Anime Expo rolled out some of the best news ever for the fandom over the weekend, including theatrical updates with word that Funimation has ordered a September U.S. release for Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’. The film is currently due to premiere in Japan in two weeks while gearing up for a festival run at Fantasia which kicks off its 23rd installment a week earlier.
Directors Takuya Kawasaki and Kazuhiko Hiramaki are at the helm this time around following Kentaro Hagiwara’s 2017 hit adaptation which drew rousing approval from AX attendees that year prior to hitting Blu-Ray, also from Funimation. Fantasia programmer Rupert Bottenberg took to the fest’s official website earlier on to properly hype-up the highly anticipated sequel based on the hit manga and anime series:
Tokyo’s Ward 20 hasn’t seen the last of the ghouls, those seemingly human super-predators who satisfy their ravenous appetite for our flesh and blood with only the barest discretion. Everyone in the district is glued to their screens — a popular model has been murdered, most certainly by a ghoul, except this one feasted on nothing but her eyes. Could the notorious and elusive ghoul they call “the Gourmet” be in town? And will he cross paths with Ken Kaneki? A quiet, awkward lad, Kanek?i’s unique and freakish dual nature places him in a precarious position — at risk among both the humans we wants to protect, and the clandestine community of ghouls whose monstrous nature he shares. The Counter-Ghoul Commission is stalking the alleys of Ward 20, raising the stakes, and hidden in the shadows of the ghoul scene, Kaneki discovers, are startling secrets about his own terrible transformation.
In 2017, Fantasia presented TOKYO GHOUL, the live-action adaptation of the immensely popular urban-horror manga by Sui Ishida, a gruesome yet pensive dark fantasy in the same sinister zone as DEATH NOTE and PARASYTE. The moody intrigue and twisted terror take hold again in the sequel TOKYO GHOUL ‘S‘, another round of blood and black leather on the midnight streets of Tokyo! Masataka Kubota, of 13 ASSASSINSand this year’s GINTAMA 2: RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN, returns as the tense and tormented Kaneki, while Shota Matsuda (AFRO TANAKA himself! And brother to Ryuhei, BTW.) joins the cast as the elegant and insidious Gourmet. Look out, because TOKYO GHOUL ‘S‘ is about to lash out — and where better to see it than in a dark cinema, in which you can’t quite be certain who in the room is really human…
Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’ marks the second live-action Funimation Films feature acquisition made formal at AX over the weekend with the first being Shinsuke Sato’s Kingdom. Check out the latest official tweet below serving fans the announcement.
The Tokyo Ghoul live-action movie series is back! Get ready for all the bloody action as fan-favorite villain Shu Tsukiyama makes his way to the big screen.
Tokyo Ghoul S is coming to select theaters this September. pic.twitter.com/t2DeeUbzuo
— Funimation 🚒🔥 @ AX (@FUNimation) July 4, 2019