Characters & their development: 5
Personal enjoyment: 5
-The social and political issues
-The creative world building
-The first volume felt kind of slow
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.
I have to say it, THIS MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE MANGA. I’m going to try keep most things spoiler free, atleast from the major reveals but if you haven’t read this and don’t want a single spoiler, stop after the next paragraph!
For the uninitiated, Tokyo Ghoul is a manga that follows our main character, Ken Kaneki as he goes from being a human to being a ghoul, and learning what that means. He starts off as a shy student who is your quintessential nerdy and awkward boy, and then, by the end of volume 7 he has come to grips with what he now is, and what he has to do to protect those that are weaker than he is.
I want to say there is a strong point about this manga, but there isn’t because so much of it is strong that I now understand why it’s gained it’s cult like status.
You have amazing social and political undertones through the Doves attacking the Ghouls, the country being divided into Wards, and the government trying to exterminate the Ghouls. It feels like there is so many parallels that can be drawn which makes for an interesting world that feels dynamic and alive.
Another really strong point is the characters. I either love or despise them. Sui Ishida has created characters that make you feel something. You cannot be ambivalent towards them which I adore. I love how I feel so attached to the main characters on both sides of the war, and how I want nothing bad to happen to them. Sui has crafted characters who feel so dynamic they might fly off the pages as they develop.
And finally, the plot. Oh boy the plot. At first I thought it was just going to be about Ken, but in reality, even by the halfway mark in this series, I found myself so intrigued by the plot that had been developed. The idea of Ghouls who didn’t want to murder people, who just wanted to co-exist, and how even though they are peace loving, they are being dragged into the war, and often killed by the Doves.
Everything weaves together in this series to create an action packed story that at moments can gross you out, scare you, or make you cry. I will definitely be continuing on with the series, Tokyo Ghoul RE & the novels that accompany this series.