyo Ghoul” movie, a project is being set up at the Super Premium Set inside Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station where you can experience the “kagune”, the predatory organ of a ghoul that are used to make quinques – powerful weapons used in battle.
The story of Tokyo Ghoul is set in Tokyo where creatures known as “ghouls” live out their lives posed as humans and must survive by feeding on the flesh of other humans. One day, a college student by the name of Kaneki (Masataka Kubota), an ordinary and shy boy, becomes half-human and half-ghoul due to certain events. He is forced into the world of ghouls and must consider his humanity in this world.
Protagonist Kanki and the other ghouls all use their “kagune” when feeding or fighting. Kagune are made up of Rc cells, which are cells that run through a ghoul’s body. They are also known as “liquid muscles”. There are 4 different types of Rc cells: ukaku, koukaku, rinkaku, and bikaku, and each ghoul has one type of these cells.
You can now experience being a ghoul yourself under the supervision of the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG) and find out which of the 4 kagune you wield. Fans of the series will recall the Rc Scan Gate. At this event, you will get to pass through it yourself, and those identified as a ghoul will stand in front of a monitor to find out their kagune!
Those pictures of those authorised as ghouls will be pinned up for everyone to see, and you can also receive a free print yourself to take home.
Are you a ghoul disguised as a human? Do you have what it takes to survive out there? Immerse yourself in the world of Tokyo Ghoul even more at this special event.
“Tokyo Ghoul” Live-Action Movie Event
～Shinjuku Station Ghoul Issei Torishimari Sakusen～
Location: In front of the Super Premium Set at Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station
※Metro Promenade, Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station
Running: July 24, 2017 to July 30, 2017
Time: 11am-8pm (*Please note that it will begin at 12:30pm on July 24th)
Worldwide Release on July 29th 2017
Official Website: tokyoghoul.jp
©2017 “Tokyo Ghoul” Production Committee
©Sui Ishida / Shueisha Inc.
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Tokyo Ghoul Opens Online Raffle for Exclusive Original Goods
Kujibikido, a website offering a variety of different raffles, is offering a chance to win some exclusive Tokyo Ghoul merch! The Tokyo Ghoul ~Relax at Anteiku~ Online Raffle is open until November 4, and you can’t get these items anywhere else. The theme of these original illustrations is ‘Relaxing at Anteiku,’ the small neighborhood cafe in the Tokyo Ghoul series. Popular characters enjoy a moment of rest and relaxation with a cup of coffee–a welcome departure from the drama and horror in the series!
S Prize: Winner can Choose! Extra-large Tapestry (5 varieties)
A Prize: Winner can Choose! Mug (5 varieties)
B Prize: Acrylic Stand (10 varieties)
C Prize: 76mm Pin (10 varieties)
*One prize is guaranteed.
The S Prize is a massive, life-sized tapestry, and the winner can choose which they’d like to receive. During the event, those who follow the official Kujibikido Twitter account and retweet a specific tweet will be entered into a lottery to win all 10 pins from the C Prize set along with a special bromide! Three winners will be announced, so don’t miss out!
Tokyo Ghoul ~Relax at Anteiku~ Online Raffle
Running until November 4 at 16:59
Price: ¥715 per entry (*Shipping Fees will be separate.)
Official Site: https://kujibikido.com/lp/tokyoghou/
Seaside Park Nagoya in Kinjofuto Event Offering Exciting Activities This Fall
Seaside Park Nagoya in Kinjofuto is coming to Makers Pier in Nagoya City on October 16 and 17, as well as October 30 and 31. The event will feature 30 different activities for both parents and children to enjoy, along with workshops where kids can learn new things, such as cardboard crafts and lunch totes.
For those more adventurous types, bouldering and slacklining will invite guests to stretch and refresh their bodies while enjoying the sea air. Even beginners can safely enjoy some of these more strenuous activities, as instructors will be on site. Plenty of unique experiences will keep little ones busy discovering and exploring.
When the sun goes down, the Night Cinema will begin, and guests can enjoy a movie beneath the stars. How would you like to come and relax by the seaside?
Seaside Park Nagoya in Kinjofuto
October 16, 17 from 10:00-20:00
October 30, 31 from 10:00-20:00
*After 5:00, all activities except movie screenings will be closed.
