Ken Kanecki is a shy, ordinary college student who attends Kamii University, where he studies Japanese literature. This book-loving freshman is excited to go on a date with the beautiful Rize Kamishiro, but he does not know that she is a Ghoul. They look like humans and live among us, but Ghouls crave human flesh. Soon, Kaneki finds himself a hybrid, trapped between the worlds of Ghouls and humans.
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 9 (Chapters 80 to 89) opens six months after the CCG, the local Ghoul-investigating law enforcement agency, launched a successful assault on Ghoul organization, Aogiri Tree's 11th ward hideout. The CCG continues its investigation of two Ghouls, the Binge Eater and the Gourmet (Shu Tsukiyama, who is obsessed with Kanecki). Meanwhile, Kanecki continues to search for Dr. Kano, the physician who implanted Ghoul organs into his body. Where is the good doctor?
THE LOWDOWN: The Tokyo Ghoul manga continues to expand its internal mythology, revealing just how complex a concept it is. Beyond the fighting, there is as much political intrigue as there is a taste for succulent human flesh.
Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9 mostly eschews the battle manga fighting that filled the previous volume. Creator Sui Ishida gives the narrative a jarring turn with Ken Kanecki's search for Dr. Kano and the mysterious Madame A. I am intrigued, and I think regular readers of this manga will be delighted because of this thickening plot. Keep reading, or, if you are new, start now.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans looking for a different kind of dark fantasy comic will want to taste VIZ Signature's Tokyo Ghoul.