INTRODUCTION:Vampire stories have been done to death, methinks. Ghoul stories, however, seems new and my instinct when I first saw Tokyo Ghoul was that it would be different.
I was right.
WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT:Kaneki and Hide, both college students, has always been curious about ghouls. Kaneki is into reading while Hide is good at sniffing out information and is into…girls. However, Kaneki’s world turns around when he meets a girl (Rize) who he likes. He follows the girl on a date and after being lured by his new girlfriend into a back alley, finds himself faced with a bloodthirsty ghoul. What happens next would change him forever.
Down the line, Kaneki turns into part-human, part-ghoul (through no fault of his) and the rest of the story explores his internal conflict as a human-ghoul hybrid and the complex politics between the two worlds.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOK:If you love reading plots that aren’t straightforward or black and white then Tokyo Ghoul is perfect for you. Not only is the line between good and evil blurred, the emotional pull of the story is strong and the characters are believable.
Tokyo Ghoul has already won critical acclaims around the world as an anime. If you are itching to get into the story, then you can start by watching it on Hulu (for US viewers only).
CONCLUSION:Tokyo Ghoul’s story and characters are the best parts of its charm. Twists, deep lore, and characters that you can emotionally connect to are a big part of what I love about this manga. The art isn’t the greatest in the world, but it is not average by any means.
Be warned though, Tokyo Ghoul is a dark tale filled with screams, blood, guts, and not ashamed to splash them across its pages. Hence, the art is as bold as the story. In my opinion, Tokyo Ghoul is destined to be one of the top manga of the year, for sure.
Tokyo Ghoul is written by Sui Ishida and published by VIZ Media LLC (June 16, 2015).
Many thanks to VIZ Media LLC for review copy. All images are © to their respective owners.