Address: Inside Maker’s Pier
Official Site: https://seasidepark.info/
MOUSSY Announces Third Installment of Art and Fashion Venture PROJECT U
High-casual brand MOUSSY launched a new art and fashion venture in March 2021 titled PROJECT U. The third installment of the project is launching on September 10, and has been made in collaboration with artist JUN INAGAWA.
PROJECT U was created to bring MOUSSY together with a variety of talented creators and artists, and to see what possibilities could open up from different collaborations. MOUSSY has fused fashion and culture together countless times in the past along with popular characters from Disney and other brands. PROJECT U focuses exclusively on art!
The third installment of PROJECT U will feature plenty of apparel, from T-shirts and hoodies to tote bags and skateboards. JUN INAGAWA helped design these limited-edition items, with some featuring imagery from his ‘Otaku x Street’ collection, as well as a theme he works with often: destruction and rebirth. Apparel will be available in two unisex sizes.
The SHEL’TTER TOKYO and MOUSSY FLAGSHIP SHOP will also be holding JUN INAGAWA’s solo exhibition and accompanying workshop. For more info on the apparel or exhibition, head to the PROJECT U special site!
PROJECT U Third Installment
Release Date & Location:
September 10, 2021
MOUSSY Lumine EST Shinjuku, SHEL’TTER WEB STORE
September 17, 2021
The SHEL’TTER TOKYO / MOUSSY FLAGSHIP SHOP, MOUSSY Stores
PROJECT U: https://www.moussy.ne.jp/project_u/
Official Site: http://www.moussy.ne.jp
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Pop-up Shop to Open in Shinjuku
Romantic comedy anime series My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (shortened to OreGairu in Japanese), is getting a Pop-up shop at the AMNIBUS STORE inside Shinjuku Marui Annex from September 3 until September 19.
All merchandise sold at the Pop-up shop will feature newly-drawn original illustrations of Yukino Yukinoshita, Yui Yuigahama, and Iroha Isshiki in maid attire.
Event Pre-sale Merchandise
Pins (Random, 9 designs): ¥440 each (Tax Included) / Box of Pins: ¥3,960 (Tax Included)
*Box contains randomly selected pins.
Acrylic Keychain (Random, 9 designs): ¥715 each (Tax Included) / Box of Keychains: ¥6,435 (Tax Included) *Box contains randomly selected keychains.
1/7 scale BIG Acrylic Stand (3 designs): ¥3,300 each (Tax Included)
Mug (3 designs): ¥1,650 each (Tax Included)
Clear Folder (4 designs): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
Life-size Tapestry (3 designs): ¥10,780 each (Tax Included)
Yui Yuigahama Mug: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Event Box Purchase Bonus
Those who buy 1 box of Pins will receive a holographic pin as a special gift!
Those who buy 1 box of Acrylic Keychains will receive a holographic Acrylic Keychain as a special gift!
Limited-edition Event Photos (7 varieties)
For every ¥2,200 spent on event-related merchandise (including tax), customers will receive a random Limited-edition Event Photo.
©Wataru Watari、Shogakukan／My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Production Committee
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Pop-up Shop
Running: September 3 – September 19, 2021
Location: Shinjuku Marui Annex 6F / AMNIBUS STORE (3-1-26 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Admission by Lottery: To reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 and ease congestion in the store, guests will receive a numbered ticket and will be admitted by lottery. Tickets will be available from 10:40-10:50 from September 3-5.
AMNIBUS STORE Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMNIBUS_STORE
Official Site: https://www.0101.co.jp/005/
Naruto and Boruto Summer Event Begins at Nijigen no Mori
Nijigen no Mori, an amusement park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo, began a summer event at its Naruto and Boruto-themed zone on July 22 which is set to run until September 30.
The event includes a huge water gun event where 25 litres of water will be sprayed to cool down guests during the hot summer event. With themed character panels displayed around the park, join Naruto and the gang, including Zabuza and Haku, for some summer fun. All guests receive a free original sticker too.
© 岸本斉史 スコット／集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ
Running: July 22, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Location: Nijigen no Mori
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Price: Free (But park entry payment required)
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/naruto_shinobizato/
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party x Fuji-Q Highland Summer Event Announced
Fuji-Q Highland is set to host a summer event in collaboration with the mobile rhythm game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party from August 7 to September 12.
This marks the amusement park’s 4th collaboration with the game which will see newly-illustrated artwork of the characters decorating the attractions, a special talk show hosted by the voice actresses, limited-time announcements on the attractions recorded by the voice actresses, a themed food menu, original merch, and more.
