Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 Cover.
Image courtesy of VIZ Media.

Details:

  • Story: Sui Ishida.
  • Art: Sui Ishida.
  • Released: March 17th, 2015.
  • Imprint: VIZ Signature.
  • Pages: 224.

In modern day Tokyo, Ghouls sit at the top of the food chain. Ghouls look completely normal and easily blend into everyday society. The only difference is they require human flesh to survive. Ghouls are all over and could be anyone. 18-year-old college student Ken Kaneki frequents book stores and coffee shops. He leads a relatively normal life until he becomes interested in Rize. Much to Ken’s surprise Rize is interested in him as well, just not in the way he would like. Even further to Ken’s surprise Rize was a Ghoul and attacked him. After a lifesaving operation Ken is the world’s first human/Ghoul hybrid and must find his path in both worlds.

This volume produced quality writing and introduced some interesting characters. Ken is innocent and naive to the world which is most likely what landed him in the situation he is in. Ken’s best friend Hide is a loudmouth but appears to mean well and is highly perceptive of most anything involving Ken. It is exciting to see how things will play out between them as Ken continues his transformation and dealing with what he is becoming. I can’t help but wonder how long he can hide it from his best friend.

The other major/minor characters that were introduced also play a key role in Ken’s new environment. He is slowly realizing that Ghouls were always a lot closer than he once thought. This aspect blurs the line even further and shows just how close humans and ghouls truly are. It is shocking to see that the ghouls blend into society so easily.

At first I would have thought that Ghouls are like zombies or monsters in general but they are exactly like people except for a few anatomical differences and the need to feed on human flesh. This dynamic alone will present some interesting events in future volumes I’m sure. Just in this volume alone Ken has met several characters both there to help and hinder him. Not a single page was wasted in this wonderful entry to the series.

The writing is thrilling to say the least. I could not put the book down. I constantly wanted to know what was next. The art is dark a grotesque. The scenes of a feeding ghoul will send shivers down your spine if you have a bit of a weak stomach. These events are captured in sharp yet subtle art. Each panel has exactly what the scene requires and delivers perfectly. Between the characters, story and amazing art this series has it all. Probably not a series for younger readers but an excellent read if you do happen to pick it up.

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