Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11 Review.


  • 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 his old friends Shiro, and Kuro. While 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 attempt 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 a book signing to see their favorite author. Meanwhile the investigators attempt to track down the One-Eyed King and plan their next move.

Ken awakens his full abilities in his battle with Shinohara and, though it is epic, it is a far more terrifying experience. In his new form, Ken 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 and attempts to separate himself from the others. 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 firsthand look at the members of the CCG and their personal lives. We watch as Amon, Akira, and Seido go out to eat and get drunk, it is in these small moments that we get to see the investigators as they truly are. It is here that we see the elite Akira show her true weakness and begin to break down. It is evident that she is alone and feels the pain of losing both of her parents to Ghouls. Akira 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. In order to focus on her life and best interest, 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 his quest for power, or if he scales it back a bit and tries to lead a normal life. The volume opened several more possibilities for the plot and I cannot wait to see which way the story goes. This is a volume you don’t want to miss. Tokyo Ghoul volume 11 was a phenomenal read.

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