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Manga Review: Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3

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Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 focuses on Ken Kaneki, a college freshman who has become part Ghoul after organs from a Ghoul named Rize are used during an emergency transplant to save his life.

Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3

Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3

Written by: Sui Ishida
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 20, 2015

Volume 3 sees Touka and Ken disguising themselves as high school students and giving a false lead to the Commission of Counter Ghoul’s branch office. They’re trying to protect Hinami, a Ghoul whose mother was killed, because the investigators are now trying to find Hinami. Unfortunately, the plan Touka came up with falls apart when Hinami decides to run away and finds that she’s been lured into a trap.

This volume also places an emphasis on two Ghoul investigators: Kureo Mado and Kotaro Amon. They may be partners, but their personalities are as different as night and day. Kureo is obsessed with obtaining Quiniques and comes across as a crazed maniac, while Kotaro is concerned with protecting others and trains hard to become stronger in order to fight the Ghouls. We see how the death of a Ghoul investigator affects Kotaro emotionally and drives his personality.

There’s a very interesting scene that takes place when a masked Ken encounters Kotaro, and Ken acts in a way that Kotaro doesn’t expect from a Ghoul. Kotaro is puzzled, but his hatred of Ghouls keeps him from truly trying to contemplate what Ken says to him during their encounter. Of course, it doesn’t help that Touka does something in Volume 3 that only helps to reinforce Kotaro’s opinion of Ghouls.

Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 spends a lot of its time focusing on the animosity between the Ghouls and the Commission of Counter Ghoul’s investigators and employees. I think this was a good plot point to pursue in this volume, in order to establish just how hated the Ghouls are and how the Ghouls hate the investigators. I also get the sense that this volume is establishing Kotaro as the main adversary for the Ghouls going forward, because I doubt that we’ve seen the last of him.

When it comes to the art in Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3, it feels like Ishida has started going to a little less effort on details when compared to the art that appears in Volume 1. There’s still the occasional panel of a close-up where Ishida made sure to include more details for the character, but that’s about it. While the art isn’t bad in Volume 3, it just doesn’t grab me as much as the first volume did.

Even though I may have been a little disappointed by the decrease in the quality of the art in Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3, I still enjoyed the story. Readers who have been following the Tokyo Ghoul series should appreciate how the story progresses in this volume, and won’t want to miss seeing what happens to Ken, Touka, and Hinami.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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