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Kishou Arima is a major antagonist hero in the manga/anime series, Tokyo Ghoul and its sequel Tokyo Ghoul:re. He served as the final antagonist of Tokyo Ghoul, and a major antagonist in the first half of the sequel Tokyo Ghoul:re. He also served as the main protagonist of the prequel Tokyo Ghoul Jack, alongside his former partner, Taishi Fura.

He was voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in the Japanese version, and by formerly Alex Organ and currently Christopher Wehkamp in the English version.


Arima was a tall, well-built man with snow white hair and gray eyes. He always wore a pair of thin-framed glasses and a calm apathetic expression. He always dressed in a professional suit and tie, adding the pure white coat that acted as the S3 Squad uniform during operations.

During his youth, Arima had dark blue hair and was much shorter. While attending Seishin High School, he wore the standard school uniform. He carried a guitar case with him at all times to conceal his quinque, Yukimura 1/3, as opposed to the standard quinque case.


Kishou has a very calm personality as he is very emotionless and never loses his cool but he is still a very strict mentor to his students, expecting them to meet his expectations perfectly.

Because of his skill to kill ghouls, he is well-known to most ghouls as the "White Reaper" and can be extremely cold and ruthless against his enemies. He shows absoultely no fear in combat and is a strageist as he knows the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents before attacking.

Underneath it all, he is extremely friendly as shown that he can express caring emotions and can even display a smile. He was able to form a good friendship with Taishi Fura, who used to be his partner during the Lantern Operation. Haise Sasaki (an amesaic Ken Kaneki) also admired him greatly, not only respecting him as his mentor, but also looking up to him as a father.

Behind all of this, he also hated his own existence as he didn't want to murder ghouls and was working behind the scenes to create a revolution so ghouls and humans can coexist peacefully. He worked alongside Eto to find a ghoul who can make this reality possible and they chose Kaneki as he was once human who turned into a ghoul. After fighting Kaneki for the last time, he asked Kaneki if he planned on letting him live and Kaneki said thats the choice he made and Arima expressed what defeat felt like then slashed his own throat and fell down with Kaneki holding him in his arms. Arima tells Kaneki that he wanted to die and that he was the One-Eyed King and asked him to take the credit for killing him and is glad that he left something good behind to save both the ghouls and humanity.

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  • In the first character popularity poll, Arima was ranked fifteenth. In the latest, he came in as seventh.
  • He shared the same birthday as Ken Kaneki.


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