- Story: Sui Ishida.
- Art: Sui Ishida.
- Released: August 16, 2016.
- Imprint: VIZ Signature.
- Pages: 216.
The CCG continues to infiltrate the Aogiri hideout eradicating all ghouls they find, that is until they run into the Owl. Ayato, and Touka fight to the death, Touka is giving it everything she has, and it just isn’t enough. Just as things look bleak for Touka, Kaneki arrives in time to defend her. As the fighting dies down, and the battle concludes with no clear victor declared, it is only a matter of time until one side emerges victorious. One thing is certain, Kaneki is forever changed, and decides to continue on his own.
The perfect blend of story, and action is back in this volume as Touka fights her brother Ayato. It is in this encounter that we learn Touka’s story, we also find what it was that pushed Ayato to join Aogiri. We also got a glimpse of the first encounter, and an explanation regarding the Owl. The Owl truly is a formidable adversary that seems quite literally invincible. This volume was filled to the brim with character developments and major plot points. Many questions were answered with this volume.
Kaneki coming off his transformation makes light work of Ayato and saves Touka’s life. Kaneki appears to have completely accepted his new role as a ghoul and he does what he must to protect his life, and the ones he cares for. He has completely lost his former self. Perhaps we will see his humanity return at some point, but for now, it is lost. I was surprised to see that Kaneki has decided to continue on his journey alone, and I hope that his path somehow reconnects to Touka and Anteiku.
The emotions in this volume ran high as siblings fought and the CCG ran into a ghoul from their past. The writing is still top notch and the art is gorgeous. I find it hard not to sympathize with both parties in this volume. The CCG wants to protect the people and the ghouls just want to live, and eat. This a classic breeding of a tragedy, as it is clear that neither side has any intention of backing down, and will not rest until the other side has been completely erased. With each volume I found myself siding with the ghouls more and more, but I don’t know anymore. It seems that the CCG is turning into the underdog, as they appear to be outmatched by the sheer strength and number of the ghouls.
Tokyo Ghoul volume 8 was a near perfect read. The developments were perfectly paced and the action was the perfect amount. I look forward to the following volume and hope that the momentum continues throughout the series. There are so many things that I want to see happen. At this point I am uncertain if those things will, or even can happen. This story has all of the elements needed for a perfect tragedy. I just hope that somehow a happy ending is possible. I highly recommend this volume and series to everyone.