Saturday, 10 August 2019

Book Reviews: Tokyo Ghoul (Vol. 1 & 2) by Sui Ishida (Manga/YA)

Title: Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1
Author: Sui Ishida
Publisher:
Viz Media

Publication Date: 2015 (2012)
Pages:
224
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Manga/YA
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


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 recently watched the anime of Tokyo Ghoul and enjoyed it overall, so I thought I would check out the original manga. The anime closely followed the story in this first volume, omitting only a few extended scenes. The plot is gripping, and I like Kaneki Ken as a character. I like the artwork too, though I sometimes wish the fight scenes were a little clearer.




Title: Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 2
Author: Sui Ishida
Publisher:
Viz Media

Publication Date: 2015 (2012)
Pages:
208
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Manga/YA
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


Unable to discard his humanity but equally unable to suppress his Ghoul hunger, Ken finds salvation in the kindness of friendly Ghouls who teach him how to pass as human and eat flesh humanely. But recent upheavals in Ghoul society attract the police like wolves to prey, and they don’t discriminate between conscientious and monstrous Ghouls.


Picking up where we left off at the end of volume one, volume two sees Kaneki Ken entering the ghoul world to a greater extent than he did before, learning how to survive and fight. Again, the anime still sticks pretty close to the manga storyline throughout this volume. I have volumes three and four on hold at the library, so I look forward to continuing with the series soon. At this stage, I am still really enjoying reading it, and I am finding it easier to remember character names reading than watching.

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