If I were to write a book with me as the main character... it would be a tragedy.”
Sometimes when you pick up a book, you just can’t put it down until you’ve read ‘one more chapter.’ Then that one chapter escalates into two, then three, and then four… until you look at your clock and curse because you realise your bedtime was two hours ago. I’d say that this scenario wholeheartedly applies to Tokyo Ghoul – it’s a harrowing, fast paced read that will terrify you yet keep you turning the pages because you just want to know what happens next.
This manga follows the story of Ken Kaneki, an ordinary, introverted university student that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Certain events change him into a half human half ghoul hybrid, and he has to deal with learning about turf wars, his new abilities and also deal with the morally questionable consequences of eating his own kind – human beings.
I felt pity for Kaneki, and I thought the author did a great job with his characterisation. Some could argue that he was a weakling and had to keep relying on other people to save him, but I thought that his reactions were appropriate for someone who never wanted to be a ghoul in the first place. Another character I loved was a girl called Kirishima Touka. I won’t go into any details, but I think the majority female readers will love her! She is so fierce and manages to be adorable at the same time. Can’t wait to see how her character develops over the course of the manga!
Aside from a terrific plot, have I mentioned how amazing Sui Ishida’s art style is? His drawings are very clean cut and could even be considered cute because his characters have rounder features compared to other action manga such as Shingeki no Kyojin. The author also chooses to use very neat panels, which I like because it makes the story less confusing and much easier to follow.
If you ever see this manga in the library, pick it up and give it a read! It’s perfect for people who love very fast paced action sequences and compelling plots with a plenty of violence. Note that this shouldn’t be read if you have any tests or exams coming up, because you probably won’t be able to stop…
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