A digital stamp rally will also take place which will have guests locating life-sized panels of seven characters which they need to scan with their smartphone. This will give them a special voiced story. Those who obtain all the digital stamps by scanning all the panels will receive a free novelty as well as an original voiced guide for boarding the amusement park train. The train too will be decorated in BanG Dream! artwork.
©BanG Dream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party x Fuji-Q Highland
Running: August 7, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Event Details: https://www.fujiq.jp/special/2021_bangdream/index.html
Fuji-Q Highland Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Japanese Michelin Star Chef to Open New Restaurant Kimura Don in Shinjuku
A new restaurant by the name of Kimura Don is set to open inside Shinjuku Takashimaya’s Restaurant Square on July 20, 2021.
Kimura Don is a new donburi restaurant produced by Koji Kimura, a chef whose popular sushi bar Sushi Kimura, located in Futakotamagawa, has held two Michelin stars since 2013. His new eatery continues the traditions and techniques honed at Sushi Kimura while spinning innovation into new donburi rice bowl dishes conceived from the many ideas Kimura has conceived over the years.
The donburi to be served recreates that perfect balance between vinegared rice and toppings which Kimura mastered at his sushi bar. Customers can enjoy a range of additions including donburi classics such as meat and fish as well as seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also uses locally grown and reared produce and ingredients that’s also environmentally-friendly from Tokyo such as Kinuhari rice from Hachiojo and Akigawagyu beef. This will help to foster a relationship between local farmers and consumers.
Lunchtime Dishes | ¥3,500 Each | Serving Times: 11:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:00)
Pick from five different donburi bowls such as tuna, pilchard, and roast beef. Each season will also has its own exclusive dish made with seasonal ingredients. There’s also a special option to order a set of two smaller versions of the dishes too for ¥3,800.
Evening Courses | From ¥12,000 | Serving Times: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
The evening course line-up is also made up of five different bowls as well as seven seasonal snacks.
Koji Kimura | Comment
“I’ve been set up in Futakotamagawa for 16 years. I studied how to prepare sushi rice for many years, since it serves as the foundation, so that I could create unique sushi. I have made sushi rice that’s unique and draws a line under other restaurants, rice which when combined with toppings explodes with umami flavour. I use this same sushi rice as the basis for lots of innovative donburi dishes, and I’d love for people to enjoy a taste at the first place in Japan to do this.”
Opening Date: July 20, 2021
Location: Takashimaya Times Square (Floor 14F)
Address: 5-24-2 Setagaya, Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/shinjuku/timessquare/
MIDTOWN ART PALETTE Brings Dreamy Digital Artwork to Tokyo Midtown For Summer
Tokyo Midtown’s annual MIDTOWN ART PALETTE has returned again for the summer, opening on July 16 and running until September 5. This year, the event delivers a Digital Art Garden with gorgeous dream-like digital artwork.
Digital Art Garden
Last year’s event
Experience a distinctively Japanese way to stay cool and refreshed on a wooden veranda with light and mist dancing through the outdoor space inspired by traditional Japanese rock gardens. Find yourself bewitched by an enchanting summer evening as the digital art transforms throughout the day.
This year’s event is being held with all proper social distancing measures in place.
Take digital art home with you with AR fireworks
Locate five QR codes dotted around Tokyo Midtown which when accessed via your smartphone will award you with artistic AR fireworks, allowing you to enjoy fireworks with you wherever you point the camera on your screen, including at home.
MIDTOWN ART PALETTE
Running: July 16, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Opening Hours: 15:00-22:00 / Digital Fireworks: 18:00-22:00
Event Page: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/event/summer/en.html
Sanrio’s Harmonyland Theme Park Announces 30th Anniversary Event For Summer
Continuing the character park’s 30th anniversary celebrations, Sanrio Harmonyland opened its 30th Anniversary ~Special Summer~ event on July 16 which is running until August 31. There’s a whole bunch of events and shows for Sanrio fans to look forward to this summer.
30th Special Greeting
For the entire duration of the event, lots of characters will come out to greet park guests twice a day. This includes Hangyodon and Tuxedosam, both of who haven’t visited Harmonyland in almost 10 years. Pochacco will be there too in a brand-new costume.
Obake Ondo! DoRoRoNRoN!
