Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida Vol. 1

tokyoghoulShy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.

I picked up this manga on a whim. As you guys may know, I am somewhat of a comic book/graphic novel lover, and am partial to the odd manga here and there too. The last manga I picked up was Attack on Titan, and while I enjoyed the first two volumes, in the back of my mind I was looking for a new manga to pick up. While out shopping last week, I came across Tokyo Ghoul. As soon as I saw it I picked it up and said “I’m getting this” before even reading the blurb. I’d heard a few people going on about it and heard nothing but good things about it, so I decided it was my turn to give it a go.

I wouldn’t recommend this manga for everyone. But if you love gore and violence, then definitely recommend this. Like Attack on Titan, there is a lot of gore in this book, especially when Ken gets turned, and there’s also a lot violence, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I know a lot of people can be sensitive about the subject. On the back of my copy, it’s rated T+ for Older Teen, and that’s exactly where I would go with that recommendation. I’d even go so far to say that if you’re in any way squeamish, not to get this book, maybe. But apart from that, go for it–You’ll love it!

As soon as I started reading it I was hooked. I was sucked into this world where ghouls are a normal everyday thing that people have to avoid even though they don’ know when or where they’re going to strike. I have to admit, as I was reading it, I was trying to compare it to something else that I might have encountered, and the closest thing I could think of was iZombie, and even then it’s not even close. I loved that as you’re reading the manga, you’re learning stuff as the main character is learning. We know very little about the ghouls in this world, and apparently so does Ken Kaneki, especially when he gets turned into one. The artwork alone was enough to want me to pick up the next volume, but thankfully the storyline leaves us wanting more by the end of volume 1, which I think is very important in a series like this. You want to keep your readers intrigued, fascinated, and most importantly: wanting more!

 Personally I can’t wait to get my hands on the next volume of Tokyo Ghoul, and if you haven’t read it yet, I recommend you go do that as soon as possible. You won’t regret it! I also believe there is an anime of the manga too, which is awesome. I’ll probably start that after I read a few more volumes.

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