Oscar Nominee Morita Helms Tokyo Ghoul Anime at Pierrot
posted on by Egan Loo
This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is announcing the staff of the Tokyo Ghoul anime on Thursday. Shuhei Morita (Freedom, Kakurenbo), the Oscar-nominated director of the "Possessions" ("Tsukumo") short, is helming this adaptation of Sui Ishida's suspense horror manga at Pierrot. Kazuhiro Miwa (animation director on Eureka Seven AO, Gosick, Heroman) is designing the characters, and playwright Chūji Mikasano (LDK) is supervising and writing the scripts.
The dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.
Ishida launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2011, and Shueisha published the 10th compiled book volume last month. The manga sold about 1,666,348 copies last year to be the 27th top-selling manga series, and it has now sold about 2.6 million copies. Weekly Young Jump posted a special promotional video for the manga last July.