FANFIC FRIDAY: Tokyo Ghoul Angst Recs


Hello, fanfic readers!

Tokyo Ghoul is our choice for the third week of Angst January. As if we didn’t have enough angst in this series already! If Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto didn’t satisfy our your ghoul-y needs and you can’t wait for that third season, here’s 10 Tokyo Ghoul angst recs to satisfy your angst thirst.

WARNING: Note that some of these fanfics are really angsty, so we advise not to read them if you’re feeling upset or depressed. Fanfics containing suicide, self-harm, non-con or other dark themes will contain trigger warnings.


I Don’t Remember (Lie)

By: levi97100
SummaryAfter the fight with the Serpent, Sasaki has been acting a little bit different. And it’s up to Saiko to figure out why, And how to help.
Rating: Fiction K+ – Angst/Romance
Pairings: Kaneki/Saiko
Words: 5,220

My Little Firefly

By: juungi
SummaryGhouls have no fairy tales with happy endings.
Rating: Fiction M – Angst/Hurt/Comfort
Pairings: Ayato/OC
Words: 47,974


By: Lidsworth
SummaryIn Kaneki’s eyes, Hide is the real monster.
Rating: Gen – Psychological, Friendship, Frenemies, Mental Health
Pairings: None
Words: 884

Black Card

By: SeraSeraSpin
Summary: They walk on different paths, their fates left to different threads. Six months after Aogiri, Kaneki and Hide sit down for a little chat.
Rating: Fiction T – Friendship/Hurt/Comfort
Pairings: None
Words: 3,111


By: Aeliia
Summary: Panic. That was the feeling that consumed Hide’s mind while being held captive in a room for days. But that isn’t his only problem; there’s something different about his body, and he doesn’t know what. After escaping and being reunited with his best friend after months of separation, he soon finds out what has changed. Now, Hide must adapt to this new lifestyle—or die trying.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – M/M, Angst, Fluff, Canon Divergence
Pairings: Kaneki/Hide
Words: 85,939

He Wouldn’t Dare

By: The Everlasting Non Sequitur
Summary: An alternative ending to the fifth episode where Touka sees Kaneki’s feelings towards her and acts on them.
Rating: Fiction T – Angst/Romance
Pairings: Touka/Kaneki
Words: 5,040

With all my heart

By: Jeageractive
Summary: Coffee shop Au filled with no terror, just copious amounts of coffee, the occasional latte, and a few cuddling treatable nightmares. Kaneki’s been trying to spell a certain regular’s name right instead of asking for a while now, but sometimes his hand would slip and he’d scrawl a ‘sunshine’, or ‘daffodil head’ and mourn over his idiocy afterwards.
Rating: General Audiences – M/M, Fluff, Angst
Pairings: Kaneki/Hide
Words: 18,638

Closing the Distance

By: Sunset_Tower
Summary: Or, three times Kaneki keeps a distance, and one time Hide closes it. (Spoilers up to chapter 136.)
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – M/M, Angst
Pairings: Kaneki/Hide
Words: 2,231

Malice and Certainty

By: undertonepuncture
Summary: Ayato has never joined Aogiri. Instead he becomes a vicious predator roaming the Wards killing as he pleases and taking the doves’ attention off his sister. While visiting the 20th Ward, he finds himself hunted.
Rating: Explicit – M/M, Angst, Blood and Gore, Stalking
Pairings: Kaneki/Ayato
Words: 29,362


By: yandere_sama
Summary: Kaneki deals with his mental health issues, and Hide is always there for him. No matter what.
Rating: General Audiences – M/M, Angst, Fluff, Mental Illness, Hurt/Comfort, 
Pairings: Kaneki/Hide
Words: 1,485

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