The characters will be out dressed in cute summery yukata where they will invite guests to dance Bon Odori with them.
Parade Parallel ~30th Memories~
A special 30th anniversary rendition of the park’s Parade Parallel will take place, taking songs and performances from past runs of this event which has been held since the park first opened.
30th Anniversary Night Party
Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamoroll, Kuromi, and 10 dancers will host a special anniversary night show to give thanks to guests for the past 30 years.
Running: July 17th-18th, 22nd-24th / August 7th-8th, 13th-15th, 21st-22nd, 28th-29th
Character Menu: Hello Kitty’s Cheese in Hamburger Curry – Cinnamoroll’s Beef Stew Rice – Smiling Pompompurin’s Pork Cutlet Curry | ¥1,380 Each
Wish Me Mell’s Heart Korokke White Sauce Omurice | ¥1,400
Acrylic Stand Keyrings | ¥748 Each
Guests can get their hands on exclusive anniversary merchandise and enjoy some limited-time dishes too.
ⓒ 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. S/D･G
30th Anniversary ~Special Summer~
Running: July 16, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Event Page: https://www.harmonyland.jp/sp/summer/index.html
Event Report: Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars and Their Dreamy World at Tokyo Tower
Sanrio’s popular character duo Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are have brought their dreamy, pastel-coloured world to Tokyo Tower with a special summer event titled “Little Twin Stars Summer Night Fantasy Meets Kiki & Lala Exhibition produced by LIDDELL” which began on July 10.
At the event entrance, guests are given a special ‘passport’ notebook which is stamped before entering, allowing access to Kiki & Lala’s world in the clouds above.
Guests are guided by Kiki & Lala’s voice through the rose-coloured “Star & Rose-Coloured Cloud Fantasy Gate” were they are met with five different booths.
At Kiki’s Star Catching booth, visitors can experience one of Kiki’s favourite past times by ‘catching’ stars. The stars that are caught can be taken home as a fun memory.
There’s also the Starry Sky Light Shower booth which is decorated with mirror balls that reflect the light as well as a wall featuring words and phrases said by the twins, the pink and light blue-coloured Kiki & Lala’s Playroom where you can snap cute photos, the Glittering Moviegenic booth which uses your smartphone to watch an animation of Kiki & Lala, and more.
Fans of the twins can enjoy an exhibit of various artworks too, including the 8-meter tall Fantasy Wall which depicts the world above the clouds.
The day before the exhibition began, on July 9, Tokyo Tower was lit up in blue and pink Kiki & Lala colours from 19:30 to midnight. It was a special one-night experience.
If you’re in Tokyo this summer, soar up high into Kiki & Lala’s world at Tokyo Tower.
©‘21 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ
LittleTwinStars Summer Night Fantasy Meets Kiki & Lala Exhibition produced by LIDDELL
Running: July 10, 2021 – July 25, 2021
Event Site: https://sanrio.site/qY0AN
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan Anime Series Collaborates With Rascal the Raccoon
In promotion of the anime adaptation of Gaku Kuze’s manga series Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan, a merchandise collection was released in collaboration with Nippon Animation’s series Rascal the Raccoon on July 9 at Shinjuku Marui Annex. The items will also be released at Nanba Marui and Hakata Marui on July 24 and August 7 respectively.
A little look at some of the items
Name Badges | 5 Designs | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Pins | 8 Designs | ¥440 (Tax Included)
Keyrings | 8 Designs | ¥770 (Tax Included)
Keyrings | 6 Designs | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included)
Keyrings | 8 Designs | ¥880 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands | 8 Designs | ¥880 (Tax Included)
Wooden Reversible Keyrings | ¥660 (Tax Included)
Hand Towel | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Onigiri Case | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Pass Case | ¥2,970 (Tax Included)
Tote Bag | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
T-Shirts | Sizes: M, L, XL | ¥3,850 Each (Tax Included)
Exclusive artwork was illustrated for the collection featuring the characters Uramichi Omota, Tobikichi Usahara, Iketeru Daga, Utano Tadano, Kotori-san, and Rascal. The designs are featured on the merchandise sold at the pop-up shops.
©久世岳・一迅社／「うらみちお兄さん」製作委員会 © NIPPON ANIMATION CO., LTD.
