Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2 by Sui IshidaSeries: Tokyo Ghoul, #2

Translator: Joe Yamazaki

Publisher: VIZ Media

Pub. Date: 2011, 2015

Genres: Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Seinen Manga

Pages: 208

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Ghouls look like and live like humans, except they eat human flesh. Ken Kaneki is a human-Ghoul hybrid due to an accident that gave him the organs of a Ghoul. He is learning about life as a Ghoul by learning to act human, seeing the humanity in Ghouls, and avoiding contact with the “Doves,” investigators who kill and torture all Ghouls without consideration of which is good and which is bad. Volume 2 of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, is the volume that humanizes Ghouls.

Starting where the previous volume ended, Kaneki has started his new job and is learning how to blend in as a human and how Ghouls in the 20th Ward survive. He maintains much of the same personality traits from the first book and continues to grow in his understanding of the world.

The Ghouls at Anteiku show Kaneki that Ghouls are people too. Touka is more than the scary girl that was present in the first book. Her presence and actions in this book show that she seeks justice and walks a fine line as a Ghoul. She is the main person who sheds positive light on the Ghoul community for Kaneki. Yoshimura acts as a mentor, and I like that his role as a leader makes him potentially helpful and antagonistic. Hinami is a sweet addition to the cast, and I look forward to seeing her character develop more later in the series. I liked seeing her and Kaneki’s interactions.

As for the Doves, I know they’re going to play larger roles, but they just served as merciless antagonists for this volume. That is fine for an introduction, so I hope to see more complex characters develop in the future.

The book moved at a little too fast of a pace for all of the events that have to be encompassed in it. While it was amazing that the first volume covered quite a bit in one volume, the content in this volume was not put together quite as well as the first.

As far as the art goes, it is the same style as the first book. Characters look their age. I like seeing the few lines or facial features that indicate age, which I haven’t seen much of in shojo or shonen manga. Serious or scary moments with characters are indicated by thick outlines on everything. City buildings still look beautiful. I also saw fewer of the panel effects that intrigued me in the past book.

Do not start at this point in the series to try to figure out what is going on because I am positive that I would have been lost if I started with this volume. This is a good continuation from the first volume, and I recommend reading it if you liked the first.

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