“I don’t want…
…to be alone”
“You won’t be.”
In my opinion, this volume was a lot easier to read compared to the previous one. Volume 7 was mostly about Kaneki’s torture and transformation. This volume showcases his behaviour after the tragic events and his character contrast between how he is now compared to before.
From this volume, I discovered that Kaneki isn’t completely a savage. I’m relieved to know that he still recognises who his enemies are (Aogiri Tree) and who his allies are (Anteiku). The difference is that he’s not afraid of hurting people anymore – and I love this new change. In previous novels I sometimes got annoyed at him because he was too scared to act. The new Kaneki now has absolutely no fear and is willing to attempt to take down ghouls that he used to run away from.
Apart from Kaneki, you also find out about Touka and her brother Ayato’s past. I’ll admit that it majorly tugged my heartstrings – what happened in their past completely justifies why both siblings come off as standoffish and rude, and you also find out about how Touka ended up on the ‘good’ side whereas Ayato’s with the ‘bad.’ This really interested me and ended my hatred for Ayato, I hope to see more of him in future volumes!
Volume 7 also introduced the true villain of Tokyo Ghoul – the One Eyed Owl. S/he is ranked SSS on the danger scale and honestly frightens me. There isn’t much to say apart from the fact that I wonder if it’s going to end up as Kaneki’s ally or enemy in future volumes. Can’t wait to find out!
A shameless side note, something happened between Kaneki and Touka in this volume that completely fired up the feels. I reread that particular section ten million times and pretty much kept screaming “JUST CONFESS ALREADY!” It wasn’t really direct romance but it very obviously showed me how much Kaneki cares for her and vice versa. I’M DEAD FROM FANGIRLING.
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