What Does “1000-7” Mean In Tokyo Ghoul?

If you are a fan of Tokyo Ghoul, you’ll know that 1000-7 is an important term that is referred to throughout this anime. This number carries a huge significance to one of the protagonists. This number refers to a certain scene and the number carries an important lesson for the protagonist.

In this article, we’ll discover what does 100-7 mean in the Tokyo Ghoul anime.

What Does “1000-7” Mean In Tokyo Ghoul

What Is Tokyo Ghoul About?

Tokyo Ghoul is an anime that is produced by Studio Pierrot, and based on the manga of the same name. The manga was written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality. In this reality, ghouls are creatures that are like normal people.

However these creatures can only survive by eating human flesh, so they hide among humans in secret. They hide from the authorities and try to live their life undetected. 

The plot follows the character Ken Kaneki, who barely survives his encounter with Rize Kamishiro. Ken’s date reveals herself to be a ghoul and tries to eat him.

He is therefore rushed to the hospital in critical condition and undergoes surgery to save his life. He discovers that he has now been transformed and he is now half ghoul. This is due to some of Rize’s organs being transferred into his body.

Now like every other ghoul he must eat flesh to survive. Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki as he tries to understand his new life and get used to what he has now become and what he must do to survive. 

What Does 100-7 Mean In Tokyo Ghoul?

The term 100-7 begins during the final chapters of the first part of Tokyo Ghoul. In these final chapters, Ken Kaneki has betrayed the Aogiri Tree and as a result he is taken to Jason. In Jason’s chamber, Ken Kaneki is tortured for 10 days.

Jason uses many different methods to keep Ken alive and conscious through the entire ordeal. 

To begin with Jason cut off Ken’s fingers and toes. Then Jason made Ken what he had cut off to make them regrow again. This process is then repeated. However as Jason did this, he made Ken countdown from 1000 in sevens.

As Ken counted he began to lose his sanity. Therefore when 1000-7 is referenced, it is referring to Ken’s insanity. 

Also Ken Kaneki is cut 993 times, after which he is asked the famous question of ‘what is 1000 minus 7? In the end Ken killed Jason, however Ken made Jason countdown from 1000 in sevens as he endured the pain.

When Ken destroyed Jason, Ken was completely mad but the counting is a symbol of what has happened to Ken. His sanity was lost the moment he began counting and that is all Jason’s fault. 

Why Did Ken Kaneki Have To Count Down As He Was Being Tortured?

It is explained why Ken Kaneki had to count down while he was  being tortured. Jason ordered Ken to count down, this counting down was another method of torure he was using on Ken. Ken was ordered to count down from 1000 in sevens and say this number out loud.

Ken at first was quite confused at this strange request, but once he got his head around it, he discovered that it was another form of torture he had to deal with alongside the physical pain he was in.

It would be difficult to count down from such a high number normally, but while also having your toes and fingers cut off and constantly eating them, makes counting pretty much impossible.

It’s no wonder that Ken lost his sanity having to deal with so much pain and suffering. 

The counting down was actually quite clever, as it forced Ken to stay conscious while Jason put him through the worst pains possible. It is known that if people are subjected to unbearable pain, that they can lose consciousness.

Therefore, the counting down is a way of making the victim and in this case Ken, focus on something else. So, Ken remained conscious as he had to focus on the numbers and not the agonizing pain he was experiencing. 

Jason clearly wanted Ken to suffer as much as possible. The counting may have kept Ken conscious but Ken reveals that the counting helped him keep his sanity for much longer.

It could have been really easy for Ken to loose his sanity quite clearly as he dealing with so much pain and torture. 

Alongside this the counting has a purpose of not only torture but to teach Ken a lesson. The lesson is that pain is an important part of learning a lesson. Hence he should have never betrayed the Aogiri Tree, and these are his consequences.

How Often Does 1000-7 Appear In The Story After The Intisl Torture?

After Jason frees himself and deals with Jason. He does regain some of his sanity, but he is on the fine line of being sane and complete utter insanity. However, who can blame him after the pain he endured. 

The term 1000-7 was used once again during the raid on Professor Kano’s laboratory. Yet again 1000-7 was referring to Ken’s insanity. During this raid, Ken’s on the brink of insanity and another breakdown.

Ken is feeding on some artificial ghoul’s. While Shinohara, one of the CCG’s best investigators, is also at the laboratory. Shinohara approaches Ken to fight him. Ken keeps managing to survive and drawing on the power of his oncoming insanity. 

Before the final attack, Ken has now turned fully insane and he thinks about Jason and the torture he was put through. He remembers what happened to his fingers and his toes and what he went through. Yet, before he attacks, Ken asks Shinohara what is 1000 minus 7.

Ken then attacks and we think he has killed Shinohara, but he only eats his armour and not him. Shinohara somehow survives, thanks to Amon chasing Ken away. At this point Shinohara claims that Ken is the craziest ghoul he has ever met. 


1000-7 has a huge significance for the character Ken Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul. This term refers to the character’s sanity/insanity. While he was being tortured by Jason, Ken was made to count down from 1000 in sevens.

This counting helped keep Ken conscious while he was being tortured and yet it was mental form of torture too. Once Ken breaks free when 1000-7 is referenced when Ken is on the edge of insanity.

This is seen in the raid of Professor Kano’s laboratory and his fight against Shinohara. Jason’s torture damaged Ken mentally and physicall and his ghoul  side was more in control. For a long time he was constantly on the edge of insanity and being sane.