“It doesn’t matter… if a murderer like me dies. You don't know a damn thing. You haven’t seen anything”
If I had to describe the second book of Tokyo Ghoul with one word, it would be heart-rending because this manga will tear your heart out and stomp on it. You genuinely don’t know who to side with anymore, the ghouls or the humans because you can see that both sides are just fighting to survive and protect their loved ones and it’s all just a big misunderstanding. This book will seriously make you feel anguish and sorrow, but also has some funny moments here and there (mainly the interactions between Kaneki and Touka!)
Book two introduces more characters to us: we meet Ryoko and Hinami Fueguchi, a lovely ghoul mother and daughter combo. We’re also introduced to a mysterious ghoul called Uta who has a fierce demeanour but quickly find out that he is in fact, a riot. On the other side of the spectrum, we’re introduced to the CCG – an organisation of humans that hunt ghouls. I loved how the book was starting to show us characters from the different sides, it was so interesting to learn a bit about them and I can’t wait to see how their characters will develop in the next books.
A series of events happen in this book and without revealing too many spoilers, it includes rain, despair and motherly sacrifice. After reading this, it’s seriously a battle of wills with yourself as you try not to side with the ghouls because you need to remind yourself that the humans are prejudiced and misunderstand the ghouls, and are only trying to protect the civilians from what they believe is ‘evil.’ Believe me, this is what makes reading this book so enjoyable!
While you’re reading this, make sure you take time to enjoy the art in the panels! I know I have raved about Sui Ishida’s art before, but I seriously appreciated how sleek his drawings were. He doesn’t add unnecessary scribbles and everything is there for a reason, which makes it easy to follow.
(THAT COVER THOUGH. Make sure you admire Touka’s beautiful face!)
I would actually say that this book is better than the first one in the series. If you thought Tokyo Ghoul 1 was mediocre, make sure you don’t drop it because it just gets better and better! Recommended for people who love action, break–neck plot pace and a touching story.
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