Warning: some parts of this review could be considered spoilers.
I had my mind blown with this one. We’re picking up with all the action and more backstory for the characters, and we’re even getting answers! I’ll try my hardest to not spill any beans. In the previous volume, we left off during the escape of the ghouls from the CCG jail and Haise (formerly Ken Kaneki) fighting Kisho Arima, the man who defeated him as Kaneki. There were many questions as to why Haise was saved and what Arima had up his sleeve. With this latest volume, we now know.
The darkness in this manga has gotten… darker? (If that’s possible.) There’s so much gore in the illustrations that bring horrific scenes to life. They’re well-connected to the story though, and they bring pieces together as well as further questions in the plot. With that said, many scenes still feel a little rushed and all over the place. At times I’m so confused as to what I’ve just read that I completely miss the importance of the scene until further reading. That’s would probably be the only downside of this volume. If you’re a horror fanatic then this volume is a perfect read for you, and even if you’re a scaredy-cat like me it still contains important content.
The series has been building up to know this moment: “Who is the One-Eyed-King?” This revelation is well-built. Everything connects in ways that I really didn’t see coming. Now that I look back there were clues as to the character’s identity, but it’s still a surprise. Another plot twist arises with the death of an important character. This scene is very compelling and demonstrates the human emotions that Haise still holds. By the way, Ken Keneki is back and ready to kick butt! I was really excited for all the pieces of his identity to connect and it’s very satisfying to see him finally merging both identities into one.
One thing I want to add is that Ken/Haise’s character development until this point hasn’t disappointed me. You begin to appreciate the previous identity of Ken as a fighter and half-ghoul, but also Haise’s identity as a CCG Investigator. I love the people surrounding Ken, so I was hesitant to make space in my heart for the CCG Agents, but Sui Ishuda does such a good job creating characters that will stay with the reader. They not only impact Kens/Haise’s life, but the whole story as well. Although they might seem minor, these characters help mold Ken/Haise in a way that will continue affecting him in further volumes.
Tokyo Ghoul: re still hasn’t disappointed me. I just hope that consistency continues and that the direction this volume takes further enhances the story and doesn’t ruin it. I’m excited to see what the next volume brings.