Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 Review.


  • Story: Sui Ishida.
  • Art: Sui Ishida.
  • Released: October 20, 2015.
  • Imprint: VIZ Signature.
  • Pages: 192.

Ken is becoming more comfortable as a Ghoul, and is even learning how to defend himself. Touka, and Ken decided to visit the CCG branch in the 20th ward with hopes of spreading false information regarding Hinami. Unfortunately, Ken, Touka, and Hinami have a run-in with Investigators from the CCG, and are forced to fight for their lives. Also, rank 2 investigator Kotaro Amon recalls his first assignment with Senior Investigator Kureo Mado.

This volume is not only action packed, but also delivers on an emotional level. During the altercation between Mado, and Touka the question of a Ghoul’s existence is brought up. In the end, Ghouls truly only want to live their lives just as humans live theirs. It is a sad fact that Ghouls are on the wrong side of the law and are hunted like animals with no chance of a life or redemption. At times, I find myself siding with the Ghouls as their actions seem just, and at other times I find myself siding with the CCG because they are only trying to protect people. Often, I will side with Ghouls as they are underdog and are already at a disadvantage.

The story is maintaining a comfortable pace as with previous volumes, nothing is given away too soon. In each volume, a large conflict or plot point is given as to further drive the story, and this volume is no exception. I will not spoil anything in this volume, but I will say that you will be surprised to see just how far some of the characters will go. The art in this volume has not changed from previous entries. The art retains its quality but there is nothing new to point out. 

As mentioned in the summary, Ken is really coming into his own as a ghoul. He is slowly finding his place, and carving out a spot for himself. He now seems to have a better understanding of a human’s place in a ghoul’s world. It is refreshing to witness Ken starting to come into his own because now we can witness him grow further. I am eager to see how strong and independent Ken becomes.

We not only witness Ken grow as a fighter, but we also see how capable he is in terms of survival. Though Ken is beginning to embrace his Ghoul nature, we are reminded of his humanity, as seen during his fight with Kotaro Amon. Ken has grown to the point where he can defend himself from the CCG, but still has reason, and a conscience. I am personally happy to see that Ken is merciful. I look forward to seeing him grow, and develop even further.

This volume provides a large advancement in the story. One of the more content heavy entries in the series. The volume ends on a very high note and makes me hopeful for the volumes that are to follow. If you still have not read this series, I cannot recommend it enough. Tokyo Ghoul volume 3 was one of the greatest volumes I have read.

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