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan in Marui
Shinjuku Marui Annex: July 9, 2021 – July 18, 2021
Nanba Marui: July 24, 2021 – August 1, 2021
Hakata Marui: August 7, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Rascal the Raccoon Official Website: https://www.araiguma-rascal.com/
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan Official Website: http://uramichi-anime.com/
Marui Official Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/
Hokusai and Hiroshige Japan Blue Ukiyo-e Exhibition Opens in Shinjuku
The Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing is currently holding an exhibition centred on the Japanese ukiyo-e artists Hokusai and Hiroshige at their permanent exhibition in Shinjuku.
Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931) was a Japanese industrialist who is often known as the ‘father of Japanese capitalism.’ In Japan, people have a strong image of him as being a great man of modern history, but in actual fact one third of his life was lived during the same era as when esteemed ukiyo-e artists Hokusai and Hiroshige were alive. The Adachi Foundation’s exhibition focuses on the colour blue, one which has roots during that era and has gone on to become a prominent colour in present day Japanese companies.
The immense popularity of bright blue ukiyo-e
Aizuri-e is a type of woodblock print that is printed predominanetly in blue. They were extremely popular in Edo and used Prussian blue, also nicknamed ‘Japan blue.’ Hokusai used this same colour when creating his famous Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, as did Hiroshige, bringing life to the backgrounds and environment.
Japan Blue: Ukiyo-e From Japan to Paris
Hiroshige showcased his work at the second Exposition Universelle in 1867, making it the first time for ukiyo-e to be properly shown to the world, allowing for the spread of Japonisme. Taken aback by how he used the Prussian blue, the people of Europe praised Hiroshige’s work and named the colour ‘Hiroshige Blue.’ It was a turning point for Japan as the country began opening up to the world, enabling them to witness the skills of Japanese craft.
The Adachi Foundation is also hosting the exhibition online in VR for free which is available in both English and Japanese. Visitors can enjoy Hokusai and Hiroshige’s work up close.
Japan Blue in Hokusai & Hiroshige’s Ukiyo-e: The Period in Which Shibusawa Eiichi Lived
Japanese Exhibition Title:「北斎・広重の浮世絵に見るジャパンブルー _～渋沢栄一の生きた時代～」
Running: June 22, 2021 — August 21, 2021
Address: 3-13-17 Shimoochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo 161-0033, Japan
Opening Hours: [Tue-Fri] 10:00-18:00 / [Sat] 10:00-17:00
Closed: Sundays / Mondays / Public Holidays
Exhibition Online（JP）: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=WJVeiudxTHg
"A Kagune is a ghoul's best friend. It is the only love it has. Use it wisely child; or you might just end out losing it.."
Ghouls have various abilities depending on their genes. One of these abilities is called a Kagune. This is their main hunting weapon and is a vital organ for any ghoul. This is a claw like weapon that protrudes from different areas of the ghoul's body, depending on which type it is. There are four main types of Kagune and they all help the ghoul in various ways. Most ghouls are born with one kagune, or a special type called a Chimera. This type is only to a certain breed of ghoul. In some rare cases, powerful ghouls are born with all four kagune. The most known ghoul with this ability is the leader of Anteiku, Yoshimura or commonly referred to as the Non - Killing Owl . He has a soft spot for humans, but unleashed his full power while fighting a large group of CCG.
Sometimes, if a ghoul is a cannibal or Gourmet, it's kagune will grow into a Kakuja . This is known as a full - power kagune and has many different stages.
THE FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES
There are four main types of kagune as mentioned before. These types are:
This type is also known as tentacle kagune. This refers to its long cone - prong like shape that closely resemble tentacles. This is a scaly type of kagune that come in many different colours, depending on your genes. A dominant gene colour could be something like red or blue, whereas a recessive gene colour could be something anywhere from green to orange. This kagune starts at the lower back, next to the tailbone and prongs out.`1
Rize using her Rinkaku kagune about to attack Kaneki. This is the kagune that Kaneki inherited from her by organ transplant. For more information on organ transplants and Half - Ghouls, see Half - Ghoul
Rinkaku can be used to impale subjects, climb buildings and walk for you. It is one of the dominant kagunes. In some rare cases though, a ghoul can be born with both parent's kagune, forming a mix called a Chimera.
This is also known as the sword kagune. This is because of its appearance. It starts in the higher body, close to the shoulder blade. It the coils around the ghoul's arm and forms a solid pointy tip, giving it a sword - like look. This kagune is a higher class of kagune and is used as a sword.
