Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 Review.

Details:

  • Story: Sui Ishida.
  • Art: Sui Ishida.
  • Released: August 18, 2015.
  • Imprint: VIZ Signature.
  • Pages: 208.

Ken is doing his best to maintain his humanity and not give in to his urges as a ghoul. He is finding it increasingly difficult especially as his hunger grows. Ken now works at the local coffee shop where other ghouls work. While working at Anteiku, Ken can receive a consistent supply of food to satiate his hunger. But there is trouble brewing in the 20th ward. Ghoul Investigators also known as “Doves” of the Commission of Counter Ghoul, or “CCG, are investigating local ghouls and making things uncomfortable. How will Ken survive this new threat, and if he does survive, what will remain of his humanity?


So much has happened in just 208 pages. Ken has developed so much in just a short time. Ken was a naive college student, and is now learning how to fight, and defend himself in this new world. However, an even larger development was in Ken’s better understanding of the struggles that the ghoul community faces daily. Not all ghouls kill, and eat indiscriminately but the CCG does not care, and will kill any ghoul they come across. This breeds some mixed feelings for me, as not every ghoul deserves to be eradicated. As a human I should probably side more with the humans, but I can’t help but feel some sort of inclination to feel sorry for the ghouls. After all, they only want to survive.

The story has progressed so much, but still not too fast. The story is unraveling at the perfect pace with the proper action, and reaction. The art is still sharp and some of the ghouls look downright terrifying. Ken’s best friend Hide still does not seem to know that Ken is a ghoul, so that is a good thing for now, but I’m certain he will find out eventually. I don’t want to see the effects of Hide finding out about Ken being ghoul, as that can only end poorly.

As of now I am curious to see how the ghouls will handle the Doves in the 20th ward. As I stated before any ghoul that is unfortunate enough to run into an investigator from the CCG will likely be eradicated. I cannot help but wonder if some of the ghouls we just met will become eradicated, we will just have to wait and see who lives, and who dies. It is high stakes moments like this that really add a sense of drama to the series.

This volume keeps the series moving right along, and has completely sucked me in. I am excited to see how everything pans out with Ken battling his ghoulish urges, and the ghouls at Anteiku keeping the 20th ward free of the threat of the CCG. I am not certain what the ghouls in the 20th ward would do without Anteiku, as they appear to be the only thing standing between certain death, and living a mostly normal life. I eagerly wait to see how these events will unfold. If you have not read this series I highly recommend that you do. Tokyo Ghoul volume 2 was a great read, and I suggest you pick it up.

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