I was blessed to be given copies of the next installments of this horror manga, a very popular sequel to the Tokyo Ghoul series… And I’m pleased to say… well, you’ll have to come check out my review to learn what I thought! 😉
Genre Seinen, Action, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Supernatural, Psychological
In the sequel series to Tokyo Ghoul, Haise Sasaki has been tasked with teaching his special squad of half-ghouls how to be outstanding Investigators, but this is complicated by the troublesome personalities of his subordinates and his own uncertain grasp of his Ghoul powers. Will he and the members of his squad become heroes or monsters, taken out by the other squads in the Commission of Counter Ghoul…?!
Tokyo Ghoul:re Series
by Sui Ishida
Published (vol.2) December 19th 2017 (vol.3) February 20th 2018
by VIZ Media
I’ve got to start with the art because yeah, I picked up the series because of the gorgeous watercolor cover art and the strikingly realistic black and white drawings. The character designs are such that even if I don’t know some of the secondary characters’ names I can still keep them separate visually, quite an accomplishment if you are going to have so many characters!
It’s just as gorgeous in volume 2 as the previous one. There was some great techniques to show the auras of a couple of the characters as well as some incredible frames that start the battles at the end.
The art is especially great in volume 3 with all the battle frames. I was actually more confused by some of the plot frames (in which I didn’t understand the context of what happened)… so that was quite unexpected. I really love how the mangaka uses the art to SHOW the story.
I’m so glad I was able to review volumes 2 and 3 together because storywise they are heavily linked (I suggest picking them up together!) The plot of volume 2 is to setup the investigation needed for the huge battles in volume 3! As such they act as a great contrast to each other.
In volume 2, we meet a fourth Quinx who hadn’t appeared in volume 1 and a crazy great special investigator Juzo, who is friends with Haise! And a bunch of antagonists are inserted in compelling ways… I wasn’t always able to follow what was going on but I was engaged in each of the side characters.
Volume 3 is all about the battles that result from the raid in volume 2! It’s crazy and intense and people are dying and flying and GAH!!!! You just can’t believe the battle plot. I have actually been waiting for a volume like this where it is just intense battle after battle.And it DID NOT disappoint!
You just can’t help but love how rich with character and plot this series is… A LOT is crammed into each volume… its well worth the price from that standpoint alone! But because there are sooooo many character (something I do LOVE) the tension doesn’t stay high. You are too busy switching from person to person, trying to figure out what their frames mean for their part of the story.
I don’t mind this but I’m also not flying through the volumes… its more a series you want to buy and savor. YET the tension is ratcheted up by the end of volume 2 and I was particularly worried for Toru…
However, the tension is SO, SO high in volume 3 as we are intercut from battle to battle. I was certainly rooting for certain characters to stay alive and trying to ascertain the motivations of the ghouls and why they fought when they did. Really despite not always understanding characters their comings and goings felt quite natural and motivated from internal ideas.
I’ve really been sucked into the world and the different motivations of all the characters. They range from pure hearted Haise, to selfish Urie, to the ghouls who sometimes don’t feel as evil as they should… While I am confused at times I wouldn’t want the story to be simpler or less involved. That’s part of the story’s charm and why you feel compelled to keep reading.
In volume 3 the battles were quite AUTHENTIC! I had to up my rating because really I was totally wowed… I was particularly enthralled with how Shizaru figured out his battle and Juzo’s role in the battles. In fact I can say that Juzo may eclipse Haise as my favorite character. We get some of both of their back stories in this volume and I just want to know more!
I do think the fact I haven’t read Tokyo Ghoul affects what I understand but I also think it’s only the difference between this being a 4 and a 5 star. I’m hoping as the series advances I will get caught up. In any case I’m not missing THAT much and am quite enjoying the wild ride…
When a reader is confused is that the fault of the reader or the author/mangaka?! Well I would say it is a little of both! For me I should probably read the original series… As a writer myself though I want my readers to be able to come in at almost any point and be intrigued! So I would say its my own fault if something is unclear…
As a mangaka there is this balance between the art (showing) and the dialogue (telling) and it has to come together perfectly so that there is mystery that motivates the reader to pick up the next volume but not so much that there is confusion. I’m still finding that line as a reader…
No matter my occasional confusion this series is quite fun and creepy and horrifying at times… It is rich with characters all with their own motivations that the mangaka does an excellent job showcasing through art and words!
Do you enjoy battles in a manga or anime?
Who would have thought to combine gorgeous and realistic art with the horror genre… not me! But it works and successfully captures your attention. Character designs that can keep a slew of characters separate is an added bonus that enriches the story in a complex way! It’s all about the art…
Thanks for Reading XOXO
Thanks to Diamond Bookshelf for providing me with a copy of volume 2 in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Edelweiss and Viz Media for providing me with a copy of volume 3 in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my opinion.