July 22, 2024

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Gabbing Geek Manga Review: Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2

Ken Kaneki continues to learn the ways of ghouls as this manga series continues.

Ken Kaneki is now a ghoul, sort of, thanks to an organ transplant when from the very ghoul that attacked him and died in the process.  What is a ghoul?  Well, it’s a human-looking monster that feasts on human flesh.  As a ghoul, Kaneki can no longer enjoy regular food, but he can’t bring himself to kill humans, including his good friend Hide, who may or may not be close to the truth.

But as he found out in the first volume, ghouls aren’t just evil monsters.  He finds out more in volume two.

Kaneki now has a job at a ghoul-run coffee shop, coffee being about the only thing ghouls and humans can both enjoy.  His co-worker, Touka, is a bit more cold-hearted toward humans, but at the same time she wants a college degree and works very hard to mingle with with the human masses, knowing a single screw-up could mean her death at the hands of the ghoul hunters.

And yes, this volume introduces the ghoul hunters, a special police force that essentially hunts down and kill every and all ghouls they locate.  But as Kaneki learns, not every ghoul kills humans.  Many get their food from other sources, and many others are quite harmless.

Ghoul hunters don’t care about that.

Writer/artist Sui Ishida actually does some good work here making the theoretically monsters look harmless while the human hunters are the ones who seem more twisted either physically or psychologically.  The newest ghouls include a mother and her young daughter while one of the hunters bears a strong resemblance to some sort of psycho serial killer.  Considering that, for this manga, appearances seem to match their character, at least for this particular volume.  Kaneki makes a strong decision at the end that may work with his morals that aren’t on the extremes of either the harsher ghouls like Touka and the ones who seem to want to hide more and avoid the limelight like the coffee shop’s kindly manager.  For now, let’s say 9 out of 10 briefcase weapons.