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Tokyo Ghoul:re Vol. #09 Manga Review

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As with many of the worst volumes of the series in the past, this one gives us another jumble of subpar action.

A whole lot of nothing.

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

What They Say
The Rushima Operation is reaching its sixth day, and both the CCG and the Ghouls are fighting at the edge of their limits. Under the extreme mental and physical stress, old allegiances loom large and both sides are finding they face tough choices on the battlefield. Whichever side wins, they’ve all lost too much…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
So this volume is pretty much just one big confusing jumble of shallow action largely starring minor characters that aren’t worth caring about. But still, I’ll do what I can to cover what happens. For the most part, we focus on the characters of Kuro and Takizawa. To talk of the latter first, as with everyone else he does a lot of empty fighting throughout the volume. I guess he at least has something going on in that we do get some flashbacks to his past and how he got to his current state. Plus he’s got a bit of a crazy, wild nature that makes him feel really unpredictable. I mean, it’s not good mind you, but it’s at least a bit of something as he engages in lots and lots of pointless combat.

On the other hand, we have Kuro, who’s not exactly interesting to start with and my god is what she’s given ever bland. In theory, it’s about her confronting Professor Kano, and I guess that at least gives him a chance to be a dick to her. But man, it just turns into a big fight against lots of generic people he’s experimented on, and it’s probably the most pointless feeling thing in the series so far. And that sure is saying something.

I suppose some other characters jump in and things happen along the way, but damn is it hard to care about when it all just feels completely devoid of emotion and depth. Perhaps especially damning, this whole attack on Rushima feels more like it just sort of stops rather than coming to some sort of exciting climax. But I suppose that’s as fitting an end as any for this truly lackluster volume.

In Summary
As with many of the worst volumes of the series in the past, this one gives us another jumble of subpar action. It’s frankly so bland that it almost makes it hard to critique, as it pretty much just comes down to the fights feeling insignificant and poorly laid out. I suppose I can point out how it puts the focus on minor characters big time this time around. Normally I like when a series does that, as it gives a chance to really flesh out the cast and give some less common characters a chance to shine and gain some real depth. Unsurprisingly though, that’s not what happens here, and it comes across more like “so why am I watching these nobodies fight these other nobodies?” I guess a few things happen near the end, but the execution is just so blindingly poor overall that it’s hard to care. So yes, if you’re somehow still hanging on at this point, I’d certainly recommend just dropping the series as I kind of doubt there’s anything of value left to be had.

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

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: February 19th, 2019
MSRP: $12.99

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