Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 Cover.
Image courtesy of VIZ Media.


  • Story: Sui Ishida.
  • Art: Sui Ishida.
  • Released: January 19, 2016.
  • Imprint: VIZ Signature.
  • Pages: 200.

Ken recounts his time at the Ghoul restaurant for Yomo and Mr. Yoshimura. After their meeting, Ken runs into Nishiki’s girlfriend Kimi at the coffee shop. After Ken agreed to help her, trouble befalls her as the Gourmet takes her hostage. Now it’s up to Touka, Ken and Nishiki to confront the Gourmet and rescue Kimi before things can get any worse. Plus, there is word in the CCG that ghouls are becoming more organized and are targeting CCG investigators. Something big could be coming.

Ken proves his worth in battle as he goes toe to toe with the Gourmet, an S rated ghoul. Though Ken puts up a good fight it falls to Touka to save the day. It was an amazing battle that was perfectly illustrated, and captured Touka’s strength and skill. Touka proves that she is capable of not only protecting the people she cares about but also fighting off S rated ghouls.

Touka had a major character development when she realized that not all humans are incapable of accepting ghouls. Touka had thought that any human knowing of her existence was a threat, but Kimi changed that. Ken is still on the path to becoming a strong, independent ghoul that would do anything for his friends; though he still has a long journey ahead of him.

There was mention of organized ghoul activity near the end of the volume. I can’t imagine what that means because so far, the ghouls we have seen have operated individually. If they were to hunt in packs, things could get scary I would imagine. The only ghouls that stick together as of now are the few at Anteiku. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

This volume was half story and half action. A nice balance and excellent utilization of the pages in the volume. Not a single panel was wasted on filler or fluff. An interesting and eccentric character was also added near the end. His name is Juzu Suzuya and he appears to be quite the handful. I look forward to Juzu’s developments.

All in all, Tokyo Ghoul volume 5 continues the series trend and provides a near masterpiece. The writing is still energetic and flawless. Not a single plot hole and the mystery is slowly unraveling. So far, each volume in this series has been excellent and I cannot wait to continue the series. I highly recommend everyone to check out this series and jump on board. Tokyo Ghoul volume 5 was an amazing read.