Example of a koukaku kagune. It is held in a sword - like position, leaving some space underneath for mobility and articulation. Just like all kagune this comes in many colours, depending on your genes, with darker colours as dominant genes and lighter, fairer colours as recessive genes.
This kagune is known as the Wings of Fire for it's distinctive fire like appearance. They are shown to be wings that allow the ghoul to shoot projectile at a subject. This can be useful for long term attacks and ambushes. This kagune starts at the back, underneath the shoulder blade and spreads out.
The Ukaku that is shown here belongs to Touka. It only shows one as when she was young, her younger bother bit it off, claiming that she was to weak to be properly classed as a ghoul. For more information on Touka and Ayato Kirishima, see:
This kagune is also known as the serpent. This is because it starts at the lower body and prongs into a tail - like kagune. Nishiki is most known for having this kagune. All colours are available and there are no dominant or recessive genes, so it is a thing to do with luck.
Nishiki shown with his blue Bikaku. Bikakus can be two headed at the tip of it, depending on the power and genes of the ghoul. For more information on Nishiki, see
A kakuja is VERY rare to come across. It can be easily obtained through various acts of ghoul on ghoul cannibalisation. If a ghoul was to live in a ward with a small human count, obtaining a kakuja wouldn't be too difficult as cannibalism would be common, and quite frankly, ok.
This is Kaneki's Kakuja First Form. He obtained this after devouring Yamori.
This is Yamori's Kakuja which he obtained by eatining many, many ghouls.
In some very rare cases, a ghoul can be born with both of it's parent's kagunes. This rare phenomenon is called a chimera. It basically means 'mix'
An Example of a Chimera.
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Tokyo Ghoul: Kagune, Ghoulkind's Bioweapons, Explained
InTokyo Ghoul, flesh-eating, humanoid creatures that are known as ghouls stalk Japan's capital in search of human meat to feast on. Ghouls are prevalent in other types of supernatural media, but what's especially unique about the ones in Sui Ishida's manga/anime series are the strange structures that extend out of their bodies. These structures form bioweapons called kagune, which the ghouls use to fight and kill their human prey.
Here's everything you need to know about what kagune are and what they can do.
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WHAT ARE KAGUNE?
A kagune is a biological weapon released from the body of a ghoul, which acts both offensively and defensively while fighting opponents. But where does this weapon come from? Every ghoul possesses a sac-like internal organ called kakuhou. The kakuhou stores numerous Red Children cells (Rc cells) inside of it -- similar to how the human stomach stores food before digestion. These Rc cells form the kagune and are responsible for its elastic and liquid-like properties; properties that allow the kagune to swiftly extend to long distances while maintaining its firm and strong muscle-like quality, earning them the name "Liquid Muscle." Although humans have a small number of Rc cells, a ghoul's Rc cell count is 10 to 15 times higher.
Ghouls gather more Rc cells when they devour humans or other ghouls and when this happens, the kagune becomes stronger and larger. When a ghoul has devoured too many ghouls and humans, the ghoul can evolve into a very rare type called a kakuja. After the transformation, the kagune covers their whole body. But if the transformation is incomplete for any reason then the ghoul is called a half kakuja. A human can also evolve into a ghoul if surgery is performed to increase their Rc cell level to the level of a ghoul's, leading to a gradual transformation as seen in series protagonist Ken Kaneki's case.
Humans, in a bid to protect themselves, battle ghouls with artificial bioweapons of their own called quinque, which were created from the kagune of captured ghouls, and are the only effective means of killing a ghoul.
WHAT DO KAGUNE DO?
A kagune can take on any shape the ghoul depending on the ghoul's mind or desire. The stronger a ghoul's kagune becomes, the more likely they are to win a fight, and ghouls with weakly developed kagune could lose a fight or even die. A ghoul becomes even more dangerous when they become a kakuja; while the chimera of the species, who have hybrid kagune, are stronger than the average ghouls. The One-Eyed Owl, leader of the Aogiri organization, was a kakuja, for instance, which became a very difficult threat to deal with.
Kaneki, meanwhile, always proved to be a difficult ghoul to take on due to his constantly evolving kagune, and he only became even deadlier after becoming a dragon kakuja. This brings us neatly onto the different abilities ghouls can unlock based on the type of kagune they possess.
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DIFFERENT TYPES OF KAGUNE
There are four main types of kagune in the Tokyo Ghoul franchise.
