In the world of Tokyo Ghoul, sometimes the only way to fight monsters is to become one…
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?!
Trapped within the body of the monster he unwittingly transformed into, Kaneki is forced to reexamine his past as he struggles to regain consciousness. Meanwhile, Touka manages to locate her husband within the bulk of the monster, but releasing Kaneki has unintended, terrifying consequences when an army of smaller monsters is awakened!
Warnings: body horror and graphic violence, suicide attempt
Note: not advised for younger teens; this is probably new adult/adult
Continuing with the Dragon arc, where Kaneki is still trapped as the core of the Dragon kakuja, we have him ‘waking’ up on the inside for some regularly scheduled Introspection Time. Meanwhile, on the outside, everyone else is fighting to keep the team responsible for his rescue safe – Yonebayashi and Urie are fighting Tooru while entreating him to return to them and the Chateau, and Tooru lamenting over how he felt surrounded by lies. It is, on the whole, an intense volume, digging into character stories again while also having some spectacular action scenes.
Kaneki’s introspection comes with a side of censure, in the form of Rize who accuses him of not caring for any life, human or ghoul. At first, it seems like she is a figment of his imagination, but there are certain statements about her life back in the Washu household that point to a more unclear nature. I feel like it was a combination of the part of her that are in him, due to the Oggai, and his own subconscious talking to him, as he evaluates the cost of this war GOAT has with CCG, and whether it was right to take an anti-human stance to protect ghoul lives; chiefly, he also thinks over his motives for being the leader of the movement. I think Rize’s questions to him about his past and the things that happened to him and the things that he did built another facet of his character arc well.
Things aren’t so cool on the outside even when they manage to rescue him. (Did I feel a bit emotional about the quinx squad coming to protect Touka? Yes, I did) Furata has plans built within plans, and considering the new threat that develops in the second part, and knowing that the next volume is the last one had me a bit worried, NGL. Also, it doesn’t spell good things for Kaneki because it seems like he’ll have to run into danger, yet again. So, you know, quite intense throughout.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
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Releases on February 18, 2020