Saturday, August 22, 2015
MARIAH'S TAKE on Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
Tokyo Ghoul, #1
June 16, 2015
VIZ Media LLC
Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she's only interested in his body--eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.
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**About the Author**
Sui Ishida (石田 スイ, Ishida Sui), born December 28, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese manga artist. In 2010, he won the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix Award with Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種, Tōkyō Kushu ). In March 2011, the same oneshot was published in the 2nd Issue of Miracle Jump. And later in September 2011, Tokyo Ghoul started as a series in Weekly Young Jump 2011-14 Issue. In December 2011, he made another oneshot about Rize that was published in December 2011 in Miracle Jump 6th Issue, which was later collected in the 6th volume of Tokyo Ghoul.
In 2013, he also started Tokyo Ghoul: Jack in the digital magazine Jump LIVE.
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Note: This review contains NO spoilers
I really shouldn't be surprised that Tokyo Ghoul was released about 4 years earlier in Japan but I suppose "better late than never." At first I thought, "Oh, this is a nice manga... even though it's gonna get bloody." The story escalates rather quickly and gives the reader the main cast in about 2-3 chapters that's better than watching an anime that takes 4-5 episodes to introduce a few characters, which I'm really happy about. There are more characters to come though. The characters are on point so far for their respective roles and personalities. Kaneki needs to grow up, Touka's stubborn, Hideyoshi really friendly (I kind of wish I had a friend like him. Poor little side character though needs maybe an honorable mention.), and I really don't want to describe each character even if it's just one word but so far I really like the Mr. Yoshimura and even Rize. Whether all of these characters are ghouls or human, I'll let you read it; I guess you probably have though, through scanlations. The plot is of major interest (It should be.) because so many questions are raised and a new community is introduced to the main protagonist. It's a fun journey when being transferred to another place, I suppose. My only concern though: "How do you get so much detail into each panel, when you're using ink?" I bet it's just Photoshop or some computer program; I wonder if there are still people that use actual medias like charcoal, paint, or an actual pencil.