Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11 Review.

Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11 Cover.

Image courtesy of VIZ Media.


Details:

  • Story: Sui Ishida.
  • Art: Sui Ishida
  • Released: February 21, 2017.
  • imprint: VIZ Signature.
  • Pages: 216.

The battle beneath Dr. Kano’s mansion continues. Amon and Akira fight Shu and Naki. Juzo fights Shiro and Kuro, and Shinohara battles a fully awakened Ken. For the past 6 months Ken has eaten ghouls in order to bolster his strength and has become a Kakuja. As Shinohara falls to Ken, Amon arrives to bring Ken down. After the battle Ken flees to survive and succumbs to a mental breakdown. Amon and his fellow investigators also leave the facility. As Ken recuperates, he and Hinami go to book signing to see their favorite author. Meanwhile the investigators attempt to track down the One-Eyes Owl and plan their next move.

Ken awakens his full abilities in his battle with Shinohara and though it is epic, it is far more terrifying. In his new form he resembles that of a centipede and is capable of uncanny speed and strength. However during his battle with Amon, he regains his humanity and wants to stop killing. We then witness Ken spiral out of control as he attacks his own friends. After coming to his senses Ken realizes that he can no longer bear the burden of other people. This development for Ken was much needed as he was literally going insane with the obsession to get stronger and to protect the ones he loves.

We continue to get a first hand look into the members of the CCG and their personal lives. As Amon, Akira, and Seido go out to eat and get drunk. It is here that we see the elite Akira show her true weakness. It is evident that she is alone and feels the pain of losing both of her parents to ghouls. She also harbors resentment and hatred towards Amon for not being there to protect her father when he died. Akira’s development came at a perfect time as she was injured by Naki and that appears to have been her breaking point. At times I forget that the investigators are only human and face insurmountable tasks every single day.

The story is still progressing at an appropriate pace. Ken is now on the path to discovering more about the world of ghouls and is better preparing himself for whatever may lie before him. I would like to see Ken and Touka together again like in the old days, but I fear that may never happen again. As Touka continues to distance herself from the ghoul world, Ken must distance himself from Touka. Touka is making the right decision, in my opinion.

This volume gave us so much to look forward to. I cannot wait to see if Ken continues on his quest for power, or if he scales it back a bit and tries to lead a normal life. The volume opened up several more possibilities for the plot and I cannot wait to see which way the story goes. This is definitely a volume you don’t want to miss. Tokyo Ghoul volume 11 was a phenomenal read.

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