The Commission of Counter Ghoul is the only organization fighting the Ghoul menace, and they will use every tool at their disposal to protect humanity from its ultimate predator. Their newest weapon in this hidden war is an experimental procedure that implants human investigators with a Ghoul’s Kagune, giving them Ghoul powers and abilities. But both the procedure and the newly formed Qs Squad are untested. Will they become heroes…or monsters?!
Sen Takatsuki’s newest novel has hit the stands and a video of her admitting to being a Ghoul has gone viral! And if that news hasn’t done enough to shake things up, the contents of her book are sowing civilian distrust of the CCG. How can investigators effectively take on the Ghoul threat if the public has lost faith in them? And what if Sen Takatsuki’s veiled accusations about the CCG brass are true…?
Warnings: physical violence (including dismemberment), gore, body horror, suicidal ideation, child abuse, transmisia (misgendering & sexualized violence)
Whoo boy this was one heck of a plot! Eto’s confession and implication that CCG is in cahoots with ghouls, and her celebrity position has led to the public turning against CCG, and ghoul sympathizers rising. Furuta reveals himself to be a double agent, and Eto uses this to inform Kaneki of the conspiracy within CCG and their association with an organization called ‘V’. And while the CCG are preparing to raid Rushima to get to Aogiri Tree, Ayato and the Gas Masks are preparing to use the reduced mainland forces break into Cochlea. Kaneki stays back, as part of Arima’s squad to guard Cochlea.
There were so many layers of character interactions in this volume! Urie berating Kaneki for the Eto thing, while agreeing to save Tooru, Kaneki thinking back on his early days in Cochlea as Haise, when Arima was the one to save him from madness and start to train him, Hide coming to Kaneki in his subconscious, Arima speaking to a ghoul while fighting; there were also hints of backstories for Rize, Furuta, and Tooru (give him a forking break!), and finally an explanation for WHY Hinami joined Aogiri tree (I was always confused why she would leave the Anteiku crowd). Kaneki’s mental turmoil is the biggest emotional development in this arc, as he thinks over his life, his decisions, his motive for doing things, and the reasons for the people in his subconscious. The sprawling cast of characters practically requires a really good memory and diligent focus while reading, because small interactions and clues in past volumes suddenly make bigger impact in later ones.
Verdict: Another action-packed, yet emotionally intense volume.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
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