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.
While Kaneki and his friends tangle with the ghouls from the Aogiri Tree organization, the Commission of Counter Ghoul’s ongoing investigations bring them dangerously close to discovering Kaneki’s secret.
With Volume 9 we left off with a big reveal. Kaneki and the team go on a mission in search of Madame A at one of the feast events and setup an ambush. Sadly he is unable to get close to her due to her two twin guards. The girls are one-eyed ghouls like Kaneki and use the same weapon as he does. That means they were made just like him, using Rize’s blood.
It turns out that Dr. Kano, the doctor who saved Kaneki but turned him into a ghoul, was a former CCG medical examiner. And he is still doing experiments, as the nurse from the hospital informs the doctor of Kankei’s visit to find him. The final reveal at the end showed that Rize was in fact alive.
Volume 10 brings together Ken, the investigators and Aogiri Tree as they each search for Dr. Kano’s whereabouts. Each of them have different reasons for wanting to find him. In the process of learning where to find him we also get a little history on the twins and their relationship with Dr. Kano. Even more interesting is the fact that Juzo knows the twins from when they were in classes together to become ghoul investigators.
Hide ends up revealing more than he should about Ken and helps leads investigators to the conclusion that perhaps the binge eater was killed and her organs were transplanted into a young boy, Ken Kaneki. As much as Hide wants to find Ken and protect him, he may be leading him to his death.
Everyone finally makes it to the mansion where Dr. Kano is hiding. Ken’s team arrives first and he runs back into Shachi as he pushes forward to find the doctor. The doctor begins to reveal the truth to Ken who is shocked to learn that Rize is still alive and what Kano’s plans were for him and the others. Yomo shows up and takes Rize, while Kano makes an escaping leaving Ken to fight the failed ghoul experiments.
Just as he is finishing, the CCG investigators show up. Will Ken Kaneki’s identity finally be exposed?
Unlike season 2 of the anime, the manga material gives us a lot more depth into everyones past and why Ken was turned into a Ghoul in the first place. The setup that is occurring is great and I cannot wait to see where everything is going. Unlike fans of the manga I watched the anime first, and I am reading the manga second.
Hide would make a great investigator, if he manages to help his friend out of a troubling situation. Yomo’s intentions remain a mystery but it does seem to care about Kaneki. I really want to know more about Dr. Kano’s end game and the truth of Yoshimura.