Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way-except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.
The newly awakened Kaneki unleashes his monstrous strength to protect his friend Touka and finds himself irrevocably changed. Kaneki sets out on his own, determined to find out the truth behind what’s happening to him—and what the Aogiri Tree organization actually is.
Touka recounts her life growing up as she continues to fight her brother. Their roles were reversed growing up with Touka taking care of him, and now he is more powerful then she is. Mostly due to her current way of life. Kaneki comes in and saves her but when she sees him she knows he has changed. Even Nishio doesn’t recognize him at first.
Ayato and Kaneki square off, and Ayato quickly figures out eye patch boy is not the weakling he once was. There is something about the way Kaneki is drawn in the manga that expresses so much more than the anime did. The anime played him off as a naïve boy with no real emotion. Yes at times he did display genuine emotion. However the manga gives us a bit more depth about his mental state after his hair turns and he is changed. While this battle continues the doves are fighting the one-eyed owl. Kaneki quickly takes Ayatos baiting and turns it around on him with his own psychological warfare. Soon he is true to his promise to beat him within an inch of his life.
As everyone leaves, Aogiri’s distraction proving successful, Kankei meets up with everyone who came to save him. Apparently their goal all along was a prison, which they only managed to get to SS level. This is where everything goes different from the anime. As many know the anime’s second season was titled Root A. Basically it was a different route in the story that didn’t follow the manga. Unlike most fans, I saw the anime first, and I am reading the manga second. So this will be fun to see how things were meant to turn out in the original story. So if like me you have not read the manga yet, pickup this copy and prepare for a fun new ride.
Tokyo Ghoul volume 8 releases 8/15 and can be picked up on Amazon.