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Sixteen Things You Didn't Know about Ishida Sui (Creator of Tokyo Ghoul)

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Tokyo Ghoul by Ishida Sui.

Tokyo Ghoul by Ishida Sui.


Ishida Sui is the author of the popular Tokyo Ghoul manga and its sequel Tokyo Ghoul:re. The Tokyo Ghoul manga began its serialization in the Weekly Young Jump on September 8th 2011, and ended on September 18th 2014 counting 14 Volumes (143 Chapters). The manga continued its serialization with Tokyo Ghoul:re on October 16th 2014 and is still ongoing.

The manga was made into an anime TV series produced by Studio Pierrot. The first season of the anime ran from July 4th 2014 to September 19th 2014, while the second season,Tokyo Ghoul √A ran from January 9th 2015 till March 27th 2015, each season counting 12 episodes.

Even though the manga and anime are very popular, very little is known about the author Ishida Sui. Here are some things that we found.

Depiction of Ishida Sui.

Depiction of Ishida Sui.

In this article we will talk about Ishida's:

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Atsushi Nakayama

Works and illustrations


Hanada Ryo

Interests and pranks


Tajika Kouhei



Hara Yasuhisa

Social media accounts







Previous employment

Yoshihiro Togashi

Hisoka's side story

Fact 1:

Ishida Sui (石田 スイ) is a Japanese manga artist born on December 28th in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Apparently, Ishida is most likely male, since he was referred to using masculine language in an ad looking for assistants. Japanese is a relatively gender-neutral language, so it's intentional when referring to someone with gendered language. Moreover, he depicted himself as a male in one of the omakes that he drew. Also, when a fan asked him how he looks like, he answered that he looks like Kazuo Yoshida from Tokyo Ghoul.

Kazuo Yoshida.

Kazuo Yoshida.

Ishida, before becoming a manga artist, worked as a tattoo artist. He has one older and one younger sister. Ishida seems to lead a healthy life. He stated on Twitter that he doesn't smoke, goes running sometimes and drinks a lot of Calpis, a Japanese uncarbonated soft drink. When a fan asked him if he read a lot when he was a child, Ishida replied that he was constantly swinging on horizontal bars.

Fact 2:

In 2010, Ishida Sui won the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award with Tokyo Ghoul. Later, in March 2011, the Tokyo Ghoul oneshot was published in the 2nd Issue of Miracle Jump. Then in September 2011, Tokyo Ghoul started as a series in the 41st Issue of Weekly Young Jump. In December 2011, Ishida made another oneshot about Rize Kamishiro which was published in the 6th Issue of Miracle Jump. And in 2013, he also started Tokyo Ghoul: Jack in the digital magazine Jump LIVE.

Fact 3:

Other than Tokyo Ghoul, Ishida Sui has many works which he was publishing online before making Tokyo Ghoul.

  • The Tale of Longing for Sex (2009) - webcomic
  • The Penisman (2010) - webcomic
  • Tokyo Ghoul (2010/2011) - oneshot
  • Tokyo Ghoul (2011) - series
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Rize (2011) - oneshot
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Jack (2013) - series
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Joker (2014) - oneshot
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re (2014) - series
  • Hisoka Story Draft (2016) - oneshot

Ishida also wrote the scenario and designed the main character, Rio, for the Tokyo Ghoul: Jail RPG video game. The story is about the ghoul Rio, who was imprisoned in Cochlea for suspicion that he is the ghoul under the name Jail. He also made a non-canon parody webcomic - School of Ghoul, where all the Tokyo Ghoul characters are in high school together while trying to hide the fact that they're ghouls from each other. Ishida also likes to write poems which he posts together with his drawings on Tumblr.

The Penisman, a webcomic by Ishida Sui.

The Penisman, a webcomic by Ishida Sui.

Ishida Sui's non-canon parody webcomic School of Ghoul.

Ishida Sui's non-canon parody webcomic School of Ghoul.

In addition, Ishida, as the illustrator, and Shin Towada, as the author, created three Light Novels: Tokyo Ghoul: Days, Tokyo Ghoul: Void, Tokyo Ghoul: Past, and a special short story Tokyo Ghoul: 6th Ward Playing Cards. You can find the links here (© goes to the translator): Reddit. On October 17th 2014, Ishida published an illustrator book Tokyo Ghoul: zakki, which contains artwork and comments by Ishida, and has 112 pages.

The data for his webcomic The Tale of Longing for Sex has been lost due to an error. But, you can still read his work The Penisman (© for translation goes to duratrans.tumblr) here: The Penisman. You can read his other works (© goes to the translators) here: Ishida Sui's works.

