Monday, December 18, 2017

Manga Review: Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 14, by Sui Ishida

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 2017
Volumes: 14.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 13.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way—except their craving for human flesh.

Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

As Kaneki and the fiercest fighter in the CCG, Arima, finally face off, several investigators launch an assault on Yoshimura, unaware of the danger that awaits them. The massive battle takes a turn for the worse when the One-Eyed Owl appears, leaving the fate of Kaneki and the CCG hanging in the balance.


This volume is a lot of all over the place—we get a big mix of backstory and present time, different fights, different characters. There's a lot going on, some deaths and some reveals. It very much feels like an ending volume, with a climax coming and this final fight growing to an end.
The two most important parts to me were the fight between Amon and Kaneki, because it has been needing to happen for a while. There was a lot leading up to it. Second, was the reveal between Kaneki and Hide. That one was... very sweet, and needed for both Kaneki and the readers, amidst all the horror.
This was a very big volume, and I would have enjoyed it more, I think, if it actually felt like an end. Cause it leads up to a big climax, and the ending even works. But then it... doesn't end. And leads very clearly into the next series. It's almost a little disappointing to me, honestly.
Saying that, though, I do still want to read the next series. I'm not in a rush for it, but I'm intrigued to see what happens next.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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