Kaneki Ken + contact sheets

“Ken Kaneki (金木 研, Kaneki Ken) is the protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:re.

Formerly, he was a human studying Japanese Literature at Kamii University and living a normal life. However, everything soon changed after he had Rize Kamishiro’s kakuhou transplanted into him and became a one-eyed ghoul. After joining Anteiku as part-time waiter, he learned how to live as a ghoul and became known as Eyepatch (眼帯, Gantai).

After being captured by Aogiri Tree, he underwent a drastic personality change, forming a team with the goal of protecting the ones precious to him and exterminating people who threatened the place he belonged to. Because of his Kakuja‘s distinct appearance, the CCG gave him the nicknameCentipede (百足, Mukade)”

This cosplay is based on the outfit which Kaneki wore when he was fighting the ghoul Jason.(video) As you can see in the video his outfit is a black shirt and white shorts which are what my subject is wearing. Finding a location similar to that which is seen in the video was quite difficult but then we found this wall in a car park and it worked quite well for my images. In the video Kaneki isn’t wearing the mask but the mask is why he is the ghoul known as “Eyepatch”.

“His ghoul mask resembles a leather gimp mask with an eye patch. It bears a lipless mouth that shows large, gnashing teeth, much like restrained asylum monster. The bolts sticking out of his neck and the fact that he is an artificial ghoul remind a Frankenstein theme.” (source)

I wanted my images to have Kaneki’s Kagune adding into them to add more context to my images, the kagune is also quite important to Kaneki’s character after his dramatic change of personality as well as hair colour  (black to white) after being tortured by Jason.

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Here are two versions of the final image, the image on the left has had its colour balance changed to increase the blue & cyan of the image which has caused a blue colour cast on the image, I was trying to achieve a blue hint to the background like it is in the video clip. However I prefer the image on the right which hasn’t had any changes done to it as I like the fact the background has a red-ish tint to it which works well with the added in Kagune.


This is the image with only the background having the blue tint to it and the subject being the same as the original as the blue washed out the skin tone too much. As a result it has made the hair blend into the background so they subject isn’t defined from the background which has resulted in the image looking flat. The blue background also makes it appear that the subject of my image was just placed on top as they look out of place.

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