Ken Kaneki

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Ken Kaneki - Bio, Facts, Age, Height, Quotes, Strengths

Ken Kaneki is the main protagonist of the anime series Tokyo Ghoul, who was previously a student studying Japanese literature at Kamii University. He lived a normal life like any other student.

However, a nightmare came and crashed into his life, he turned into a one-eyed ghoul after kakuhou Rize Kamishiro entered his body. Thus, Kaneki is known to be the first known artificial one-eyed ghoul.

Kaneki is described as a young man with a thin body who always wears casual clothes in his spare time. He also has a passion, which is reading books.

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  • Real Name: Kaneki Ken  (金木 研 / カネキ ケン) / Sasaki Haise ( 佐々木 琲世 (ササキ ハイセ))
  • Stage Name: Ken Kaneki or Haise Sasaki
  • Also Knows As: Eyepatch, Centipede, Black Reaper, Number 240, One-Eyed King, HS, Nameless King,
  • Nickname: Kaneki
  • Birthday: December 20, 19 BSBI / April 2, 19 BSBI (as Haise Sasaki)
  • Age As Ken Kaneki:
    18 Years Old (until Ch. 64)
    19 Years Old (after Ch. 64)
    21 Years Old (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
    22 Years Old (after :re Ch. 31.5)
    23 Years Old (after :re Ch. 98)
    29 Years Old (:re Ch. 179)
  • Age As Haise Sasaki:
    22 Years Old (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
    23 Years Old (after :re Ch. 32)
    24 Years Old (after :re Ch. 130)
  • Gender: Male
  • Friends: Touka Kirishima, Nishiki Nishio, Kaya Irimi, Enji Koma, Nagachika, Kuzen Yoshimura
  • Hobbies: Reading, Fighting
  • Manga Debut: Chapter 1
  • Anime Debut: Episode 1
  • Japanese VA: Natsuke Hanai, Yurie Kobori, Yuuki Sakurai
  • English VA: Leah Clark (young, anime), Kristen McGuire (young, film)

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

  • Height: 169 cm (5’5”), 169.5 cm (Vol. 14), 170 cm (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
  • Weight: 55 kg (121 lbs), 58 kg (Vol. 14) Tokyo, Ghoul:re)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Hair Color: Black, White (Ghoul)
  • Eyes Color: Grey, Red (Ghoul)
  • Body Measurement: –
  • Shoe Size: –
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  • Father: –
  • Mother: –
  • Brother: –
  • Sister: –
  • Wife: Touka Kirishimi
  • Daughter: Ichika Kaneki


  • Ken Kaneki was originally an ordinary human.
  • After being tortured by Yamori, Ken Kaneki’s appearance changed drastically, his hair became white and his nails turned black and became stronger.
  • One of Kaneki’s unique habits is that he often touches his chin with his left hand when hiding something.
  • His hobby is reading beautiful words.
  • Kaneki and Yamori experienced the same cruel torture that made them change mentally.
  • Due to the Hybrid power, Kaneki Ken’s power is said to be stronger than that of a natural ghost.
  • The name ‘Haise’ in the role of Kaneki Ken was created from the combination of the kanji “Coffee” and “World”. While the name “Ken” means “Sharpen” which implies the phrase “Sharpen one’s fangs.
  • “Kaneki” means “Golden tree” while “Sasaki” means “Useful wood.”
  • Kaneki first polled as first-tier Popular Anime character
  • Ken Kaneki’s birthday is the same as Kishou Arima’s
  • In the scientific explanation, the change in Kaneki’s hair during torture was due to the temporary production of melamine in Kaneki’s body which caused his hair color to change.
  • Kaneki’s surname is a reference to novelist Osamu Dazai, who was born in Kanagi.
  • The mental connection that Sasaki has with ‘Kaneki’ is the same as when Rize was still in Kaneki’s body trying to persuade Kaneki to accept her. In Sasaki’s story, Kaneki is also trying to persuade Sasaki to accept himself.
  • Tatara insists that Kaneki eat Taguchi to prove his loyalty to the aogiri tree, but Noro eats her first before Kaneki and Tatara finish arguing. However, this scene was cut from the completed work.
  • Anime and Manga tell the difference. Where in the Anime Kaneki joins Aogiri, while in the manga, Kaneki forms a group with Banjou, Hinami and other Ghouls. Also, the anime cuts the scene where Tatara dumps Kaneki.
  • Ken Kaneki is a skilled swordsman. He can use the quique to slice through a ghoul’s kagune.
  • Kaneki is capable of transforming into a monstrous, dragon-like form, after consumed the entire Oggai squad and the nucleus embedded in Furuta’s body.
  • Kaneki does not often let those around him know what he’s trully thinking.
  • Kaneki’s father dies when he was four years old.
  • His battlesuit was produced by Tsukiyama Shu, a ghoul who has ambition to eat him.