Fact 4:

Ishida Sui uses an LCD tablet for drawing. He also uses PaintTool SAI among other tools such as ComicStudioPro and Corel Painter.

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When one fan asked him where he learned to draw, Ishida replied that he studied by other mangaka (for example Yoshihiro Togashi, creator of Hunter x Hunter) and illustrators. He was copying drawing of Hisoka and Orochimaru so he could improve his own drawing skills. He also stated on Twitter that he was Togashi's assistant. This statement has led many fans to believe that Ishida is actually Togashi. Even though there is a small chance that this is true, the fans still like to cling to this theory and joke by saying that this is the reason why Hunter x Hunter has been on hiatus for so long.

Ishida Sui using ComicStudioPro.

Ishida Sui using ComicStudioPro.

Fact 5:

Ishida Sui is strongly influenced by the works of Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The fact that his manga, Tokyo Ghoul, has a similar concept to Kafka's popular novella "Metamorphosis", says a lot about how Kafka influenced Ishida's work. In "Metamorphosis", a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, woke up only to find himself transformed into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become. This is pretty much similar to how Kaneki Ken, the main protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul, became a half-ghoul and now has to deal with all that this new life causes. Not to mention, Eto Yoshimura (Takatsuki Sen) wrote a book called "Dear Kafka".

Kaneki talking about Kafka's work "Metamorphosis".

Kaneki talking about Kafka's work "Metamorphosis".

The other author is Haruki Murakami, a popular Japanese writer. Eto has a lot of similarities with Murakami. First of all, they both write books with similar topics and themes such as loneliness, having split personalities (two sides of oneself), metamorphosis and gender identity. Both of them are obviously influenced by Franz Kafka, and Murakami even has a book called "Kafka on the Shore", with a transgender guy in it. As I already mentioned above, Eto has a book called "Dear Kafka" which could actually refer to Murakami's book, and in Tokyo Ghoul we also have lots of transgender people, take Nico for instance.

Takatsuki Sen's (Eto's) book "Dear Kafka".

Takatsuki Sen's (Eto's) book "Dear Kafka".

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's influence can be seen on the pictures that Ishida drew for the Tokyo Ghoul calendar. Under two of the drawings, he quoted Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" which seems to have a big role when it comes to figuring out some of the Tokyo Ghoul characters, such as Arima Kishou.

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Fact 6:

Ishida uses a lot of social medias like Twitter, Tumblr, Pixiv, Twipple,Twitch and FC2 Blog (host for The Penisman). He is very responsive to fan messages (especially on Twitter) when he isn't working. He posts on Twitter daily, mostly his drawings, new announcements and even random stuff like his mood or what's on his mind. On Tumblr he occasionally posts his illustrations along with his poems. He uses Twitch to live stream while he's drawing, so you can actually see how he works, hear his voice (even though he uses a voice changer) and hear what music he listens to. Here are the links to his accounts:

Twitter: sotonami
Tumblr: sui-zakki
Pixiv: sui
Twipple: sotonami
Twitch: susida
FC2 Blog: The Penisman

There is also his e-mail address:

One of Ishida's profile pictures on Twitter.

One of Ishida's profile pictures on Twitter.

Ishida's New Year Stream on Twitch

Fact 7:

In one of the recent omakes, Ishida drew himself and the Tokyo Ghoul, current and former, staff going to Shuueisha's thank-you party and how he ended up in the hospital on the second day of the trip. Here, the fans could finally learn something new about Ishida-sensei, who included himself in the omake for the first time. From the story he wrote, we can see that Ishida is not very good at skating, he wears long coats, he has a satchel and he's immature (he wrote so himself). He even arrived late, so everyone missed the flight because of him. Later when he went with one of the members to tho the hospital, he injured his broken leg further, because he didn't notice that he was pushing him to the wall.

© for translation goes to randomthoughtpatterns.tumblr

Fact 8:

Ishida seems to be in good friendly terms with Atsushi Nakayama, fellow manga artist in Young Jump and author of Nejimaki Kagyu. Atsushi Nakayama even drew a Tokyo Ghoul illustration as a gift for Ishida's birthday. Later, Ishida returned the favor and drew an illustration for Nejimaki Kagyu's last chapter.

He also seems to be friends with Hanada Ryo, the mangaka of Devil’s Line. Apparently, Ishida visited Hanada specifically because he has been unwell. Ishida made sure to specially come to a subway station closest to Hanada, who, at that time, couldn't ride trains due to his health. Hanada also said about Ishida: "He’s an angel.". As a thank-you gift, Hanada drew Mutsuki Tooru and posted it on Ishida's Twitter profile. To this, Ishida replied saying that he will accept it as friendart, rather than fanart and thanked Hanada.