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Tokyo Ghoul Vol. #03 Manga Review

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Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 HeaderQuinque and Kagune collide!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Sui Ishida
Translation: Joe Yamazaki

What They Say
Kaneki is still trying to get used to his new life when Commission of Counter Ghoul agents Mado and Amon start sniffing around for Hinami. Kaneki and Touka are going to have to get them off her tail and fast. No easy task now that Kaneki’s got to bring humans and Ghouls to a rapid truce at the same time.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As Kaneki’s training seems to be a bit slow, we soon find ourselves with a change of pace as he and Touka go out dressed as high school students. The reasoning for this is to pay a visit to CCG, the Commission of Counter Ghoul. While there, they gather some useful information while also giving a false tip about Hinami. Unfortunately for them, though, Mado shows up and is clearly suspicious of them. This leads to a particularly tense moment, as Kaneki is dragged through what’s essentially a metal detector for Ghouls. His luck holds out as he’s read as clean, most likely due to his unique body, allowing the two to safely leave.

The situation heats up again when Hinami ends up running away. Though Touka soon finds her, Mado also pops up, as it turns out he’d been plotting to lure them out. To make matters more complicated, Kaneki thrusts himself into a battle with Amon, attempting to at least prevent the other two from getting run down. It’s then that we’re properly introduced to Quinques, the weapons of the Investigators. Though Amon’s is a somewhat plain club, Mado’s are clearly familiar to Hinami, as it turns out they’re made from the Kagunes of her parents! While Mado pins down Touka, we get to see Kaneki finally pull together in his battle. And it really does make for a nice moment, with both his convictions and abilities coming into place simultaneously. Thanks to that display our hero comes out on top, and he sticks to his convictions by letting Amon go instead of striking the killing blow.

Back in the other battle, Hinami proves more powerful than anyone expected and soon overwhelms Mado, though like Kaneki she doesn’t want to kill him. He then proves himself a rat to the end and tries to go for a last minute sneak attack, prompting Touka to finally put an end to him. And as the volume wraps down we get another nice bit of plot, as the funeral for Mado offers a chance for introspection, allowing a deeper look at both the dead Inspector and, more importantly, Amon.

In Summary
Unfortunately, things do slow down a bit with this volume after the last two intriguing rollercoasters. The confrontation with the Inspectors is the big highlight of the book, and that does offer some nice action on top of some well done clashes of opinion. And we do get a nice moment that really amps up the tension early on, brief as it may be, as well as a nice bit of character development at the tail end. Still, this volume feels like it really is lacking a lot of that unique feel of the past two books, instead feeling a good bit more like a normal battle manga. Even so, there’s plenty of good here to offset that issue, so fans shouldn’t hesitate to give it a look. And hopefully as things continue on, the series will recapture some of that uniqueness, as the potential is definitely still there.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
MSRP: $12.99

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