Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 Review.

Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 cover.

Image courtesy of Viz Media.

Details:

  • Story: Sui Ishida.
  • Art: Sui Ishida.
  • Released: March 17th, 2015.
  • Imprint: VIZ Signature.
  • Pages: 224.

In modern day Tokyo, Ghouls sit at the top of the food chain. Ghouls look completely normal and easily blend into everyday society. The only difference is they require human flesh to survive. Ghouls are all over and could be anyone.

18 year old college student Ken Kaneki frequents book stores and coffee shops. He leads a relatively normal life until he becomes interested in Rize. Much to Ken’s surprise Rize is interested in him as well, just not in the way he would like. Even further to Ken’s surprise Rize was a Ghoul and attacked him. After a life saving operation Ken is the worlds first human/Ghoul hybrid and has to find his path in both worlds. 

This volume produced quality writing and introduced some interesting characters. Ken is innocent and naive to the world which is most likely what landed him in the situation he is in. Ken’s best friend Hide is a loudmouth but appears to mean well and is highly perceptive of most anything involving Ken. It is exciting to see how things will play out between them as Ken continues his transformation and dealing with what he is becoming. I can’t help but wonder how long he can hide it from his best friend. 

The other major/minor characters that were introduced also play a key role in Ken’s new environment. He is slowly realizing that Ghouls were always a lot closer than he once thought. This aspect blurs the line even further and shows just how close humans and ghouls truly are. It is shocking to see that the ghouls blend into society so easily. 

At first I would have thought that Ghouls are like zombies or monsters in general but they are exactly like people except for a few anatomical differences and the need to feed on human flesh. This dynamic alone will present some interesting events in future volumes I’m sure. Just in this volume alone Ken has met several characters both there to help and hinder him. Not a single page was wasted in this wonderful entry to the series.

The writing is thrilling to say the least. I could not put the book down. I constantly wanted to know what was next. The art is dark a grotesque. The scenes of a feeding ghoul will send shivers down your spine if you have a bit of a weak stomach. All of these events are captured in sharp yet subtle art. Each panel has exactly what the scene requires and delivers perfectly. Between the characters, story and amazing art this series has it all. Probably not a series for younger readers but an excellent read if you do happen to pick it up. 

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21 thoughts on “Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 Review.

  1. Cool beans man! I’m glad you enjoyed it; I’ve tried both the manga and anime, but I personally can’t get past the first bits of Tokyo Ghoul. I hurt too much inside for Kaneki. Have you tried Parasyte? Sounds like it’d be right up your alley. 🙂

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    • Thank you! I loved Parasyte. I agree with you that the series can be a bit much at times, but Parasyte is great. The right balance of some humor and action/suspense. Also thank you for the follow, I will be sure to follow you back. It’s nice meeting likeminded people 🙂 have you read anything by Junji Ito?

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  2. Really awesome review. I read this volume a while back in my ebook and I was hooked into the story. I really like the art and pacing of the story. I watched the first episode in the anime and I thought the manga does better in pacing. I really like how you kept this review very short but very detailed. I like Kaneki’s innocent personality.

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    • Thank you so much for your feedback. I agree with you completely to be honest. The anime in my opinion did not really do the series justice. They introduced some characters out of order and the series overall seemed rushed.

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      • You’re welcome. I felt the same way. The anime was good but I think reading the manga is better. Personally, the anime did feel rushed and so many characters were brought up early at least one per episode. Great review however and I hope you keep it up on the next one!

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      • I still need to watch season 2 but I heard the anime goes off somewhere different than the manga. That’s what people are waiting for, another season of Tokyo Ghoul. I will keep my eyes peeled!

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      • Thank you!! 🙂 season 2 was a little bit of a let down for me. I had already read Volume 9 and was waiting on volume 10 until after I had finished the series as I was not sure how far it went. Not to say that it was all bad, but the story was altered quite heavily, in my opinion. I’m certain you will still enjoy it.

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      • That’s what I heard as well. From I heard, season 2 wasn’t terrible but it just didn’t do great as expected. Who knows, maybe Season 3 will be a remake and follow the story close to the manga. Either way, sounds exciting. Maybe I can use the time to catch up on the readings.

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      • For sure! That’s actually what I was thinking. Kind of like Fullmetal Alchemist Bortherhood. The material is there, all they have to do is follow it. If you’re a fan, you will enjoy it nonetheless.

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      • Exactly! I remember Brotherhood did something like that and I heard recently, the new Blue Exorcist anime are sticking to the original content. Tokyo Ghoul is a pretty awesome series. I totally recommend.

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  3. This was a nice review. I have just started to watch this and I’m enjoying eating..um I mean watching the characters development so far.

    ” why should I apologise for being a monster, has anyone apologised for turning me into one”.

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      • You’re quite welcome.
        Hmm..as I haven’t seen too much yet, I shall say Kaneki (for the time being). As he strikes me with alot of depth and is captivating already as so much horror has happened to him. Perhaps a sadistic character may come across and become another favourite as they make stories quite interesting i think. I’m not mad I promise.

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  4. I watched the anime first before I read the manga. I don’t care what others say, I really like the anime. I also like the manga. Wow. What an intense series. So gory and bloody and so compelling and absorbing. Made me gasp so many times just by watching it. Really good series. I like how the anime took a different path from the manga, and I want to see how the anime handles it. The manga is really good, but the anime took a really interesting path. Thanks for sharing this post to my blog carnival last month. Cheers!

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