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  • After inheriting Rize Kamishiro’s kaku-hou, he has acquired a kagune with a faster healing rate and a more unique form.
  • His kag-une can transform in a short time and can protect other ghouls when fighting.
  • When transformed into kakjua, he can easily defeat Yukinori Shinohara, who is wearing Arata’s armor.
  • After eating the entire Oggai army and the nucleus embedded in Furuta’s body, he underwent a large-scale transformation in which his body continuously expanded and became stronger.
  • He also possesses incredible physical strength and can defeat enemies in a single blow.
  • In addition, when it comes to speed, he can dodge Narukami’s condensed projectiles, while attacking Arima. When she fought with Yukinori Shinohara, she could escape in such a short time that she could not be detected.
  • During his second encounter with Nishiki, he was able to withstand several blows from the ghoul even when he was critical and starving.
  • During his torture at the hands of Yakumo Oomori, he constantly regenerated his fingers and toes for ten days, which allowed him to easily recover from injuries.
  • After the confrontation with Eto, he could show his new form of awe through his hands alone and move them at will.
  • He has always shown a strong tolerance for pain, able to continue fighting after enduring several blows from Nishiki.
  • He is also highly skilled in close combat and can twist his legs just to outwit and then counterattack his opponent.
  • After being extracted from the Dragon’s body, she has shown extreme resistance and can survive various types of poison.
  • When Sasaki, she can wield her sword expertly and defeat enemies in a shorter duration than others without having to expend a kakune.
  • When facing enemies, she often uses her intelligence and careful planning in order to defeat his enemies efficiently.


  • The past and memories she had with his mother influenced his way of surviving and using ghoul powers.
  • He always thinks of protecting others rather than herself.


“We have to break a chain of grief.”

“I’m begging you, don’t make me a killer!”

“I’m tired of not being able to do anything.”

“I wanna be nice, but everyone annoys me.”

“What’s wrong isn’t me, what’s wrong is the world”

“I won’t pull back, I will press forward, like a centipede.”

“I won’t forgive anyone who threatens the peace in my life.”

“Anyone who tries to take my friends from me will get no mercy.”

“The pain you feel today will be the strength you’ll have tomorrow.”

“I have to learn by experiencing things myself. . that’s all I can do.”

“I was wrong. I wasn’t eating ghouls. I’m the one who was being eaten.”

“You’re wrong. It’s not the world that’s messed up; it’s those of us in it.”

“Never kick me when I’m down, because when I get up. . . you’re f*cked”

“Never trust anyone too much. Remember, the devil was once an angel.”

“This world is survival of the fittest. The strong eat. Who is strong? I am. Me”

“I keep it all inside because I’d rather the pain destroy me than everyone else.”

“It’s better to be hurt than to hurt others. Nice people can be happy with just that.”

“All the liabilities in this world are due to the inadequacies of the person involved.” 

“If you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be..a tragedy.”

“Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they are bad people. It means they’re human.”

“Donato has to keep proving himself. He wants to prove just how valuable he is. Isn’t that the case with you as well?”

“I don’t care about taking the side of those I cannot see. I fight for those close to me. And it just so happens that they’re mostly ghouls.”

“I think what’s necessary is the ‘right distance.’ Instead of mutually tramping on each others’ existence, we should just respect each other a little more.”

“I think what’s necessary is the ‘right distance.’ Instead of mutually tramping on each others’ existence, we should just respect each other a little more.”

“We need to stop fighting and start talking. Because when it comes to the state of the world, you can’t point your finger at ghouls or humans. We’re all to blame.”

“Sometimes you’re confronted with the ugly parts of yourself that you don’t want to see, but books can also tell you a lot about the things you didn’t notice when you’re just trying to get through somehow.”

“I’m not the protagonist of a novel or anything. I’m just a college student who likes to read, like you could find anywhere. But… if, for argument’s sake, you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be… a tragedy”.

“Had he done this alone?… It’s a lie… Koma… Irimi… After all that… No matter how I tried to rouse my will to fight with hatred, more than sorrow, more than rage, the emotion that arose within me was despair. Because ‘my turn’ was next.”

“Upon entering an open area was the scent of rotting flowers and in the middle of the flowerbed, he stood… Without anyone saying a thing, without his name given, like an unsolved puzzle falling into place by itself, just by seeing that figure, I–understood exactly who I faced. The CCG’s reaper. The undefeated ghoul investigator.”

FAQs Ken Kaneki

Who is Ken Kaneki?

Ken Kaneki is the main protagonist and a Japanese literature student at Kamii University of the anime series Tokyo Ghoul.

How old is Ken Kaneki?

Ken Kaneki is 18 years old when he starts his debut until Chapter 64 and in Chapter 179 he is 29 years old.

How tall is Ken Kaneki?

Ken Kaneki debut height is 169 cm (5’5”), in volume 14 he reached 169.5 cm, and become 170 cm when he was on Tokyo Ghoul:re.

How much does Ken Kaneki weigh?

Ken Kaneki weight is 55 kg (121 lbs) from the beginning of the chapter, 58 kg in volume 14 and in Tokyo, Ghoul:re.

Although initially portrayed as a quiet person, Ken Kaneki underwent a big and drastic change after becoming a ghoul and is prone to hurting others for self-protection.


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