Monday, July 20, 2015

Manga Review: Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1, by Sui Ishida

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Volumes: 14.
Spoilers?: Not really.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.


Ken lives in a world with ghouls, things like zombies that eat humans, only the people aren't fully sure what they look like. Research for them is taking off, but Ken and his friends aren’t really nervous about it.
And then Ken goes on a date and is attacked by one.
I was surprised by his transformation, and his finding out what he is now. He’s human, until he’s not really either, but also both. Because ghoul’s aren’t made, they’re born. And his transformation is slow, as he heals from the attack and then starts craving human flesh instead of normal food.
His struggle with this is real, and perfectly understandable. And violent. That would be a hard thing to have to learn, along with the powers he’s developing. But while finding out about the ghoul world, he’s also trying very hard to stay in the human one, with his friends.
I was impressed with this volume. The way he’s changing surprised me, and I really liked it. The characters have me really intrigued—not only Ken, but also Touka, the girl he meets, and his best friend, Hide, who I believe knows more than he lets on or at least will soon.
I was impressed with this volume, and it has me interested to read the next one.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!

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