- Story: Sui Ishida.
- Art: Sui Ishida.
- Released: December 15, 2015.
- Imprint: VIZ Signature.
- Pages: 192.
After Ken’s run in with the investigators from the CCG, local Ghouls have taken notice of him. Shu Tsukiyama has taken an extra special interest in Ken. Shu also known as “The Gourmet, due to his sophisticated taste, has some special plans for Ken. In the meantime Yomo introduces Ken to Itori, the owner of the Helter Skelter bar in the 14th ward. During his meeting Ken learns more about the ghoul community, and a mysterious “One-Eyed King”. Itori also mentions that Ken’s accident may not have been an accident after all, but gives no further information. Soon after, Shu invites Ken out for coffee, and later to a ghoul restaurant. Shu does not have Ken’s best interest at heart, and Ken will soon learn of the darker side to the ghoul world.
There were several plot developments in this volume. This volume was more story heavy than anything, and that sits perfectly fine with me. Action is always nice, but in my opinion, story is far more important. Tokyo Ghoul already presents an amazing story with unforgettable characters, so any chance to learn more about them is fine by me. There was a lot of action near the end of the volume which was a nice change of pace. Ken has come a long way, from a weak naive kid to quite a capable fighter. I was surprised at how fast and strong Ken had become in such a short amount of time. Though I would imagine that his agility and strength is now stemming from his ghoul abilities.
Ken’s character development was quite large in this volume. He got a real taste of the ghoul world by going to the ghoul restaurant, where he learned just how dark the world can be. Ken is still training in hand to hand combat with Yomo and Touka. It is safe to say that it was the training that saved his life at the restaurant. Ken is developing fairly quickly throughout the story, and I can’t wait to see what he becomes in the coming volumes.
With the introduction of “The Gourmet”, the story has hit a crucial part in Ken’s development. Ken is now experiencing even more adversity, and realizing what existence has been like for Ghouls all along. Though this volume was an excellent entry in the series, there is not much else to state aside from the plot, and character developments. The art remains unchanged and most everything else is the same. The conflicts near the end of the volume did take me by surprise as I had thought that Shu was Ken’s friend. Things do turn out a little different in the end, so I would say that it is possible for Ken, and Shu to be friends. I hope that this volume starts a trend and the following volumes follow suit.
All in all this was a strong entry in an already strong series. As always, I look forward to the follow up volume, and can’t wait to see what happens between Shu and Ken. Tokyo Ghoul remains as one of my favorite series, and I cannot recommend it enough. If you have not read this volume, I strongly suggest that you do, as well as reading the other volumes as well. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 was a near perfect read.