Tokyo Ghoul Watch Order: Seasons, Episodes & OVAs

Tokyo Ghoul: √A
Tokyo Ghoul: √A

When people think of controversial anime or anime with mixed reception, Tokyo Ghoul is one of the first things that come to mind. If you haven’t watched Tokyo Ghoul and want to weigh in for yourself on whether the show is good or not, don’t worry. This Tokyo Ghoul watch order will help you get started on your journey.

Tokyo Ghoul has amazing animation, superb voice talents, and a fantastic concept, so what’s with all the debates? You should find out yourself and see if the ghouls steal your heart or leave it half-chewed, including all of the seasons and OVAs.

Note: This watch order is for just the anime and will not include the 2017 live-action film because that movie is its own thing.


Tokyo Ghoul Release Order

Most people would agree that the release order is the best way to watch Tokyo Ghoul. The two OVAs happen before the first season but it’s better to watch them after that since some of the characters that appear there only show up by Season 2.

  • Tokyo Ghoul (Season 1)
  • Tokyo Ghoul: √A (Season 2)
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Jack (OVA)
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto (OVA)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re (Season 3)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season (Season 4)

For an anime that has a complicated plot, Tokyo Ghoul’s release order is pretty simple. Once you know what each season is called, following it isn’t difficult. The only thing that you might confuse is the placement of the two OVAs. If you’re rewatching the series and are looking for the chronological order, just place the two OVAs in the beginning.


Should You Watch The Tokyo Ghoul OVAs?

Most of the time, OVAs don’t really have a huge impact on the main show’s plot. They just exist to add world-building and development to some important characters that didn’t get decent screen time and stories in the main episodes. Sometimes it’s even less than that and the episodes are just made to be fun little side adventures for fans who just want more out of the show.

Tokyo Ghoul’s OVAs are no different. It’s alright to skip them if you really want to. However, you should go ahead and give them a chance. They’re fun and simple stories that are a nice change of pace to the wild and complicated main plot, especially in the later seasons. Plus, they give good backgrounds to some of the characters.


Where Can You Watch Tokyo Ghoul?

You can watch Tokyo Ghoul’s seasons on Amazon Prime, Bilibili, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Netflix, depending on your region. The OVAs on the other hand, are a little trickier. You’ll only be able to find them in specific regions on Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Funimation.

If you check one of these services and Tokyo Ghoul isn’t available in your region, here’s what you can do. You can either check one of the other suggested services or use a VPN to watch the anime from a region where it’s available.

Alternatively, you can own a physical copy of the show on Blu-Ray by buying it from Amazon.

Tokyo Ghoul: Season One [Blu-ray]
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