The rinkaku kagune is a tentacle-like kagune that extends from the back of a ghoul. These structures can be used to form a sharp shape to stab opponents with if the user so desires. Kaneki has a rinkaku kagune, which evolved from Rize -- the ghoul he got his powers from. This kagune can form claw-like hands that could be used for nimble climbing. The colour of rinkaki kagune varies depending on the gene-type and Rc cell type of the ghoul.
This type of kagune extends from the upper back region of the ghoul to form a sharp, sword-like shape. It is mainly used for attacking as it extends from the shoulder to cloak the arms before further extending into a sword. For this reason, it's also known as the sword kagun, and a high-class one at that with very high attacking capabilities.
Ukaku mostly assumes the shape of a wing and develops from the back, like the rinkaku. This kagune can cover its user to shield them from attacks. But it has plenty of bite, too: also possessing the ability to shoot small sharp objects at opponents as a long-range attack. Ayato and Touka Kirishima has been seen effectively using this kagune in the series.
This kagune is unique because it develops as a tail from the ghoul's lower back. Because of its limited length, it's not the best option for a long-range attack like the ukaku. Nishio Nishiki used this kagune in his fight against Kaneki.
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How of design Kagune
I wanted to do this blog for quite sometimes but never gotta make it. But since some people did ask me, so here I am.
Please know that this is just my opinion. I'm a professional designer nor I am Ishida Sui. I'm just a guy who loves kagune.
I'd try my best to make these tips for everyone, even for someone who is new to the series.
These tips will be focusing on drawing and not writing. But you can still look this up just in case.
Know about kagune
It's common sense. The more you know about a said subject, the better you gonna design it, kagune is no exception.
A common knowledge of what is kagune, four RC types and its property is a must. Another stuff about kagune such as kagune manipulation, elemental power like fire and electric is not heavily necessary but if you want to include it in your kagune, you should definitely look it up.
The main reason for this is to serve as a guideline, also as giving some borderline to your kagune and let it makes sense its story context.
Many times, some people like to make their kagune look too similar to one of the characters. This brings several. First is the character will lack individuality. Each kagune is unique and that's sometimes what defines characters. Giving a kagune too similar look to the pre-existing one takes away that individuality. The second problem is that it doesn't make sense in the story. Having your kagune looks almost exactly the same as some character without having them related in some way hardly make sense. Even ghouls that are blood-related or one-eyed ghouls have their kagune differently from their parents or donor.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't look at any reference, it's opposite. You should look at the reference, a lot.
If you can't come up with a new kagune design, here's my tip. Take two kagune and try to blend it together.
Take this design as an example. I merged fueguchi kagune and kobayashi kagune together.
Overall, to be original is to somehow make a kagune not look immediately recognizable at first look. But speaking on reference, let move to the next point.
Kagune exist in Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul alone. I'll never know what kagune looks like unless you look it up. but then comes the question, how many references you really need?
To me, it's as much as possible. Look beyond touka or kaneki or nishiki and see a variety of kagune out there. This correlates to the previous part, the more kagune you know, more you can merge it together.
My tips on the reference are to use the manga version because, in the manga, it is black and white. It would make you see kagune in its shape and not distracted by color.
As I said, this blog will be for everyone in this fandom so this might be a bit hard to some anime only, but if you know all four RC type and a bit of creativity, I'm sure you can create a unique kagune. Speaking of creativity, let move on to the final topic
Note: I'll be posting reference pics I used, so you don't need to spend hour go through the wiki.
I think it's fundamental thing to have creativity in every design work, kagune is no different. Creativity will compose everything that I've mentioned above together to make a solid design. Don't just make rinkaku look like multi color tentacles or koukaku as just a big bulk on the shoulder and nothing else.
First thing of being creative is to not having fixed idea. I feel like some people may be too fixed idea on the looks of each RC type, which could lead to limited design choice. My tip is to read the description of kagune and take it literally (Tokyo ghoul chapter 53). Using it alongside reference as I mentioned above.
Next things that creativity will allow you to look a variety of inspiration. I've talked about using reference in the story, but this time is outside the story. Think of what your character related to and put it in your kagune.
To conclude it, creativity is one of the cores of designing in general. In this case, kagune.
That's probably the longest text I've ever done XD. I hope that these tips help you one way or another and it will make fandom be more variable.
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